What kind of mileage are you getting in your truck? How does the beastly 2017 Ram Power Wagon do on fuel economy after nearly 1,800 miles on the highway? Jeremy Turner sends us a real world mpg report after a long highway road trip. Jeremy writes…
I recently went on a road trip, taking my family to the beach in Port Aransas, TX from Clovis, New Mexico. It was an 1,800 mile round trip. I averaged 14.4 MPG on this trip [according to the trip computer]. This included idling (hot Texas days) and driving speed limits of 65, 75, 80 (I10), and 85 (toll road). I upgraded from a 2013 Ram 1500 Crew Cab Laramie 4×4 with the 5.7 HEMI. The best mileage I ever got out of my 1500 was 21 on flat terrain and no wind (rare in Eastern NM and West Texas). Normally I’d average around 16-17 (65-75 MPH). I didn’t buy the Power Wagon for mpg, but I am pleasantly surprised that I averaged 14.4. I will be making a trip to the mountains in northern NM in September. I will be pulling our UTV. With my old truck I’d average around 9 MPG, so I’m definitely hoping I get a little more out of the wagon due to more power.
We are impressed with the 14.4 MPG on the highway from the big Power Wagon with its 6.4L HEMI V8 (410 hp and 429 lb-ft of torque) and a 6-speed automatic. The HEMI does offer cylinder deactivation when full power is not required.
Here is the result we got on our new 50-mile combined city/highway MPG loop. We mashed up the new Power Wagon against a 4-cylinder Nissan Frontier.