Posted: 06/27/08 11:26 AM
One of the most exciting concept vehicles at the 1999 Los Angeles Auto Show was the Dodge Power Wagon...
...The roaring Hemi V-8 delivers loads of torque for motivating this 3-ton gargantuan, which is rated to tow 10,000 pounds. The automatic transmission provided crisp shifts.
As expected, gas mileage was paltry. Driving conservatively, the best I managed was 10.5 mpg, according to the trip computer.
Super bad, though nowhere near as cool as the Power Wagon concept.
Getting into the cabin requires a mighty hoist because the lower door sill is lifted so high off the ground. And don't forget when exiting how high up you are: It's a long way to fall. This truck cries out for a step.
Now, I suppose a serious off-road type might appreciate Power Wagon, and Four Wheeler magazine gave it "Pickup Truck of the Year" honors in 2005. But for most of us, the brutal ride and other compromises are not worth it.
Posted: 06/27/08 11:48 AM
Power Wagon is definitely one of the most impressive full-size trucks on the market from a capability standpoint. Diesel option would be nice, but evidently it wouldn't fit with the built-in winch.