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2013 Ram 3500 Base Regular Cab Pickup

2013 Ram 3500 Review

(0 Stars)  Heavy Duty isn’t some marketing gimmick.

Reviewed by Automobile Magazine on

New For 2013
There are a lot of changes in store for 2013. The 5.7-liter V-8 will be available with 3500 models; trucks with the turbo-diesel engine will get a new diesel-exhaust after-treatment system; the frames, steering, and suspension will be new; and the conventional trailer hitch will be upgraded to a Class V with a 17,000-pound towing capacity.
Production of 2013 Ram HD models won’t start until early 2013, so the current Heavy Duty lineup will continue through winter. The most notable change for the Ram Heavy Duty lineup last year was the availability of a six-speed automatic transmission for trucks equipped with the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 engine. That meant less gear hunting while towing heavy loads, which is always a plus. The transmission performs automatic downshifts when decelerating. Ram offers buyers a 6.7-liter turbo-diesel in-line six-cylinder engine that produces 650 lb-ft of torque with the standard six-speed manual transmission and 800 lb-ft with the optional six-speed automatic. The manual transmission has an ultra-low first-gear ratio that makes hauling a breeze. Another benefit of diesel models is a standard exhaust brake. It reduces brake fade and prolongs brake life. The Ram Heavy Duty pickup can be distinguished from its light-duty sibling by its bigger grille and taller, louvered hood. To dampen some of the jostle that’s inherent in big pickups, the HD Ram gets a pair of liquid-filled mounts between the rear of the cab and the frame. The off-road-ready Power Wagon has additional ground clearance, electric-locking front and rear differentials, and 33-inch BFGoodrich off-road tires. Heavy duty, indeed.

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2013 3500 Base Regular Cab Pickup Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 5.7L HEMI V 8 OHV and variable valve timing
Unleaded fuel
Multi-point fuel injection
32.0gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 383 hp @ 5,600 rpm; 400 ft lb of torque @ 4,000 rpm

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'13 Ram Base Regular Cab Pickup Standard Equipment

  Braking and Handling  
Four Wheel ABS
  Climate Control  
Front Air Conditioning
Auto On Headlights
Cruise Control
Keyless Entry
Power Locks
Power Windows
Trip Computer
Vehicle Information Center
Electronic Transfer Case
Privacy Glass
Driver Air Bag
Engine Immobilizer
Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
Heated Outside Mirrors
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
Passenger Air Bag
Side Air Bag(s)
Stability Control
  Sound and Entertainment  
Satellite Radio
GPS/Satellite Communication
  Tires and Wheels  
Full Spare Tire
  Trucks and Towing  
Engine Oil Cooler
Tow Hooks
Trailer Harness
Trailer Hitch
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