Motor Trend was effusive in its praise of the new Ram 1500, writing that, “At the end of our testing, the decision was unanimous. Hands down, the Ram ran away with this Truck of the Year Award.”
The powertrain, unsurprisingly, is an area of strength. Gone is the 3.7L V6 that its predecessor touted; the 2013 Ram 1500 comes standard with a Pentastar 3.6L V6 which provides 42% more horsepower and 13% more torque than its predecessor. Drivers who want a bit more power can go for the available 5.7L Hemi V8, which has been used before, but now features variable valve timing.
However, as Motor Trend notes, the powertrain “may be the least significant improvement in the 1500.” In particular, the publication cites the Ram 1500’s air suspension, which allows the truck to effectively handle heavy loads. The air suspension also allows drivers to take advantage of adjustable ride height, with two off-road modes the will lift the vehicle either 1.2 or 2.0 inches.
The 1500 can also be lowered by 0.6 inch for aero-mode, which improves fuel economy by lowering the truck while travelling at highway speeds. Also on the fuel-efficiency front, active shutters in the grille are available, which further enhances the truck’s aerodynamics.
Finally, the interior, while familiar from a design standpoint, features plenty of new technology. The Uconnect system plays a starring role — it features an 8.4-inch infotainment screen, and it can take advantage of a variety of apps, even being made to provide Wi-Fi service.
Pat McGrath Dodge Country is located at 4610 Center Point Road Ne in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; drivers who wish to see the new Ram 1500 for themselves can visit their dealership.