Ram 1500 — Taking the pickup to a new level

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Ram has taken a big step in advancing its half-ton pickup with an all-new 2013 edition that sets the bar for comfort and refinement while elevating performance, gas mileage and technology.

The new truck, which enters showrooms late this year with a full lineup of sizes and trim levels, gets the award-winning Pentastar 3.6-liter engine as standard equipment mated to a segment-first eight-speed automatic transmission. For those pickup buyers desiring more performance and more towing capability, the brawny 5.7-liter V-8 Hemi is back with more muscle at 395 horsepower, greater fuel efficiency and the new eight-speed automatic, a huge improvement from the standard four-speed found on the previous Ram.

2013 Ram 1500

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — It seems like the entire world is on the edge of a war of some kind but most people ignore it because it’s “over there” and not in our country. Well, truth be told, although no weapons are involved, Ram just fired a powerful salvo that is going to make 2013 pickup truck sales a war like John Rambo would say, “You wouldn’t believe!”