- pickup 74,734
- Colorado Springs, CO
- 4 years
2013 ram 1500 review this car review is specific to this model, not the actual vehicle for sale. 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. 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. 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. Though it varies by region there are 10 ram 1500 nameplates. brand loyalty in pickup trucks makes some sports rivalries look like civilized debate, and many will recommend only one despite the fact that there are no bad pickups. Shopping is made more difficult by so-called competitive comparisons we've seen online that imply drum brakes are better than disc brakes (we disagree) or 300 horsepower is superior to 400 pound-feet of torque (ditto). Add to that payload and tow ratings that change frequently. Gm and ford half-tons offer more engine choices but none has an 8-speed automatic. Some of these, such as big horn and lone star, are primarily cosmetic and packaging and available only in certain regions. Note ram terminology can be confusing: some 'long' and 'short' beds are the same length, depending on cab, so shop by tape measure, not ram's labels. There is no tradesman 1500 hd for 2013. (ram heavy duty 2500 and 3500 pickups are covered in a separate review.) ram tradesman, slt, and outdoorsman are available in all body styles; all others are restricted to certain cabs and/or bed lengths. the 4. 7-liter v8 and 6-speed automatic are standard on tradesman and optional on slt. The v6 and 8-speed automatic are standard on hfe and slt models, optional on tradesman. The 5. 7-liter hemi v8 and 6-speed automatic are optional on tradesman and slt, and standard on everything else. No manual transmissions are offered. ram tradesman models are workhorses with standard vinyl floor, manual windows and gray vinyl 40/20/40 bench seat. Options include chrome wheels and trim, fog lamps, bed cover, uconnect 5. 0 with bluetooth, cd player, backup camera, sliding rear window, power and trailer mirrors, carpeting, cloth seats, block heater, 32-gallon fuel tank and air suspension. Sport includes the 5. 7-liter hemi, slate-gray contrast-stitched bucket seats, body-color bumpers, fog lamps, on-demand 4wd and 20-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels. The sport r/t regular cab 2wd short bed gets a 4. 10:1 rear axle and 285/45r22 tires on polished aluminum wheels but will still tow 5050 pounds.
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