2013 Truck of the Year Ram 1500 Yahoo Autos — Volkswagen 1500

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2013 Truck of the Year: Ram


For several it seemed all we ever talked with trucks was torque and tow Things have changed, truck buyers’ expectations a long way off the farm or job site. no single magic bullet will meet every owner’s needs, so even an payload model range the Ram 1500 has to have far more and depth than its forebears of a ago did. To demonstrate its half-ton’s to cover the entire market, Ram a V-6-powered SLT on the efficient and luxurious and a V-8 powered Sport leaning power and performance.

While may be using smaller forced-induction for the sake of efficiency, Ram is refining its options by offering more engines bolted to a new, eight-speed transmission. Replacing the old V-6 is the much-celebrated Pentastar 3.6-liter which offers 42 percent horsepower and 13 percent more A new eight-speed transmission is standard on V-6 and will be optional on the V-8. At V-8s will be available with the current six-speed with the new transmission coming at a date.

While the 5.7-liter V-8 isn’t all-new, it is updated variable valve timing. It is by more efficient systems the truck including a revised system, electric power and an electrical system with width modulation that efficiently uses power to load on the alternator. These combine to allow Ram to claim fuel efficiency in the V-6 and V-8 segments. It be noted that, since the EcoBoost is considered a V-8 alternative, lumped into the V-8 segment.

While many people on a truck’s powertrain, that may be the significant improvement in the 1500. The of air suspension is a giant leap for trucks. While coil are a big advancement over leaf trucks have to be able to such a range of weight from a single person to passengers and a bed full of cargo, a single spring rate doesn’t seem adequate. the Ram’s air suspension may cause as concern as Ford’s turbos on the front, we can tell you these air springs use materials that are resistant to tearing and puncture, and resemble those used on luxury cars that can weigh as much as smaller

As well as compensating for varying an air suspension can provide adjustable height. Two off-road modes lift the truck 1.2 inches and 2.0 respectively, while an aero-mode the vehicle 0.6 inch. Lowering the at highway speeds improves which improves efficiency. the ride height, optional shutters in the grille can close at speeds helps move air the truck instead of under it. combines with the redesigned to lower the 1500’s coeffecient of from 0.39 to 0.36, to net a 6 increase in aerodynamic efficiency.

The interior has received as much as the outside. While the styling be familiar to those who have previous-generation trucks, the technology is new. Chrysler’s Uconnect is and shinier than ever. The infotainment screen now measures 8.4 the system is upgradable with and it can provide an in-vehicle Wi-Fi While we like its new look, we had of the same problems we’ve had the system in the past. It was at times to respond, and the navigation system seemed to lose the truck in motion, believing we were along a few hundred yards off the we were traveling. That’s not a problem when it thinks barreling along through but it’s not good when the thinks you’re on side and is giving directions based on turns.

Also big news, according to is the eight speed’s twist-dial control. Some of our testers, included, found it untrucklike, but it is to have it mounted on the dash and not on the or console. We disagree with assertion that it’s to operate while wearing it seems a column shifter is ideal for that. It is probably a question of getting used to it, but I the only tester to turn up the on the radio while trying to go reverse to drive in a three-point

The other issue is the small, push buttons for manually gears. The upshift/downshift buttons are right above the cruise buttons and aren’t well-differentiated. If Ram is concerned about drivers able to operate everything wearing gloves, the buttons are not the Paddles are the answer. The car industry it out several years ago; and people keep trying things, the answer is paddles.

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really counts is how this up on and off the road. In the past, a V-6-powered was a penalty box sold to companies needed a cheap fleet and their employees. The 2013 Ram SLT is essentially like driving a 300 with a bed. Our judges blown away by the smooth, driving experience. The V-6 offers low-end torque with a of 269 lb-ft, while also rewarding to swing around the with 305 hp at the high-end. The Pentastar sounds good for a V-6, and the of engine and transmission makes for a good entry-level truck. The air worked just as well as on. Bumps are soaked up while movement during cornering is in check. The air suspension is optional, but we imagine buying the Ram without it. suspension is optional on any Quad Cab or Cab 1500, on all trims except the HFE and costs $1595.)

The V-8 Sport is a completely different Obviously, 407 lb-ft of torque and 395 hp it significantly faster, but the trim brings a completely different as well. The interior is reminiscent of an SRT with the same seats and overall feel. Things are in the Sport—from road noise to note, everything is far more inside the cabin. The anti-roll and coil springs permit body roll in corners, but the feels less controlled. The is equally as slow on-center, but is increased with the bigger

During 0-60-mph testing, it was to get the rear end to hook up. With a launch we were able to get a 0-60-mph time, with seconds at 88.6 mph in the quarter Pretty impressive numbers, if they were edged out by the Acceleration with a trailer is the V-8 came alive. While the needed 15.7 seconds to get to 60 the Ram did it in 15 seconds flat. The quarter-mile went to the Ram V-8 with a 20.0-second run at mph compared with the Ford’s seconds at 67.5.

The V-8 Sport was the subjective choice for towing. 75 percent of its total towing both the V-6 and V-8 Ram still proved performers. They felt confident than the F-150. and quality even improved with the V-8. It took a tries to get the trailer brake to our liking, but familiarity with the would likely have up that process considerably. we’re still fans of the torque generated by the EcoBoost, the Ram was confidence-inspiring as a whole.

At the end of our testing, the was unanimous. Hands down, the Ram ran with this Truck of the award. The V-6 fills the void the Dakota once existed. The V-8 is as if not more truck than we to find in a 1500. The variety of levels offered by Ram can give you from a very basic truck to a near-luxury vehicle performance and off-road models somewhere in between. It ticks all six in judging criteria. With higher in this segment just about any other, we do how many truck buyers are to switch brands. Until the of the industry can catch up with Ram in the half-ton segment, it would be a to pass this one up.

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