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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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Big Wave Dave
January 28, 2013 at 7:06 pm

Sure, I like comfort, style, reliability and good gas mpg.
But, I think the Ram 1500, V6, 2-wheel drive, air suspension with all the toys is to expensive and not enough truck to do the job. I have a GMC, V6 Truck 4X4 that gets about the same mpg that is 10-years old, over 100K miles and origional everything.
Would I buy that truck? NO! To much money, to many things that could go wrong. I like it simple. I like 4X4. Check this out.

January 28, 2013 at 6:55 pm

OK.... The WORD "TRUCK" means to me a a working vehicle. The Dodge 1500 with a V6 and Air Suspension is mor of a Fluffy Truck. Scared to get a scratch on, or take off-road. Ford, Chevy/GMC, Toyota and Nissan all have trucks. Workings Fluffy Trucks. If I were 75 or older and needed a truck to haul around small; wheel chair, bingo table, big dog, then I would think about a fluffy truck.

January 28, 2013 at 5:11 pm

F-150 ALL THE WAY 1000%

FRED sr.
January 28, 2013 at 3:23 pm

MY name is FRED also I owen a hemi 1500 and I got it 2003 I just cant give it up yet ...NUF SID.......

Jesse A
January 28, 2013 at 2:04 pm

3.6 Liter truck that can get 25mpg...impressive!

January 25, 2013 at 12:53 pm

Cold Cold comments. The new Ram looks good with a lot of goodies including 25 MPG.
Fred, Chevy owner, enough said

January 25, 2013 at 10:35 am

Dodge Ram couldn't pull a greasy string out of a dead cat's azz.

jr levitt
January 25, 2013 at 9:06 am

Dodge Ram Has nothing on a Ford-F-150.F-150 ride's Like a 200.000 dollar Benz with out a doubt in my mind.Enough said.Da F-150 is the King of trucks.

Mike K
January 23, 2013 at 1:20 pm

The ride and handling of my 2013 RAM 1500 is far better than my Ford F-150 ever was.

January 23, 2013 at 11:44 am

Please! == GUTS - GLORY - RAM - !!!??? F-150 rides, tows, pulls without GUTSGLORYRAM. enough said.