2009 Dodge Ram 1500: Rocky Mountain High = 12.5 MPG
July 16, 2009
It's official: the 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 can knock down mountains, even when dragging 6,000 pounds behind it. The run from Denver to Grand Junction is approximately 250 miles and includes among the highest highway passes (Loveland and Vail)in North America.
TheRam pulledmy Plymouth GTX overboth passes at an average speed of 60 mph and could hit 70 whenever Iwanted, even on the steepest inclines. The only reason it didn't average70 is the trailer'smax speed rating of 55 mph. Sixty seems within the margin of error and a few quick blasts to 70 felt completely confident, butI'm not going to maintain that kind of speed on twistyI70 with 6,000 pounds in tow (even if the Ramis ready and willing).
A quick check of the Denver-to-Grand Junctionfuel sheet shows 12.5 mpg on that stretch of the trip. Considering the altitude,tonnage and my average speed, I'll take it.
Karl Brauer, Edmunds.com Editor in Chief