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Ram 1500

Refreshed and ready to take on any job.

For 2013, a thorough midcycle update to the Ram 1500 delivers even more comfort, luxury, and technology than the truck already had. A new front fascia sports vertical foglights, larger front tow-hook openings, and a larger grille. A new 3.6-liter V-6 replaces the tired 3.7-liter unit. This engine has a higher output in the Ram — 305 hp and 269 lb-ft — than in other Chrysler applications. Paired with the eight-speed transmission, this strong, smooth powerplant is quite lively at about 4000 rpm. Single-gear downshifts happen early on slight uphill grades, and full-throttle kickdown occurs quickly. Even better, at 17/25 mpg with rear-wheel drive, the Ram is able to claim the best fuel economy of any full-size truck. Going from under the hood to under the body, there’s another major upgrade for 2013: an air suspension. Since 2009, all Ram 1500 models have ridden on coil springs rather than traditional leaf springs, giving the truck a comfortable ride. It gets even better when you add air springs, available on all Quad Cab and crew-cab trim levels. The new suspension allows four inches of ride-height adjustability and has a self-leveling feature that will lift the rear end back to normal ride height twenty seconds after a load has been placed on the rear axle. The 1500 has needed a refresh for a while now, and Ram delivered.

COMPETITORS

Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Ford F-150

Nissan Titan

Toyota Tundra

new for 2013

The Ram 1500 is now available with an eight-speed automatic transmission, a more powerful V-6 engine, air springs, fuel-saving automatic stop/start, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and an 8.4-inch touch-screen infotainment system.

SAFETY EQUIPMENT

Standard features include front, knee, side, and side curtain air bags; ABS; stability and traction control; hill-start assist; and trailer-sway control. Adjustable pedals, rear park assist, and a rear backup camera are among the optional safety features.

MPG

CITY 13–17

HWY 19–25

PRO

Excellent ride quality

Loaded with technology

Impressive fuel economy

CON

Quad Cab isn’t a substitute for a SuperCab

Ford F-150 offers better handling

Base Price Range: $23,585–$48,415

SPECIFICATIONS

DRIVE: Rear-wheel, 4-wheel

TRIM LEVELS: Tradesman, Express, Outdoorsman, ST, SLT, Sport, Lone Star, Big Horn, Laramie, Laramie Longhorn, Laramie Limited

BODY STYLE: Pickup, 2- to 6-passenger

ENGINES: 3.6L V-6, 305 hp, 269 lb-ft (E85 capable)

4.7L V-8, 310 hp, 330 lb-ft (E85 capable)

5.7L V-8, 395 hp, 407 lb-ft

TRANSMISSIONS: 6- or 8-speed automatic

PASSENGER VOLUME: 63.0–125.3 cu ft

CAPACITIES: Towing 4000–10,450 lb; payload 1430–6800 lb

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