I guess on the flip side, the amount of engine braking engineered into the Ram does help your brake pad life a little.
Rockwell, I agree - I notice a lot more engine braking in my Ram than I have in other vehicles, and my trans always seems like it wants to downshift a little before I'd like it to when rolling to a stop, but I have found this to be a positive for times when I'm towing, etc. But yes, not to over-analyze your post - I agree with you on your point.
In fact, my trans downshifts a lot earlier now than it did when the truck was new. I'm not talking a spread of a few thousand miles, where the trans learned my driving habits. I'm talking from the time it was new to now, where I have 110K miles on it. In the last 20K miles, I started getting a more abrupt downshift when rolling to a stop.
2010 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT Big Horn, Crew Cab HEMI
2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited