Consumer Reports has the re-engineered 2013 Ram 1500 sitting atop its full-sized pickup rankings. This marked the first time that a Chrysler pickup lorded the list. The 2013 Ram 1500 scored 78 in the Consumer Reports road testing. Second-ranked Toyota Tundra received 69 while third-placer Ford F-150 got 68.
According to Consumer Reports, it is still testing the redesigned 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and will release results this summer. The 2013 Chevrolet Avalanche actually topped the ranking with 70 points, but since General Motors is no longer building the pickup, the top honors went to the Ram 1500.
Jake Fisher, director of Consumer Reports' Auto Test Center, remarked that the continued interior and powertrain improvements make the Ram a “particularly well-rounded choice." Consumers widely used the magazine's recommendations and rankings as basis for choosing vehicles.
Pickups are gaining heavily in the United States thanks to the ongoing rebound in the housing and construction sectors. Chevrolet and GMC are offering revamped 2014 large pickups while Ford is planning an overhaul of its F-150 for 2015.
Consumer Reports tested a 2013 Ram 1500 powered by a 5.7-liter Hemi engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The pickup returned 15 mpg in testing, the highest among vehicles tested. The previous-generation Ram 1500 powered by the 5.7-liter Hemi received a score of 67 points from Consumer Reports in prior road test.
The re-engineered 2013 Ram 1500 earned its first "recommended" badge from Consumer Reports as previous versions of the pickup have been reliable.