2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: More Road Trip Fuel Economy
August 15, 2014
Shortly after the Wyoming road trip I took the Ram to Northern California. Though the driving conditions weren't ideal, they were better than what we experienced on our way to the Tetons.
The trek to Northern California is slower going than across Utah and Wyoming. The speed limit is lower (75 vs. 80) and the traffic is more dense so average speed is lower. The temperature was also milder, in the 80s most of the time, creeping into the low 90s on occasion. Even so, this trip had its share of two-lane mountain road driving at altitude. We topped out at 7,100 feet on Packer Saddle in the northern Sierra Nevada.
Over the 1,200 miles the truck recorded 27.1 mpg, slightly below its 28 mpg EPA highway rating. We've found the onboard fuel economy to be reasonably accurate, but haven't calculated to actual mpg for this trip yet. I'll let you know if it varies significantly from the below.
Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor @ 10,181 miles