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2013 Ram 1500

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2013 Ram 1500

Ram 1500 highlights

Customer reviews

4 out of 5

RepairPal reliability rating**

4 out of 5


  • New eight-speed automatic boosts economy
  • Previously weak V6 engine replaced by a significantly better one


  • Fewer appealing engine choices than its rivals
  • Outright towing capacity is slightly less than top rivals

Mileage (EPA estimate)

18 city, 25 highway, 0 combined

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Already winning 2013 Ram 1500 gets stronger base engine

The 2013 Ram 1500 might not look different, but sharp-eyed fans will notice its slightly larger grille and restyled headlights and LED taillights. And Ram made more significant changes under the skin. There's a stronger but lighter frame, and Ram addressed the chief criticism of the previous model, its weak entry-level V6. For 2013 there's an all-new V6, a 3.6-liter boasting 90 more horsepower for a 305-hp output. It's paired with a new eight-speed automatic transmission and is significantly better in both performance and economy than the previous engine. Two V8s sit above it, a 4.7-liter with 310 hp and a 5.7-liter with 395 hp, and both use an automatic. All Ram 1500s are offered in rear- or all-wheel drive, with a choice of cab and bed lengths to suit your specific passenger and payload requirements.

For a truck that'll be bought with work in mind, the Ram remains uncommonly good at feeling a cut above its competition. The ride is civilized thanks to its coil-spring rear suspension, while the fit and finish inside feels positively luxurious compared to rivals. The base Tradesman trim level is decently appointed for a work-oriented truck; the SLT adds some convenience features; and the Sport brings body-colored bumpers, power seats, Bluetooth® connectivity, and sportier looks. Other available trims include the Laramie Longhorn and Laramie Limited, while a number of options, including differing axle ratios, or the HFE (high fuel economy) package, let you choose your Ram exactly how you like it.

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Ratings & reliability

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RepairPal reliability rating**

Above Average
RepairPal gave the Ram 1500 an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Ram 1500 3rd out of 27 among Fullsize Trucks.
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**RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select 2006-2020 vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features. RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. These ratings are based on RepairPal Reliability data as of 09/01/2021. Learn more about RepairPal reliability ratings

Explore Ram 1500 details

HFE 2WD 2D Regular Cab

Engine type


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305 @ 6400


269 @ 4175

Seating capacity


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