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Ram 1500: 2013 Truck of the Year

By Tara Baukus Mello ·
Monday, January 14, 2013
Posted: 2 pm ET

The Ram 1500 was named the 2013 North American Truck/Utility of the Year today at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The Ram 1500 beat out finalists Ford C-Max and Mazda CX-5 for the honor.

Redesigned for 2013, the Ram 1500 features a new, more aerodynamic shape and new frame with improved stability and handling, with decreased noise, vibration and harshness. The interior also has been redesigned with an improved fit and finish and more upscale materials.

It features the latest version of the Uconnect built-in wireless system with 8.4-inch screen, new climate controls and a new 3.5-inch vehicle-information screen in the instrument panel that's standard on all models. Other standard features include keyless entry and start, steering-wheel controls and a new air suspension that improves the ride, eases passenger entry and exit, and enhances off-road capability.

Starting at $22,640, the 2013 Ram 1500 features best-in-class fuel economy in the new 305-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 engine paired with a new eight-speed automatic transmission, which gets 18 mpg in the city and 25 highway mpg. A 395-horsepower, 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 is also available as an option. Other fuel-economy improvements on all models come from the extensive weight reduction through the use of advanced high-strength steel, aluminum suspension components and an aluminum hood, electric power steering, and low rolling-resistance tires.

Fred Diaz, president and CEO, Ram Truck Brand, accepts the North American Truck of the Year award for the 2013 Ram 1500 at the North American International Auto Show.

The prestigious award is given by a group of 49 automotive journalists from the United States and Canada and is financed solely from jurors' dues. The group initially considers all cars that are brand new or substantially redesigned for 2013. This is the second time in the award's history that the Ram 1500 won. The first time was in 1994, the inaugural year of the award.

What do you think of the Ram 1500? Is it a better choice than the other two trucks?

Tara Baukus Mello writes the cars blog as well as the weekly Driving for Dollars column, providing both practical financial advice for consumers as well as insight into the latest developments in the automotive world. Follow her on Facebook here or on Twitter @SheDrives.

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August 28, 2013 at 3:15 pm

the dodge 1500 4x4 seem's like a great truck. But for those of us that do use our trucks off road, like me, and just about everyone does here in central Utah. The Aluminum front suspension that are not very substantial in size, would stop me and quite a bit of people around town from buying one. Because we want something strong and long lasting. Of course GM trucks are doing the same thing, unless you get a Z71. Thank goodness Ford has stuck with good old steel.

Jim jeppesen
March 02, 2013 at 10:45 am

I have a 2005 2500 4w/dr that now has 120,000 on it and have had the front bearing hubs replaced twice and the front wheel universal joints replace as many times.I have had the upper and lower ball joints replaced at 110,000 ND THE COMPLET RIGHT REAR BED SIDE REPLACE BECAUSE OF RUST THRU. As I understand it they didn't use the proper welding rod that sealed the metal when it was put together. I do not abuse the truck, but the fuel mileage is terrible and The only time I drive it now is in real bad weather because it cost too much to drive. I had a 1998 1500 ram that got around 15mpg but 9-10 now.The 98 hade a plow package and had to go to the 2500 to put a plow on it.Prt of that bearing failure may be due to cheap bearings and u-joints. Come on guys this is America. Build a useable truck for someone that uses it instead of showing it.I like the styling,but it's hard to cough up 35000.00 to 45000.00 for a work truck. The only ones that can afford them are the real rich and the guys that work at the plant.There are a lot of small business out there that would like your trucks but cost is a factor. Thank you for theopt sto speak. Jim

February 07, 2013 at 2:15 am

They don't build them like they used to... I have a 1970 Dodge Power Wagon that will out work any new truck out there... Gas milage may not be the best since it has a 440 and may not have all of your creature comforts or AC but its more truck than the new dodge, toyota, chevy,or fords that are made now!!