2013 Ram 1500 vs. Its Competition

2013 Ram 1500
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The battle between full-size pickups is really a contest pitting domestic against domestic against domestic.

The Toyota Tundra struggles with an awkward, chunky style inside, as well as a less proportionally on-the-mark interpretation of the big-rig look, and its interior appointments feel a little more cost-cut.

The Nissan Titan, the oldest truck in this clas, isn't offered in base work-truck form; instead it's geared toward recreational users who tow a boat on the weekends; but the Titan doesn't ride all that well and gets by far the worst mileage among full-size trucks.

The Ford F-150 is the closest rival to the Ram 1500; it's also improved immensely in ride quality and refinement over the past couple of years, though we tend to think that the Ram rides a bit better with an empty load because of its coil-spring rear setup.

The Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra are now among the most dated trucks in this group; while their interiors no longer stand out the way they did a few years ago, they're quiet-riding, well-balanced machined with good performance and towing capacity.

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Quick Specs
8.2
The 2013 Ram 1500 leads full-size trucks in interior quality, gas mileage, and handling; it adds infotainment to the list this year, but we're mixed on its new air suspension, and towing capacity is down.
7.2
The 2013 Chevrolet Silverado lineup appeals to truck traditionalists, offering a straightforward package that isn't as bold or fashionable as rivals but delivers in every way a truck should.
8.2
Muscular but lower in fat thanks to turbo V-6 power, the 2013 Ford F-150 shares the truck lead thanks to extreme towing capability and best-in-class tech features.
7.2
Among increasingly bold full-size trucks, the 2013 GMC Sierra is simple in looks and strong in performance—with the Sierra Hybrid remaining a fuel-efficient standout.
7.4
The 2013 Nissan Titan provides strong performance, with a brash style, but it's simply fallen to the back of the pack in many respects.
8.0
The 2013 Toyota Tundra is tough and able, but its overwrought styling, subpar interior appointments, and unimpressive fuel economy could be cause for hesitation.
MSRP From     
$23,100$23,590$24,070$23,590$29,270$25,455
Gas Mileage     
14 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas/Ethanol V8Gas V6Gas/Ethanol V6Gas V6Gas V8Gas V6
EPA Class     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Style Name     
2WD Reg Cab 120.5" Tradesman2WD Reg Cab 119.0" Work Truck2WD Reg Cab 126" XL2WD Reg Cab 119.0" Work Truck2WD King Cab SWB SReg Cab 4.0L V6 5-Speed AT (GS)
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
333363
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Regular Cab PickupReg Cab 6.5' WidesideRegular Cab PickupReg Cab PickupKing CabReg Cab
Transmission     
AutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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