Originally Posted by Carol H
Steve is most of your driving outside of busy traffic areas?
The reason I ask is while shopping of a new truck I noted the the highway MPG's on the new V8's was in fact better than the V6. But when I questioned the sales staff ( one owned the V6 and the other owned the V8 version of the truck I was looking at) they suggest that if the V6 was a good match for my trailer size/weight etc (and it is) then while the V8 would give me better mpgs on the highway, it would not do as well on MPG's as my daily drive around town as the V6. Has that been your experience?
When we retired we moved to our lake home in rural Wisconsin.
I would estimate that 80 to 90% of our driving is highway driving because there is no city near us to drive in. The highway mileage for my V8 , if you can believe the onboard computer is about 21 MPG not towing. Towing , I've been as low as 11.5 MPG going uphill and fighting a headwind and as high as 17.0 MPG going downhill with a strong tailwind.
My wife and I and another couple just completed a 4000 mile trip to Jasper , Banff and Glacier NP. I was towing my 3500 lb Casita
with my Ram 1500- Hemi , my buddy was pulling his 34 ft, 10,000 lb 5th wheel with a Ram 2500 6.7 liter diesel. On flat terrain our MPG were close but in the mountains he got better mileage.
To answer your question . I have owned 3 -6 cylinder trucks and 3- 8 cylinder trucks. The 6 cylinder vehicles did better in the city and the V8's did better on the highway whether towing or not.
I have owned Ford ,Chevy and Dodge trucks so my experience is based on those three brands.