Car Review: 2013 Dodge Ram 1500 offers bang for your buck

On a recent drive in Nashville, I got to experience the new 2013 Ram 1500 firsthand and I can promise, new truck buyers will not be disappointed.  Photo: Coming and going, 2013 Ram is looking good Ram Media

DALLAS, August 27, 2012 — The 2013 Ram 1500 Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices will average just over one percent higher than 2012 prices, and that’s just the beginning of all the good news coming from Ram next year.

On a recent drive in Nashville, I got to experience the new 2013 Ram 1500 firsthand and I can promise, new truck buyers will not be disappointed. 

A top-of-the-line choice in the full-size pickup market, the Ram 1500 is also “Best in Class” in regards to fuel economy at 18 and 25 and a combined 21 miles per gallon.

There are a number of different options when choosing the Ram 1500 that is right for you and there are five new colors to choose from this year too.

One change in 2013 on the Ram 1500 is the added air suspension with five settings to adjust for ride height and an overall span of four inches. So whether it’s better ground clearance you want or lowering it for better fuel efficiency, you can have it all, and the air suspension also offers an automatic load-leveling function to make towing and hauling easier as well. 

There is a new 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine with 42 percent more horsepower and 13 percent more torque as compared to past 3.7-liter models. 

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The 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 has a Fuel Saver Technology and variable valve timing with 395 horsepower and 407 pound feet of torque. Add to that an eight-speed automatic transmission, which is standard on the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine but is also available on the 5.7 liter HEMI V-8.

For design, the exterior includes an all-new gusseted grille/fascia for each trim level offered. The new premium headlamp is also worth mentioning as it includes a bi-functional halogen projector design with amber LEDs for park/turn/position lamp and LED lighting as well for the side marker and tail lamps. 

Notice the new polished stainless steel running boards with a study box cross-section design. The wheel-to-wheel running board design also offers aerodynamic improvements and there is a new six-foot-four-inch bed option available on Crew Cab models, giving buyers the chance to combine the largest cab with the largest four-door/bed combination.

Other newbies that customers will like include power-folding mirrors, a power and rear-sliding window with a defroster and a central locking mechanism so that the tailgate and RamBox cargo system can be secured with just one button.

For safety, expect more than 45 active and passive safety and security features with standard front, front and rear side curtain and seat-mounted side pelvic-thorax air bags with an Enhanced Accident Response System, knee bolsters, seat-belt pretensioners, BeltAlert System and a ParkSense rear park assist and ParkView rear back-up camera. There is also the standard electronic stability control with all-speed traction control, trailer-sway control, Hill-start Assistant and an anti-lock brake system.  

Inside, you can expect premium materials covering not only the seats, but you will find real quality all around in the door panels and other key areas. The gauge cluster is a standout and the keyless entry/ignition, adjustable pedals, Bluetooth, voice recognition, and 8.4-inch touchscreen display also add up to high quality.

Finally, though, how does it drive?

It is smart and easy to maneuver and control. To say you will own the road is an understatement. This latest 2013 entry is the brands ultra-competitive, full-size, light-duty pick-up truck and according to President and CEO of Ram Truck Brand and Chrysler de Mexico, Fred Diaz, “Customers are going to experience an entirely new truck with technology and features not offered anywhere else.” 

Should You Need to Know: Check out the all-new, next-generation Uconnect Access on the 2013 Ram 1500 with Wi-Fi hotspot capability.

Miles Per Gallon: Overall it’s 18 miles per gallon in the city and 25 miles per gallon on the highway with some variances depending on trim, but it is best in its class for fuel economy.

Cost: Starting price for the 2013 Ram 1500 will be $23,585, including the $995 destination charge. From there prices go up to the $48,000 depending; the high-end is the 1500 4X4 Crew Laramie Longhorn.

Rita Cook is a writer/editor with has over 1000 articles to her credit in the past 13-plus years. She is a frequent auto and travel contributor on a radio show in Los Angeles called Insider Mag Radio at KPRO 1570 am on from midnight to 12:30 a.m. Monday mornings. 

She also contributes travel and auto to the Anthony Duva show, which can be heard live from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST every Sunday at

Cook is a member of the Texas Auto Writer’s Association, writes for the Dallas Morning News Green Living Section as well as artist profiles and www.greensourceDFW and spends much of her time on the road traveling or working on books.

Her latest book releases are both “Haunted Dallas” and “Haunted Fort Worth” from Her third book in the Haunted Series will be released in October “Haunted Bartlesville, Oklahoma.”  Follow Cook at Twitter at @ritacook13. 

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Rita Cook is a writer/editor with over 1000 articles to her credit in the past 10-plus years. She is the co-host of a radio show in Los Angeles; Insider Mag Radio at KPRO 1570 am and is on from midnight to 12:30 a.m. Monday mornings.  Cook is a member of the Texas Auto Writer’s Association and also writes an eco-friendly column for the Dallas Morning News.


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