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2013 Ram 1500 Short Bed Regular Cab Truck

2013 Ram 1500 Review

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New For 2013
The Ram 1500 is now available with an eight-speed automatic transmission, a more powerful V-6 engine, air springs, fuel-saving automatic stop/start, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and an 8.4-inch touch-screen infotainment system.
Overview
For 2013, a thorough midcycle update to the Ram 1500 delivers even more comfort, luxury, and technology than the truck already had. A new front fascia sports vertical foglights, larger front tow-hook openings, and a larger grille. A new 3.6-liter V-6 replaces the tired 3.7-liter unit. This engine has a higher output in the Ram—305 hp and 269 lb-ft—than in other Chrysler applications. Paired with the eight-speed transmission, this strong, smooth powerplant is quite lively at about 4000 rpm. Single-gear downshifts happen early on slight uphill grades, and full-throttle kickdown occurs quickly. Even better, at 17/25 mpg with rear-wheel drive, the Ram is able to claim the best fuel economy of any full-size truck. Going from under the hood to under the body, there’s another major upgrade for 2013: an air suspension. Since 2009, all Ram 1500 models have ridden on coil springs rather than traditional leaf springs, giving the truck a comfortable ride. It gets even better when you add air springs, available on all Quad Cab and crew-cab trim levels. The new suspension allows four inches of ride-height adjustability and has a self-leveling feature that will lift the rear end back to normal ride height twenty seconds after a load has been placed on the rear axle. The 1500 has needed a refresh for a while now, and Ram delivered.

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2013 1500 Base Short Bed Regular Cab Pickup Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 3.6L Pentastar V 6 DOHC and variable valve timing
E85 / unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 12 MPG city, 17 MPG highway, 14 MPG combined and 364 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
26.0gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 305 hp @ 6,400 rpm; 269 ft lb of torque @ 4,175 rpm
Secondary fuel economy:

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'13 Ram Short Bed Regular Cab Truck Standard Equipment

  Braking and Handling  
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Four Wheel ABS
  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Windows
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Trip Computer
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Vehicle Information Center
  Drive  
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Electronic Transfer Case
  Interior  
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Cargo Cover
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  Safety  
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Auto Day/Night Mirror
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Fog Lights
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
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Passenger Air Bag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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Satellite Radio
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
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GPS/Satellite Communication
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Homelink Universal Transmitter
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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Full Spare Tire
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Wheel Locks
  Trucks and Towing  
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Engine Oil Cooler
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Trailer Harness
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Trailer Hitch
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Transmission Oil Cooler
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