According to data obtained by automotive research firm Vincentric, the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is more cost effective to own than the gasoline-powered 5.7-liter HEMI V8 model.
Vincentric estimated the cost of cost of fuel, maintenance, insurance and repairs for various pickup trucks over the course of five years and 15,000 miles. The EcoDiesel V6 engine was the only diesel in Vincentric’s analysis that proved to be cheaper to own than its gas equivalent, with nearly all diesel three-quarter or one-ton pickups proving more costly to own than the gas versions.
Additionally, it was found that the cheapest two- and four-wheel drive trucks to own when compared to the V8 versions were the Ram 1500 HFE Quad Cab 2WD short wheelbase, Ram 1500 Tradesman Quad Cab 4WD short-wheelbase, Ram 1500 Laramie Crew Cab 4WD long-wheelbase and the Ram 1500 SLT Quad Cab 4WD short-wheelbase.
It should be noted that Vincentric did not compared the EcoDiesel V6 running costs with that of the available 3.6-liter Pentastar V6. Pickuptrucks.com also points out that many diesel trucks owners are likely to keep their trucks for much longer than 5 years and drive them much further than 15,000 miles, which may have skewed the results slightly.