It's not every day I get to commute to work in a full-size pickup truck. As an editor at Cars.com I test all types of vehicles, and many of them get put through my commute from the suburbs to downtown Chicago.
It's not a fun drive, sitting in congestion for an hour or more to go roughly 20 miles. But I get to test a few things in that setting, namely the high-tech multimedia systems and fuel economy in one of the most efficiency-sapping settings you can find.
I had a top-of-the-line 2013 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn Edition Crew Cab 4x4 with the 5.7-liter V-8 and eight-speed automatic transmission to test for two days, totaling four commutes - two inbound, two outbound. The Ram was lucky enough to come when bad weather and daylight saving time hit, a recipe for especially bad traffic.
If you have trouble reading the results in the image above, here's how the leather-appointed truck did:
Distance: 107.3 miles
Average MPG: 14.3 mpg
Average MPH: 23 mph
Elapsed Time: 4:29:31
Typically in this setting cars and SUVs I test return close to their city EPA rating. If they score significantly below I'm concerned.
The Hemi-powered truck delivered right below its 15 mpg city rating by the EPA. And it should be added this was in temperatures in the mid-30s to high teens. I had the truck in 4x2 mode and in Drive during the entire test.