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What do you get when you take a Ram 1500 EcoDiesel and improve its aerodynamics? You get a truck that’s capable of 29 MPG on the highway and 24 MPG combined, good enough to be best in class.

The Ram 1500 HFE debuted today at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, promising some pretty impressive fuel numbers. The trim package is only available on the Ram 1500 Tradesman Quad Cab four-door with a 6-ft 4-in bed and 20-inch wheels.

The fuel economy gains come thanks to wheel-to-wheel side steps and a tri-fold tonneau cover which contributes to better fuel efficiency through aerodynamics. That’s in addition to the usual fuel economy saving features like the eight-speed automatic transmission, 3.0-liter diesel engine, stop-start system, grille shutters and air suspension.

HFE models also get a unique badge that heralds their MPG claims. Full fuel economy ratings are 21 mpg city, 29 mpg highway and 24 mpg combined. Ram says that its truck is now 12 percent more fuel efficient than its closest competitor.
For more information on this story, 2015 RAM 1500 HFE Hauls 29 MPG Into Detroit and for all of our North American International Auto Show coverage please visit AutoGuide.com.
 

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I DO NOT understand why people praise this powertrain so much.

29mpg is great, sure. But when you pay a hefty premium to get that engine, not to mention that diesel fuel is almost a dollar more per gallon than gasoline (at least here in PA), you get a more expensive vehicle [not to mention, not every gas station has diesel fuel available]. Why is this such a foreign concept to some? If I remember correctly (lemme know if I'm wrong), this diesel is out-towed by Ford offerings as well. This is not an economical vehicle.

What about this truck am I missing that makes everyone seems to think it's the best thing since sliced bread? I am, frankly, quite unimpressed.
 

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It also desperately needs a facelift, but now I'm just nitpicking. It is a nice truck, and it did beat the F-150 in a comparison or two. But I just don't get it.
 

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Someone say this and is true: 12% better fuel economy with a 30% more expensive diesel... The customer loses money with this truck.
 
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