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Ram beats minivan mileage

by David Zatz on

Traditionally the lowest-mileage vehicles in an automaker’s stable, the new Ram pickups will actually beat Chrysler’s minivans in fuel-efficiency. The 2013 Ram 1500, with V6 and eight-speed automatic, will be rated at 18 mpg city, 25 highway — one mpg city better than the minivans.

The Ram easily ran past the Ford F-150 (17/23) and Chevy Silverado (15/20), with 305 horsepower and no turbocharger. The base price will be $23,585, including destination charges.

The current 2012 Ram checked in at 14 city, 20 highway. Ram will move from worst in class to best in class in a single model year

The base Ram 1500 will have a 4.7 liter V8 with a six-speed automatic, both essentially carried over; the 4.7 is not expected to last into the 2014 model year. The V6 and Hemi V8 both come with eight-speed automatics, which allows the addition of a stop-start system. Numerous changes to increase gas mileage are detailed in our Ram powertrain section and our technology walkaround.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304

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