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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 18, 2013 at 10:45 pm

I have a 98 dodge ram Laramie with no rust, but the dash board is a different story, its breaking up, the rest of the truck looks great for a 103,000 miles on it.

August Heilig
July 18, 2013 at 10:21 pm

GMC Duramax Diesel will eat up that rice burner in every category. I guess your not ready to get out of the sand each is own I guess.

July 18, 2013 at 10:17 pm

there you go tbone,,if a salesman or a contractor or anybody pulls into my driveway driving anyting other then a american car brand,,,sorry no job..its time we take our country back,,as far as the new ram,,,,good job dodge,,,

July 18, 2013 at 10:07 pm

Chrysler products look great, but rust out fast, always have.

July 18, 2013 at 10:06 pm

I've got a 2006 Tacoma with over 190k miles, runs like the
day I drove it off the dealer's lot.
Makes Ford and Dodge p/u look like the garbage they are.

July 18, 2013 at 9:50 pm

I have a 2012 Ram with 30,000 miles. Comfortable, powerful and handles great for a truck. no problems at all. would get another

July 18, 2013 at 9:46 pm

For every five trucks come'in at ya on the road, three are Dodge trucks. (Ive had seven)

July 18, 2013 at 9:25 pm

We had a 2010 Ram crew cab hemi and traded it in January for a 2013 Laramie with all the bells and whistles. It came from the factory with a huge defect, an 8" cut in the sheet metal at the top of the windshield, causing a huge flood the first time it went through the carwash. Dodge bent over backwards to satisfy us. Free rental car for 5 years, free scheduled maintenance for 5 years and refund of 2 payments. First non-GM vehicle I've owned since a 1965 since a 1965 Plymouth Hemi. Great truck...great customer service!

July 18, 2013 at 9:19 pm

They must be building them better than they did before. Had an 02, even the oil pan rusted out.

July 18, 2013 at 9:14 pm

You got to be kidding GMC