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Ram 1500 tops Consumer Reports pickups

by David Zatz on

The freshened 2013 Ram 1500 now tops Consumer Reports’ rankings of full-size pickups, both domestic and foreign.

“The Ram 1500 is surprisingly luxurious and refined—but still fully capable of doing hard work when needed,” said Jake Fisher, director of Consumer Reports’ Auto Test Center.

2013 Ram 1500

For 2013, the Ram got a lighter and stiffer frame, a revised interior, and updated powertrains and infotainment systems. Consumer Reports tested a four-wheel-drive Ram 1500 Crew Cab, with the most popular engine (Hemi V8), and the efficient new eight-speed automatic transmission. The combination delivers seamless power and still returned a class-leading 15 mpg overall in CR’s own fuel economy tests.

The Ram 1500 earned a 78-point overall road test score; the next highest rated, the Toyota Tundra, earned 69 points, while the Ford F-150 came in with just 68. The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado’s results will be announced in summer. Prior versions of the Ram have been reliable, according to the magazine, so Consumer Reports is “Recommending” the  truck.

The magazine wrote, “The Ram delivers one of the best rides of any pickup, thanks to its unique coil spring rear suspension. It has a super-quiet, super-roomy crew cab, and the optional UConnect infotainment touch screen is one of the best in the business. On the downside, the step up to the cabin is very high, and—unlike some other pickups—the Ram’s tailgate isn’t damped or sprung, so it’s heavy.”

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