2017 Chevy HD vs Ford SD vs Ram HD truck MPG challenge

Discussion in 'Fuel Economy' started by ALS, Mar 13, 2017.

  1. ALS

    ALS Super Moderator Staff Member

    If you're looking for fuel economy in a big truck diesel these three are definitely not your first choice.

    With a 22.8K pound trailer and cruise control set at 70 mph.

    Ram 3500 HD 6.59 mpg

    Chevy Silverado HD 6.4 mpg

    Ford F-350 SD 5.7 mpg

    So now when I see people using these trucks as daily drivers I'm really going to bust a gut laughing myself silly.

     
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  2. seftonm

    seftonm Veteran Staff Member

    That echoes what I've seen elsewhere, the Ram is the slowest but the most efficient.
     
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  3. RedylC94

    RedylC94 Well-Known Member

    But, but ... people using those monsters as "daily drivers" aren't towing 11.4 tons all the time, so won't burn THAT much. (Which is not to say I sanction such fuelishness.)
     
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  4. Carcus

    Carcus Well-Known Member

    You could also offer up that it was cold and wet, so mpg's got reduced "unfairly". But then you would have to look at the "track" , .. which looks to me like (and I'm guessing) Hudson (the Love's) and Ft Morgan (the turnaround?) CO. So there's a substantial advantage of being between 5,000' and 4,300' elevation with mostly flat terrain.

    Combine this test with Fuelly numbers and it looks like 12-14 mpg unladen and 5-7 mpg towing for the latest and greatest 1 ton diesels.
     

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