The 2013 RAM 1500 two-wheel drive with new ZF 8-speed transmission should return an increase of 20% better fuel economy than its predecessor. With the addition of the Pentastar to the Ram line, this will now provide the option of a four-wheel-drive V6.
According to Autoblog, “the truck nabs a new drag coefficient of .376 for the standard model, best of any truck on the road. Rather than opting for a traditional console- or steering-column mounted transmission lever, the company went with a rotary dial. Ram Box buyers will be happy to hear the bins can now be locked automatically from the key fob. The Ram 1500 V6 is well ahead of its competition with an 18/25 mpg EPA rating in two-wheel-drive guise. Excellent fuel economy, a decent ride and a sorted interior make for a quality product.”
According to Joe Dehner, head of design for Ram, customers have had been pretty clear on how they felt about the truck’s current aeshtetics. “Our objective was simple: don’t screw up the design,” he said.
Check it out in the video below:
Engine: 3.6L V6
Power: 305 HP / 269 LB-FT
Transmission: 8-Speed Auto
Curb Weight: 5,185 LBS
Towing: 5,630 LBS
MPG: 18 City / 25 HWY (2WD)
MSRP: $39,330 as tested