This is one tall freakin' pickup! Like Matt, one of the most lasting impressions I have of the Power Wagon is of its extreme height. Perhaps surprisingly, then, the giant three-quarter-ton Dodge (yes, this test vehicle still has a Dodge badge on it; no "Ram" branding yet) actually drives fairly well on the highway. The 383-hp Hemi certainly helps, offering plenty of passing power. Speaking of power, I know that the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor has a totally different purpose, but I think the Power Wagon could beat it at many tasks, particularly where acceleration is concerned, even versus an upgraded 6.2-liter Raptor. And the Power Wagon would likely beat the Ford at low-speed off-road stuff, too, particularly with the help of a stock (and supercool) Warn winch.
Like Matt, I put the Power Wagon to work, filling its bed with heavy boxes for my daughters' unassembled bunk beds, and, although I had to carefully pack the smallish cargo box, the truck had absolutely no problem hauling around some 1000 pounds of payload. Plus, it made the vehicle ride more smoothly, which was a welcome change after a fifty-mile rush-hour drive on the highway. The indicated fuel economy of 12 mpg was tough to swallow, though.
I half-expected a higher price than the Ram's $48K sticker, especially after driving a $60K Chevy three-quarter-ton pickup recently. Of course, the Dodge lacks leather upholstery, navigation, a sunroof, and many other cushy features...but that's nicely in line with Power Wagon tradition.
Rusty Blackwell, Copy Editor