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7 cars for moms to escape the minivan rut

Ram 1500 Crew Cab SLT
Ram 1500 Crew Cab SLT
  • Base price: $33,820
  • Gas mileage:
    • City - 18 mpg
    • Highway - 25 mpg

Finding a full-size pickup truck on a list of vehicles for busy mothers might surprise you, but Bankrate believes there are moms out there looking for the added utility only a truck can provide.

You may not be able to readily tell from its outside wrapper, but the Ram 1500 was redesigned for 2013.

A new 305-horsepower 3.6-liter V-6 engine sends output to the rear wheels via the only eight-speed automatic transmission in the segment. It uses a rotary gear selector rather than a shift lever. This combination delivers the best fuel economy in the big-truck segment.

The roomy cabin seats up to six with lots of hidden storage. Standard features include full power accessories, Bluetooth connectivity and iPod interface.

Rear parking sensors and a backup camera are available as options.

 

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