2013 Ram 1500 near Salt Lake City
Big news is in the powertrain. Ram gets a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine. Also new for 2013 is a segment-first eight-speed transmission, to be standard on the V-6 and an option with the bigger Hemi V-8. The midrange 4.7-liter V-8 gets the 65RFE six-speed automatic transmission only. Other improvements include a significantly upgraded interior along with an exterior that has been tuned for better aerodynamics. Likewise, new technology like active grille shutters, electric power steering and engine start/stop technology are in play with certain models, as well. In spite of its bold, brash looks, the Ram is a refined package stuffed with amenities. The Ram 1500 delivers performance and ability on par for half-ton pickups. You can't go wrong among the full-size pickups. The most important thing is to choose the right model and configuration for your needs. Underneath, where for decades pickup trucks have had live axles with leaf springs, the Ram's live axle is suspended by coil springs and it is located by four trailing links and a lateral Panhard bar. Inside, the Ram offers seating for three to six people, in-floor storage on Crew Cabs and environments that span working-grade vinyl and rubber to French stitched leather with ventilated and heated seats. If you are in search of a new Ram 1500 in the West Valley, Orem, Lehi, Draper, West Jordan, South Jordan, Riverton, Murray, Bountiful, or Ogden UT area, Ken Garff West Valley Dodge Chrysler Jeep is your answer, view our large inventory today.
2013 Ram 1500 Power & Handling
Transmissions work as expected with modern, electronic-authority automatics. If you wish to select a gear manually use the thumb toggle on the column-mount stalk or slide the floor shift left for downshifts and right for upshifts. To revert back to full automatic control, simply hold the toggle on the column shifter + or push the floor shifter right for about one second. A Tow/Haul mode is standard and useful when towing. Activating Tow/Haul may take the truck out of top gear but it does not lock it out; you can still cruise in overdrive with tow/haul on. The Tow/Haul mode keeps the transmission cooler when towing by holding gears longer (and reducing hunting between gears) and shifting faster (and firmer). The Ram 1500 brakes work well. Antilock and stability functions are standard so all you need to do in evasive maneuvers is push the pedal and steer. In daily driving they deliver good feel and are easy to modulate.
2013 Ram 1500 Design
Everything on the Ram looks big, yet the truck takes up no more real
estate than its competitors. The illusion comes from the shape, which
has a definite presence. One distinction of the Ram is that a lot of the usual gaps and spaces
are noticeably narrow and tight, such as spaces between tires and fender
openings, and between the cargo box and the cab. This not only looks
neat and clean, but it also helps reduce wind noise and improve
efficiency. From the outside the Ram looks clean and tidy. The side
mirrors stand off from the door glass, the sides are fairly flat, and
the tailgate spoiler and windshield are both rounded for improved
aerodynamics. Seen from behind where the tires appear almost flush with
the body panels, the truck looks quite trim. There is no large seam between the front bumper and the grille and
lights, and if the truck does not have fog lights the bumper does not
have the outline marks that show it's missing something. The large rear
bumper has half-round openings for the sport exhaust on trucks so
equipped, and both seven- and four-pin trailer plugs are fitted adjacent
to the rear license plate. The tailgate has a lock and a torsion bar
system that cuts its apparent weight in half for ease of lowering and
'13 Ram 1500 Lineup
Ram ST models come in all cabs and are workhorses, with standard vinyl floor, manual windows and gray vinyl 40/20/40 bench seat. However, they do include chrome grille outline, air conditioning, stability control, CD player, tilt wheel, variable intermittent wipers, locking lift-assist tailgate, trailer plug, and underfloor storage (Crew Cab). Options include chrome wheels, cruise control, sliding or heated rear window, trailer mirrors, carpeting, cloth seats, limited-slip differential, sliding rear window, and Sirius radio.
Ram Express models, available in all cab styles, add visual cues to an ST with 20-inch wheels, body-color trim, dual rear exhaust and fog lamps; interiors get carpeting and floor mats. Ram SLT, Regular Cab only, adds to ST with a 4.7-liter V8, 5-speed automatic, cloth seats, 17-inch alloy wheels, power sliding rear window, Sirius XM, cruise control, EVIC (electronic vehicle information center), overhead console and remote keyless entry. Options include navigation upgrades, better upholstery and bucket seats, rear camera, 506-watt Alpine sound system, UConnect, 20-inch wheels, Class IV hitch, trailer brake controller, towing mirrors, five packages and RamBox.
Ram Outdoorsman is offered in all cab styles and includes body-color grille, painted bumpers and fender flares, tow hooks, skid plates, 32-gallon fuel tank, power heated auto-dimming outside mirrors, cloth bucket seats, power driver seat, 60/40 split-fold rear seat, 115-VAC outlet, HomeLink, heavy rubber floormats, 3.92:1 axle ratio, and truck-duty LT265/70R17E tires. Options include rear park assist and surround-sound audio system, 20-inch wheels/tires, sunroof, UConnect, navigation, and Sirius backseat TV.
Ram Big Horn and Ram Lone Star specials come on four-door cabs only and include a Hemi, 20-inch wheels, bright grillework, fog lamps, leather-wrapped steering wheel with redundant controls, a Class IV receiver hitch and unique badging.
The Ram 1500 keeps the forceful styling of its predecessors, yet it's a refined package with an ever-growing list of amenities for the occupants. It offers performance and ability on par for half-ton pickups, some unique features, and yes, you can get that Hemi in almost any of them. Click here to learn more about the 2013 Ram 1500.