Green Car Journal editors consider all potential truck models in the U.S. market, weighing environmental attributes alongside traditional touchstones that define what makes a great pickup, such as functionality, versatility, safety, value and style. The winner was selected from five finalists by a Green Truck of the Year jury, comprised of automotive experts and Green Car Journal staff.
"The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is an incredible success for Ram Truck and part of the brand's long term strategy to design and engineer the best trucks you can buy with fuel economy and capability top of mind," said Bob Hegbloom, President and CEO—Ram Truck Brand. "We are thrilled to receive The Green Truck of the Year award, affirming our efficiency leadership in the truck market."
The EcoDiesel-powered Ram 1500 earned a 28-mpg rating from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the best highway-cycle test result ever achieved by a full-size, half-ton pickup. It also exceeds the EPA highway rating for the top-ranked small pickup. The previous half-ton fuel efficiency record was set by the Ram 1500 with the available 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 gasoline engine at 25 mpg highway. The Ram 1500 now owns the half-ton pickup segment's top two spots in the EPA's current highway fuel-economy rankings.
"The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel exemplifies what a 'green' truck should be," said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of the Green Car Journal and CarsOfChange.com. "It's a heavy-hitter that pulls off exceptional fuel economy with its impressive EcoDiesel engine and array of efficiency features like active grill shutters and aero suspension. Pickup buyers get the best of all worlds with the beefy torque and environmental performance offered by this full-size and stylish pickup."
The Ram 1500 is able to be fuel-efficient and powerful, with a surplus of towing capability, thanks to the following advancements - TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission, stop-start system, thermal management system, pulse-width modulation and active aerodynamics, including grille shutters and air suspension.