2009 Dodge Ram 1500: Great Tow Vehicle
January 26, 2010
Our long-term 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 is definitely being used in the mannerin which a pickup is intended. It was my tow vehicle once again this past weekend, this time to Firebird Raceway in Phoenix, AZ, and back to the Edmunds mothership here in Santa Monica.
The trip confirmed my earlier impressions that the Ram is a fine tow vehicle.The cabin is exceptionally devoid of tire roar and wind noise, which reduces the fatigue you experience during those long hauls. It rides very well, too. It'sreally rather plush, especially withall its amenities.
Long stints in the saddle are made nicer by the butt fans in the seat, andthe backup camera makes lining up the trailer hitch a one-attempt affair. So simple. The seat and steering wheel heaters fire up quickly. Did I alreadymention I love that heated wheel? Yes, I believe I did.
Here's a minor observation --when the climate control is set to "auto," it won't let you switch on the recirc. I tried this a couple of times when following a particularly stinky truck. Turns out you have to go to manual first, then engage recirc. Weird.
Fuel economy for this 620-mile round trip averaged 12.5 mpg, which is ever soslightly lower than the 12.6 mpg measured on a previous towing excursion. It's a statistically insignificant difference, but I'll go ahead and attributethe 0.1 mpg reduction to these bad boys:
That's30,000 nickels right there ($1,500), weighing a total of 337 pounds. And it's what you get when you take the overall win at the 24 Hours of LeMons, which is exactly what my team, Eyesore Racing, did over the weekend.
Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor @ 19,585 miles.