Gas Mileage Ratings for 2009 Ford F-150 and Dodge Ram 1500
The updated F-150 offers a new six-speed automatic transmission and a new three-valve 4.6-liter V-8. According to the EPA, where the 2008 F-150 with two-wheel drive, a four-speed automatic and the two-valve, 4.6-liter V-8 got an estimated 14/19 mpg city/highway, the two-wheel-drive 2009 F-150 with the six-speed automatic and three-valve 4.6-liter V-8 is rated at 15/20 mpg. The four-wheel-drive version sees mileage jump from 13/17 mpg to 14/19 mpg — an improvement of 12 percent on the highway.
The new six-speed transmission is also paired with the F-150’s flex-fuel 5.4-liter V-8 for 2009. The two extra gears help raise fuel economy from 13/17 mpg to 14/20 mpg for 4x2 F-150s, and from 13/17 mpg to 14/18 mpg for 4x4 pickups.
Ford won't offer a six-cylinder engine for the F-150 in 2009; the four-speed automatic 4.6-liter V-8 is rated the same 14/19 mpg as last year's 4.2-liter V-6. A new fuel-efficient EcoBoost V-6 is expected for the F-150 by 2010.
Ford is expected to officially announce fuel economy figures for the 2009 F-150 later this month.
The all-new Dodge Ram 1500 carries over last year's five-speed automatic transmission. It makes most of its mileage gains from improved aerodynamics and a revised 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 gas engine.
According to the EPA, the two-wheel-drive 2009 Ram with the five-speed automatic and 380-horsepower, 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 is rated 14/20 mpg, which is one highway mpg better than the 215-hp, 3.7-liter V-6 2008 Ram with two-wheel drive and a four-speed automatic. That's an 8 percent improvement for the new Hemi in city driving conditions versus last year's 345-hp Hemi, which is rated at 13/19 mpg.
A summary of EPA fuel economy estimates for 2009 F-150 and Ram 1500 trucks is listed below. The best ratings for each truck are highlighted in green.