Originally Posted by truwrxtacy
Hey guys I know that the combined is suppose to be 18 mpg on the 8 speed auto. Does anyone have any real life numbers? Is it at 18? High or lower?
First, I dont see any 2013/14 Ram 1500 with a "Combined" FE of 18.
the Hemi/8-spd - either 2WD or 4WD - have a Combined FE of 17;
while the V6/8-spd 4WD is 19, 2WD is 20, and HFE is 21 (!).
Second, It's important to remember that (in US):
the "Label" fuel economy of a vehicle is a sales weighted average of ALL the vehicles from that manufacturer with THE SAME powertrain
so for example the hemi/8-spd 4x4 1500 has a "Label" FE of 15 city/17 combined /21 hwy.
this is the (sales-weighted) AVERAGE of EVERY SINGLE 1500 with the hemi/8-spd/4x4 !
All the stripper Tradesman RC/SB, All the Fully Loaded Crew Cabs, and everything in between..
All the 3.21, 3.55, 3.92 axles .
All the 17" & 20" tire, including the various tires in each size.
That is A LOT of variability !
And - sorry but- the more options you have on your truck,
the more likely you will be to have Fuel economy that is LESS THAN average.
Especially the 3.55 & 3.92 axles, and of course the heavier 4-doors, and the off-road tires..
The *only* factory option that I know of which would actually IMPROVE the fuel economy is the tonneau cover.
Well the EcoDiesel would also help