2013 Ram Truck LineupEach version of the 2013 Ram comes with a varying set of features and options. Go shopping and you'll see trucks badged as Tradesman, Express, Outdoorsman, ST, SLT, Sport, Sport R/T, Lone Star, Big Horn, Laramie, Laramie Longhorn and Laramie Limited. If you can't find something that fits you in such an extensive and varied lineup, maybe you aren't a Ram fan.
Other choices allow drivers to customize even further. Choose:
- 2WD or 4WD
- Standard Cab, Crew Cab or Quad Cab
- a 4.7-liter V8, a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 and the newly added 3.6-liter V6 engine
HEMI equipped trucks have a shut-off that cuts cylinders when they're not needed, improving fuel economy. Some trucks have another fuel-saving feature -- a Stop-Start device that shuts the engine off when you come to a stop and restarts it when your foot comes off of the brake.
The 3.6-liter V6 is all about fuel economy, and accomplishes it without sacrificing power. The new V6 produces nearly twice the horsepower (305), more torque (269 pound feet) and 20 percent better fuel economy than the 3.7 liter V6 it replaces. Part of the increase in fuel economy is due to a new 8-speed automatic transmission, called TorqueFlight 8, that's standard with the engine. The transmission can also be paired with the 5.7-liter V8, and should help its fuel numbers.
The TorqueFlite 8's settings are controlled by a rotary dial on the dash -- large enough to operate with gloved hands.
Ram Truck SuspensionThe 2013 Ram 1500 has a totally new suspension with adjustable air ride. You'll five five settings, and the suspension can be operated either automatically or manually. The modes:
- Normal ride height
- Aero, which lowers the truck 1.1 inches for less air drag and better fuel economy at highway speeds
- Off-road 1 lifts the Ram 1.2 inches for greater ground clearance
- Off-road 2 raises the truck an additional 0.8 inches (2 inches total)
- Park mode lowers the Ram 2 inches, making entrance and exit a bit easier
Another Ram fuel helper is the addition of electric power steering assist (versus traditional power steering with a fluid pump that runs off the engine). You might not think a power steering pump could affect mileage, but Ram's calculations show that the electric unit produces an 1.8 percent boost to fuel economy. In the world of trucks, any plus is worthwhile.
Ram designers also created a grille shutter system with flaps that close to help direct air around the front of the truck, resulting in cleaner air movement and better fuel economy.
Ram Truck ExteriorThe Ram truck's front end design has been smoothed and rounded to improve on the (already low) air drag. Look and you'll notice a larger grille, a redesigned front bumper and different headlamps (with improved distance illumination and brightness). A premium lighting option offers halogen projector lamps with 15 amber LED lights for the park and turn signals plus 3 more LEDs for the side markers.
A 6' 4" bed is now available on Crew Cabs and the RamBox bed rail storage is available on all bed lengths. LED tail lamps are standard on all Ram 1500s.
Ram Truck Weight ReductionChanges were made to the Ram's hood, frame, cross members, bed floor and front bumper, eliminating 67 pounds to enhance fuel economy. The engine and transmission are lighter, too -- the V6 with TorqueFlight8 weighs about 76 pounds less than it's predecessor and the HEMI with TorqueFlight8 is about 30 pounds lighter than last years combo.
2013 Ram ChassisThe 2013 Ram 1500 truck has a new frame that combines high strength steel with hydroformed sections and fully boxed rear rails. The result is a lighter weight frame that's stronger, with less flex. The setup helps reduce the squeaks, rattles and other noises that result from flexing. Low rolling resistance tires further improve fuel economy.
Truck Safety Features
- Ram 1500 trucks are equipped with front airbags, front seat side airbags, side curtain airbags, seatbelt pretensioners, knee bolsters and shoulder belts.
- Electronic stability control (ESC) with traction control, trailer sway control, Hill-start Assist and anti-lock brakes are systems that help the driver maintain control of the truck.
Inside the Ram TruckUpgraded materials were used inside the new Ram truck, along with improvements to fit and finish. You'll find soft-touch materials on doors, armrests and seating surfaces. Instruments are new, and the center panel now includes an 8.4" Uconnect (see below) display, an upgraded HVAC control panel and a row of switches to control accessories. If the truck is equipped with the tow package, you'll find a built-in trailer brake controller. The HVAC system and the switch bank can also be controlled from the touch screen panel.
Trucks with the TorqueFlight 8 transmission have a shift controller at the left side of the center stack. If equipped with 4WD, the transfer case controller is just below the shift control. The gauge cluster has also been upgraded. ST and SLT trucks have a 3.5 inch information screen that provides vehicle operating functions. Other trucks have a 7" customizable display.
About UconnectUconnect is the term used to describe Ram's media center. It features Bluetooth and internet helpers, such as a cell phone link and Wi-Fi hot spot. A 911 button is located on the mirror, providing a direct connection to emergency services.
You can start the truck remotely, lock or unlock the doors and flash the lights -- all through the internet connection or with a smartphone app. More controls are found on the touch screen, the steering wheel controls or by voice command. The touch screen features large icons and intuitive controls designed by a special group of engineers called the Chrysler Group Human Machine Interface. Their goal is to design the system to do all the things we want it to do, but in a way that's easy to figure out. Uconnect can be upgradable as technology evolves. SiriusXM satellite radio, HD radio, navigation and hands-free texting and calling make Uconnect a pretty complete package.
It isn't new, but is unique -- Ram's steering wheel audio controls are mounted on the back side of the steering wheel so that you touch them with you finger tips rather than your thumbs. You'll find slots for USB, an SD card, auxillary connections and a 12 volt outlet to support an iPod or MP3 player.
Chrysler uses Sprint for its connectivity platform.
Powernet SystemChrysler's electrical system is called Powernet, and it utilizes both high speed and low speed data networks in order to be able to service the different types of systems found in the vehicle.