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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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January 15, 2013 at 4:23 pm

I can't help but notice that the competition is only between "new or substantially redesigned" vehicles. So, the only thing to compare the Dodge Truck to was a Ford Focus based crossover and a Mazda 3 Based crossover? Let's compare apples to apples and oranges to oranges. And I say this as a Mopar fan.

January 15, 2013 at 4:11 pm

What a crock!! I'll be sure to dodge this bullit. Pun intended.

marvin sain
January 15, 2013 at 4:05 pm

Had a 93 DODGE that needed a new tranny, and engine overhaul both with under 36000 mi. THANK GOD Have had three new chevy's sense then and loved them all. I just get the new truck bug once in awhile.

January 15, 2013 at 4:03 pm

I have two Fords (92 Ranger 4.0, 2001 F150 5.4) as well as a GMC 3500. Live in Colorado. Many highway, city and 4 wheel miles hunting and fishing. GMC has 175000 and has some problems. The 92 Ranger has 304000 and the F150 has 322450. Still going strong. I have had the best luck with Ford Trucks by far.

January 15, 2013 at 3:48 pm

Well Consumer reports begs to differ. Dodge has the WORST repair record in the industry and not suprisingly is the worst resale.

I won't buy from any company that took Obama money.

Ford is the only truck I'll ever own. My F150 has 197,655 miles on it and still runs great.

January 15, 2013 at 3:38 pm

The ram model that gets 25mpg is a regular cab shortbed 2wd with the 6 banger and 8 speed tranny is the HFE and its stripped down, why are all the pictures in this article the decked out crew cab long horn. I bet a w/t chevy or the stripped down ford could get a similar MPG

January 15, 2013 at 3:35 pm

A good ride is a good ride no matter if it is a Ford, Dodge, Chevy, GMC, made in America it is a good ride

January 15, 2013 at 3:18 pm

and i own a GMC and love it

January 15, 2013 at 3:16 pm

run i-70 from coast to coast and notice all the pick-ups pulling large horse trailers and 5th wheel campers...chevy and dodge...few fords..I could count on one hand the tundras and they were all from texas...speaking of texas dodge ram was named the truck of the year in texas and thats where they build tundras,,,,interesting

January 15, 2013 at 3:10 pm