We currently have a 2019 Ram 1500 Rebel Crew Cab 4×4 for a week to review and thought what better way to kick it off than doing a highway MPG test. Our friends over at TFLTruck.com have run three highway MPG tests on their own 2019 Ram 1500 Rebel Crew Cab 4×4 and have been disappointed in the number each time, so when we picked this truck up we contacted them and both wanted to share information and results back and forth. We modeled our test after theirs to try and keep some continuity in the results.
The trucks are fairly similarly equipped, although they have the 5.7-liter HEMI with eTorque while our test truck is the standard 5.7-liter HEMI, but, we have two advantages. Firstly this test was done near my home in Vancouver, B.C at sea level while they are at elevation and our truck has the optional air suspension which means it lowers itself at highway speed for better aerodynamics while their truck has the coil suspension and fixed ride height. We modeled our test similarly picking a gas station as close to the highway as possible, using a Chevron that is about 1km (.5 mile) from the highway entrance.
We started out by filling the truck up, waiting 30 seconds after the pump shut off and filling it until it clicked again, reset the trip meter, fired the truck up and then headed for the highway. We did this test in midday to try and beat rush hour, but these days in Vancouver it’s rush hour almost any time during the day. We wanted to keep a constant 70 MPH (113KM/H) and were able to for the majority of the trip other than some stop and go traffic on the highway and dealing with a construction zone each way. This stretch of highway while mostly flat does have a few hilly sections as well which of course would affect MPG. We put the truck in the aero mode which it would do itself at highway speed anyways, and with an ambient temperature was 28°C (82°F) we had the air conditioning running the whole time.
The total distance for our trip was 170.7km (106.68 miles) by the time that we returned to the same Chevron station. We used the same pump and filled up again using the 2 click method, where the truck took 20.605 liters of gas. The trip computer was showing 12.7 Liters per 100 km (18.5 MPG) but hand calculations showed that we actually did better than the trip computer displayed. Upon hand calculating the numbers, we averaged 12.07 Liters per 100km or 19.49 MPG. The best that our friends at TFLTruck have been able to get out of their truck so far was 17.9 MPG, I have talked to Andre and they have an article coming about our test compared to theirs shortly so make sure to look for that.
Overall I am pleased with that result, the window sticker shows 11 liters per 100km on the highway and I think that if this was a clean run (no stop and go traffic, construction zones, etc) we would have achieved that number. Stay tuned to 5thGenRams for our full review of this 2019 Ram 1500 Rebel next week and of course, we would like to thank FCA Canada for providing us with this vehicle for a week.