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MPG 15 City / 21 Highway
  • Smooth ride
  • Aggressive styling
  • Five-passenger seating
  • Transmission lacks refinement
  • No diesel option
, Automotive Editor -
The 1500 has officially de-throned the Ford F-150 as the best full-size truck you can buy today, and for good reason.


The Ram 1500 line of full-size pickup trucks offers the range diversity buyers in this segment expect, from a regular cab work truck to a luxuriously appointed crew cab with four full doors. Where it aims to differ from competing brands from GM, Ford and Toyota is in the areas of fuel efficiency, refinement and clever features.

Ram 1500s are available as two-door regular cabs and four-door extended and Quad cabs, with various combinations available with f-foot 7-inch, 6-foot-4 or 8-foot bed lengths, and either a 3.6-liter V6 with 305 horsepower and an 8-speed automatic transmission, a 4.7-liter V8 with 310 horsepower or 5.7-liter Hemi V8 with 395 horsepower, both mated to 6-speed automatics.

The Ram 1500 starts off with the Tradesman, a base model aimed at customers who want a simple work truck and lots of room to customize it and make it their own. It's comes with 17-inch wheels, air conditioning, a split bench seat, power windows, vinyl floor, spray-in bedliner and sound system with USB input. The SLT adds power locks with remote keyless entry, power mirrors, carpeting and floor mats, 17-inch alloy wheels, chrome around the grille and doors, Sirius satellite radio and two gloveboxes.

The R/T is a street truck, available only with the 5.7 V8 in a regular cab, two-wheel drive style, with big 22-inch alloy wheels, sport exhaust, bucket seats and body-colored trim. The Sport trim adds big 20-inch alloy wheels, dual exhausts, fog lights, LED running lights, body-colored trim around the grille, windows and bumpers, ambient lighting, bucket seats with a center console, Bluetooth and auto-dimming mirrors.

The Laramie comes as an extended cab or Quad cab and adds luxury to the Ram, with chrome bumpers, dual exhausts, two-tone paint, leather upholstery, backup camera, front bench seat, heated and cooled front seats and a dual-zone automatic climate control.

The range-topping Laramie Longhorn Crew Cab comes with a mesh grille, parking sensors, wood trim, bedliner, heated second row seats, navigation system with Sirius traffic and HD radio.

The Limited Package for the Longhorn adds monochromatic paint trim, keyless entry and start, automatic wipers and the RamBox storage system. Four-wheel drive is also available on all trims.

The Chevrolet Silverado and twin GMC Sierra can haul more and are slightly less expensive than the Ram, but lack refinement especially in the interior appointments. The Ford F-150 offers a powerful and efficient EcoBoost V6 and even more options and configurations, but lack the Ram's ride quality and interior fit and finish. The Toyota Tundra's V8 is effortlessly powerful and the styling may appeal to a trendier set, but interior materials are just OK. The Nissan Titan lacks a regular cab configuration and its V8 guzzles fuel even more than rivals, but for an old design it still has impressive capabilities.

The Ram may not be the last word on towing and power, but it is a well-rounded machine with long list of available trims and packages with interesting features such as a fuel-efficient V6 model and the coil rear suspension – things unheard of in this segment. What's more, top range versions come packed with features that are just as at home in a premium SUV. Whatever you need your full-size pickup to do, there's probably a Ram 1500 that's perfectly suited to it. Anyone shopping in the segment should drive one.

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2013 RAM 1500 Laramie

Recommended for: Drivers who want more luxury

The Laramie adds more luxury to the Ram. Available as a Quad or Crew cab, it includes chrome wheels, a mesh grille, two-tone paint, dual-zone automatic climate control, power adjustable pedals with memory, remote start, heated steering wheel and front seats, fog lights, the 5.7-liter V8, the 506-watt Alpine sound system with 9 speakers, leather upholstery and a 6-way power front passenger's seat. The Convenience Group adds automatic high beams and remote entry and start. Other options include an anti-spin rear differential, four-wheel drive, 32-gallon fuel tank, towing mirrors, trailer brake control, Class IV hitch, spray-in bed liner, tonneau cover, RamBox system, power sunroof, air suspension, front bucket seats and rear parking sensors.

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2013 RAM 1500 Laramie Longhorn Edition

Recommended for: Buyers who want the ultimate in capability and comfort

The Laramie Longhorn represents the top of the Ram food chain and offers the best combination between luxury and capabilities. That means it comes fully loaded as a Crew Cab with remote start, rear parking sensors, special exterior trim, bed liner, special wood/leather steering wheel, 32-gallon fuel tank, heated second row seats, ventilated front seats and bright exhaust tips. The Convenience Group adds rain-sensing wipers and automatic high beams. Towing mirrors, Class IV hitch, power sunroof, RamBox and air suspension are the available options for the most luxurious Ram 1500 you can buy.

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2013 RAM 1500 R/T

Recommended for: Buyers who want an aggressive-looking truck

The R/T is a much more aggressive-looking model than its counterparts and aims for the lifestyle segment of the class. Available only as a regular cab with the short bed and two-wheel drive, the R/T comes standard with large 22-inch alloy wheels, body-colored grille and exterior treatments, darkened headlamp bezels, dual exhausts, the 5.7-liter V8 with a six-speed automatic, bucket seats, the 322-watt Alpine audio system, the UConnect system for media and phone pairing, LED ambient lighting, a 10-way power driver's seat, trailer brake control and a universal garage door opener. The Convenience Package adds automatic high beams, keyless entry and start and automatic wipers. The Comfort Group adds heated front seats and heated steering wheel. A tonneau cover, spray-in bed liner, RamBox cargo management, satellite navigation, backup camera and power adjustable pedals are all options.

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2013 RAM 1500 SLT

Recommended for: Buyers in need of more comfort and convenience features

The SLT moves more towards the consumer market with a truck that's loaded with more convenience and comfort features. The SLT comes standard with a chrome grille and exterior trim, cloth upholstery, and the more efficient 3.6-liter V6 with 305 horsepower and an 8-speed automatic transmission. The SLT also gets 17-inch alloy wheels, SiriusXM satellite radio, two gloveboxes, a power-sliding rear window, remote keyless entry, power mirrors, remote start system, split front bench seat, trip compter and compass. RamBox cargo management is available, as is a tonneau cover, spray-in bedliner, trailer brake control, heated outside mirrors with puddle lamps, backup camera and a 7-speaker Alpine audio system.

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2013 RAM 1500 Sport

Recommended for: Drivers who want more style and performance

The Sport offers some of the R/T's aggression with more options for equipment and body styles. Available in regular, crew or quad cab styles with two or four-wheel drive, the Sport gets power-folding outside mirrors, steering wheel audio controls, 20-inch alloy wheels, auto-dimming mirrors, an 8-inch touchscreen audio and climate system, chrome accents in the grille, satellite navigation, the RamBox system, SiriusXM TravelLink and traffic service and a 322-watt Alpine audio system. A 506-watt Alpine system is optional, as are an alarm and keyless entry and start, heated front seats and steering wheel, anti-spin rear differential, 32-gallon fuel tank, trailer brake control, power sunroof, air suspension, leather upholstery, backup camera and parking sensors.

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2013 RAM 1500 Tradesman

Recommended for: Buyers looking for a work truck with the basics and room to customize

The Tradesman is the most basic Ram 1500 and it comes with a long list of options to make it your own. Available in two-door regular cab or four-door Quad Cab or Crew Cab, it comes standard with the 4.7-liter V8, rear wheel drive, air conditioning, automatic headlamps, vinyl floor covering, 17-inch steel wheels, tilt steering wheel and power windows. A six-speaker audio system with AUX and USB inputs is also included. The Power and Remote Entry Group adds heated power mirrors, power door locks with remote keyless entry and map pockets. The Popular Equipment Group adds carpeting, floor mats, an armrest with fold-out cupholders and SiriusXM satellite radio. Also available is four-wheel drive, the 3.6-liter V6 with 8-speed automatic or 5.7-liter V8, RamBox cargo management, tri-fold tonneau cover, cloth upholstery, backup camera and integrated trailer brake control.

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