2013 Ford F-150 Pricing Released

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Prices for the 2013 Ford F-150 are out, and dealerships are ready to take orders.

You've already seen several of the new offerings Ford has shown for the 2013 (the 2013 F-150 Limited and SVT Raptor), but now the full lineup of F-150 can be ordered and priced from one website. 

Pricing for all 10 base 4x2 models of F-150 is below (at this point, the 2013 Harley F-150 has not been announced). These prices exclude the $995 destination charge.

Model                    MSRP

XL                     $23,670

STX                   $25,935

XLT                   $28,685

FX2                    $35,185

Lariat                 $35,835

FX4                    $38,765

Raptor                $43,340

King Ranch        $43,515

Platinum             $46,100

Limited               $49,180

Ford's Build Your Own F-150 website is set up like a configurator to allow you to click on various option packages, then make other choices from there, such as bed lengths, axle ratios, cab configurations and more. It's worth noting that Ford has made the larger 6.2-liter V-8 and the 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost engines available at just about every level (no word yet about an EcoBoost Raptor).

Overall, there are many more options and much higher content levels for each of the trim packages, but price increases seem relatively tight.  

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Comments

The single reason it's the best seller.

No matter what is you want everything to tow a trailer your going over 50k go build one on fords web site I always end up past 50k and that's with out all the fancy computers that heat your ass

Same thing with dodge and Chevy don't want you over excited ford guys to go crazy

Another nice Ford commercial

Talk about overpriced..

That truck is gorgeous! Why can't Chevrolet build a truck that looks this sharp? This last Avalanche should have been the Silverado minus all of the plastic junk. The current Avalanche/Tahoe look was just about on the same level as this F-150 in the looks dept and would have been a huge seller for Chevy. I know I would have bought one.

What do you think about the Limited seats? We are thinking of ordering it but wonder about resale if people would like the red color?

@Shireen Ordway - Buy a truck that makes YOU happy. If you go down the road of trying to buy something that won't offend the NEXT owner, you end up in a Camry. That, is sad...

Not a fan of the new headlights.

2013 Ram Pricing =http://www.allpar.com/news/index.php/2012/09/us-ram-pricing-all-models

Ford has the best trucks out there . When its time to get rid of my 2011 Harley f150 i am getting a 2014 Fx4 ecoboost it is the best truck engine out there . Funny to watch a Ford v6 take down the almighty Hemi v8 in Towing , MPG and pretty much everything else u can think of. Always will be in Third place the Ram Guts Glory everything made in China !

Couple things, first, Hemi, no one cares about 2013 Dodge pricing, if they did they would go in to that page. Stop soliciting the most car like pickup made...

Now the Ford, two things. First the Limited looks to be a waste of a truck. Just about equally equipped as a Platinum with 22's and no skid plates, can't get them according to the build it Ford website.

Second, when listing wheel well liners, it states optional across the board, hmm, people gripe about the GM trucks not having them, they are optional dealer installed. Personally, I don't them it is one more thing to break, ever seen them hanging down after the clips holding them in get broken? What do you think will happen when a bunch of mud or big rocks hit them hard? Leave those for the car like Dodge ram, those hippies will never leave the pavement with the air ride and pretty dual exhaust unless it is to get on a soccer field to drop off the teams playing equipment for their kids soccer team.

Wow! Definitely my type of truck. Thanks a lot for the for the price list. Brilliant!

HarleyF150 and Tyler.....Congratulations, you just confirmed what most everyone suspected! Neither of you have 2 brain cells to rub together!

I will guarantee you that IF Ford has the stones to rerun their Davis Dam test with the Hemi 8 speed and Eco boost, the Hemi will beat it. Ecoboost was getting run down big time in that contest although it did outperform the Hemi off the line. A 3 second victory over several miles while getting worse fuel economy does not like a superior power train.

The 8 speed will greatly improve the Hemi's off the line performance as well as fuel economy. Better mileage than Ecoboost without all the BS. Just a couple months away.

@Tyler, Couple things, first, Hemi, no one cares about 2013 Dodge pricing, if they did they would go in to that page. Stop soliciting the most car like pickup made...

What does G.M. have to compete with the Ram Runner????

What does G.M. have to compete with the Power Wagon???

Thats right G.M. has NOTHING but pavement pounders. LOL

Here I will make it easy for the trolls and will sum it up in 2 words: DODGE SUCKS or even GM SUCKS! Enough said period!

@Harleyf150, For the most part the 2011+ Mustang has been void of any major problems, but if anything has caused trouble it’s the transmission. The Chinese-built Getrag MT-82 6-speed has already been the subject of one TSB regarding cold shifting problems, but many owners have reported more serious issues including binding gears, difficulty engaging in shifts and excessive noise and vibration.
The Chinese-built Getrag MT-82 6-speed

Ram Guts Glory everything made in China ! LOL
Posted by: Harleyf150 | Sep 12, 2012 11:31:32 AM

Ford Adding 2 New Plants in China
THAT'S FUNNY!!!!!!

HarleyF150 and Tyler.....Congratulations, you just confirmed what most everyone suspected! Neither of you have 2 brain cells to rub together!
Posted by: Warfish | Sep 12, 2012 1:16:19 PM

Here I will make it easy for the trolls and will sum it up in 2 words: DODGE SUCKS or even GM SUCKS! Enough said period!


Posted by: FordTrucks77 | Sep 12, 2012 1:30:07 PM

IF DODGE SUCKS THEN FORD SWALLOWS!!!!

Hemi, this is comming from a fellow Mopar lover, knock it off.

If they start bashing the Ram, then you can attack, but so far the only thing I have read has been tame. Let the Ford people have there day, even though the Ram Tradesman with the 3.6 and 8 speed will be cheeper then the Ford XL line.


2012 Ford 5.0L
2wd 15 city/21 highway 360HP 380TQ
4wd 14 city/19 highway

2012 Ram 5.7L
2wd 14 city/20 highway 395HP 407TQ
4wd 13 city/19 highway

3.5L V6 EcoBoost®
2wd 16 city/22 highway 365HP 420TQ
4x4 16 City / 21 hwy with SelectShift transmission

THE 2013 RAM HEMI V8 WITH 8 SPEED TRANS IS SUPPOSED TO GET 20% BETTER MPG.

2013 RAM 5.7L HEMI
17 CITY/24 HIGHWAY
2012 Chevy 5.3L 315HP 335TQ 15city/22 hwy
WHAT DOES FORD OR CHEVY HAVE TO MATCH THE HORSEPOWER AND MPG OF THE 2013 RAM'S 5.7L HEMI V8
WITH 8 SPEED TRANSMISSION?
P.S.Chrysler recommends 89 but 87 is fine.

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@Lou,2013 Ram manual reveals new features

http://www.allpar.com/news/index.php/2012/09/2013-ram-manual-posted

Wow, trolls are pathetic.

http://blog.caranddriver.com/refreshed-2013-ram-1500-pickup-starts-at-23585-new-v6-eight-speed-automatic-cost-extra/

2013 Ram Tradesman with the 3.6 and 8-speed auto will be more expensive ($24,585) than F-150 XL 3.7 ($23,670), but will be more efficient (18/25 vs 17/23). According to the Car & Driver article, the 2013 Rams with the 5.7 will not get a better EPA mileage rating than 2012 (14/20), which is a bit surprising considering the new transmission.

Cue HEMI V8s bluster in 3 ... 2 ... 1 ...

Hypothetical conversation with Ford:

"Hi, I'd like an inexpensive, smaller truck which gets 20+ MPG in the city and will suffice for weekend duty. Just picking up bulky items at Home Depot or transporting my ATV to the local mud hole. I see the Ranger fits the bill, where can I find a new one? Wait, its discontinued? What? You want me to look at the Fiesta or Transit Connect? Directions to the nearest Toyota or Nissan dealer please."

The next PUTC article should be this http://wot.motortrend.com/2015-ford-f-150-aluminum-bodied-prototype-spotted-testing-260817.html. How has PUTC missed this you guys should be first to cover this?

Motor Trend is huge compared to pickuptrucks.com, pickuptrucks.com does a great job reporting the info and they do get a lot of pickup stuff out first but MotorTrend is still huge and has a ton of support staff.

Pickups are pricing themselves right out of the market for the normal person. I can rent a pickup for a day for less then $20 if I need something hauled. I can buy a nice luzury car which gets better fuel mileage and rides a lot better with everything on it for the same price as a pickup today. And it will outrun that pickup too.

Fifty thousand dollars for a two wheel drive pickup. You have to be pretty stupid to even consider buying one of these. And a Ford to boot. But like they say, you cannot fix STUPID!

@2013 HEMI - Thanks for wasting everyone's bandwidth plus re-posting someone else's nonsense. Do you have an opinion or any relevant facts to offer? The 2013 Ram's mpg is estimated by Chrysler, but that's likely with eco friendly R&P gears. The 8 speed is ground breaking, but we'll see.

Ram's (5.7) torque and HP advantage wouldn't be noticed unless you're drag racing and then it also depends on gear reduction, traction, weight and so forth. That's not why people buy trucks and engines should be tuned for towing, not straight out of passenger cars. This includes cams, heads and intake runners.

Not that Ram is too concern with towing or payload #s. How 'bout those???

@Tyler, Ford trucks didn't have wheel liners standard because their design on their wheel openings don't necessitate them. Chevrolet's didn't used to either until the GMT-900's. Now their wheel openenings are so massive that they look just awful without liners. The next one judging from spy shots looks to be no better. As for Ford trucks though, the next generation will have wheel liners just like the Dodge's have I can tell you that much. I feel they should be standard on all trucks personally. The wheelwells are much easier to rinse snow or mud out of. And I've not ever once seen a wheel liner fall off or even come loose.

You can't haul or tow or off-road in a luxury car.

Sorry you can't rent a pickup for $20 a day. It's more like $100 dollars a day with all of the fees. At Home Depot it is $20 for one measly HOUR, you big dummy.

@Hemi

What does G.M. have to compete with the Ram Runner????

Any aftermarket company that produces pre runner stuff, that's all the ram runner is, an aftermarket kit slapped on a Ram sold "through" Dodge dealers...

What does G.M. have to compete with the Power Wagon???

Oh boy, maybe 10k sold in 8 years, yup they just cornered that market!

Thats right G.M. has NOTHING but pavement pounders. LOL

They put a locker on most of their truck line, which you can't even get on a Ram 1500. That will get you most anywhere 99.9% of the people need to get, not to mention how does it feel knowing a 2wd Chevy can go where your TRX4 can go, does that sting a little?

2013 RAM 5.7L HEMI
17 CITY/24 HIGHWAY

Please post a link that isn't allpar, they go from 19hwy to 24 with a tranny switch? I think not...

@warfish

The 8 speed will "greatly" improve the Hemi's off the line performance as well as fuel economy. Better mileage than Ecoboost without all the BS. Just a couple months away.

That is a ton of hypothesizing... Dodge boys really do get hurt when then lose, 3rd place in pretty much every comparison every year, cummins constantly losing, going aftermarket for a raptor competitor.

I bet they might hit 22mpg highway. You do realize that 13mpg city for 2012, if you add 20% on to that you get less than 16mpg. I bet the new #'s will be 16/22, maybe 17/23 on a wish list. It is still the same tired motor just adding airbigs, a better tranny and start/stop.

@Donald, right on. Money and size go along way in pretty much any business!

"you cannot fix STUPID!" - Greg


We are all hoping you will get better.

I agree about the wheel liners, they should come standard, really looks bad as the truck ages and you see all the rusty shocks and springs hanging out with no liners.

Luke

The Epa numbers for the existing Hemi equpped 6 speeds are the same. Chrysler hasn't released any FE, Towing, or Hauling numbers yet for the the 8 speed eqipped Hemis. So go ahead and believe Car and Driver made up numbers, but be forwarned, it makes you look like a fool.

BTW your math is off.
2013 Ford base XL (23670) including desination (995)= 24665
2013 Ram base Tradesman (22590) including destination (995) and optional V6 and 8 speed (1000)= 24585

All that wind blowing and all we learned is you never learned simple math.

24585<24665

Sorry if I hurt your feelings

BTW, HEMI, KNOCK OFF THE ANNOYING TROLLING!!!!

Hemi, Hate to break it to you but early reports show there was NO INCREASE in fuel economy with the 2013 Ram with a Hemi and 8 speed. You heard that right. No increase.

Stay tuned for more on this late breaking news on pickuptrucks.com!

Dave,
Do you really think people are stupid enough to believe a statement that you just made up?

Most of the first drives I read said that the Ram engines are expecting the Hemi and 8 speed combo to have better FE then the EB.

Denver,
Every companies FE posted EPA numbers are with it's eco R&P gears, Whats your point?

As for the towing and payload numbers, most likley they won't be ground breaking (I estimate 11,000ish), but I bet the Hemi and 8 speed still pulls that 11,000ish better then an EB would.

Tyler,
Sure the Cummins may get 3rd place when doing drag races, but the Duramax equipped Chevys have been taking 3rd place in sales since introduced, Duramax equipped GMCs 4th. Real truck people know the Cummins is a better then the Duramax and it refletcs in sales.

The 1500′s top-dog 5.7-liter Hemi V-8′s efficiency in either drive configuration goes unchanged—rear-drive models are again rated for 14/20 and four-wheel-drive rigs for 13/19.

http://www.dodgetalk.com/forums/showthread.php?p=4416410

@TypeKey
Nope, didn't hurt my feelings. I missed the line about the $23,585 including the $995 destination charge. You're right, my bad.

Dave, give it up. The 2013 Hemi numbers are for the old tranny. They aren't releasing the 8-speed tranny until late in the year and there are no EPA numbers for it yet.

C&D mislead me when they said the numberws were released for the ENTIRE 2013 Ram lineup. All I can say is sorry and don't trust a car mag for pick-up truck info.

So what Ram is saying is they still do not have an answer to the EcoBoost with class leading fuel economy and towing. Ram may have the answer sometime next year. I'll be waiting...

This is kind of like the GM guys who are saying just wait to next year.

Meanwhile the class leading 2013 F-150's are already on the dealer lots.

You want the best now, it is still F-150.

If you want to wait a year or two, try out the Hemi 8 speed or the two new GM's.

My counter to that waiting logic is this, if you are going to wait a year or 2 for the new Rams and GM's, you can wait another few months for the new Fords which should blow them all away.

If you gotta have it now the best now is still F-150.


To Hemi v8 all i got to say is that working on a oil rig in Canada makes u really see what kind of truck lasts out in -40 weather in the winter and though mud swap hole rig roads in the spring. And that stuff Ram has is garbage like 30000 km on it and everything is falling apart chiness parts cat skin seats to chiness newspaper dashs like keep your junkie Ram and enjoy third place! I really hope a new Tundra comes out and puts the Ram to fourth place. Canada should have never bailed out that auto company Chrysler what a screw job!!!!!!!

@Dave, We have had enough for your Ford propoganda!!!!!!!

This is RAM Country now!

Next year smext year. You can get on a waiting list for a 2013 Ram Hemi with 8 speed right NOW!!!!!!

2013 RAM HEMI WITH 8 SPEED AND STOP START has 20% better fuel economy, more hp!!!!!!!!!!!!! and class leading ride and handling!!!!!!!!!

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The Hemi V8 will, starting in the first quarter of 2013, also be available with the eight-speed, making do with the current 65RFE until then. The V8 trucks will use a beefed-up transmission dubbed the 8HP70, with 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque capacity. Gas mileage for both powertrains is reportedly up by 20% (with eight-speed), though the transmission is only part of the equation: the trucks are also getting a stop-start system, active shutters to cut aero drag, and weight reduction.

The trucks have a stronger, lighter frame with new connecting points, and the next-generation UConnect system, which can run user-installed applications and have a new, OnStar-like “call 911″ button.

For the full story, including engine power and other specifications, see our 2013 Ram 1500 page.

http://www.allpar.com/news/index.php/2012/04/2013-ram-hemi-8-speed-more


2013 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup trucks

2013 Ram 1500 Pages

•Engines and Transmissions
•Styling, Lighting, and Safety
•Suspension
•2012 Ram Long Horn
•2012 Ram Laramie Limited
•Stereos, Next-Gen UConnect
•Special Services Ram

The 2013 Ram 1500 leapfrogged competitors with an eight-speed automatic transmission and other improvements, including:
•Best in class gas mileage (V6 and V8): 20% better with either engine
•Power increases: 305 hp V6 and 395 hp Hemi V8 [details]
•Less noise with best-in-class aerodynamics (cD = 0.363)
•Air suspension for better mileage, ride control, loading, and clearance
•Stronger, stiffer frame with more high-strength steel
•New electronics with voice control, texting, software updates, and configurable 7” instrument screen
•New interiors with upgraded materials and features
•See the powertrain section for more on engines, transmissions, pulse width modulation, etc.


One tester reported:

Having now driven the truck, the shifter knob isn’t weird at all. I backed the 5.7 that I drove into a parking space to see if I could shift without looking, and I had no problem. It takes far less time to get used to than the joystick shift pattern in the Charger/300/GC/etc.

I started the first half of my drive in the 5.7 and spent the next half in the Pentastar. The 3.6 had more than sufficient grunt to get the 1500 moving, traversed hills with ease, and passed with comfortable confidence. It revved a little more than the 5.7, but nothing that a consumer would notice if they aren't starting their day in the Hemi.

My drive in the 5.7/8-speed combo was thoroughly enjoyable. The shifts were unnoticeable in the truck and the acceleration was beyond crisp. I was in a 4X4, and my driving partner was able to squeal all four on a paved rural road when he put it in 4-hi and jumped on it. I took a 5.7/8 4X4 out of a mud pit with a 15° grade; the climb was effortless.

The cab is comfortable and quiet; the new Uconnect nav system is cool, rendering topography like mountains in faux 3D (imposing faux shadows on the map, for example) and displaying realistic curves in the roadway so that you know you're about to go over a hill. It also gives you lane choice guidance on the highway in graphic format, showing how many exit lanes are coming up for your exit, and where you need to be to follow your intended route.


Ram CEO Fred Diaz said that the 2013 Ram was meant to be a mild refresh: new grille and headlights, interior tweaks, and the like. Sergio suggested they go deeper, and they did — right down to the frame and electronics architecture. The Ram 1500 with V6 engine has 42% more horsepower and 13% more torque than the old V6, while the Hemi V8 boosted gas mileage by 20% (with the late-availability eight-speed automatic) and is on track to take the V8-truck gas-mileage crown. Gas mileage for the Ram 1500 V6 is rated at 18/25, while the best Ford mileage is 17/23; Chevrolet lags at 15/20. (Other configurations’ mileage have not been released.)


U.S. Prices (MSRP)

Reg Cab 4x2

Reg Cab 4x4

Quad Cab 4x2

Quad Cab 4x4

Crew Cab 4x2

Crew Cab 4x4

Tradesman (Short Bed)

$22,590

$26,350

Express (Short Bed)

$24,825


SLT (Short Bed)

$27,450

$31,020

HFE (High Mileage)

$28,200


Tradesman

$22,975

$26,650

$27,185

$30,630

$29,765

$32,985

Express

$28,500


$29,745

$32,970

$31,875

$35,095

SLT

$27,750

$31,320

$31,365

$34,585

$33,520

$36,740

Big Horn

$33,210

$36,430

$35,365

$38,585

Lone Star

$33,210

$36,430

$35,365

$38,585

Outdoorsman

$34,410

$37,630

$36,565

$39,785

Sport

$32,935

$35,855

$36,430

$39,650

$38,285

$41,505

Laramie

$38,615

$41,760

$40,470

$43,615

Laramie Longhorn

$44,275

$47,420



Ram marketing man Dave Sowers said he couldn’t remember who came up with the idea of calling the class-exclusive eight-speed automatic transmission “TorqueFlite 8,” but he said that everyone liked it immediately. The three-speed TorqueFlite, both modern and reliable when launched, was originally called TorqueFlite 6 and TorqueFlite 8 depending on the engine it was hooked up to. Now, the “8” designates the number of forward speeds. The new transmission is standard with the V-6 and will, in calendar-year 2013, join the Hemi. The transmission is controlled by a heavy-duty-truck inspired knob (the 4.7 keeps the old shifter and six-speed.)


The eight-speed automatic jettisons both column and console shift in favor of a dial, the first in pickups, but old news in heavy duty trucks (Class 6-8). It replaces the transfer case shift knob, and rotates from Park through Reverse and Neutral to Drive; it allows quick shifting for operators wearing gloves and for blind-shift transitions between “Drive” and “Reverse.”

ST, SLT and Sport models get a black rubber over mold with chrome surround, while all Laramie models include a solid, spun-aluminum knob finished in silver.

The knob has strong detents and feels like a mechanical control, not an electronic one. You can quickly twist it all the way to the right to get into Drive; it will stop when it reaches Drive or, on the other side, Park. The spatial relationship of the shifter to the positions remains constant, making “blind” operation easy.

Low gear is handled by the buttons on the steering wheel — not the big paddles from the Charger, but little buttons that are smaller than the cruise control, and have a similar feel. The transfer case retains is operated with push buttons. Trucks with the six speed automatic (early Hemis and the 4.7) still get a floor or column shifter.

Air suspension

The 2013 Ram 1500 has an optional air suspension system which optimizes ride and aerodynamics, while adding load-leveling. Air pressure increases until the vehicle reaches normal ride height, leveling the truck and improving the loaded ride. It has five height settings that operate automatically or via console or key fob controls:
•Normal Ride Height (NRH): 8.7 inches of clearance (from the base of the door sill) is the default, load-leveled ride height
•Aero: Lowers the Ram by 1.1 inches, increasing gas mileage by up to 1%. It is activated by speed.
•Off-road 1 and 2: Lifts the vehicle 1.2 and 2 inches, respectively, to clear obstacles
•Park: Lowers the truck by 2 inches from NRH for easy entry/exit and cargo loading


The system uses the tanks shown in blue, above, as reservoirs; it does not use outside air.

The air suspension system adds up to 4 inches of lift span (KC in Wisconsin pointed out this included Park mode), for best-in-class step-in height of 21 inches, best-in-class ground clearance of 10.7 inches, best-in-class departure angle of 27.8°, and best-in-class breakover angle of 24.2°.

It is supported by four-corner air springs that provide a cushioned, premium ride and has different spring rates depending on the ride height. In Off-Road 2, the rate is firmer, while in Aero mode, the rate is softened. A separate button on the key fob gives the operator the ability to manually lower the truck, allowing for ease of passenger entry and bed loading.

Aerodynamic improvements

Despite a bolder and more aggressive front end, the Ram 1500 boasts best-in-class aerodynamics and, with active aerodynamics, a 6% aerodynamic improvement on the new truck (cD is now 0.363, vs 0.386 in the 2012, for regular cab / 4x2). The front air dam was extended downward to create a 0.6% improvement in fuel economy, while a new thermo-plastic material is more malleable, preventing breakage.

A new wheel-to-wheel tubular side-step adds 0.5% to fuel efficiency (vs the 2012 one) by allowing air to pass around the truck more smoothly, while easing access to the forward portion of the bed.

Select 2013 Ram 1500s have a standard, segment-exclusive locking tri-fold tonneau cover. It both protects bed storage and increases fuel economy by 0.8%. Owners can use one, two, or all sections of the cover by folding the system on top of itself.


The Ram 1500 is the first truck to use an active grille shutter system (similar to the one on Dart), closing airflow through the grille when cooling is not needed. It increases gas mileage by 0.5%, cuts drag roughly 4%, and cuts warm-up time/defrost time. The computer closes the shutters when cooling is not needed.

Dave Sowers pointed out that the active shutters was normally either fully open or fully closed. When closed, air pressure quickly builds up in front of the slats, deflecting oncoming air over the truck, which has the lowest drag coefficient of any pickup on the market. At all times, there’s airflow over the radiator from other openings. The idea was to avoid drag from radiator capacity which is seldom needed, while still being able to cool the engine under any reasonable conditions. (He also said that riding with the tailgate down increases drag, while a tonneau cover makes the truck much more aerodynamic.)

[Dave also discussed pulse width modulation — see our powertrain section]

2013 Ram 1500 chassis and frame

The 2013 Ram 1500’s frame was redesigned with greater stiffness to increase stability and handling while cutting noise and vibration up to 30%. Front rails have 20% higher yield strength due to high-strength steel. The new frame design has new powertrain, air suspension, and body mounting technology.


Portions of the frame are hydroformed for dimensional accuracy (hydroforming reduces the amount of welding that leads to distortion), and side rails are fully boxed. The front frame section has high-strength steel that maintains strength and durability while saving around 30 pounds. Larger body mounts are on the front frame rails and at the C-pillar. Two frame lengths are available: 120-inch and 140-inch.

In 2009, the Ram 1500 introduced an exclusive multi-link, coil-spring rear suspension, standard on all except Ram 1500 Tradesman HD; it improveds ride and handling with no loss of capability. A coil-spring design centralizes and absorbs bumps and impacts, while reducing the amount of friction in the spring system. This design weighs 40 pounds less than a leaf-spring configuration. For 2013, more robust ball joints on the front suspension yield greater durability and have improved sealing methods.

Other engineering features

The 2013 Ram 1500 uses electric power steering (EPS) — the hydraulic pump is replaced by an electric motor, improving fuel efficiency up to 1.8% and adding 5 horsepower. EPS reduces complexity, eliminating the hydraulic pump, hoses, and cooling apparatus. In addition, each Ram 1500 model can be calibrated to optimize steering effort and precision, regardless of body or powertrain; it also senses constant input from the driver, for example a crown in the road, and compensates for improved comfort. EPS will be needed if a hybrid version is produced in the future.


New box floor cross-members in the bed cut 7 pounds, and a new front bumper removes 4 pounds, in addition to up to 30 pounds in weight savings from the new frame. Aluminum upper and lower control arms in the front suspension cut more weight, also improving handling, while an aluminum hood saves 26 pounds. Underneath the hood, the V6 model powertrain is 76 pounds lighter, while the eight-speed used with the Hemi is 30 pounds lighter.

The 2013 Ram 1500 has low-rolling resistance tires to minimize wasted energy; the new brakes have a relocated ABS pump for reduced vibration, and has shorter brake pedal travel. A new hydraulic-boost compensation unit enhances brake pedal feel and performance during emergency stops.


Four-wheel disc brakes are standard on all 2013 Ram 1500 trucks. Front rotors measure 13.2 inches (336 mm) in diameter and are clamped with dual-piston calipers, while rear rotors are 13.8 inches (352 mm) and utilize single-piston calipers.

New features include power folding mirrors, a power rear-sliding window with defrost, and a six-foot-four-inch bed option on the Crew Cab. The central locking system now includes the RamBox® cargo management system and tailgate power locks. Auto rain-sensing wipers and SmartBeam® are also available.

2013 Ram 1500 models

Models/packages for 2013 are ST, Tradesman, Express, SLT, Big Horn, Lone Star, Outdoorsman, Sport, R/T, Laramie, and Laramie Longhorn. There are again three cabs (regular, Quad, and Crew), and three boxes (5’7”, 6’4”, and 8-foot). Production of the 2013 Ram 1500 is scheduled for third quarter of 2012, with all regular cabs assembled in Saltillo, Mexico; and Quad and Crew Cabs in Warren, Michigan.


•Engines and Transmissions
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The 2013 Ram 1500 is built at the Warren Truck Assembly Plant (Warren, Mich.), which has built more than 12.5 million trucks since it started operations in 1938. Regular Cab models of the 2013 Ram 1500 are built at the Saltillo Truck Assembly Plant in Saltillo, Mexico.

Dave Sowers noted that the demonstration “cutaway” truck at auto shows was assembled from different models: a Laredo interior, Sport wheels, and SLT body. (The Laredo comes with a Hemi and they wanted to show the V6.) He pointed out the new, greatly improved body mounts and the unique air suspension, toughened up to meet long-term needs of pickup buyers. He also said that the 4.7 was currently available and had a market, though most retail buyers choose the Hemi; he said they were hoping to attract more people to the V6, and would not make any predictions regarding 4.7 availability in the future.

See what we predicted before the unveiling, at the end of the “Interiors, Styling, Stereos, Lighting, Safety” section


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