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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.

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