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Fuel-efficient pickups for frugal families

2013 Ram 1500
2013 Ram 1500
  • Starting price: $23,400
  • Fuel economy:
    • City - 18 mpg
    • Highway - 25 mpg

The 2013 Ram 1500 offers the best fuel economy in the full-size pickup segment with its 305-horsepower 3.6-liter V-6 that gets 18 mpg city and 25 mpg highway in two-wheel-drive configurations.

It is the only engine in the full-size pickup segment to use an eight-speed transmission, which improves fuel economy and provides best-in-class standard V-6 towing of 6,500 pounds. For those who want more power, there is a 395-horsepower 5.7-liter V-8 featuring fuel-saver technology that gets 14 mpg city and 20 mpg highway for two-wheel-drive models -- the best V-8 fuel economy for a full-size pickup.

Among the V-8's fuel-saver technology are an eight-speed transmission, a thermal management system and active aerodynamics, including an adjustable air suspension and shutters on the front grille that close to improve aerodynamics when additional airflow isn't needed.

The 2013 Ram 1500 is available in three cab sizes -- regular, quad and crew; three different pickup bed sizes -- 5-foot-7-inch, 6-foot-4-inch and 8-foot; and in two-wheel- and four-wheel-drive configurations. There are nine different models, starting at $23,400. All Ram 1500 models come standard with air conditioning, automatic headlights and a locking tailgate as well as six air bags, traction control, trailer sway control, hill start assist and anti-lock brakes.

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