WaPo's Warren Brown: New Dodge Ram Too Thirsty

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago
wapo s warren brown new dodge ram too thirsty

Dodge has a new full-size Ram pickup on the streets. Well, at the dealership. Anyway, the fact that it’s a gas hog– albeit a slightly more efficient gas hog– won’t come as much of a surprise to anyone familiar with the breed. Of course, a Washington Post staffer is hardly likely to be a member of the genre’s core clientele– or at least admit as much to his chardonnay swilling compatriots. And yet the WaPo’s nominal car critic Warren Brown feels compelled– compelled I tell you– to devote virtually his entire Ram review to the behemoth’s fuel economy, or lack thereof. “Our 2009-model test truck came with the short cargo bed — five feet and seven inches long. Had we gotten one with the long cargo bed, eight feet, we could have distributed our cargo over a longer surface, thereby reducing its height. We would have gotten better mileage that way… It usually takes more energy to drive four wheels than it does to drive two, especially if much of that driving will be uphill, which was the case on the New York end of our trip. The upshot is that we burned regular gasoline at the disappointing rate of 15 miles per gallon on the highway, an egregious consumption accompanied by a total $225 fuel bill for a round trip of nearly 700 miles.” On the positive side, “Chrysler is whacking as much as 40 percent off Rams’ list price.” Uh, that’s LAST YEAR’S Ram, Warren. Well, for now.

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  • Joeaverage Joeaverage on Sep 24, 2008
    And it surprised me at first to learn that the truck had a 5 pot inline engine and not a V-8. That means each cylinder’s capacity is MORE than 1 liter! So what did they have to do to make it run? Dual spark plugs? Does it ping like crazy? Am thinking of several 80s cars we had and of a Kia I listened to in traffic this morn. That's a big piston for a frame front to race across each time the piston gets to TDC. I am assuming that the piston is a large diameter and that the stroke is not greater than that of a Massey-Ferguson tractor. Oh, and Lindsay Lohan is apparently gay too. I totally get that though. I mean I've been a lesbian trapped in a man's body all my life. Look at what I drive... Of course my wife hates that joke, especially when we've put the kids to bed, nothing good is on TV and we're eying each other in that "special" way. :) Yeah, yeah my jokes are getting worse. Back to work I go.
  • Joeaverage Joeaverage on Sep 24, 2008

    frame front = flame front

  • Davey49 Davey49 on Sep 25, 2008

    The Cummins is a 6 cylinder Diesels have no spark plugs Cat makes a 15 Liter inline 6 Engines for ocean going ships can be made up to 25000 liters. Do a search for worlds largest engine

  • Joeaverage Joeaverage on Sep 26, 2008

    Yep I know all that except I missed the fact that it is a diesel. Thanks for setting me straight. Yes, was in the Navy. We had six very large diesels on board our ship. Two for generating electricity (were "mine" as an electrician and four for racing submarines.