SLT 4x2 Regular Cab 140 in. WB
2013 RAM 1500

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Engine Engine 3.6LV-6
MPG MPG 17 City / 25 Hwy
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2013 1500 Overview

You'll be forgiven for thinking the 2013 Ram 1500 looks vaguely familiar.In fact, the sheetmetal is all the same and surface changes are minor.However, most of what lies beneath and bookends that sheetmetal is new or revised for 2013.

The Ram 1500, considered a half-ton, can carry loads of stuff and can tow trailers similar to what the competition will.Maximum load and tow ratings among the major manufacturers change faster than mobile device operating systems and the only certainty is you want to consider a bigger pickup if you will frequently operate near those maximums.

The 2013 Ram 1500 offers three cabs, three bed lengths (two with RamBox), three engines, two transmissions, two suspension arrangements, and interiors from hose-out ethic to limo substitute.

The biggest news for 2013 is the smallest engine, a 3.6-liter four-cam V6 delivering 305 horsepower, which is 90 more than the 3.7-liter used on 2012 models, with 13 percent more torque and 20 percent better fuel economy.At introduction, the 2013 Ram gets bragging rights for best fuel economy.The engine is new only to Ram, already used in Chrysler Group's Jeeps, vans and cars.Ram HFE is aimed at high fuel economy: Ram HFE gets an EPA-rated 18/25 mpg City/Highway with V6 and 8-speed automatic.

Also significant news for 2013, and a first in pickups, is an 8-speed automatic transmission from German manufacturer ZF.It is standard with the V6 and will be available on the 5.7-liter V8 by calendar year 2013.Both the 310-hp 4.7-liter and 395-hp 5.7-liter V8s come with what's called a 6-speed automatic, though we maintain it compares to a 5-speed (see Driving Impressions).

The last major change is the addition of full air suspension, which offers automatic leveling, eases entry/exit, and offers variable ride height for off-highway travel.The air suspension is available on any model except the new Ram HFE fuel economy special, which includes automatic start/stop engine operation and a bed cover.

Other changes for 2013 include electric-assist steering, more sophisticated electrical systems, active grille shutters, projector and LED lights on higher-line versions, revised cabin materials and dashboards, a lighter frame and box supports, more aluminum suspension components, central locking system that includes tailgate and RamBox compartments, low rolling resistance tires (for fuel economy), keyless entry/start, power sliding defrostable rear window, power folding mirrors and rain-sensing wipers.

On the outside, Ram continues with imposing stature.Like many Dodge cars, the Ram's front end has a forward tilt, but it remains very aerodynamic.Detailing for 2013 lowered the coefficient of drag (one aspect of total aero resistance) from 0.386 to 0.360.

The Ram is a conventional full-size pickup truck, but it differs in rear suspension and powertrains from all its competitors: primarily Ford F-150 and the Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra twins, and to a lesser extent the Nissan Titan and Toyota Tundra.Because the Honda Ridgeline does not have a separate frame, cab and bed, nor a choice of two or four-wheel drive, we do not consider it a conventional half-ton pickup, although those buying a crew cab pickup primarily as a second car would be wise …
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2013 1500 Overview

You'll be forgiven for thinking the 2013 Ram 1500 looks vaguely familiar.In fact, the sheetmetal is all the same and surface changes are minor.However, most of what lies beneath and bookends that sheetmetal is new or revised for 2013.

The Ram 1500, considered a half-ton, can carry loads of stuff and can tow trailers similar to what the competition will.Maximum load and tow ratings among the major manufacturers change faster than mobile device operating systems and the only certainty is you want to consider a bigger pickup if you will frequently operate near those maximums.

The 2013 Ram 1500 offers three cabs, three bed lengths (two with RamBox), three engines, two transmissions, two suspension arrangements, and interiors from hose-out ethic to limo substitute.

The biggest news for 2013 is the smallest engine, a 3.6-liter four-cam V6 delivering 305 horsepower, which is 90 more than the 3.7-liter used on 2012 models, with 13 percent more torque and 20 percent better fuel economy.At introduction, the 2013 Ram gets bragging rights for best fuel economy.The engine is new only to Ram, already used in Chrysler Group's Jeeps, vans and cars.Ram HFE is aimed at high fuel economy: Ram HFE gets an EPA-rated 18/25 mpg City/Highway with V6 and 8-speed automatic.

Also significant news for 2013, and a first in pickups, is an 8-speed automatic transmission from German manufacturer ZF.It is standard with the V6 and will be available on the 5.7-liter V8 by calendar year 2013.Both the 310-hp 4.7-liter and 395-hp 5.7-liter V8s come with what's called a 6-speed automatic, though we maintain it compares to a 5-speed (see Driving Impressions).

The last major change is the addition of full air suspension, which offers automatic leveling, eases entry/exit, and offers variable ride height for off-highway travel.The air suspension is available on any model except the new Ram HFE fuel economy special, which includes automatic start/stop engine operation and a bed cover.

Other changes for 2013 include electric-assist steering, more sophisticated electrical systems, active grille shutters, projector and LED lights on higher-line versions, revised cabin materials and dashboards, a lighter frame and box supports, more aluminum suspension components, central locking system that includes tailgate and RamBox compartments, low rolling resistance tires (for fuel economy), keyless entry/start, power sliding defrostable rear window, power folding mirrors and rain-sensing wipers.

On the outside, Ram continues with imposing stature.Like many Dodge cars, the Ram's front end has a forward tilt, but it remains very aerodynamic.Detailing for 2013 lowered the coefficient of drag (one aspect of total aero resistance) from 0.386 to 0.360.

The Ram is a conventional full-size pickup truck, but it differs in rear suspension and powertrains from all its competitors: primarily Ford F-150 and the Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra twins, and to a lesser extent the Nissan Titan and Toyota Tundra.Because the Honda Ridgeline does not have a separate frame, cab and bed, nor a choice of two or four-wheel drive, we do not consider it a conventional half-ton pickup, although those buying a crew cab pickup primarily as a second car would be wise …Hide Full Review