A compact truck with a high-efficiency gasoline V6, and a big-ass truck with a turbodiesel V6 engine: but which has better fuel mileage, in real life?
I spent a week or more driving each of these machines, measuring fuel consumption every step of the way. The all-new Ridgeline packs a 3.5 litre i-VTEC V6 engine with direct injection, cylinder deactivation, and 280 horsepower. The larger and more capable Ram 1500 EcoDiesel gets a 3-litre turbodiesel V6, packing 240 horsepower, but 420 lb.-ft of torque, which blows the Ridgeline out of the water. Two different trucks, but they share a common similarity: they’re both aimed at a shopper after a strong blend of utility, capability, and relative fuel economy.
So, after a very similar drive in each, which one is better on fuel, and by how much?
Check out the video below, to see for yourself.
Here’s a FULL REVIEW of the new 2017 Honda Ridgeline
And here’s a FULL REVIEW of the RAM 1500 EcoDiesel