• May 29, 2008
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Dodge announced today that its redesigned 2009 Ram 1500 will be 20 gain in highway fuel economy. For instance, the 2008 Ram Quad Cab Laramie with the old 5.7L gets 15 city / 19 highway, while the 2009 model will get 23 mpg on the interstate, so says Dodge. We should point out that these gains will only be achieved while highway cruising, so we expect the 2009 model to remain in the mid-teens around the city where aerodynamics are largely irrelevant and stop-and-go driving leads to low miles per gallon. Still, what gains in fuel economy there are to be had are still impressive considering the HEMI's big bump, which was needed in power to keep the Ram competitive with its Detroit rivals and the Toyota Tundra. With sales of profitable full-size trucks falling fast on account of high gas prices, we bet every truck manufacturer will be touting their own fuel economy improvements, however small, in the coming year.


[Source: The Detroit News]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I still want to know how little Dodge can afford to give the Ram a completely new body right down to the last detail, but Ford has to recycle the 04 doors, windows and basic shape on their 09?
      • 6 Years Ago
      You guys have it all wrong, they have come up with a new way of testing for mileage. Start truck, load said truck into Hercules, keep truck running until highest possible attitude is attained, push truck out still running, measure remaing fuel in tank once truck is on the ground, devide by attitude of release point.
      • 6 Years Ago
      hopefully this will slap other mftrs in the face and get them to wake up. japanese and many european mftrs have been doing this for years. Using AERO design and research to improve gas mileage. If dodge can do it, surely ford and gm can. so really, stop complaining about the CAFE standards, and start hittin corners here and there to find fuel savings. imagine the savings if they would have moved to something even more efficient like direct injection in the motor.
        • 6 Years Ago
        if you're posting to be sarcastic...i say to you, look at the industry as a whole. not just the one car truck/suv toyota makes. When it comes to trucks, IMO i'd hands down go domestic (especially GM) over a toyota/nissan. ever seen the the mpg a taco gets? ridiculous...they really need to learn some tricks from gm (variable displacement).
        • 6 Years Ago
        As I look at the Tundra and definitely think "aerodynamic"
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why not stick with the 345 Horses, and drastically improve the MPG ?
      It doesn't make sense to raise the power and still raise the fuel economy slightly, when they could apply this to a still strong low-300 hp range, and achieve a truly class leading MPG ?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I doubt there is too much fooling around with the gearing. my '06 Ram with MDS regularly gets between 20-21 MPG with 3.90 gears and factory 20" wheels at 75 MPH. I've had several tanks at 21.9.

      AZMike
        • 6 Years Ago
        Your 21 mpg is presumably steady cruise on the highway.

        The EPA test is a short highway loop from a standing start with multiple slowdowns and re-accelerations, and then adjusted by an undisclosed formula incorporating results from other tests mostly concerning fuel used for acceleration.

        If this 20% boost is a legitimate result from more effective MDS and better aerodynamics, and not test specific gamesmanship, you should expect more like 25-26 in real world 65 mph cruising.

        Personally I don't buy it, that's a better EPA score than the 2WD Hybrid Tahoe - with a lower chin air dam and smooth enclosed cargo area for an advertised CD of 0.34, much lower than any pickup truck, and MDS, and a power neutered Atkinson cycle engine.

        I think it's MDS gaming for the known quantity treadmill test and this is one estimate you won't beat in the real world.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Probably from cylinder deactivation.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Sorry-- altitude-- remaining-- divide-- altitude. Long day
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wouldn't say that it's impossible, but I wouldn't hold my breath for it.. not something coming from Chrysler. 21 wouldn't surprise me, but 23 will. GM can get 26 mpg from a 7.0L small block, so it's definitely possible.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Despite being a fan of GM's trucks and v8's, this is impressive. And it looks pretty mean as well.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nearly 400hp in the "run of the mill" truck? I know I need no more then 300 for something this size.... So how will the lower end models now preform with the aero upgrades?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Aerodynamic improvements alone could account for alot of it - e/g Ford claiming that the new front facia on the escape is good for 2-3mpg at 70mph..

      This is great though - trucks can't and won't disappear but the more green we can make them the better. I work in the oilfield industry and I don't foresee a fleet of smart cars for us anytime soon. I'll be interested to see what the new Ram hybrid will bring to the table for mpg..
      • 6 Years Ago
      The 6.1 is not equipped with MDS, and with 10.3:1 compression isn't exactly emissions friendly. In the SRTs it's only rated for 19 highway..so in the truck it would outright suck. It WOULD make for a good SRT-8 Ram, which might be in our future. Dodge is already showing off it's R/T Ram, which uses the standard 5.7L but with some suspension and appearance tweaks, with 4:10 gears, and is rumored to go 0-60 in under 7 seconds....not bad for a truck.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Maybe it won't catch the Toy, but the Titan is a moot point since Dodge is going to be building them in Saltillo starting in 2010. I'm really not concerned with the Tundra because it's a gas hog, and speed/performance is a cursory concern for most people when buying trucks.

        I will agree a better gearing spread would be nice, even if they kept it a 5 speed design. The 545RFE is a very stout transmission that can take a lot of punishment.
        • 6 Years Ago
        If gas prices hadn't killed the recreational pickup we probably would be seeing that 6.1 - with MDS added - in this truck to outpower the Tundra.

        The Toyota is so fast because it has a proper close ratio 6 speed. The Ram 5 speed is spaced just like a 4 speed with an extra OD that does no good for acceleration.

        So 4.10s or no this Dodge isn't catching it. Doubt it'll catch the Titan either.
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