Towing Trip Fuel Economy - 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Long-Term Road Test
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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: Towing Trip Fuel Economy

September 30, 2014

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

No regular reader of our long-term updates would reasonably think that we'd go on a towing trip with our long-term 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel and not report the trip's fuel economy.

Hit the jump.

As mentioned, this was an ironman trip and we were trying to meet a deadline at both ends. Thus, the pace was kept as high as possible. The photo above was taken at an exit off of Highway 99 during one of the very few stops we made. Spot the Ram among the big trucks.

Other fuel economy-related factors included the following:

Traffic was light overall. We were driving from Los Angeles to Willows, California, and back which doesn't involve much climbing other than the very long Grapevine grade. Tow/haul mode was switched on when towing. And the weather? Hot.

The return leg saw a higher average speed (kept pace with traffic) than the out leg, which ate into fuel economy. Overall, for the roughly 1,000-mile trip (97% of which were towing), the Ram EcoDiesel averaged 18.9 mpg.

Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor @ 12,532 miles.


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