The capability race is far from over. The 2014 Ram 1500 takes top spot in V-6 towing capacity at 7,450 pounds, according to manufacturer. To reach the best-in-class number, Ram powertrain engineers added a more robust parking gear to the exclusive 8-speed TorqueFlite 8 for a higher capacity rating.
"There was more towing capacity in the V-6 Ram 1500 but we needed to upgrade the transmission to hold the truck and trailer when parked on steep grades," said Mike Cairns - chief engineer, Ram Truck. "Now that we're building the transmissions ourselves, the improvements are included in the new assembly. "
Ram also finalized towing numbers for the exclusive Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. In a 2WD, two-door, long bed configuration, the new EcoDiesel will tow up to 9,200 pounds. The new diesel engine approaches much larger displacement V-8 towing capability with a small but powerful 3.L V-6 and best-in-class fuel efficiency of better than 25 mpg on the highway.