2013 Ram 1500: First Videos

It may look similar to the 2012 model with a quick glance, but the 2013 Ram 1500 is a significantly different, more high-tech beast with substantial mechanical, styling and technological updates. There’s a new eight-speed transmission, Pentastar V-6 engine, air suspension, touch-screen multimedia system and much more. Does it all come together to make the new Ram the segment leader? Watch the videos (above and below) to learn more.


These new Ram trucks are awesome in every way. It's tempting me to trade in my perfectly good 2003 Dodge Ram. This was a model refresh, WOW. They did a great job. Congrats to the RAM
brand. I have a lot to look forward to.

Again in the video Mark says best in class 18 mpg when reveiwing a crewcab. I am beginning to wonder if he is just purposely ignoring or even knows 18 mpg is for regular cab only. Besides that they were good videos.

Mark may not even know 18 mpg is for a regular cab. He may not even know 18 is for a RC, short bed, 4x2 with 3.21 and a hard tonneau cover. I am beginning to wonder.

2013 Hemi vs Ford EcoBoost and Chevy. Unscientific, but Ouch!

Dave, What difference does it make? Mark NEVER said 18 mpg wasn't for just regular cabs! He just said Ram. I don't understand what your beef is? They are ALL Ram trucks and that is all that matters! 25 mpg HWY is for ALL CABS!!!!

2013 RAM!

Class of the field by a wide margin. Great job RAM!

7.682 sec in 0-60 - 2013 Ram 5.7L : (
7.444 sec in 0-60 - F150 Ecoboost


Frank, And that's with the 8 speed vs the 6 speed.

I hope Mark tests a2013 stripper truck soon. Not everyone wants a $40k truck.

I just use my truck as a garden/landscape hauler. What does that interior look/feel like-and does the v6 and new transmission haul from a stop with a load in the bed?? The new v-6 seems down on torque to me.


They should give the ram 2 extra gears, a 10 speed would probably inch a tenth of second.

give ram credit they do a good job,,gm and ford a job to do...

Frank & Dave, Stop complaining about products you don't have the GUTS to buy or drive!

2013 RAM!


Why should I buy a Ram if the ECOBOOST clearly beats it. That is the slowest CLASS LEADING 395 HP I ever seen.

I am telling you, Ram needs a 10 speed.

The driver in that video must suck if 7.682 sec is the fastest he could do in the new Hemi Ram 1500. That has got to be the slowest time for the EB F150 I have seen yet. I guess what they say is true if you don't have 504hp/550lbs ft with a 4.30 axle ratio you might as well be walking.

It's good to see Fiat's input into the Ram has is making it more competitive. I do hope it sells and employs people.

As for the looks, it reminds me of a Korean Ssangyong designed vehicle. This is how I would envisage a large Asian pickup would look. It's uglier than my Mazda. I do think the F series Fords are much better looking. But looks are subjective.

All of the electronic gadgetry is great, I'm pleased to see a pickup design transferring car technology. There might be some issues with the new technology.

The biggest factor of unreliable electronically controlled components is the factory workers understanding and installation of it. This technology has been proven reliable as it is not new.

I hope the rumoured testing of the V6 VM diesel is slotted into the Ram, as it would give even better fuel economy than the Pentastar V6.

The V6 diesel would more than give the little V8 a run for its money and give better fuel consumption than the Pentastar. Due to the characteristics of the diesel you could get away with a 6 speed box.

Judging by the costs associated with the 8 speed gearbox the diesel should also be competitively priced.

Great effort from the Fiat inspired Ram. Maybe Fiat will it's brands in NA around for the better.

I will start proof reading my grammer, sorry.


I love the interior of that Ram. Good looking truck. I wonder how the new Chevy will compare? I bet there are going to be some engineers at GMC putting in some overtime.

0-60 under 8 seconds is important for a truck why?

Look. People are different. People's needs are different. Different trucks are built to meet the needs and desires of different people. Quit trying to say that "your" truck is the best for all purposes; it isn't and I don't care how much you insist otherwise. These articles are about trucks to let readers like us know what's coming out. If I were the administrator of this web page, I can promise you that many of you would have been banned for your childish comments and those comments deleted as soon as they were discovered. I asked in these forums one time to have certain off-topic posts deleted; the administrators did so. Keep it up and I'm going to start publicly making that request more often.

I would suspect they are high school kids. They probably don't have enough pocket money to buy a Matchbox model of a Ram pickup and their parents are paying for the internet access they use.

I remember when I was in high school being aligned to something was significant. Boys generally tried to align themselve to a vehicle make.

When they mature at about 25 years of age (according to actuary research) they will view life through a different lens.

Don't let them get to you, if you do they have won.


A 10 speed? Is that the bike you ride to work? LOL!

MARK WILLIAMS & 2013 RAM!!!!!!!

2013 is supposed to be a short run i think. 2014 should have 3.6 with 8 speed, 3.0 diesel with 8 speed, and hopefully they will finally drop the 6 speed from the hemi leaving 5.7 with 8 speed. maybe a 6.4 will come to the 1500s as well. guys this is only the introduction. 4.7 is already scheduled to end production in mid 2013. it is basically just a filler motor until the diesel comes.

@Big Al from Oz - highschool kids? Most kids aren't interested in trucks or cars.
What is really pathetic is the fact that there are people who need identify themselves with a certain truck or brand tribe just to make themselves feel better about themselves.
I knew a guy who was a Harley fan but always rode with proper leathers and full faced helmet. He was telling me about a time where some "biker" types were bugging him about his helmet and riding gear choice. He did not meet the "dress code" which is usually a beannie helmet, leather vest, cut off sleeve T-shirt, jeans, leather chaps, fingeless gloves, and lineman boots.
His reply, "I don't care! I had a personality before I bought a Harley".
An appropriate metaphor for PUTC.

My Dad can beat up your Dad.

FORGET DODGE coming for CHEVY! THAT's a Done Deal! We're going STRAIGHT TO THE TOP! I'm looking a YOU FORD! OUR HD is EVERY bit as good as yours with our swing arm coils SFA that WE came out with in 1994! Now our 1500's are gonna KICK YOUR ASS. SCREW #2. That will be Ford's new spot! Either way Chevrolet will be #3 or WAY DOWN LOWER. DODGE WILL BE #1!!

Make the BEST trucks in the world, Make the Most Money in the world. It's THAT simple. Then we'll finance cars to destroy the rest of these crap brands.

Look at the offorad truck in black going over those dirt hills on the top video. The Chevy HD's frame would be dragging all the way across the dirt it's slung so low. Chevy's design is pathetic.

YAWNNNNNNNNNNNN ..............................

This Ram is pretty boring and lame!! 8 Speed tranny boring junkie new v6 that feels like a 3 cyl boring. Ppl that buy this junk are smoking way to much J its makeing u think u have the best when its just plan crap!! Only truck thats worth buying is a nice Ford f seris.

@ Hemi V8 - did you read that link all the way to the bottom? The author's query was "Does The 2013 RAM Truck Finally Have The Ammo To DO SERIOUS Damage To Ford's F-150?" The first 1/2 of the story is a cut and paste from Chrysler's press kit. He then goes on to list where he feels the Ram is better and where the Ford is better. One of his last comments flies in the face of the first 2/3rds of the story when he says:
"So what's my FINAL verdict?
If I were in the market right now, I would have to give a slight edge to the RAM because of these two key things that are most important to me.
1. The RAM is just nicer to drive and that new air suspension is AMAZING!
2. I like the new RAM interior better than the F-150. Looks way more expensive in the high end models."

After all that he claims the Ram has a "SLIGHT EDGE" over the Ford.

One can take this anyway they want. I do like the Ram and it comes with an impressive array of new features.
"Slight edge" isn't going to be enough.

The dark horse(s) in this field is(are) the Sierra/Silverado.

They have everything to prove and everything to loose.

Until they release their trucks, I'm not going to be foolish enough to crown any truck "King of hill".
Who knows....... the new king may be wearing a bowtie!

Mark - I just started to like You man, because You're one of the few US-automotive journalist who aren't blind during daytime and need all the possible vehicle lights on while driving (even when vehicle equipped with DRLs) all the damn time - thumbs up man!

@HEMI V8 - every post you've ever made on this site indicates which engine, truck, and company you love better than anything else in the world.
What if Chevy comes out with a superior V8 to the 5.7 Ram? coupled to a superior drivetrain, and in a better truck?
Would you go out and buy that truck since you seem to want "class leading" trucks.

You can't make a comment like "The class leading Hemi V8" because no one has done a comparison test yet.
Everything looks like the Pentatick V6 engine is class leading as well as the Ram air ride suspension. The ZF 8speed looks class leading as well.
The verdict is still out on the 5.7 "Hemi" coupled to the 8 speed.
If you look at the under 30K shootout - the Tundra 5.7 beat the Ram in every performance test. The Tundra was also a heavier truck. The only 5.7 I see that is still class leaing has IForce on the badge.
The 5.7 "Hemi" is a good engine but I would not call it class leading (unless that class is confined to pushrod V8"s)
Like I said before - the dark horse in this race is the Chevy.

What we know is the Hemi V8 is proven reliable. Has been on Wards 10 best engine list 6 times. Fords eco and 5.0 are new.
Here is the best part.
5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 with Fuel Saver Technology and variable-valve timing (VVT) provides 395 horsepower, 407 lb.-ft. of torque and best-in-class fuel economy for V-8 trucks, beating competitive turbo V-6 engines.
Which would you want. A V6 (Ford Eco) that's worse on gas or a V8 that's better on gas and has more horse power? I know which one I would buy. The class leading Hemi V8

@CutandPasteHeminews - how original

@Hemi V8....I find it hilarious that you spout off about how great the 5.7 Hemi is. What makes it so great, after all it's not really a hemi is it. Just Chrysler marketing hogwash. Your beloved Hemi heads combustion chambers are more similar to the Toyota 5.7 i-Force than to a true hemi. Not that I don't think it is a good engine, but you fail to give credit to other manufactures where credit is due. You come off as an idiotic Fan Boy who just spouts off to see who will reply. I am personally a Ford guy, but I do like the Dodge line of trucks. However, they will always be #3 in the US truck market.

The Hemi is a good motor, but in this world technology advancement determines which company leads and right now Ford has the highest technological engines in any pick-up. That along with the strongest frames, great durability and toughest leads to the best sales. A Hemi compared the ecoboost 3.5 is not a even a premium engine (pushrods),and Ford left a lot of power on table with the Ecoboost. This can be seen in cold air aftermarket products and exhaust systems. Engines like the Ecoboost and 5.0 power are being hold back by Ford. Remember Ford is already working on the next F150 2014, with even more technology.

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@latwood, Wards 10 best engines list.
Ford= 5.0 2x

Ford=3.5 1x

Chrysler=5.7 6x

Chrysler=3.6 2x and counting.

With Ford being so tech over Chrysler(according to you) how come Chrysler leads in wards 10 best awards for their engines?

This new model refresh on the Ram blows Ford away. New Rams are coming out soon too.

@Hemi V8 - Dude, you need to read stuff other than Alpar or Chrysler press releases. Why don't you google wards auto Top 10 lists.
The 5.4 Modular shows up 5 times, the 4.6 Modular shows up 6 times for a total of 9 times.
Does that mean the Modular Ford line is better than the Hemi 5.7 line?

Why don't you look up V6 engines on that list. Chrysler has only 2. Ford has only 2. GMC has 8 V6's on the list.
Does that mean GMC kills Chrysler and Ford in the V6 department?

Ford's much malligned 6.0 Corn Binder diesel is on the list and so is the Cummins 5.9. It is listed as a Cummins engine not a Chrysler engine. The 6.6 Duramax is listed as "Isuzu (General Motors)".
Does that mean all of those engines are equals?

If you look at Ward's Auto Top 10 for the 20th century - there isn't a single Chrysler engine on the list.
Does that mean Ford (2 engines), Chevrolet (2 engines), Cadillac (1 engine), BMW (1 engine), Honda (1 engine), Porsche (1 engine), Toyota/Lexus (1 engine), and VW (1 engine) all make better engines than Chrysler?

Take the blinders off. You might find a beautiful world out there.

@latwoods - one could argue that SOHC or DOHC is more advanced than cam in block engines, but that would probably end up being a technical discussion beyond the knowledge/tecnical level of most of us on this site. There are pro's and con's to both.

oops - for a grand total of 11 times.

@Lou, News flash! Ford does not build the 5.4L 4.6L anymore.

@Lou, Dude, why don't you read what latwoods said. I don't see 5.4 or 4.6 anywhere in his statement. How is less horsepower and less gas mileage high tech?
5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 with Fuel Saver Technology and variable-valve timing (VVT) provides 395 horsepower, 407 lb.-ft. of torque and best-in-class fuel economy for V-8 trucks, beating competitive turbo V-6 engines.

What does Ford or Chevy have that match the horsepower and fuel efficiency of the legendary Chrysler 5.7 Hemi?

@Hemi V8 - latwoods said that the Ford engines were more high tec. You used Ward's Auto Top 10 engines to show that Chrysler makes better engines.
To quote you " With Ford being so tech over Chrysler(according to you) how come Chrysler leads in wards 10 best awards for their engines?".
I was pointing out the shortcomings of your arguement.
You turned the discussion into "who had the most awards" contest.
That would mean Ford and Chevy has more awards than Chrysler.
Now you turn it into a debate about engines that are currently being made.
OK - the 5.4 is used in the Shelby Mustang. Therefore it still counts.
The V10 is a modular engine that is still being made. Therefore modular engines still count.

How childish do you want to make this discussion?

Please prove to the readers of this site that the 5.7 and the Pentastar are vastly superior to what the competition builds?
Do you have third party test results, or affidavit's from engineers attesting to the Hemi or Pentastar superiority?

Chevy has way more V6 engines on the list than that of Chrysler. To use your logic, that means Chevy makes better V6 engines.

I read what latwoods said, and I read what you said. It appears to me that you can read okay, but are severely lacking in comprehension and impartiality.

@Lou, This is all the proof I need. 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 with Fuel Saver Technology and variable-valve timing (VVT) provides 395 horsepower, 407 lb.-ft. of torque and best-in-class fuel economy for V-8 trucks, beating competitive turbo V-6 engines.

@Lou, I love how you switch from ford to G.M. when ever you think It will help your argument. How funny! You are pathetic Louis.
What does Ford or Chevy have that match the horsepower and fuel efficiency of the legendary Chrysler 5.7 Hemi?

RAM has Best in Class V-6 fuel economy, Best in Class V-6 towing.

@Hemi V8- for you Rambo Motard Goat Herder Clansman, all you need is a Ram's head and a Hemi badge to prove to you that your brand is the best.

Your lame assed cut and paste posts trying to support your claims are truly pathetic. The cardinal rule of research and "best practice" is corroborating data or research. That means you verify your sources and find other data that confirms it.

You used Ward's to prove the Hemi, and the Pentatick were the best out there. You did not read Ward's Auto lists, and Chrysler and Alpar advertising minions go on the premise that most people are sheep er goats like you. That would be people who do not think for themselves. That would be people who swallow their BS by the shovel full.
You cannot deny that fact since I am always able to poke all sorts of holes in your cut and paste world.
Have you been able to shred any of my posts? (with factual information)

You and your sources are guilty of the same sin - "selective dissemination of information". You post only what will prove your point, and those posts are usually out of context. That is advertising misinformation/disinformation at its finest. One isn't lying but one sure as hell isn't telling the whole truth.

I guess that you will now go boo hoo, Lou has violated our truce.
Almost every post you make is troll based.

You may not see it but the rest of us do!

PUTC needs to set up a therapy group for you and Bob.

Detroit News says the 13 Ram 4x4 V6 Pentastar is rated at 17 city and 23 highway. The Hemi should be a couple mpg worse than that. So figure about 15 city and 21 hwy for a Hemi 8 speed 4x4. Which is the same as EcoBoost 4x4 6 speed at 15 mpg and 21 hwy.

Knowing Ram they will probably come up with another tall gear Regular Cab with a Tonnea Cover gimmick that gets 22 mpg.

Dave you are such a dipshit. It has been stated here many times for you that all the 4x2 trucks with 3.6 get 25 MPG and no special cabs, bed lenghts, bed covers, air suspension, rear gear raio, or HFE package is required to get the number. I am sure the 5.7 will be the same.

Pull your head out of your ass, the lack of oxygen is causing you to go full retard.

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