Once a year, the good people at WardsAutomotive put out their “10 Best Engines” list, which ends up being one of their most-read and most widely-distributed articles of the year, and for good reason. It highlights arguably the most important piece of equipment in an automobile and honors a number of different types of drivetrains.

As your RAM dealership, we were especially pleased to see that the V6 EcoDiesel engine under the hood of the 2016 RAM 1500 was one of the drivetrains listed once again this year, making it a third-straight appearance for one of the auto industry’s best-selling automobiles. In fact, it was one of only two vehicles on the entire list to repeat, and the only one to have appeared there three straight times.

Knowing all that, we probably shouldn’t have to do too much in terms of convincing our customers that, when it comes to RAM trucks, there really isn’t a more lauded and beloved one than this.

As for why this particular engine continues to resonate with consumers so thoroughly, the fact that it balances power and efficiency about as well as any pickup in the industry is a nice place to start. In terms of MPGs, it is among the best in its segment, but most important is that it’s able to muster up an impressive 420 lb-ft of torque from that efficient V6. There aren’t a lot of engines in the industry with those capabilities, which is what makes this particular one so special.

There are so many reasons to love the 2016 RAM 1500, and the sweet EcoDiesel under the hood of the pickup is one of the best of them. Here’s hoping it stays good enough to earn a fourth-consecutive appearance on Wards’ list next year!