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2013 RAM 1500 Overview
This year was supposed to bring a mild refresh for the RAM 1500 full-size pickup but instead it gets a more aggressive redesign that makes plenty of changes for the 2013 model year.
The work done was extensive; a new frame that uses more high-strength steel is not only lighter than last year's, but somehow stronger and stiffer as well. Added aluminum means even more weight-loss which improves fuel economy, as do the aerodynamic changes made to the exterior. Under the hood, the two V-8 engines carry over but the RAM now gets a version of Chrysler’s Pentastar V-6 engine that is mated to the segment’s first eight-speed transmission. The interior has also been redone; we had a chance to sit down and survey a few of the new 1500’s and we can say that they are more comfortable and practical. Also new is the optional airbag suspension, which offers an improved ride and will auto-level the 1500 when towing or hauling.
Outside, the exterior of the 1500 has been newly sculpted to help aerodynamics and there are aesthetic improvements as well, including a line of new grilles across most trim levels. The headlights are brand new as well offering a better lighting pattern and using less energy. No less than 12 color options means that you can have the RAM 1500 in practically any shade you’d like. Also offered in 2013 is the exclusive RAMBOX storage system which includes a pair of storage bays over the wheel wells which are lockable and a great place to store and secure tools or beverages for a tailgate (the bins are also drainable).
As we mentioned before, there are now three engine options for the RAM 1500. The base engine is the new all-aluminum Pentastar V-6 which makes 305-horsepower and 269 pounds-feet of torque, and is mated to a standard eight-speed automatic. There are two optional V-8s up for consumption as well, a 4.7-liter that makes 310-horsepower and 330 pounds-feet of torque and a 5.7-liter that makes 395-horsepower and 403 pounds-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic is standard, with the eight-speed optional on the smaller V-8. Four-wheel drive is optional.
Fuel economy ratings vary depending on transmission, engine, and cab/bed choices. Topping things off is the HFE (high fuel economy edition) at 18/25 mpg city/highway, but most V-6 models will return closer to 14/20 mpg city/highway.
The changes to the interior for 2013 completely remodeled the dashboard and center console, introducing better materials and switches. Instead of a traditional shifter, the RAM 1500 has a rotary knob which is used to select the drive mode, making extra space for storage and cup holders. A large 8.4-inch touch-screen controls media, climate, and navigation (when equipped). There are also more options when it comes to materials and upholstery throughout the cabin as you move up and down the trim levels. The luxurious Longhorn trim offers heated and ventilated front seats, an Alpine surround sound system, and dual-zone automatic climate control standard.
Safety features include front, side, head, and body multistage airbags, traction control, an electronic stability system, and antilock brakes.
The 2013 RAM 1500 takes a huge step forward, offering some of the best fuel economy, interior amenities, and ride to be found in one of the most competitive segments around.