Changes for the 2013 RAM 1500:
The 2013 RAM 1500 is more fuel-efficient thanks to a new V-6 engine, 8-speed automatic transmission, available automatic stop/start technology, and electric steering. Styling changes improve aerodynamics and contribute to the truck’s maximum 25-mpg highway mileage rating. The RAM 1500 also has a re-engineered frame, a new front suspension, an optional air suspension, and an optional remote-locking Ram Box. New Uconnect Access technology turns the RAM 1500 into a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot.
The 2013 RAM 1500 is sold in regular cab, extended cab, and crew cab styles with a choice between a short or long cargo box and 2-wheel or 4-wheel drive. The extended cab model is called the Quad Cab, and is equipped with 4 forward-hinged conventional doors. Trim levels include, in ascending order of price, the Tradesman, Express, HFE (High Fuel Economy), SLT, Lonestar, Bighorn, Outdoorsman, Sport, Laramie, and Laramie Longhorn.
Engines and Transmissions:
RAM 1500 buyers can choose between three engines. The standard engine for 2013 is a 4.7-liter V-8 producing 310 horsepower at 5,650 rpm and 330 lb.-ft. of torque at 3,950 rpm. A 6-speed automatic transmission is standard, and this engine can tow 7,700 pounds when properly equipped.
A new 3.6-liter V-6 engine is optional, and is paired with a new 8-speed automatic transmission. The V-6 generates 305 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 269 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,175 rpm. Its maximum tow rating is 6,500 lbs., depending on model and equipment.
For maximum towing and payload capability, the optional 5.7-liter V-8 engine is recommended. This engine, which makes 395 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 407 lb.-ft. of torque at 3,950 rpm, is rated to tow up to 10,450 lbs. The V-8 is equipped with a Multi-Displacement System designed to shut half the cylinders off under low-load conditions to help conserve fuel.
Fuel Economy Ratings:
The EPA says the 2013 RAM 1500 returns fuel economy ranging from a low of 13 mpg in the city for the 5.7-liter V-8 engine paired with a 6-speed automatic and 4WD, to a high of 25 mpg on the highway for the HFE model with the V-6 engine, 8-speed automatic, and 2WD. In combined driving, the ratings span from 15 mpg to 21 mpg for these same models.
In NHTSA crash tests, the 2013 RAM 1500 models receive a 4-star overall rating. Trucks with 2WD have a 4-star rollover resistance rating, while trucks with 4WD rate 3 stars. In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) tests, the RAM 1500 is rated “Good” in the moderate overlap frontal-impact test, “Good” for rear-impact injury prevention, and “Marginal” for roof crush strength. The IIHS has not tested the 2013 RAM 1500’s side-impact protection.
For 2013, the RAM 1500 can be turned into a rolling Wi-Fi hotspot thanks to its new Uconnect Access option, which includes 9-1-1 emergency services. Additional updates include active grille shutters for select models, a new air suspension, rain-sensing wipers, and SmartBeam headlights.
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