2013 Ram 1500 Gets Consumer Report’s Love


Consumer Reports put the 2014 Ford Silverado and the 2013 Ram 1500 in a head to head competition to see which one is the better truck. The results showed that both compared very favorably to each other but the final verdict is a tad surprising as the winner may not necessarily be the best.

In the end, the winner of Consumer Reports truck battle was the 2014 Ford Silverado, but it came with a caveat. While they were ready to say that the Silverado is the better of the two, they actually ended up recommending the 2013 Ram 1500 overall as the better daily driver.

The 2013 Ram 1500 held its own against the Silverado, losing only slightly in the amount of towing power and cargo space in the rear cargo bed. However, the Ram 1500, tested with the 5.7-liter Hemi V8 engine, delivered on having a smooth drive thanks to the eight-speed transmission. The acceleration was noted as being better than the Silverado’s.

“The reality is that you can’t go wrong with either one. Both are capable trucks that get decent gas mileage and are as quiet inside as a good luxury car,” said Jake Fisher, Consumer Report’s director of automotive testing.

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Ram 1500 Rumble Bee Concept Announced!

ram-1500-rumble-bee-concept-front-static1-600-001Chrysler teased that Ram would have a surprise to show over the weekend.  Turns out the concept Ram truck is a blast from the past.

About a decade ago, Ram had a special truck that was inspired by a muscle car of the late ‘60s, the Super Bee.  At the Woodware Dream Cruise, as promised, Ram showed off the next step for the Ram 1500 Rumble Bee in the form of a concept truck with a new HEMI engine.

In a press release Reid Bigland, President and CEO of Ram Truck Brand, said, “The Ram 1500 Rumble Bee continues to have a strong fan base and what better place to celebrate its 10-year anniversary than Woodward Dream Cruise.  There’s a lot of energy surrounding concept trucks and buzz models, and the Ram Design Team revels in creating something that is unique for our customers to enjoy.”

The Ram 1500 Rumble Bee is coated in the perfect color, a honey yellow paint with black added into help accentuate the color on places such as the front grille.  What’s really cool is on the rear cab is a special decal of a speed-demon bee (complete with helmet) and is connected to the Mopar cover with a honey-comb black stripe.  It looks really cool!

The same decal is used on the interior door panel, but that’s not the real highlight.  It’s not even the sport-mesh insert on the seats.  The coolest part is on the gear select knob.  It’s a honey bee cased in resin on a honey-comb background.

So there it is, the mystery Ram 1500 in all it’s glory.  Here’s a video from Chrysler with a detailed breakdown of the truck:

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Ram 1500 Tops Consumer Reports Full-Sized Pickup Test

ram1500_06Consumer Reports has put out their rankings of full-size picks up and the one that made it to the top of the list, the 2013 Ram 1500.

“The Ram 1500 is surprisingly luxurious and refined-but still fully capable of doing hard work when needed,” said Jake Fisher, director of Consumer Reports’ Auto Test Center in East Haddam, Ct. “Continued interior and powertrain improvements make the Ram a particularly well-rounded choice.”

By heading over to their website, at ww.CosumerReports.org, they have the full break down of their test and ratings that led to the 1500 earning the top spot. The Ram 1500 Crew Cab with the 5.7-liter Hemi V8, a fan-favorite engine choice, was used in the testing.

The pick up managed a 78-point overall road test. To put some perspective on that number, here’s how the competition did. The Ford F-150 got 68 and the Toyota Tundra had a 69.

The 2013 Ram 1500 has been extremely popular with critics and fans of late. This is thanks to a lighter and stiffer frame than previous models. Including the new infotainment system on the inside to improve driver and passenger comfort certainly helped the scoring.

Consumer Report did mention that they are still waiting to test the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado, so we’ll see if the 1500 can hold onto the crown afterward.

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Ram Heavy Duty Trucks Get New Hemi Engine

ram2500_19As the market has been showing, trucks are very important right now.  Ram is really pushing to take away the sales market from the competition.  In order to do that, they need to make sure people know they have the best trucks on the market.  The critics have been extremely receptive to the 2014 Ram 1500 so far.  The next group of trucks Ram is sprucing up is the Heavy Duty lineup.  Ram will be giving the trucks a more heavy duty engine to make them the most powerful trucks in the class.

The 2014 Heavy Duty Trucks will now have the option of a 6.4-liter Hemi V8.  The engine has only been used by SRT up until now.  Torque News has the full numbers list of what this engine is capable of.  “This new 6.4L truck Hemi packs 410 horsepower at 5,600rpm and 429lb-ft of torque at 4,000rpm…”

Those impressive numbers give the 2014 Ram HD Trucks the edge over the competition.  Neither Ford nor GM has trucks that can match that much power.

Making the engine seem even better is the fact that it has Chrysler’s fuel saver technology.  That makes the engine shut down half of its cylinders when it’s on the highway at cruising speeds.  What this does is provide better fuel economy for truck drivers.

Ram is serious about becoming the name in trucks.  They are seeing the importance of excelling in the market right now and are really appealing to those looking for power in their trucks.

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2014 Ram 1500 Diesel Announced!

2014-Ram-1500-Diesel-pickup-announced1It was the worst-kept secret, but still something fans demanded. The 2014 model of the Ram 1500 will now be offered with a diesel engine!

The diesel engine that will be offered is the same that will be in the Jeep Grand Cherokee, the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine. It’s rated at 240 HP and has 420 lb-ft of torque. According to Auto Evolution, the towing capabilities are comparable to the 5.7-liter Hemi V8 Ram and has improved fuel efficiency. The complete figures have not been fully revealed yet.

The pricing, however, has been shown. The EcoDiesel V6 will run an additional $2,850 to the 1500. The starting price of the 2014 Ram 1500 is $24,200.

For buyers not wanting diesel, the 1500 will still be available with the Pentastar V6 and 5.7 Hemi V8. All of the available engines will have eight-speed automatic transmission.

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2013 Ram 1500: Built For Stop-and-Start Traffic

ram1500_03Gas prices might be on the decline, but that doesn’t stop anyone from wanting to keep that cost down overall.  Fuel economy is important to drivers.  The recent state of the economy showed just how much the average consumer cared about staying away from the pump as much as possible.  The automakers noticed this.  A major selling point of newer vehicles has been based around fuel efficiency.

That’s here the new 2013 Ram 1500 comes in.  Thanks to the Stop-Start technology it has; drivers will have improved fuel efficiency by 1 mph in city driving.

The Ram 1500 HFE models come with a high-performance starter that includes the Stop-Start system.  That is for both the 3.6L V-6 Pentastar or 5.7L V-8 HEMI engine.

What is the Stop-Start system?  It’s a very smart little do-hickey that stops the engine when the truck is at a complete stop.  A stop is based on the amount of brake pressure the driver puts on the pedal.  That means if you don’t want to stop the engine completely, then you can use soft braking.

This perk is definitely intended for anyone who has to deal with excess traffic.  Anyone who’s driven into New York through any of the tunnels knows how stop and go it can get.  How this system works during these conditions is that the stop-start turns on during the first off.  As long as you stay under 5 mph, the engine continues to run to maintain the heating or AC.  Another awesome aspect is that if the 1500 is stopped for a lengthy period of time and if it detects that the temperature is rising or decreasing, then the engine will restart to turn on the heater or the AC.

No worries about this feature wearing out fast because of what it does.  Yes there’s an additional load of work placed on the starter, alternator, and battery; the components were upgraded to handle it.

Its features like these that are compelling so many to recognize just how amazing the Ram 1500 is.

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2013 Ram 2500, 3500 Heavy Duty & Chassis Cabs Revealed!

As promised, Ram Trucks rolled out the future of the heavy duty truck last week. Surrounded by a range of truck enthusiasts, from journalists to the truck-loving consumer, Fred Diaz, President and CEO of Ram Truck brand, pulled back the curtain and introduced the world to the new 2013 Ram Heavy Duty 2500 and 3500 pickups, and the Ram 3500, 4500, and 5500 Chassis Cabs.

The 2013 Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty trucks come with the promise of the kind of power that truck owners are looking for in the brand. For the first time ever, the 3500 will be offered with a 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 and a Cummins 6.7-liter High-Output diesel as standard.

Both the Heavy duty and Chassis Cab models will come with an electronic stability control to help reduce the loss of traction as standard on all Ram truck models. There will be plenty of colors to choose from, including fresh new ones and material upgrades for the truck’s interior that will be part of a new individualized themes Ram is going for. Also included in the mix will be the 8.4-inch Uconnect system that is so popular in Chrysler vehicles.

The future is bright for truck lovers as Ram aims to offer the best in the business to buyers. If you’re a Ram fan, or someone who has been wondering what all the talk is about, it’s a good time to be on the look out for a truck.

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Ram 2500 & 3500

Just one look at the powerhouse that is the Ram Heavy Duty Truck shows why it’s considered a legend in its class. It’s a clear sign in its design that it’s all about strength in form and features. It all begins with the big rig styling. With both the Ram 2500 and 3500, these trucks look to do more than impress you with numbers on a sheet of paper telling how much they can carry. The most obvious aspect of the exterior is the signature Ram grille which comes in either chrome or the body color. The steel and detailed hood with louvers on each side is used to hold in the possible engines. It uses a cowl screen that allows the airflow to have a smoother transition when traveling from the hood to the windshield. For added uniqueness to the Heavy Duty Truck, you can purchase a Mopar aluminum running boards to not only give additional style but also give easier entry and exit from the cab.

The engine contained within the Ram 2500 is the 5.7 liter HEMI Magnum that has 6 speed automatic transmission and 383 horsepower at 5600 RPM. For the Ram 3500, you have the 6.7L Cummins Turbo Diesel, considered by many to be a staple for its unrivaled power and the ability to tackle the toughest of jobs. It has 350 horsepower with 800 pounds of torque showing how it earned this status. For the 2012 models of the Heavy Duty Trucks, in an effort to lower costs and give hassle free maintenance, Ram includes a class-exclusive NOX Absorber Catalyst. What this system does is regulate diesel emissions in line with EPA standards. You won’t need to worry at all about having to monitor your diesel exhaust fluid because of this.

If you’re worried all this was efficiency came at a sacrifice of comfort, don’t worry at all. The Ram 2500 and 3500 were made to be driven. The Laramie Longhorn Edition has something very unique in the form of laser-etch stitching on the leather. For the person who takes the Ram Heavy Duty to the job, the seat fabric is designed to be stain, odor, and static resistant to make sure that you have a quick and easy cleanup when the day is done. An added bonus that its effect doesn’t diminish with time. Other bonus features are a heat steering wheel, dual zone temperature controls, and soft-touch instrument panels. It’s all done with exemplary craftsmanship and care.

Ram wants to make sure that you’re protected driving to work or for the family by having 25 different safety and security features. Both the 2500 and the 3500 come standard with a set of advance multistage airbags, from the driver and front passenger to the side curtain ones. In addition to that, the safety cage of the trucks are built to endure punishment. This is because they have dynamic front crumple zones and beams built into the doors for side impacts. All this helps to deflect and absorb forces of an impact should an accident occur.

Another highlight of purchasing a Ram 2500 or 3500 for yourself is the Ram has ensured that these trucks are built to last. Durability is a word that means something to the design team, one that they made sure to test rigorously. That means that whatever your Ram Truck is meant to do, be it your choice of work vehicle or just getting the family to the Adirondacks, it’s going to spend more time on the road than in the shop. In order to make that claim, the testers at Ram have put the trucks through their paces in tests that range from 120 degrees for a desert and -20 for arctic climates. The models also include corrosion-resistant hydro formed frames. The Ram 2500 or 3500 will be with you for a long time.

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Ram 1500

It’s the timeless classic, the Ram Truck.  Just one look at the design makes anyone want to go a lengthy vacation to somewhere away from it all.  A symbol of power and versatility, the Ram 1500 proudly displays every part of these characteristics.

The exterior design is one of what a truck look like, capable.  When you catch sight of a Ram Truck, you should know that this thing has no equal on or off of the road.  From the hood bulge and wraparound full chrome bumpers, this what you have in mind when you think of a truck.  Truck owners agree that this is the definitive look with the aggressive grille and dual 4 inch chrome exhaust tips that are built into the durable rear bumper.  As an added bonus, you can count on Ram offering plenty of options to make the design stand out more.  Those options extend to the Mopar performance hood and chrome tubular sidesteps

When you open the door to take a look inside, give it a moment to sink in what such a powerful design should look like with an interior.  The best way to describe the site inside the Ram 1500 is that it has an old west ascetic.  With a handsome Laramie Longhorn interior, it’s a throwback to an older time of cowboys and the wild outdoors.    It’s all about quality stitching and details.  Available features include a heating steering wheel as well as heated rear seats for any passengers you bring with you.  To prove you’re the outdoors type there is even Camo Seat Covers.

For anyone heading out for adventure, then it’s only the more important to have plenty of room for whatever you may encounter.  Ram has your back.  If you’re heading out for some repairs or building, then there’s the work toolbox to hold all your power-tools.  Heading out to the Yankees Stadium well then there’s plenty of room for all your drinks.  Heading down to the Jersey beach or just going out camping up in the Adirondacks, the Ram 1500 has you more than covered with space for all your equipment.

The 5.7L Hemi V8 is just about strength but about making sure you get the most bang for your fuel buck.  Remarkable strong and efficient you can expect to get up to 20 mpg on the highway with 390 horsepower and 407 lb-ft of torque.  Other available engines are the 4.7L V8 with 310 horsepower and the 3.7L V6 with 210 horsepower.  All these engines are designed to make sure that there’s more time for you on the road and less time waiting for the gas tank to fill.

Any outdoor warrior has nothing to fear from the quality of the Ram Truck 1500, it’s built for power.  It has the trailer towing capacity of 10,460 lbs and payload of 1909 pounds.  It also has trailer sway control that sees when a sway is happening and applies individual wheel brakes to help eliminate the sway.  Don’t worry when you take it off road, with 4 wheel drive, you’ll have the power and traction to get through any obstacle.

Another reason not to worry is because the Ram Truck 1500 wants to keep you safe and sound at all times.  Four wheel anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control you’ll have the aid to stay on the road during the worst weather conditions.  If the worst should come to pass, the truck was built to keep you protected.  With a safety cage that was engineered with strengthen materials and crush zones to help absorb any impacts.  The 1500 also comes equipped with driver and side curtain airbags to keep everyone safe.

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Ram Chassis Cab

The truck for the heavy duty worker is here in the multiple form of the Ram Chassis Cab with the Ram 3500, 4500, and 5500. All are available to help anyone who needs to get the job done and wants to do it with style and strength.

The exterior sports a rugged design that plays to an observers eyes while still making sure to show that this is a Ram Chassis Cab and is made for business. It all starts when the wandering eye finds the grille, it’s the signature Ram Truck grille that’s famous for its design. If you want it to jump out even more, then it comes in chrome. The next jump out part is the louvered hood that keeps the truck both ventilated for the engine and aerodynamic to keep a solid fuel economy. The most apparent part in the trucks design is the flat stop surface of the frame design. This flat top surface makes it so the need for spacers is reduced and makes installation easier. For anyone looking to buy for business, the cherry on the top of this truck is the available color schemes to aid in any business needs, be it for construction or a landscaping service there is a color for it.

The best part about driving away in a Ram Chassis Cab would have to be that the interior is perfectly crafted to allow for maximum comfort in a truck built for performance. The dashboard is built with soft-touch materials and this extends to the armrests. The command center of the truck is proudly displayed on the instrument panel with items such as fuel and battery level all surrounded by a stylish chrome ring. Another amazing feature that was just added to the Ram Chassis Cab is the class exclusive heated steering wheel for those tough jobs on a cold winter day. For a more relaxed ride, the trucks come available with the Laramie premium leather seating. Heating is available to make a sweet deal even sweeter. Another added perk for the working man is the fabric used in the seating that is designed to be resistant to stains, odors, and static.

A Ram Chassis Cab wants to make sure you have the furthest travel without the need to gas up. With this is mind, a standard 52 gallon fuel tank is in it’s trucks giving the best-in-class single fuel tank capacity. If that’s not enough then there’s an easily accessible auxiliary fuel port for auxiliary fuel-driven power sources. Then there’s the fact that with the Ram 4500 and 5500 with the Cummins Turbo Diesel engine that Ram is the only truck manufacturer to offer a 50-state emissions package that allows driver to be idle without worrying about the time restrictions in ARB (Air Resource Board) states.

Speaking of engines, the Ram Chassis Cab comes with 2 possible choices. The first is the 6.7 liter Cummins Turbo Diesel that was mentioned earlier. It has a horsepower of 305 and 610 lb-ft of torque. This engine has a six speed manual transmission and six speed automatic. The other available engine is the HEMI V8 5.7L. In contrast, this one has 383 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque with a six-speed automatic transmission. This means it has the best in class horsepower. Both of these engines are out to make sure that you have the most power no matter what job you’re on.

The Ram Chassis Cab comes complete with numerous features designed to add convenience. For starters, there’s the electronic vehicle information center, which turns the truck’s cab into a commando center. From here, the dashboard read outs give the driver every vital piece of information you will need to ensure the truck is running smoothly and properly. It will display the engine coolant/transmission/ and oil temperatures, average fuel economy, the DEF (diesel exhaust fluid) warnings, and even outside temperature. The Ram Chassis is all about making sure you’re constantly aware about what is going on with the truck in order to make sure you can take care of any issues before they become a problem.

The Chassis is built to be strong on the road and with any load, but it’s also made to be sure to stay safe. It all starts with the safety cage that has crumple zones and side door beams built into the body cage that provides structural safety. These points absorb the force of an impact in a controlled manner that makes sure to keep the integrity of the cabin if an accident does occur. This is also aided by the fact the Chassis has dual front impact airbags and ABS brakes. No matter what’s being hauled, you’ll be safe behind the wheel.

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