Originally Posted by skytop
Dodge's light duty small diesel carries the $2,850 premium price on TOP OF the cost of the Hemi 5.7 option. Remember, this is a light duty diesel and not to be even remotely confused with the mighty Cummins engine.
Diesel fuel cost on average 11% to 12% more per gallon plus the cost of urea. Don't forget to add in the more expensive oil and filter changes. Finally, driving a diesel forces you to develop a good deal of patience due to the relative lack of performance of the package.
If mpg is your major goal, the Pentastar engine is a far better economical choice. If towing is your objective, the Cummins is the clear choice. With the new 8 speed tranny, the 5.7 Hemi offers a valid balance of satisfying power, versatility and moderate economy plus the ever important fun factor.
I'm sure any difference in oil or filter changes will be offset by not having to buy 16 spark plugs.