This long-termer has already made its first visit to the dealer, for its 5000-mile service. The techs performed a lube, oil, and filter change, rotated the tires and checked pressures, and did an overall inspection. Had this been a truck that uses Diesel Exhaust Fluid, the dealer likely would have refilled the tank, but the Ram line is the only one of the Big Three that doesn't need the urea-based fluid to meet 20101/2 emissions standards.

The Cummins turbodiesel's 650 pound-feet of torque has already been put to work by many staffers, some of whom used the Ram to move to new homes; took it on long road trips; or tested the Ram's mettle as a launch vehicle at a local lake. It has worked flawlessly so far, providing a quiet ride and an observed 15.3 mpg. After a bit more than three months in our fleet, it has racked up nearly 6000 miles on the odometer. We'll let you know how the lux lugger performs over the long haul.

2010 Ram 2500 HD Laramie Crew Cab
Price $53,675
Engine 6.7L/350-hp/650-lb-ft turbocharged diesel OHV 24-valve I-6
Miles 5515
EPA city/hwy fuel econ Not rated
CO2 emissions 1.48 lb/mile (observed)
Observed average mpg 15.3 mpg
Observed worst mpg 13.0 mpg
Observed best mpg 19.4 mpg
Average distance per fill-up 347.3 miles
Average cost per fill-up $77.18
Number of Services 1
Overall cost $180.44