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2015 Ford F-150 EcoBoost vs Ram 1500 EcoDiesel MPG

Monday, January 26th 2015. | 2015 Ford F-150, Ford F-150, Reviews
2015 EcoBoost 2.7 Davis Dam

2015 EcoBoost 2.7 Davis Dam

The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel has been touting best in class fuel economy all over the Detroit auto show, but how does that work out for your pocketbook? You may be getting the best miles per gallon, but at $1 extra per gallon of diesel a 2015 Ford F-150 powered by either a 2.7 liter EcoBoost or 3.5 liter EcoBoost will likely cost you less to run, even though you are getting fewer miles to the gallon (12% less). So let’s take a look at the contenders:

2015 Ford F-150 (2WD) w/ 2.7 liter EcoBoost V6:
19 mpg city, 26 mpg highway and 22 combined
Max-tow: 8,500 pounds
2015 Ford F-150 (2WD) w/ 3.5 liter EcoBoost V6:
17 mpg city, 24 mpg highway and 20 combined
Max-tow: 12,200 pounds
2015 Ram 1500 HFE (2WD) EcoDiesel V6:
21 mpg city, 29 mpg highway and 24 combined
Max-tow: 8,050 pounds

2015 Ram 1500 HFE 29 Mpg EcoDiesel

2015 Ram 1500 HFE 29 Mpg EcoDiesel

Now, currently, here in Michigan we are paying $1.95 for a gallon of 87 octane gasoline and $2.79 for a gallon diesel. So let’s do some calculations, assuming 15,000 miles per year at combined mpg ratings (the 3rd/last number for our mpg stats above):

2015 Ford F-150 (2WD) w/ 2.7 liter EcoBoost V6:
Fuel cost of $1,329.54 for the year
2015 Ford F-150 (2WD) w/ 3.5 liter EcoBoost V6:
Fuel cost of $1,462.50 for the year (+$132.96 over 2.7 EB)
2015 Ram 1500 HFE (2WD) EcoDiesel V6:
Fuel cost of $1,743.75 for the year (+$414.21 over 2.7 EB)

UPDATE (3/4/2015): For an updated article using real-world MPG and March 2015 fuel prices, click here.

Ford EcoBoost Logo

Ford EcoBoost Logo

So I’d caution you if you are considering buying the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, a 2015 F-150 truck from Ford will cost less to own for a year at any mileage than it would to own the Ram. It’s hard to ignore these facts, it’s over $400 cheaper per year in fuel to own a 2015 Ford F-150 with a 2.7 liter EcoBoost or just under $300 cheaper to own the 3.5 liter EcoBoost. And not only will you be saving money, you’ll have a higher towing capacity, even with the 2.7 liter EcoBoost!

2015 Ford F-150 in Burgundy

2015 Ford F-150 in Burgundy

Let’s say over the next few years gas prices creep up gain, which I believe is inevitable, they could come close to the price of a gallon of diesel once again. But even then you’d have to drive quite a large number of miles per year to make up for the higher purchase price ($4,000 more than base-V6) of a diesel truck from Ram, where the 2.7 liter EcoBoost from Ford is only a $495 option. Imagine trying to make up for that ~$3500 difference in a world where you truck is 12% more efficient. Also by that time, who knows what the next generation of 3.5 liter EcoBoost has in store for us, paired with an all new 10 speed transmission.

With fuel prices for both Gas and Diesel being so volatile, the EcoDiesel is not a gamble I am willing to make, right now it costs more to run, the purchase price is thousands of dollars higher and I would be getting a less capable truck than the 2.7 Liter EcoBoost from Ford. In the current market a diesel truck only makes sense if you are also buying (and needing) more towing capability. Which is something EcoDiesel simply does not offer.

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