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Consumer Reports Recommends the 2013 Dodge Ram 1500

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On: Thu, Jul 18, 2013 at 7:49AM | By: Elizabeth Puckett

Consumer Reports Recommends the 2013 Dodge Ram 1500

The great truck debate rages on year after year as auto makers constantly compete to have the consumers' most loved truck. There’s no one clear truck that remains to be the public’s favorite across a long timeline, but, yearly, there’s always a favorite. This year, Consumer Reports (CR) is recommending the 2013 Dodge Ram 1500 to it’s readers.

Consumer Reports is an American magazine publication which publishes reviews and reports about various products and brands. Their reviews of vehicles and features have drawn large crowds of readers who need unbiased advice on buying a car and car-related products.

The tests done by CR are not always in-line with those done by other popular publications. Consumer Reports is usually far more rigid and practical—they typically test based on real driving conditions and habits that an actual driver would exhibit. When they make a call about a certain model, people listen, and this year they are giving their seal of approval to the Ram 1500.

Even on paper, the 2013 Dodge Ram 1500 is pretty attractive.This new model is loaded up with more technology now than was ever available before and features meant to impress. Starting off the design is a much lighter and stiffer chassis than used in the 2012 models.

The base model 3.6L V6 engine makes an impressive 305 horsepower and 269 lbs-ft. torque. Even though this is a smaller engine than some competitors are putting in this class of passenger pickup, the power seems to be much better. Additionally, the new engine allows for 4-wheel drive models to be made with V6s, something not possible before. Paired with a new ZF 8-speed automatic transmission, the two-wheel drive model is said to get 20% better fuel economy than the year prior.

Consumer Reports tested a 1500 crew cab model with optional four-wheel drive and 5.7L V8 Hemi. In the CR test, the truck was said to perform flawlessly and impressed with class leading 15 MPGs. Due to impressive overall performance, the truck earned a test score of 78—the Toyota Tundra got a 69, and the Ford F-150 got a 68 in the same tests. CR has yet to finish testing on the 2014 Chevy Silverado. The Chevy Avalanche did beat it by two points, but 2013 is the final year of production.

The only notable complaints about the Dodge 1500 by CR included a heavy tailgate (which isn’t damped or sprung, like other models) and too high of a step to get into the cabin of the truck.


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