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 |  Jun 27 2013, 11:01 AM

3. 2013 Ram 1500 Tradesman

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Chrysler’s most blue-collar pickup is the Ram 1500 Tradesman. Undercutting the F-150 XL by a fat stack of Benjamins, this tested-tough truck starts at right around $23,500. At that price buyers get a regular-cab body and a six-foot-four-inch bed. As you probably guessed, it’s two-wheel drive only.

The Tradesman is powered by a standard V8 engine; it’s a 4.7-liter unit that puts out 310 horsepower with 330 lb-ft of twist. It’s mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. A fire-breathing Hemi V8 is available at extra cost, as is an efficient Pentastar V6, which is matched to a cutting-edge eight-speed automatic transmission. This combo should deliver best-in-class highway fuel economy of 25 MPG.

  • Rick

    Makes no sense to buy brand new. A couple years old will get you a 2wd double cab with some power options and a much nicer interior. (And look exactly the same).

  • Guest

    So for the whole list you weigh function/price over comfort and style. Then for number one you list a brand new truck, costing more and holding less (shortest bed) than any other truck on here. Doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.

  • guest1

    Disagree with this list. Only thing Chevy has over Ford is price. Ford has more power and a heavier towing and payload.

  • Rexford L

    for what I do, and the people I work with, 4×4 is a necessity.. sure if you never take your truck off road, 2wd is fine.. but for loggers, miners etc, if you don’t have a 4×4, might as well stay at home, since your not getting to the work site.

  • sderri9421

    I guess if you publish a magazine or internet site you have to “spread” the compliments so as NOT to offend anyone? Go ahead and tell it like it is…keep the auto companies “raising the bar” for consumers here at home and abroad. Isn’t this true journalism? Or is it more important to just put words in print that have no meaning?

  • k4mac

    I,m so tired of people writing about what they know nothing of. Other than possibly the F-250, none of those trucks would last a month in my world. Vehicles that can’t tow, can’t leave the road, and have little or no payload and passenger room are not trucks, let alone work trucks.

  • Nancy Jo

    Nope, still ain’t seen anything I would buy. Although I salute the “Blue Collar” workers, men and woman alike. I agree with all the comments below. Truck manufacturers have completely lost focus on what a truck is supposed to do. Of course, they are advertising to get the attention of the Yuppie’s/Urban Cowboys, simply because they buy and trade in every 3 years or so. Real Truck owners don’t trade in until the truck dies. So here’s what I believe at truck for down to earth, got job to do Cowboy/Cowgirl or Redneck should be. Give us a truck that can pull or haul, 3/4 Ton, 1 Ton or bigger, Gas or Diesel, 4-wheel drive, with intergraded brake system, AND A STANDARD TRANSMISSION. Now pick your bed size, cab size and interior. Personally I hate cloth seats and carpet, because of mud and dog hair. But you can’t get power windows and stereo w/multi CD changer(like my music) unless you get carpet and you can’t leather seats unless you get all the electronic and power gadgets. I can tell ya’ll this I will rebuild, replace and repair my 06′ F250 XLT SuperDuty before I will buy new one.

  • Wayne

    I drive a 2006 Dodge 2500 with the 5.9 Cummins diesel. I pull RV trailers from Indiana to Ontario Canada, daily! With trailer weights that range from 4000 lbs up to 10,000 lbs. From 20 feet up to 48 feet. We average 1200 kms per day, 5-6 days a week. It’s a long bed 2wd and that’s the way I like it. It has enough creature comforts to keep me happy for 12 to 13 hrs a day. Make it reliable, economical to operate and comfortable and I’m happy. I’ll leave the “pretty” trucks to the driveway cowboys, I drive a working truck!

  • mattspersic

    Really? I guess I need to dust off the dictionary and learn what the words “working truck” mean! Half of the entries don’t have a bed… so how do they get classified as a truck?

    I agree with Rexford L: my truck is off-road every day and for half the year it has snow chains on all four tires most days.

  • mattspersic

    Right on! They should have you write the list!

  • dreidel

    I think that everything on this list should be older trucks that are more rekiable honestlylike mid 80s chevys, ford, dodge, some toyotas (before you flame me here I only say toyota because the classic toyota pickup will go anywhere you need it to go I took my toyota rockcrawling with a friend and outwheeled his ranger on 35 mts and Iwas on 30 ats. And do to toyotas lspv it can handle a good sized trailer behind it for a compact truck. Cant forget 23 mpg city) all in all it should be trucks that are cheap to fix, reliable, and get the job done. And Id be willing to bet that all those trucks up there would cost a arm and a leg to fix just based on their need to rely on electronics

  • tatterbug

    I agree ford is more of a workie truck then Chevy or dodge will ever be 1999 f150 I put it threw hell for 5 years sence I had the truck and I still hauling wood only thing I every really put into it was brakes and tires….i have gone all over with my truck off road up road what ever its a good truck

  • Val

    Ford Stink’s Plain and Simple what makes more useable power where you need it a Stinking worthless v8 diesel like a Turd or a straight 6 like Cummin’s . Sorry Hand’s Down Ram and Cummin’s Have the Market Cornered on pick/up work truck’s