When you're used to driving every carlike crossover and coupelike SUV under the sun in a six-month span, a full-size truck can be a welcome relief. And a huge switch.
We're making that switch this month with our 30 Days of the 2013 Ram 1500, and we're asking lots of questions. Some that come to mind: "What the hell am I going to do with this thing for a month? Tow something? Carry a bunch of stuff? Haul some junk?"
Yes. All of the above. And why not make it interesting?
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Our 2013 Ram 1500 SLT Crew Cab 4X4 isn't the most qualified to carry, tow, and haul out of the Ram 1500 lineup, but it's still a pretty hard worker. With the V-6 and four-wheel drive, it's rated at 1,615 pounds of payload, and sports a tow rating of 4,100 pounds. That's limiting to some of us--a weekend racecar setup is too hefty for it--but it will tote literally truckloads of stuff to Salvation Army. (How else would it do it?)
You'd be amazed at what this leaner version of the Ram 1500 can do, just as some of our editors were. Flip ahead to find out what our Ram could carry, tow, and haul, if only we had more budget: