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Ram pickup tops car tests

By Tara Baukus Mello ·
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Posted: 6 am ET

The new Ram 1500, which received a mild makeover for the 2013 model year, is now at the top of Consumer Reports annual rankings of full-size pickups. The nonprofit group recently completed testing of the 2013 Ram 1500, and the freshened model received the highest score, 78.

“The Ram 1500 is surprisingly luxurious and refined -- but still fully capable of doing hard work when needed,” said Jake Fisher, director of Consumer Reports’ Auto Test Center in East Haddam, Conn., said in a statement.

Because the Ram 1500 has been reliable in past years, Consumer Reports has also given the truck a "recommended" designation. The designation is based on a good performance in government and industry crash tests, a good performance in the group's own tests as well as the reliability of the model in previous years, according to the group's annual auto survey.

Other full-size pickup trucks tested include the Toyota Tundra, which scored 69, and the Ford F-150, which scored 68. The redesigned 2014 Chevrolet Silverado is still undergoing tests at Consumer Reports' East Haddam, Conn., facility and will be announced in late summer.

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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July 23, 2013 at 5:34 pm

I was raised in Dodge, Plymouth, and Chrysler dealerships/shops. I have owned several Dodge trucks. I have NO complaints. My favorite of all the trucks was a single cab with a 5.7 Hemi motor. My brother has claimed several times that another brand name vehicle is better than Dodge. He is CONSTANTLY replacing failed parts such as transmissions and rear ends. I have witnessed severe front end collisions from traveling the highways in Texas. The Dodge trucks survive with the engine, frame and cab left in-tacked while another name brand have folded in the middle and crumbled up like aluminum beer cans. If there are no more Dodge trucks made in America, I will ride a bicycle or simply walk.

July 19, 2013 at 6:51 pm

GO CHRYSLER! Chrysler/Dodge/Ram are making the best cars these days. I keep telling everyone! They pee on almost all imports. GM and Ford got a few nice cars, but Ram, 300, Charger, Challenge, etc, are all right on top.

July 19, 2013 at 1:39 pm

I have owned several trucks by different manufacturers all good vehicles but I have to say my 1999 2x4 1500 is the best truck I have ever had. The original 5.9 liter motor has well over a 1/4 million miles on it since I bought it new, and is still running strong! Recently pulled my fully loaded 32' camper thru the Missouri mountains with no trouble. Simply remarkable! basic maintenance is about the only thing I have ever had to do. Only thing that I do not like is the rear antilock brakes. other than that Ram trucks are truly Ram tough!!!

July 19, 2013 at 1:30 pm

I've owned an 84,99,and currently a 2009 RAM. All of them have been excellent trucks. GO RAM!

July 19, 2013 at 12:23 pm

Ive owned seven Dodge trucks. Wash them two times a week, even in the winter. Never had any problem with rust. Wouldnt have anything else. My 2005 Dodge Magnum does not have rust even now.

July 19, 2013 at 11:58 am

I currently have 4 dodge ram 1500. 1 4x4 2011, 1 4x2 2008 both with hemis 1 4x2 4.7 liter 2002 and 1 4x2 6c 2007. I have 7 rams total with 94 ,99 , 01 4x4 with 5.9. I am looking to buy my couple more here soon. needless to say I swear by RAM!!! Is there another truck??