Surprisingly, many full-size pickup truck drivers are claiming that fuel-efficiency, not horsepower, torque, or towing capacity is the most important factor in a new vehicle. In fact, MPGs seem to be the new primary standard on which all new vehicles are measured. With all signs pointing to the continued rise of gas prices, it seems as though this efficiency mindset may be here to stay.
In order to meet this demand, Chrysler is implementing fuel saving technology across all models; including the 1500 series Ram trucks. The Ram 1500 is able to achieve up to 25 mpg on the highway when equipped as the HFE (High Fuel Efficiency) model. In order to achieve this, it rides on a lightened steel frame. An aluminum hood, lighter engine block and transmission also contribute to making the truck easier to move. Even the high-powered V8 model’s powerplant is a full 30 pounds lighter than last years’.
Other technology that will help to improve overall fuel economy included start-stop systems, automatic grille shutters, air suspension that can lower the truck at highway speeds, and a super efficient eight-speed transmission. All of these systems combine for an average of 21 combined highway and city MPGs. This should definitely mitigate your pain at the pump!