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2013 Ram 1500

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Ram 1500 highlights

Customer reviews

3.7 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, N/A combined

Pricing for current inventory

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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.

All Ram 1500 years

New for 2013

  • The 1500 is available in a new trim called the HFE.
  • The ST trim has been discontinued for 2013.
  • 1500 trims have been upgraded with Rear Defroster and Smart Key as standard equipment this year.
  • Automated Cruise Control, Blind Spot Monitor, Lane Departure Warning, and Manual Transmission features are now available as options on select trims.
  • The Tradesman trim now comes with Cruise Control as standard equipment.
  • The SLT trim now comes with Power Seat(s) as standard equipment.
  • The Express trim now comes with Cloth Seats and Cruise Control as standard equipment.
  • The Outdoorsman trim now comes with Bluetooth Technology as standard equipment.
  • The Laramie trim now comes with A/C Seat(s) and Rear Seat Heaters as standard equipment.
  • The Lonestar trim now comes with Bluetooth Technology as standard equipment.
  • The Bighorn trim now comes with Bluetooth Technology as standard equipment.

Explore Ram 1500 details

Tradesman 2WD 2D Regular Cab

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bed Liner
  • Cruise Control
  • Flex Fuel Vehicle
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Side Airbags
  • Tow Hitch
  • Traction Control
  • Vinyl Seats

Optional Features

  • 20 Inch Plus Wheels
  • Alloy Wheels
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Bed Cover
  • Bed Liner
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Cloth Seats
  • Flex Fuel Vehicle
  • Long Bed
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear View Camera
  • Remote Start
  • Running Boards
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Smart Key
  • Tow Hitch

Drive type


Engine size




Torque (ft-lbs)


Engine type


Fuel capacity




Overall length






Leg room

F 41"

Head room

F 40.3"

Front tires


Rear tires


Seating capacity


Max towing capacity

645/6450 lbs.



5 reasons to buy the 2013 Ram 1500

Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

3.7 out of 5

3 customer reviews

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 4th out of 25 among Fullsize Trucks.

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