Motor Trend has named their 2013 Truck of the Year, and this time, the coveted honor goes to Chrysler's 2013 Ram 1500. The Ram unseats the Ford F-150 pickup from Truck of the Year with a package that the magazine argues fulfills owners' needs for everyday usability as much as worksite utility.

MT points out that the 1500's available air suspension is a quantum leap in the light-duty pickup segment. This system can raise for more ground clearance or lower for highway driving. Chrysler has been pushing for friendly daily-driver manners for some time now – you'll recall it debuted coils in place of rear leaf springs in the 2009 Ram 1500, back when it the truck was sold under the Dodge nameplate. The new optional air setup is another step towards more comfortable everyday driving.

The Ram 1500 can also be paired with the company's 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 in place of the loveless 3.7-liter unit, in the process getting some pretty surprising fuel economy figures. MT also notes that the interior update – complete with available Uconnect 8.3-inch screen and new rotary shifter – is a welcome upgrade. These attributes have conspired to yield a deserving award for Team Ram, which MT says has nailed the motivations of light-duty truck buyers – comfort and capability in one package.


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      onewayroll
      • 2 Years Ago
      I hate those bed rails...on any truck.
      Christopher
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would not buy this thing. Worst resale, worst quality, homely looks and it's a Fiat...lol... well the last one maybe a stretch. You all can give me the thumbs down if you wanna. It might be an "ok" truck, but I smell a marketing ploy for a company that may need a boost. This truck cannot touch what the F-150 offers. And some one, I'm not mentioning any names (John B) said, it looks better? Bet he likes Whoopi Goldberg better than Sophia Vergara too. Motor Trend............................................................................................................................................................COME ON!
        sirjaysmith
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Christopher
        Admit it, you're a ford fanboi that's butthurt ford lost.
        Donny Hoover
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Christopher
        You can't go wrong with any of the big 3's full sized trucks. Anybody who says otherwise is either a fool, a troll, or both.
      MAX
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ram goin from almost the worst gas mileage to the best in the industry is a great accomplishment! Thanks Sergio! Hey TRDra fans RAM beats your antique tinny fake truck by 5 mpg on the highway and even beats the uselss Tacoma.
        Donny Hoover
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MAX
        LAWL! "Useless Tacoma". Not the biggest fan of the Tundra but you lost all your credibility when you said that.
          jtav2002
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Donny Hoover
          Yea really lol. I hardly consider my Tacoma useless. But it's a moot point. He's obviously just a hater, and probably doesn't even own a truck. Sure the fuel economy sucks on the Tacoma but it's hardly useless. Not everyone needs a full size, crew cab, long bed truck with 400hp and 11,000lb towing ratings.
        Camaroman101
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MAX
        only with the V6. the V8 fuel economy is still crap even with the new 8speed coming with an est. 20% gain in fuel economy it may only match current 15/21 rating of a 4x4 5.3L silverado or ecoboost f150.
          MAX
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Camaroman101
          Figures for the HEMI with the 8 speed have not been released. If they can tie the EcoBoost in gas mileage that would be a big victory because the HEMi is a simpler less expensive pushrod engine that will last longer than a V6 turbo with less maintainence and allow lower sticker prices. The TRDdra may not be tiny but it sure is tinny!
        XT6Wagon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MAX
        I don't like the Tundra, but its really not that bad. Its not tiny, and while its hardly built like the domestics, its still far tougher than most of its customers will ever need.
      Alex Rodriguez MacFa
      • 2 Years Ago
      This award is pretty lame. They only have like 5 competitors and most of them are the same from the year before. They should merge it with the SUV award and call it again Truck of the Year award like in the past so it can be as competitive as the Car of the Year award!!
        Bill Burke
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Alex Rodriguez MacFa
        The pickup market is so important that the candidates are really just Ram, Ford and Chevy/GMC. There is alot at stake between these three and the award matters. Look for Ram sales to increase since this is really an outstanding product. Chrysler has already added an overtime shift to keep up with demand. The Ram is hot and the award will make it molten hot.
          luigi.tony
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Bill Burke
          Why would Chrysler add to this? FIAT owns RAM!
        montoym
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Alex Rodriguez MacFa
        Even worse, 3 competitors this year, the Nissan NV (which competed last year, but this year offers a 12-seat version), the F-150 (which was added because it has new interior options and a new trim level) and then the Ram which also isn't all-new but is updated quite a bit. It's almost like they had to find some other competitors so they just picked whatever had some changes and went with it. That said, I do think the Ram deserves the award, they've really turned the Ram from an also-ran into a true competitor over the past several years.
      troy
      • 2 Years Ago
      rams still have the worst resale value, and the worst quality
        4gasem
        • 2 Years Ago
        @troy
        So you've driven and dissected the new 2013 huh?
        MAX
        • 2 Years Ago
        @troy
        NiSSAN TITAN HAS BY FAR THE WORST RESALE VALUE AND I'VE SEEN ADS SAYING RAM QUAD CAB BEATS F150 CREW CAB IN RESALE VALUE. BTW, RAM IS CANADA'S LONGEST LASTING TRUCK!
        MAX
        • 2 Years Ago
        @troy
        Nissan Titan has by far the worst resale value. Ram is Canada's longest lasting truck.
        Bill Burke
        • 2 Years Ago
        @troy
        Not in the real world Troy.
        Jake
        • 2 Years Ago
        @troy
        I've owned a Dodge truck. Worst vehicle I every purchased. Lived at the dealership being fixed.
        Karfreek
        • 2 Years Ago
        @troy
        My brothers 2011 Ram 1500 has never been in for warranty work. Can not say that about my Father-in-laws 2011 Silverado...
      • 2 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      ebn.hahn
      • 2 Years Ago
      TRuck of the year against who!!??. It is the ONly redesigned TRUCK for 2012... Firts Place in a ONE horse Race.. LOL
        MAX
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ebn.hahn
        Maybe Nissan, TRDyota and GM should have got their new trucks out sooner.
        Donny Hoover
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ebn.hahn
        "Okay guys, which truck are we gonna pick this year? Well, Toyota hardly ever redesigns theirs, so if they did this year, I think we should give it to them. No? They didn't? Okay then, looks like we're down to Ram, F-150 and Silverado cause nobody cares about the other ones. I need someone to find out which one was redesigned most recently, preferably this year. That's the one we'll pick. If it turns out that two of them were redesigned this year, we'll flip a coin over it." Said the folks at Motor Trend... ...every year.
      foxtrot685
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love this truck and the air suspension is pretty innovative. It also, to my knowledge, is load leveling when hauling and towing. At least I thought I read that somewhere. I really want to test drive one. I will wait until the 5.7L is available with the 8-speed automatic :) Well deserved win. ChryCo really went to town on making this thing top notch for the 2013 model year.
        Camaroman101
        • 2 Years Ago
        @foxtrot685
        has a cool feature with air suspension as well. it can tell you the weight of the payload or tongue weight when towing
          montoym
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Camaroman101
          Well, MT terms it all-new or significantly updated. It doesn't truly have to be all new to win.
      4gasem
      • 2 Years Ago
      RAM has done their homework this last year. I am in the market for a new truck and I'm pretty sure it'll be a RAM Sport. I'm just waiting for the 8 speed trans to be released.
      Bill Burke
      • 2 Years Ago
      I still maintain that the Ram brand will be the surprise of the Chrysler Group. They will be introducing two lines of vans and a mid-size "lifestyle" truck in the near future. Having been almost totally absent from these segments for awhile, I expect Ram sales, led by their truck of the year, to increase substancially. I think Ford will be pressed hard by Chrysler for their number two spot in sales. There is also more product in the works, as Ram has emerged from the shadows with great trucks that are selling well and gaining momentum daily. Congratulations Ram !
        DeathKnoT
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bill Burke
        I think you mean gm at the number 2. Check your numbers.
      Lane F
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well deserved win for the RAM team!
      rmkensington
      • 2 Years Ago
      Only time will tell their reliability over time. They dont have a stellar record.
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