2013 RAM 1500 SLT Standard Cab 3.6L 140-in RWD 

  • $28k
  • 3.6L V6
  • 17 city 25 hwy
7.1 Out of 10
Interior quality is tops, and the excellent cabin space is complemented by huge storage bins under the floor and in the bed.
by The Car Connection (Aug, 2013)
Designers have made the front grille slightly taller, and added a new upper fascia panel, while the Ram crosshair grille is now flush.
by The Car Connection (Aug, 2013)

RideNerd Review Our evaluation of the RAM 1500


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Benchmarks Real world tests of the RAM 1500

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Average MPG of Fuelly Users Owners report actual MPG based on their experience.

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21 MPG
F-150 XLT
16 MPG

Annual Fuel Cost The cost of fuel to drive 15,000 miles each year.

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Reviews Word on the street for the RAM 1500

The big Ram's redesigned suspension loses no ground, and its ride quality still stands above all its competition for on-road smoothness.

The six-speed automatic transmission will be the only choice for the 4.7-liter V-8 and the standard transmission for the Hemi 5.7-liter.



8.4 Out of 10

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Fuel economy numbers aren't out yet, but the eight-speed automatic and HEMI combination will also get stop/start technology at some point in the near term.
by The Car Connection (Aug, 2013)
The new eight-speed automatic, available early in January of 2013, will be standard with the V-6 and in most V-8 models, though some mid-grade, HEMI-powered Rams will continue to use the six-speed automatic.
by The Car Connection (Aug, 2013)
A version of the new eight-speed automatic comes to the HEMI engine early in 2013, although a few of the lower-cost trims of the 2013 Ram will carry over the six-speed automatic-and some will carry over the now pointless 4.7-liter V-8 and six-speed automatic combination.
by The Car Connection (Aug, 2013)


The 2013 Ram 1500 full-size pickup offers a new V-6, eight-speed powertrain that tops the EPA gas mileage lists, beating all competitors.
by The Car Connection (Aug, 2013)
Standard safety features remain strong, with the usual airbags, stability control with a trailer-sway system, and hill-start assist.
by The Car Connection (Aug, 2013)
Gas mileage is surely lower, but in previous drives it's been a decent provider of power through its six-speed automatic.
by The Car Connection (Aug, 2013)


Combine the air suspension's versatility in its other modes with the basic setup's smoother everyday ride, and we'd be convinced to ante up for its $1500 price premium.
by The Car Connection (Aug, 2013)
The chassis and suspension have been reworked, with a retuned suspension (control-arm, independent in front) giving the Ram its usual more relaxed attitude, even in unladen 4x4 models.
by The Car Connection (Aug, 2013)
On rear-wheel-drive versions, it was rated at 14/19 mpg in the 2012 model year; that's now the rating for 4WD models, with RWD versions rated at 14/20 mpg.
by The Car Connection (Aug, 2013)


There’s enough empty space under the hood of this truck that we were able to stand in the engine bay, with our feet flat on the ground.
by Car and Driver (Jan, 2013)
The Ram 1500 offers a choice of three different engines, and now its base V-6 is more than a reasonable choice-it's the best choice for anyone choosing to drive a pickup truck even when they don't actually tow or haul very much.
by The Car Connection (Aug, 2013)
The HEMI's among our favorite truck engines-but the Pentastar is now the best V-6, though we might pass on the air suspension.
by The Car Connection (Aug, 2013)


There's also a new seven-inch reconfigurable gauge cluster (in Sport, Laramie, and Laramie Longhorn models) that effectively replaces a conventional gauge cluster and can quickly communicate information depending on how it's customized, with up to three 'analog' gauges at a time (when towing, an owner would configure the trans temp gauge to be in the foreground, for instance).
by The Car Connection (Aug, 2013)
Pickup trucks may excel at versatility and rugged capability, but over the past decade they've also dipped deep into the well of luxury.
by The Car Connection (Aug, 2013)
Interior styling for the Ram has been completely reworked, with its high quality and upscale flavor upgraded to an even higher level, making it even more attractive and desirable.
by The Car Connection (Aug, 2013)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Brand RAM
Body style Truck
Model year 2013
City range 544 miles
Highway range 800 miles
MSRP $28k
Annual cost $8,433

Manufacturing Emissions

Water per car made 3.62 m³
CO2 per car made 0.7 metric ton
Energy per car made 2,172 kWh/vehicle
Waste per car made 219.9 kg

engine & drivetrain

Engine size 3.6L
Air compressor None
Fuel Gas
Cylinders V6
Paddle shifters N/A
Gearing type Traditional
Transmission 8-speed Automatic 2WD

stereo & entertainment

Brand Generic
Speakers 6 speakers
Has a speed sensitive volume No
Has a subwoofer No
Auxiliary input Yes
AM/FM radio Standard
CD player Standard
CD changer N/A
Satellite radio Standard
Entertainment system N/A


Cruise control Standard
Front A/C Standard
Front passenger A/C N/A
Keyless entry Standard
Keyless ignition N/A
Sun roof N/A
Navigation system Optional
Roof rails N/A
Power locks Standard
Power mirrors Standard
Power outlets Optional, $0
Power steering Standard
Power windows Standard


EPA smog score 6
EPA GHG score 5
Carbon monoxide/mile 1.2 g
Combined CO2/mile 450 g
Methane/mile 0.01 g
NMOG/mile 0.03 g
Nitrogen oxide/mile 0.01 g
Vapor canisters 1
Vapor canister capacity 225 g
Bleed canisters 0
Bleed canister capacity 0 g
Catalytic converters 2
Stops the engine instead of idling No
Disables engine cylinders under low loads No
Recirculates exhaust gas No
Lifetime CO2 emissions 68 tons

power & handling

Max torque 269 ft-lb @ 4,800 RPM
Max HP 305 HP @ 6,350 RPM
Power-to-weight ratio 15.43 lb/hp
Curb-to-curb turning radius 45.1 feet

suspension, wheels & brakes

Rear suspension Multi link
Front brakes 13.19 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 13.82 in Disc
Front wheel width 265 mm
Front wheel diameter 17 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 70

safety features

Active head restraints No
  1. Driver
  2. Passenger
  3. Side
  4. Head curtain
Antilock brakes Standard
Child door locks N/A
Electronic stability control Standard
Traction control Standard
Rear camera Optional, $350
Rear sensor N/A
Park assist system N/A
Communication system None

physical dimensions

Width 79.4 in
Front track width 68 in
Height 74.4 in
Ground clearance 9.6 in
Length 231 in
Wheelbase 140 in
Curb weight 4,705 lb
GVWR 6,600 pounds
Tow weight 4,600 pounds
Has a rear spoiler No
Seats 3 seats
Front seat room 63 ft³
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