2013 Ram 1500 tops pickup rankings at Consumer Reports

Article by Anita Panait, on July 17, 2013

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.

When it comes to fuel economy, the 2014 Ram 1500 offers what may be the best in the segment. This is all due to the vast number of innovative fuel savings systems. These features include implementing active aerodynamics, the pulse-width modulation, thermal management system, Start/Stop system, and the automatic 8-speed transmission.

Even the air suspension and the grille shutters contribute to fuel savings. The automatic 8-speed TorqueFlite transmission is paired to the new EcoDiesel 3.0-liter engine which, in addition to the excellent fuel efficiency, offers remarkable capability and unparalleled torque. In addition to the new engine, there are new technological innovations like the front part assist system.

Other features that ensure comfort, efficiency, and lower emissions are the humidity sensor, pulse-width modulated blower, and variable displacement compressor. The 2014 Ram 1500 is also fitted with the latest in air conditioning refrigerant technology. That the new model has all of these is because it was built on the 2013 Ram 1500. This is the same model that achieved the trifecta, Truck of Texas, North American Truck of the Year, and Motor Trend Truck of the Year -- rare especially in the pickup segment.

With the 2014 Ram 1500 powered with the EcoDiesel engine, the brand hopes that this will increase their lead in terms of fuel economy. Even then, this did not stop the brand from continuing to try and reach new heights in a segment many consider as having the most loyal of customers. The 2014 Ram 1500 is priced at $24,200 with $1,095 for destination costs. Compared to the model that is equipped with the HEMI 5.7-liter V8 and paired with the 8-speed Torqueflite transmission, the diesel-powered one is more expensive by $2,850.

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