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2015 EcoBoost vs EcoDiesel Revisited

Wednesday, March 4th 2015. | 2015 Ford F-150, Reviews

We first took a look at the 2015 Ford F-150 EcoBoost vs the 2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel in the month of January, fuel prices have changed significantly since then, since then we’ve also gotten a better idea of real-world-mpg on both of these trucks. On top of that we also want to look at some other factors that may sway your decision for one truck or the other, there is definitely more to a gas vs. diesel decision than their mpg ratings and purchase cost, which are what we looked at in our original article.

2015 Ford F-150 Sport Blue Crew Cab on Road

2015 Ford F-150 Sport Blue Crew Cab on Road

People that want a Ram EcoDiesel pay quite a premium for that engine option, but it doesn’t end there. They also pay a premium for oil changes, roughly $170 to $200 per oil change I’m told (which includes DEF fluid). Paying a premium for fuel will likely also be the case for the foreseeable future. When we first ran this comparison diesel was at $2.79 and gasoline was at $1.95, that’s a difference of 84 cents per gallon. That margin has since narrowed, the gas station down the street from me is now at $2.85 for diesel and $2.45 for gasoline, so we are down to a difference of 40 cents. Let’s see how that, along with real world mpg’s affects our numbers.

2015 2.7 Liter EcoBoost V6 Engine

2015 2.7 Liter EcoBoost V6 Engine

We will once again assume 15,000 miles per year and we’ll look at the 2.7 liter V6 EcoBoost (325hp/375tq) and the 3.0 liter V6 EcoBoost (240hp/420tq) this time. We included the 3.5 EcoBoost last time, but it really is a step above either of these engines, capability-wise. So for simplicity’s sake we’ll just compare these two engines this time. We are going to assume average mpg’s of 19 for the EcoBoost and we’ll assume 23 mpg for the EcoDiesel.

2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Fuel Cost: $1,858.70
2015 Ford F-150 2.7 EcoBoost Fuel Cost: $1,934.21

Interestingly, when looking purely at fuel costs, the EcoDiesel is now ahead by $75.51. This is thanks to increase in fuel costs for gasoline, while diesel only went up by 5 cents since January. On top of that as we reported yesterday, Ford is currently offering less incentives than Ram is, so that further works in the Ram’s favor. I think at this point you are looking at paying roughly a $1,000 premium for the Ram 1500 vs a similarly equipped 2015 Ford F-150. This premium would normally be much more. Also to remember, the oil changes will cost you more, but Ram does claim the oil used will last you 12,500 miles, so I imagine, when driving 15,000 miles a year, oil changes for a Ram will add up to roughly $50.00 more per year.

2015 Ford F-150, 2015 Chevy Silverado and 2015 Ram 1500

2015 Ford F-150, 2015 Chevy Silverado and 2015 Ram 1500

Now let’s take a look at capabilities. The sprint from 0-60 takes 6.5 seconds and 16.5 seconds, unloaded and with a 7,000 pound trailer for the EcoBoost, the EcoDiesel does this in 8.8 seconds and 23.9 seconds. Next lets look at passing performance, 45-65 mph, the EcoBoost does this in 3.2/9.4 seconds and the EcoDiesel takes 5.1/21.2 seconds (again, unloaded/with-trailer). These numbers are very, very much in favor of the EcoBoost, which in a recent comparison we did also made quick work of GM’s 5.3 liter V8. It’s quite the remarkable little engine.

So if you really need a truck now the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel looks like a decent alternative from a financial standpoint. It’ll cost a bit more, but not much, assuming today’s fuel prices. The things to remember though are that oil changes will cost you much more and fuel costs have certainly proven themselves to be volatile when we look back on the last 5-10 years. When we look at this from a performance standpoint the F-150 is the clear choice here and if we look ahead to June when Ford is expecting to be producing the 2015 Ford F-150 at full tilt they should be upping their incentives again as well, further increasing the price gap with the Ram EcoDiesel.

2015 Ford F-150 2.7 EcoBoost and 2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

2015 Ford F-150 2.7 EcoBoost and 2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

At the end of the day I do believe the 2.7 EcoBoost is the clear winner here for its distinct performance advantage and its maintenance costs. We do have to say though, it’s remarkable what adjusting mpg’s to real-world and taking today’s fuel costs did for this comparison, it certainly made the EcoDiesel a much more viable alternative financially speaking. It would sure be nice if Ram would dial up the performance on that engine a little bit though.

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