Overall Rating: 8.0
Bottom Line: 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.
For several years, most of our editorial team has thought of the Ram 1500 as the best-looking (and best-riding) of the full-size trucks, yet the thirsty powertrains and the lack of a competitive base V-6 could be a deal-breaker to some. Well, for 2013, Ram has remedied those inadequacies—and then some—with the introduction of a new V-6, a new eight-speed automatic transmission, a new air suspension, the UConnect Touch infotainment system, and much-improved cabin materials. Altogether, the new Ram gets up to 20 percent better fuel economy. While Chrysler has redesigned the Ram’s frame for 2013, much of the rest carries over, and it shows in the not-so-desirable side of the Ram 1500—its occupant protection. We give it only a 6 out of 10 in safety, due to its ‘moderate’ scores in the IIHS side impact and roof strength tests. It’s enough to be a cause for concern for some shoppers, but you might just be charmed by this Ram’s swagger.