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2018 Dodge RAM 1500 Gas Mileage vs. The Competition

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The 2018 RAM 1500 MPG rating is a bit of a soft spot for this truck, as it falls toward the back of the pack for V8 efficiency. The gas mileage RAM Trucks offer is more acceptable with some engine options than others, but that often comes with reduced towing capacity and sluggish performance. Poor performance and low gas mileage leads to unsatisfactory results in head to head comparisons.

The true test of a powerful pickup is how it performs with a V8 engine. The RAM gas mileage is weak in this area. Although the truck tries to make up lost ground with a cylinder deactivation feature to reduce power to its 5.7 liter V8, this isn’t enough to make it competitive with its more efficient peers.

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2018 Dodge Ram 1500 Fuel Economy Rating Comparison by Trim Level

The United States government conducted an independent study of the gas mileage for different 2018 Ram 1500 trim levels. The results confirm that the new Ram achieves relatively low mileage per gallon compared to some other trucks. The Ram 1500 puts up especially low gas mileage when it comes to its V8 offerings. Each 2018 Ram 1500 V8 gets less than 20 miles per gallon combined, making it one of the least efficient options for gas guzzling pickup trucks. The results from fueleconomy.gov are as follows:

2018 Ram 1500 2WD 8 cyl, 5.7 L, Automatic 8-spd

  • Fuel Type: Midgrade Gas
  • City MPG: 15
  • Highway MPG: 22
  • Combined: 17

2018 Ram 1500 4WD 8 cyl, 5.7 L, Automatic 6-spd

  • Fuel Type: Midgrade Gas
  • City MPG: 13
  • Highway MPG: 18
  • Combined: 14

2018 Ram 1500 4WD 8 cyl, 5.7 L, Automatic 8-spd

  • Fuel Type: Midgrade Gas
  • City MPG: 15
  • Highway MPG: 21
  • Combined: 17

2018 Ram 1500 2WD 6 cyl, 3.6 L, Automatic 8-spd

  • Fuel Type: Regular Gas
  • City MPG: 17
  • Highway MPG: 25
  • Combined: 20

2018 Ram 1500 4WD 6 cyl, 3.6 L, Automatic 8-spd

  • Fuel Type: Regular Gas
  • City MPG: 16
  • Highway MPG: 23
  • Combined: 19

2018 Ram 1500 2WD 6 cyl, 3.0 L, Automatic 8-spd

  • Fuel Type: Diesel
  • City MPG: 20
  • Highway MPG: 27
  • Combined: 23

2018 Ram 1500 4WD 6 cyl, 3.0 L, Automatic 8-spd

  • Fuel Type: Diesel
  • City MPG: 19
  • Highway MPG: 27
  • Combined: 22

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United States Government Assessment of Fuel Efficiency

The above stats aren’t the only worrisome details about the Dodge Ram 1500. U.S. Department of Energy is the official United States government source for fuel economy information. They conducted a study where they reviewed 2018’s most and least fuel efficient trucks, vans and SUVs.

In the Standard Pickup Truck EPA class, the RAM 1500 four-wheel drive with a 5.7 liter eight cycle V8 tied with the Toyota Tundra for last place. Both models get only 14 miles per gallon on the U.S. Department of Energy’s combined estimate for city and highway efficiency.

High Gas Mileage Trucks in Arizona

To put it simply, you’re best served looking elsewhere for V8 performance with healthy fuel economy. The 2018 RAM V8 just can’t compete with the industry’s best engines. The smartest decision is to trust a truck toward the top of Car and Driver’s list.

More specifically, consider the number one ranked Chevy Silverado. The speedometer moves quickly, but the fuel gauge doesn’t. With 18 city/highway combined MPG, you can take a long test drive and barely make a difference to the gas tank. See for yourself at your local Valley Chevy Dealer.