2013 RAM 1500 Rated Best-in-Class 18/25 MPG

Colum Wood
by Colum Wood

Thanks to a new 3.6-liter V6 engine and an 8-speed automatic the 2013 RAM 1500 can now lay claim to being the most fuel efficient pickup in its segment.

With 42 percent more power and 13 percent more torque, fuel economy rises 20 percent to 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. An optional 5.7-liter Hemi V8 is also offered mated to the same 8-speed transmission and makes 395 horsepower and 407 lb-ft of torque.

Helping achieve the record fuel economy rating is a start-stop system, active aerodynamic grille shutters and an air suspension. The first time offered on a 1/2 ton pickup it can lower the truck for easier cab and box access, not to mention better aerodynamics at speed. When required, it can be raised for improved ground clearance, plus it has an automatic load leveling feature.

Outside the RAM 1500 gets an updated front end, with LED turn signals and LED taillamps. Other features include keyless access, an upgraded instrument panel with wood accents and better materials, while an updated Uconnect display screen can transform the truck into a rolling Wi-Fi hotspot.

GALLERY: 2013 RAM 1500

Looking for a fuel-efficient truck? See AutoGuide’s Top 10 list here.

Colum Wood
Colum Wood

With AutoGuide from its launch, Colum previously acted as Editor-in-Chief of Modified Luxury & Exotics magazine where he became a certifiable car snob driving supercars like the Koenigsegg CCX and racing down the autobahn in anything over 500 hp. He has won numerous automotive journalism awards including the Best Video Journalism Award in 2014 and 2015 from the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC). Colum founded Geared Content Studios, VerticalScope's in-house branded content division and works to find ways to integrate brands organically into content.

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  • Bob Bob on Nov 27, 2012

    dodge and chevy need to go with direct injection! not much for ford but go drive an ecoboost blew my mind!

  • Lashbera Lashbera on Nov 29, 2012

    Oh boy, so many other vehicles have had air suspensions. Wait a couple of years to see if these trucks can and will be converted back to a regular suspension because cost and durability are unaceptable. Dodge doesn't have a great track record for quality and I can't immagine an air suspension working for them. Check on Yukon Denalli air suspension problems as well as gm mini vans , Ford Crown vics and a few others. I find most Dodge owners too proud to ever admit they don't have the best truck.I fix them for a living and what a living it is. GO FIAT

    • Johncy Johncy on Feb 22, 2013

      it just won truck of the year is all. dang dodge they are so horrible