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2013 Ram 1500 Crew Cab

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2013 Ram 1500 Crew Cab Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.9

The mpg war has finally reached the full-size truck market, and the 2013 Ram 1500 is on the front lines. Armed with advanced fuel-saving features, including an available engine stop-start system, 8-speed automatic transmission and electronic air suspension, the new Ram 1500 mixes a measure of practicality with full-size utility. The new 305-horsepower V6 engine is powerful enough to tow up to 6,500 pounds, and yet capable of delivering a class-leading 25-mpg rating on the highway. In order to effectively challenge the Chevrolet Silverado, Toyota Tundra and Ford's best-selling F-150, the 2013 Ram 1500 can also be had with the Chrysler Group's state-of-the-art Uconnect Access infotainment system. Simply put, Ram has raised the stakes with its new 1500 series pickup.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you've been searching for a rugged full-size truck that packs the latest in in-vehicle entertainment along with best-in-class fuel economy, the 2013 Ram 1500 should be at the top of your list.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Every modern full-size truck on the market can handle virtually anything you throw at it. So if durability and towing power are your chief requirements in a full-size pickup, choose your favorite brand and schedule a test drive.

What's New for 2013

To the casual observer, the new-for-2013 Ram 1500 might look like a carryover from last year. Under the skin, however, the 1500 series offers a new fuel-efficient Pentastar V6 engine, 8-speed automatic gearbox, multi-mode air suspension, next-generation Uconnect infotainment system and a host of supplementary fuel-saving technologies.

Driving the 1500 Crew Cab

Driving Impressions The new Ram 1500 takes the old automotive epithet of "drives like a truck" and transforms it into a compliment. While ideal for towing, most pickups employ a less-forgiving leaf-spring...

rear suspension setup. The Ram 1500, on the other hand, utilizes a coil-spring rear suspension to provide a high level of comfort with or without a heavy load. The difference in ride quality between the coil-spring configuration and the available air suspension is minimal, but the pneumatic system's multiple ride heights aid fuel economy, load-in height, ingress/egress and ground clearance for extreme off-road situations. Power from the new Pentastar V6 is adequate, but if you plan to tow over 5,000 pounds we suggest opting for the torque-rich HEMI V8. Outward visibility is surprisingly good in most directions, though a bit of road and wind noise does penetrate the cabin while cruising at highway speeds.

UCONNECT ACCESS
High technology doesn't need to be highly complicated. Case in point, the Ram 1500's available Uconnect Access is perhaps the most intuitive full-featured infotainment system on the market. From its enormous 8.4-inch touch screen to its conversational voice-recognition software, Uconnect Access is the new benchmark in vehicle connectivity.

AIR SUSPENSION
A versatile full-size pickup needs a versatile suspension system, which is why the 2013 Ram 1500 offers electronically-controlled air suspension. With the push of a button, ride height can be lowered for ease- of-access to the cabin and cargo bed or raised for up to 10.7 inches of ground clearance.

2013 Ram 1500 Crew Cab Details
Interior

Like the majority of contemporary Chrysler products, the 2013 Ram 1500 features higher quality materials and tighter panel gaps throughout the cabin. Since the standard front seats lack sufficient support for long drives, we recommend trading up to the optional 10-way power driver's seat. Rear-seat legroom is ample in quad cab configuration, while crew cabs equipped with the regular 6' 4" box offer an additional six inches of legroom without sacrificing bed length. Located within the center gauge cluster is a newly-offered 7-inch Multiview information screen, which displays nearly 350 digital readouts to help keep drivers aware of pertinent vehicle information.

Exterior

The new Ram 1500's exterior benefits from a handful of subtle cosmetic enhancements, including restyled headlamps with LED turn signals, a new grille and LED taillights. In addition, the entire wheel lineup is new this year. The 2013 Ram 1500 series will continue to offer the entry-level Tradesman model, which has on-the-job steel wheels, vinyl flooring and vinyl-trimmed seats. A longer cab comprised of large rear doors helps distinguish crew cabs from quad cab models, while every 1500 variant offers the brand's exclusive Rambox cargo management system in the rear fenders.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2013 Ram 1500 is available in a multitude of body styles, bed lengths and trims. Unlike the Toyota Tundra, the base Ram 1500 includes automatic headlight control, a removable/locking tailgate, cruise control and a USB port for portable music devices. The popular Sport model adds a retuned dual exhaust system, unique styling cues and massive 22-inch forged alloy wheels. Standard safety gear includes six airbags, all of the electronic stability aids one reasonably expects from a 2013 model-year vehicle and a hill-start assist feature designed to help prevent the truck from rolling backward when starting off on a steep incline.

Optional Equipment

With almost two dozen packages to choose from, the 2013 Ram 1500 can be custom-tailored to suit your individual requirements. The most enticing option on the menu is unquestionably the new Uconnect Access infotainment system with its 8.4-inch touch screen and user-friendly interface. Additional options include a heated steering wheel, 10-way power driver's seat, rain-sensing windshield wipers, 115V household power outlet, air suspension and an engine stop-start system to help save fuel when idling. Since the steering wheel does not offer a telescoping function, taller drivers should consider adding the power-adjustable pedals.

Under the Hood

The previously-optional 4.7-liter V8 is now standard issue on the Ram 1500. The new Pentastar V6 delivers 42 percent more horsepower and 20 percent better fuel economy than the outgoing 3.7-liter V6, while the current HEMI V8 gets a 5-horsepower bump thanks to the addition of electric power steering. The class-exclusive 8-speed automatic transmission can be matched with both the 3.6-liter V6 and the HEMI V8.

3.6-liter V6
305 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm
269 lb-ft of torque @ 6,175 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/25 mpg

4.7-liter V8
310 horsepower @ 5,650 rpm
330 lb-ft of torque @ 3,950 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: TBA

5.7-liter Hemi V8
395 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm
407 lb-ft of torque @ 3,950 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: TBA

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2013 Ram 1500 Trucks Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.0
Out of 10

Based on 244 Ratings for the 2011 - 2015 models.

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  • Value
    9.0/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    9.2/10
  • Comfort
    9.3/10
    Styling
    9.3/10

Love this truck

By on Monday, August 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 46,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Great truck! 4wd works great. Comfortable"

Cons: "No bluetooth or Nav. Tires expensive"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I love my Dodge Ram PU! I put chrome deflector shield, along with chrome window deflectors, Chrome step bars, tonneau cover, and a bedliner. Bedliner went in before anything was ever hauled in the truck, so the bed is like brand new! Has the center console with shift lever for auto or manual shifting. Hemi engine, 20" tires & wheels, dual exhaust, power everything. I bought the truck after the lease, and added the extended warranty to it, so it's covered for 50,000 miles or 5 years from November 2014. Not a scratch on the truck. Oil changed every 3,000 miles at dealership."

7 people out of 15 found this review helpful

Great riding truck tows my 5800# boat with ease!

By on Friday, July 31, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 13,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fuel milage best ride & best looks IMO"

Cons: "Back seat middle is not the same depth all the way"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I went from a 2500 Ram Cummins to this truck and have to say I have not regretted it one bit! This thing pulls down 27.8 mpg empty driving 77 mph. Towing my 24' boat that scales in @ 5,820# it makes 17 mpg @ 65 mph. Ordered it with the light beige leather interior with two tone brown ext. just drop dead sexy!"

15 people out of 24 found this review helpful

This is the best vehicle ever owned.

By on Tuesday, July 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 42,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Great driving/looking vehicle."

Cons: "CD player is inconvenient to use."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"This has been the best vehicle we have ever owned. The ride is great, the fuel mileage is great for a 400 horsepower engine. We have averaged over 18 miles per gallon overall. We have never had one minutes trouble with the pickup in 40K plus miles. It has many convenience features which make driving it a pleasure."

19 people out of 33 found this review helpful

Mixed feelings, Brand Loyality is hard to brake

By on Monday, July 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 22,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "safety, comfort, quality, brand loyality"

Cons: "low torque in V6, hard to get in, high."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"RAM as a stand alone brand happened in 2013. Fiat has improved much about all of Chrysler made brands and RAM is no exception. The 8 speed ZF transmission is a huge advancement in improving MPG along with the Pentastar 3.6 V-6 engine. True mpg are 19 to 23 depending on the time of year. Typical city driving is 19 and open road 23 and on occasion with good wind conditions 24 to 25 mpg. That's not bad for a truck with honest real mpg. Measuring mpg is strange how different truck brands come up with such high unachievable mpg for the average buyer. I think to advertise the RAM 3.6 for 25 mpg consistantly is very unrealistic. The RAM we have is overall a good decent truck. Fit and finish along with the quality of materials is a better quality than most cars. Everything works as it should. The only exception is the cheap Goodyear Wrangler passenger tires. They are made only for paved city roads and passenger cars NOT trucks. The UConnect audio system is excellent. The Hands Free Phone is very good and works even better than the phone by it's self. The CD player is tucked under the center folding seat at the bottom and is VERY difficult to reach and being a single disc it is not worth $ 150. The remote start is worth every penny, In summer and winter is a wonderful addition. The plane SLT truck has very cheap seats and few electronic additions, so the BIG HORM is well worth the extra cost for creature comforts as well a better truck all around. One thing to keep in mind the 2016 RAM comes with only a 60,000 mile powertrain warranty. 2015 is the last for the 100,000 powertrain warranty not only for the RAM but for most all light duty 1500 trucks. Is the RAM the best truck? here are some facts I found out. Fords cost less to insure and have a excellent safety record. But the turbos may have issues. Chevy and GMC hold their value better, have good safety ratings, weigh more, mpg is less than RAM or Ford. RAM looses resale value faster than the Ford or Chevy or GMC. RAM cost the most to insure. RAM has the smoothest ride, the better base 8 speed Automatic transmission. The best MPG, but that's the diesel engine which cost more than $ 4,200. over the Hemi V-8. To recup that extra cost may take more than 200,000 miles. I think it's unfair to allow RAM to compete in mpg with other truck brands gasoline engines. It's not apples to apples. Diesels cost much more to maintain, but do generally last longer. RAM puts the V 6 diesel in 20% of the 1500 trucks to meet the CAFE requirements. Finally most all truck buyers are brand loyal, and know before they even go out to look for a truck what brand they want to buy, just like me."

Best truck on the road

By on Sunday, July 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 26,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "power, ride, features, look"

Cons: "i don't own two"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought my 2013 Ram 1500 in November 2013. From the test drive I fell in love with the power, comfort, and look of this truck. I had a 2008 Ram, which I loved, but boy what a difference. Ram for life!!!"

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Hard to find anything:

By on Friday, July 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,200

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Engine, great looking and a heck of a lot more"

Cons: "Gas, Brake, and Parking Brake pedals to little"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I've had this RAM for about six months. (And, "YES" the mileage is correct. I may not be the best person to rate a vehicle after driving it so few miles but, there's something about this truck that gives me the distinct that Six Years will feel just like Six month, if I take care of the vehicle. OH, by the way, I'm 70 years young, I've owned (Leased) around 20+ vehicles (I was in sales, traded off about every 2-3 yrs. and I was one of "those" car salesmen for about 4-5 yrs. I tell you all this because, I want to qualify my statement."

4 people out of 10 found this review helpful

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