The Ram 1500 truck gets some major updates for the 2013 model year. The foundation was improved with the use of high-strength steel, which allows the half-ton frame to be stiffer, stronger and lighter. The new frame was needed to accommodate a new airbag suspension, which is similar to the one used in the Jeep Grand Cherokee. The '13 Ram gets a brand new 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. If you are looking for a Ram truck in the Palm Beach or Ft. Lauderdale area, come to Arrigo Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram of West Palm Beach.
The new 3.6-liter four-cam V6 delivers 305 horsepower, which is 90 more than the 3.7-liter used on 2012 models, with 13 percent more torque and 20 percent better fuel economy. The engine is new only to Ram, already used in Chrysler Group's Jeeps, vans and cars. Also significant news for 2013 is an 8-speed automatic transmission from German manufacturer ZF. Transmissions work as expected with modern, electronic-authority automatics. Each of the three shifters has a method for manually choosing the forward gears, and each will revert to full automatic by holding the upshift button for about one second.
The cabin was significantly upgraded 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. Everything on the Ram looks big, yet the truck takes up no more real estate than its competitors. The illusion comes from the shape and the most aggressive grille on the market.
The 2013 Ram 1500 offers three cabs, three bed lengths, three engines, two transmissions, two suspension arrangements, and interiors from hose-out ethic to limo substitute. The Ram 1500, considered a half-ton, can carry loads of stuff and can tow trailers similar to what the competition will. Safety features include dual front multi-stage, side impact and side curtain airbags, three-point belts in all seating positions with constant-force retractors, LATCH child-seat anchors, child-protection rear door locks, electronic stability/traction control and four-wheel anti-lock brakes. For more on this model, visit the official Ram 1500 website!
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