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New for 2013

Ram engineers started by improving the Ram's foundation. Liberal use of high-strength steel allows the half-ton frame to be stiffer, stronger and lighter. Use of aluminum for upper and lower control arms, as well as the massive hood, shaved even more weight off the truck.

The new frame was needed to accommodate a new airbag suspension, which is similar to the one used in the Jeep Grand Cherokee, to help with a smoother, more controlled ride, as well improving load leveling when towing. The five-position air system drops for better aerodynamic drag at speed and can be raised (for either two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive) for better ground clearance.

Big news is in the powertrain. Ram gets a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine. Also new for 2013 is a segment-first eight-speed transmission, to be standard on the V-6 and an option with the bigger Hemi V-8. The midrange 4.7-liter V-8 gets the 65RFE six-speed automatic transmission only.

Other improvements include a significantly upgraded interior along with an exterior that has been tuned for better aerodynamics. Likewise, new technology like active grille shutters, electric power steering and engine start/stop technology are in play with certain models, as well.


Outside, the new Ram may look similar to the previous version, but the changes are significant. Engineers have closed the gaps in the front air dam and bumper to allow more air to get pushed up or around the Ram's big face. The rough edges in the hood and grille have been "sanded" smooth to help airflow. Overall, the improvements are significant, moving from a 0.387 coefficient of drag to a 0.363 Cd.

The new Ram also will offer new grille styles, dependent on trim level, as well as a new bifunctional halogen projector beam headlight option. The new headlights and LED accents are said to offer more light, a better pattern, and use less energy doing it. The taillamps also have been redesigned and sport multiple LEDs.

The 2013 Ram also will offer 12 colors, including five new shades. Black Gold Pearl, Copperhead Pearl, Maximum Steel Metallic, Prairie Pearl and Western Brown Pearl are all new. Other monotone and two-tone options are available.


Ram's interior design team remodeled the dash and center stack and included higher-grade materials and switches. The addition of the eight-speed automatic transmission, which is controlled by a rotary knob below the driver's air-conditioning vent, gave Ram a chance to create a more balanced, polished layout. With no need for a center console shifter, cupholders and storage opportunities are expanded in the armrest area.

There is a new gauge cluster in front of the driver, with a new 7-inch screen between the tachometer and speedometer.

The new center stack offers a huge 8.4-inch screen that will control all media, climate controls, navigation, as well as the Uconnect Access system that includes SiriusXM Satellite Radio channels and info, plus real-time weather and traffic.

The new interior has improved door padding and storage, a wider selection of more premium materials and textures throughout the front and rear seats.

Under the Hood

The 2013 Ram 1500's range of engines is vastly improved because of the Pentastar V-6, but that leaves both V-8s largely untouched from the 2012 models. For now, Ram says it will have the best fuel economy for any half-ton pickup, which could mean at least 18/24 mpg city/highway.

  • Base 3.6-liter DOHC all-aluminum V-6 delivers 305 horsepower and 269 pounds-feet of torque
  • 4.7-liter SOHC iron block/aluminum head V-8 delivers 310 hp and 330 pounds-feet of torque
  • 5.7-liter OHV iron block/aluminum head V-8 delivers 395 hp and 403 pounds-feet of torque

The new eight-speed automatic transmission will be standard on the Pentastar V-6 and an option for the Hemi V-8. The six-speed automatic transmission will be the only choice for the 4.7-liter V-8 and the standard transmission for the Hemi 5.7-liter. The six-speed can be shifted manually through the gearshift, while the eight-speed transmission offers Electronic Range Select with a upshift and downshift switch on the steering wheel.


The new Ram 1500 has 48 new or upgraded safety features throughout the truck. Safety features include:

  • Front, side, head and body multistage airbags
  • All-speed traction control
  • Electronic stability system
  • Enhanced Accident Response System
  • Energy-absorbing steering column
  • Integrated trailer brake control (on the right side)
  • ParkView backup camera
  • Rain brake support

2012 Ram 1500

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The Ram 1500 light-duty pickup truck emphasizes aerodynamic styling with a unique grille-forward design; ride comfort with a segment-exclusive coil-spring rear suspension; and storage innovation with the RamBox. Ram also addresses the basics with power in the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 and an excellent interior. Certain versions seat up to six people, and the Ram 1500 competes against the Chevrolet Silverado, Ford F-150 and Toyota Tundra.

The Ram 1500 Tradesman HD is a new heavy-duty version of the regular Ram 1500 Tradesman. This truck is aimed at small-business owners, construction contractors and fleet operators. Offered only in two-wheel-drive regular cab form with a long bed, the 1500 Tradesman HD comes with a 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 and a six-speed automatic transmission. Payload capacity is 3,100 pounds, and the 1500 Tradesman HD can tow up to 11,500 pounds when properly equipped.

In addition, the Ram 1500 Express trim is now available as a Quad Cab or crew-cab truck.

The Ram 1500 lineup gains a high-end Laramie Limited trim for 2012, too. The truck features full-leather seating, piano-black interior trim, 20-inch aluminum wheels and berber-carpeted floormats.


The Ram 1500 is offered as a regular cab, Quad Cab or crew cab. Two unique features are the optional lockable RamBox storage boxes and the truck's standard coil-spring rear suspension. Exterior features include:

  • Aluminum power-bulge hood
  • Standard 17-inch wheels; 20- or 22-inch wheels optional
  • Available dual chrome-tipped exhaust integrated into rear bumper
  • Available adjustable cargo-rail tie-down system
  • Available spray-in bedliner
  • Available pickup-bed divider and 2-foot bed extender
  • Available skid-plate package
  • Available Class IV trailer-hitch receiver


The Ram 1500's interior will appeal to traditional owners, but it also offers many amenities — including premium seating with soft-touch materials and a console-mounted shifter — that will entice cosmopolitan buyers, too. Stylish contrasting-color seat stitching comes on Sport and Laramie trims, and the crew cab features in-floor storage bins.

One of the Ram 1500's more luxurious trim levels is the Laramie Longhorn. It receives full leather seating with laser-etched bolsters, and the front seatbacks have silver steer-logoed metal buckles with magnetic clasps, like a mailbag. An exclusive instrument cluster has the appearance of hand-wrought jewelry with six chrome gauge rings set against a painted taupe silver background and a tooled-metal Laramie Longhorn edition badge. The Laramie Longhorn is equipped with all of the standard equipment found on the Ram Laramie plus navigation radio, remote start, backup camera, front ventilated seats and rear heated seats. Interior features include:

  • Rear seat heating available in Quad Cab, crew cab
  • Available heated and ventilated front seats
  • Available power-adjustable pedals
  • Available surround-sound system
  • Available dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Available rear-seat entertainment system
  • Optional Boston Acoustics speakers
  • Optional Uconnect hands-free phone connectivity

Under the Hood

Several minor features help the Ram's fuel economy. The front chin spoiler's length is designed to improve aerodynamics, and the fuel system automatically stops sending gasoline to the engine when the truck decelerates. Models with the standard 3.7-liter V-6 have a fuel-saver light that lets the driver know when the truck is being driven efficiently.

A new six-speed automatic transmission, which replaces last year's five-speed automatic, is available. Mechanical features include:

  • 215-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6, iron block/aluminum cylinder heads, single overhead camshaft, two valves per cylinder, 235 pounds-feet of torque
  • 310-hp, 4.7-liter V-8, iron block/aluminum cylinder heads, single overhead camshaft, two valves per cylinder, 330 pounds-feet of torque
  • 383- or 390-hp, 5.7-liter Hemi V-8, iron block/aluminum cylinder heads, cam-in-block, two valves per cylinder, 400 or 407 pounds-feet of torque
  • Four-speed automatic (standard with 3.7-liter)
  • Six-speed automatic (standard with 4.7-liter, 5.7-liter)


Safety features include:

  • Standard all-disc antilock brakes
  • Standard electronic stability system with hill start assist and trailer-sway control
  • Standard side curtain airbags
  • Standard brake assist applies maximum braking power in panic situations
  • Available rear park assist
  • Available backup camera

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