My bride and I headed to the Tri Cities today to run some errands. I dropped her at Hobby Lobby while I went to the Ram/Jeep dealership. I have some long time friends who work there so I usually stop in and say hi!
Today when I stopped, I had it in the back of my mind to ask about the new HD Ram pickups....I've been waiting for them to land here. I walked in the side door and did not see any, so after harassing the staff for a while, I simply asked when they expected to get one of the new HD trucks in. The Sales Manager replied that they had one setting out front! I asked if it was a Laramie with a diesel and he said, "Nope, it's a Hutch truck... A Tradesman with a 392 and the new 8 speed auto!"
They threw me the keys, and you can probably guess what happened!
Old one on the right....new one on the left:
So I've driven it about 140 miles, and I believe it is much quieter tha the older model. Power is good with the 392 and auto. It seems much better than the 392 auto I had a few years ago. Gas mileage appears to be similar to the old one - about 14 mpg overall.
My initial impression is we have a winner, but time and miles will tell the true story!