Now, if you're going to be towing a large RV trailer, livestock, or other very large loads, you'll want to look at the Ram Heavy Duty trucks--the 2500s and 3500s. But if you're towing normal, but still large or heavy loads, you might be surprised at the 2013 Ram 1500's capabilities.
With maximum towing capacity of up to 10,450 pounds when appropriately configured, the Ram isn't quite as potent as the 12,000-pound-capable 2014 GMC Sierra Denali, but it's not nearly as expensive, either--or at least it doesn't have to be. (Pricing for the 2014 GMC Sierra Denali hasn't been released yet; the above is based on the 2013 model's starting price of $46,430).
Starting with the Big Horn edition Ram for its value-packaged features, a crew cab for the ability to take along your friends and family, and 4x2 drive for the best gas mileage and towing capacity, the base price with a 6-foot, 4-inch box is $36,225.
That includes the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine, good for 395 horsepower and 407 pound-feet of torque. With the optional 3.92 rear differential ratio (a $50 up-charge), we achieve a maximum towing capacity of 10,200 pounds. That's enough to tow larger boats, some RV trailers, and all but the heaviest of passenger vehicles.
And that's really all you need, still priced at just over $36,000--though for the ultimate towing 2013 Ram 1500, you'll probably want to add some more equipment.
We'd take the trailer brake controller ($230), the 32-gallon fuel tank ($75), the tri-fold tonneau cover (to keep cargo dry in foul weather hauling; $500), Active-Level four-corner air suspension ($1,595), and the power/heated T-Tow mirrors ($180).
That's another $2,580 in options, bringing the price to about $39,000.
2013 Ram 1500, towing configuration (interior)Enlarge Photo
To this mix, you can add any number of more luxury interior options, high-tech infotainment systems, or other extras to make the trip more comfortably, but expect the price to rise quickly; we've configured the 2013 Ram 1500 to more than $55,000 MSRP without adding any towing-specific capability.