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Dallas 2013 Ram 1500 Review
The 2013 Ram 1500 in Dallas -Fort Worth, TX is a top choice for its outstanding V6 fuel economy, refined ride and well-built interior with lots of standard features.
Test drivers say the Ram 1500 is a great-performing truck. With a new optional V6 for 2013, the Ram delivers a class-leading 17/25 mpg city/highway, and reviewers say it still has plenty of power for daily driving and light towing and hauling. For more serious work, though, they prefer the optional 5.7-liter Hemi V8. A new eight-speed automatic transmission is standard with the V6 and optional with the Hemi. A six-speed automatic is standard. The Ram 1500 has a unique rear suspension that auto critics say gives it the most comfortable ride in the class, while also delivering decent handling. Some critics note that the Ram 1500’s steering feels accurate and provides reasonable feedback (for a truck) to the driver. Keep in mind that the Ram 1500 has a below-average reliability score for the class.
The 2013 Ram 1500’s cabin is also one of the best in the class, according to reviewers. Seating capacity ranges from three to six people, with the crew cab being the most spacious configuration for rear passengers. Critics say that the gauges are easy to read and climate and audio controls easy to operate. A six-speaker stereo with a USB port is standard on the base model, while upper trims add features like power windows and mirrors, navigation and an infotainment system. The voice control feature of the infotainment system is praised as being one of the best in the industry.
Ram's 2013 heavy duty pickups, the 2013 Ram 2500 and 3500 in Dallas TX have upgraded power trains lighting, creature comforts, utility, and electronics. The Ram 3500 shot past Ford and Chevy pickups’ maximum tow rating of 23,100 pounds to a stunning 30,000 pounds, enabled by a new 50,000 pounds-per-square-inch, high-strength steel frame, a stronger transfer case, a higher-load transmission (Aisin AS69RC), larger front drive shafts and U-joints, an upgraded Cummins diesel engine, and other upgrades.
The rumored 6.4 liter Hemi V8s are still missing — perhaps to arrive in the 2014 model year — but there have been power boosts to the existing engines, including a hefty power hike for the Cummins diesel in the Ram 3500.
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- +Powerful Hemi V8 option
- +Thrifty and reasonably-powered new base V6
- +Optional 8-speed auto
- -No fuel economy benefit of 4.7 V8 over larger 5.7 V8
- "It's hard to go wrong with any full-size truck these days, but if you want a really nice one, the Ram 1500 ranks as our favorite." -- Edmunds
- "Until now, V6 pickups were generally low-priced base models with little power or appeal. The Ram changes that, with a long list of advanced features and a correspondingly high price." -- The Detroit Free Press
- "Besides all-new interiors and evolutionary styling-still boldly unmistakable-the new Ram stands out for four key distinctions: its new standard V-6; its new eight-speed automatic transmission; its stop/start technology; and its air-spring suspension." -- Popular Mechanics
- Ram 1500 Safety Ratings 8.6
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