The full-size Ram 1500 pickup bounces into 2013 with a new eight-speed transmission and stronger V6. Although V8s reign in this category, six-cylinder output jumps from 215 to 305 horsepower, and highway mileage climbs to 25 mpg, making the V6 an excellent choice if you don't need to tow more than 6,500 pounds. Equipment and trim levels run the gamut from the workaday Tradesman to the super-plush Laramie Longhorn.
The Ram debuted way back in 1981, and even then was based on an aging design. It didn't fare well against Ford and Chevy until a massive overhaul in 1994. It's been on equal footing ever since.