Smaller Engine, Bigger Power: The New Ram 1500

In the world of automotive engines, the mantra of "bigger is better" has long been the norm. However, as environmental concerns and fuel economy regulations continue to shape the industry, automakers are rethinking this age-old philosophy. One prime example of this shift can be seen in the 2025 Ram 1500, where parent company Stellantis has opted to replace the iconic Hemi V-8 with smaller, more efficient engines, and in some cases, electric motors.


Leading the charge in the new Ram 1500 lineup is the impressive Hurricane I-6 engine. This 3.0-liter turbocharged powerhouse not only outperforms the outgoing 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 in terms of power but also delivers significantly improved fuel efficiency. The standard-output version of the Hurricane I-6 boasts an impressive 420 horsepower and 469 lb-ft of torque, surpassing the 395 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque offered by the 5.7L Hemi.


When it comes to fuel economy, the 2025 Ram 1500 equipped with the standard-output Hurricane engine achieves an impressive 18 mpg city, 25 mpg highway, and 21 mpg combined. This marks a notable improvement over the previous V-8 model, which managed 18 mpg city, 23 mpg highway, and 20 mpg combined. Even the high-output version of the Hurricane, with its 540 horsepower and 521 lb-ft of torque, offers respectable efficiency ratings.


For those who prioritize fuel economy above all else, the most efficient option in the 2025 Ram 1500 lineup is the rear-wheel-drive HFE model with the base 3.6-liter V-6 engine, delivering 20 mpg city, 26 mpg highway, and 23 mpg combined.


While some enthusiasts may lament the loss of the iconic Hemi V-8, which has been a cornerstone of the Ram and Dodge brands for years, the new Hurricane I-6 engine represents a significant step forward in both power and efficiency. With its combination of performance and fuel economy, the 2025 Ram 1500 continues to be a compelling and competitive option in the pickup truck market.

April 1, 2024
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