Towing Economy - 2009 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 Long-Term Road Test

2009 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 Long Term Road Test

2009 Dodge Ram 1500: Towing Economy

January 11, 2010

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Last Friday, I topped up our longterm 2009 Dodge Ram's tank before towing a car on a two-axleopen trailerto Streets of Willow and back to the LA basin. That part of the trip was 216 miles.

Then I drove 37 miles in city slicker mode (i.e. not towing) before remembering that I wanted to refill right after de-hitching the trailer in order to assess the fuel economy of the towing trip. I also have a knack of forgetting to take photos of the complete rig(which explains photo of city slicker mode above). Oh well.

So this tankrepresents mostly towing, but not 100%. Total fuel economy was 12.6 miles per gallon.

When towing, tow/haul mode was engaged and the trip consisted almost entirely of freeway miles. The weight of the car + trailer is about 4000 pounds. Overall, 12.6 mpg isabout what I expected.

Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor @ 18,240 miles.

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