Now the Ram has proven its trail-climbing abilities with surprisingly high marks. From the capable four-wheel-drive system to the height-adjustable air suspension, the Ram has the goods to grab onto and clear washed-out, rocky dirt trails with ease. Four-wheel-drive "low" and "lock" modes are easily achieved via the dashboard push-buttons.
Of course, the wheelbase of our crew-cab model limited its ability to tackle some of the tougher sections. Likewise, the limited approach and departure angles, even in the highest "Off-Road 2" suspension setting, which raises the truck about two inches for 10.7 inches of ground clearance, prevented access to certain trails. The truck's width, while making for great passenger and cargo space, also proved a challenge on the narrower, tree-lined trails.
Even with those limitations in mind, however, we felt the Ram performed admirably for being a showroom-stock truck. We did notice something a bit odd--the boots around the rear dampers appeared to have slipped down, and to have been held on with zip ties. It didn't trigger any warnings or error messages, however, and the suspension performed flawlessly all day.
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We'll be putting the 2013 Ram 1500 through more tests soon, so stay tuned. To catch up on the challenges the truck has already faced, visit our collected 30 Days of the 2013 Ram 1500 coverage here.