Since the weekend, we've been hit with 16" of snow. I spent about 98% of my time in the Ram yesterday and today in 2WD. Yes, I did engage the front on a couple occasions to see how the truck handled, as I had yet to put the beast in 4WD this winter.
The punchline is, I got around fine even in the deep, slushy snow of this morning's commute.
The ass would slid a bit under power if I didn't carefully modulate the throttle -it is a 345 hp Hemi after all-
but so long as I was driving prudently, I didn't have any issue whatsoever navigating on the morning commute.
As I puttered carefully alongside front wheel drive cars, I made what I thought was an interesting observation of other truck and SUV drivers: they almost universally drive too fast in the snow, as the four wheel drive capabilities of their respective rigs obviously provides a false sense of security.
I'm not gonna turn into a Birkenstock wearing anti-SUV tree hugger, but my love affair with big trucks continues to dwindle. After owning probably a dozen pickups since I was 21 yoa, his Dodge will most assuredly be my last full size truck or SUV.
The wife and I have talked, and if gas goes to $3 a gallon I'm going to take the hit now and trade out of the lease. Even at a very conservative 12,000 miles driven a year, at that price of fuel my Ram would cost me upwards of three hundred bucks a month in gasoline (essentially another car payment on top of my payment).
I'm beginning to believe that unless you live in the Northeast, are a contractor, or pull a trailer and need the added space for tools and gear, pickups are just about useless for the average commuter.