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2013 Ram 1500 Sport 4×4 Crew Cab First Drive 14
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, North American Truck of the Year, Pick-Up-Truck, RAM, Ram 1500, Test Drives, Truck on 06 14th, 2013


The all-new 2013 Ram 1500 continues its profound on-road and get-the-job-done attitude with an extensive refreshing for this year. Receiving a new freshened look on the outside and a tastefully revamped cabin, the new 2013 Ram 1500 proudly garnishes its 2013 North American Truck of the Year award excelling as the best Ram yet.


Touting a slightly refreshed face, the Ram 1500 starts off its base SLT trim life line with a more powerful and efficient 305 horsepower and 269 ft-lbs of torque V6 engine as standard equipment. Moving to my Ram 1500 Sport trim it adds the 5.7-liter V8 HEMI good for 395 horsepower and 407 ft-lbs. of torque. That is enough power to tow up to 10,450 pounds.


A brightly shining aspect of the new Ram 1500 Sport’s powertrain is its efficiency without compromising its sheer power output. The new cylinder deactivation mapping is the most advanced yet allowing for 4-cylinder modes at low speeds and the ability to hold the 4-cyinder mode under conditional moderate loads or gas pedal inputs. Not only do the transitions from 4-cylinder to 8-cylinder modes happen without any visual indication on the dashboard, but your uninterrupted attention is required to take notice to the subtle switchover. Basically, the cabin remains vibration-free from the deactivation making the whole experience seamless and economical.


The efficiency model of the new Ram 1500 does not end with its powerful and efficient V8 engine, but being mated to a new 8-speed automatic transmission sets other fuel saving and performance advantages in motion. The 8-speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly yet is up to the job of transmitting power to the rear wheels or all four to tow just over 10,000 pounds at the push of a button. The 8-speed automatic has manual shifting buttons forward-facing on the steering wheel just above the cruise control buttons. With just a load of a few passengers you could expect to get as much as 25 mpg on the highway. During my excursions on the highway with just two passengers I was able to average 23.6 mpg on the highway at about 60 mph. Of course this figure dropped drastically after climbing above 70-75 mph. Around town I saw a low average of 14.9 mpg, which is a bit short of the EPA estimated 17 mpg city mark probably due to my enjoyment of the 407 ft-lbs. of torque jolting the Crew Cab forward from a dead stop.


Creature comforts in vehicles like the new Ram 1500 make it an attractive buy for those seeking a vehicle that can serve many purposes. Equipped on my new 2013 Ram 1500 4×4 Sport Crew Cab was a new air suspension system (only available for quad and Crew Cab models). The system provided the ability to raise and lower the vehicle as much as 4 inches total for a low entry-exit height, normal height and two off-road height settings. Taking many of its advanced control cues from the Jeep Grand Cherokee, the Ram 1500 Sport’s air suspension automatically lowers to an ‘Aero Height’ when speeds of about 60 to 65 mph are reached. The vehicle will automatically return to normal ride height when the speed drops near 30 mph. Moreover, the ride quality benefits from the air suspension system making use of the Ram 1500 Sport Crew Cab’s long 140.5-inches of wheelbase. To me the ride quality was among the best in its class, though the expected sharpness to the ride when going over bumps or uneven terrain reminds you that the Ram 1500 Sport Crew Cab is still a rugged and capable truck.


The new 2013 Ram 1500 embodies many new design elements, especially throughout its redesigned interior cabin. As an American ‘Guts and Glory’ pick-up truck, the new Ram 1500 Crew Cab can transversely give off an impression of a large SUV’s cabin. Interior space is plentiful, enough for 5 tall adults and leaving a bit of extra room to spare. The heated/ventilated perforated leather bucket seats up front add a bit of luxury to the equation topped off with the advanced gadgetry found in the latest iteration of Chrysler’s Uconnect system, which is fed through a new high-resolution 8.4-inch LCD touch-screen.


Having several controls virtually at your fingertips via the large center-dash color LCD touch-screen, makes the enjoyment of bringing infotainment into an environment thought to be only for the rugged blue collar worker or outdoor sporting adventurer. You can have your cake and eat it too, literally.

Truly setting itself into a new pick-up-truck realm is the plentiful amount of features and luxury amenities that can be had on the new Ram 1500. The Ram 1500 in its 4×4 Crew Cab Sport flavor gives you body-color painted bumpers, dual exhausts encased in the painted rear bumper, sport accents – all meshing into the forward slanted nose of the Ram. Up front you have the characteristic Ram grill, also accented in the body color, and a darkened housing for the new projector beam headlights. Out back the LED taillamps get a darkened color treatment. The side door badging is enlarge possibly to signify the serious statement the Ram makes in is under-skinned ruggedness.


Other design elements refreshed for the new 2013 Ram 1500 simply make life easier. The Ram 1500 Sport Crew Cab is quite the versatile truck. The new optional Ram Box compartments add a water-tight, lockable and lighted storage area on either side of the cab. This storage area option, in conjunction with a dual glovebox and adjustable cargo tie-downs and a bed extender, give you plenty of possibilities for stowing and going.


Many other convinces offered on the new 2013 Ram 1500 Sport Crew Cab really make its easy of drivability and class-leading cabin a temporary home away from home include power-folding mirrors, rearview backup camera with back-up sensors, power rear-sliding window with defrost, optional full-size 6-foot-4 cargo bed, central locking system (locks doors, tailgate and RamBox with power locks), power stainless-steel running boards, keyless entry/ignition (remote start), and a WiFi hotspot link. Other notable features include LED interior lighting, LED front park lights and blinkers, 7-inch color configurable multiview display in the instrument cluster (displays detailed vehicle information, settings, etc.), rain-sensing wipers, Electric Shift-On-Demand Transfer case (electronic turn knob for shifting in P R N D) and a deep full-length floor console dual storage area.

The new 2013 Ram 1500 4×4 Sport Crew Cab is surely the way to go for a robustly-styled yet sporty looking truck with ample room for 5 occupants, capable towing of just over 10,000 pounds, a cabin that exudes quality and a hefty dose of luxury, and  excellent ride comfort all without diminishing its true duties as a serious truck.


The pricing of the new 2013 Ram 1500 starts at a respectable $34,080 for an SLT trimmed V6 Crew Cab model. From there the HEMI V8-powered Ram 1500 4×4 Sport Crew Cab gets a starting sticker of $41,555. Loading up a new Ram 1500 Sport Crew Cab with the better portion of every available amenity from the long options list, you can expect to pay the admission price of about $53,000. Of course you can bring that price down quickly by thousands through elimination of stand-alone options like the RamBox Cargo Management option ($1,295), Leather-Trimmed heated/ventilated bucket seats and heated steering wheel ($1,875) or the Active-level 4-corner Air Suspension system ($1,595). Either way you have it, the all-new 2013 Ram 1500 is well deserved praise of being the 2013 North American Truck of the Year and Motor Trend’s 2013 Truck of the Year.


Copyright: 2013 AutomotiveAddicts.com


  • Price: Base Ram 1500 Crew Cab SLT $34,080 / As-Tested Ram 1500 4×4 Sport Crew Cab $53,795 including $995 destination charge
  • Engine: 5.7-liter DOHC HEMI V8  395 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm / 407 ft-lbs. of torque @ 3,950 rpm
  • Transmission: 8-speed automatic with Electric Shift-On-Demand Transfer Case
  • Wheelbase: 140.5 in.
  • Total length: 229 in.
  • Total width: 79.4 in.
  • Fuel tank: 26 gallons (optional 32 gallon tank – as-tested)
  • Headroom: f/r-41.0/39.9 in.
  • Shoulder room: f/r-66.0/65.7 in.
  • Legroom: f/r-41.0/40.3 in.
  • Curb weight: 4,550 – 5,900 lbs.
  • 0-60mph: 6.1 seconds
  • EPA mileage: 17 mpg city/ 25 mpg/highway
  • Max Towing: 10,450 pounds

Ram 1500 Named 2013 North American Truck/Utility of the Year 14
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in auto show, Automotive, Chrysler, Dodge, News, North American Truck of the Year, North American Truck/Utility of the Year, RAM, Ram 1500 on 01 14th, 2013

Taking home the 3rd win for the Chrysler Group, the Ran 1500 pick-up takes home the 2013 North American Truck/Utility of the Year award.

The domestic automakers field is surely exciting this year and to reiterate that excitement and pride put into the design and engineering of new American vehicles, the North American Car of the Year and North American Truck/Utility of the Year awards both go to vehicles belonging to the Big 3. Last year for 2012, neither of the winners were domestic where the Hyundai Elantra and Land Rover Range Rover Evoque took the win.

Going up against the Mazda CX-5 and Ford C-Max in the finalist round, the Ran 1500 edges them out receiving the 3rd truck win for Chrysler (the Dodge Ram 1500 won in 1994).

DETROIT, – Domestic automakers dominated as the Cadillac ATS took the 2013 North American Car of the Year and the Ram 1500 won the 2013 North American Truck/Utility of the Year.

The winners were revealed Monday morning at a news conference at the North American International Auto Show.

The winners were chosen by a jury of 49 automotive journalists from the United States and Canada.

The awards – now in their 20th year – are unique in the United States because instead of being given by a single media outlet they are awarded by a group of automotive journalists from the United States and Canada who represent magazines, television, radio, newspapers and web sites.

The awards are designed to recognize the most outstanding new vehicles of the year. These vehicles are benchmarks in their segments based on factors including innovation, comfort, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value for the dollar.

The jurors gave the ATS 207 points, the Accord 159 points and the Fusion 124 points.

It was the first win for Cadillac ATS and the fifth car win for General Motors. The Cadillac CTS was a finalist in 2008.

The jurors gave the Ram 1500 261 points, the CX-5 142 points and the C-Max 87 points.

It was the third truck win for Chrysler. The Dodge Ram 1500 won in 1994.

Domestic automakers have won North American Car of the Year 11 times. Japanese automakers have won three times. European automakers have won four times. A Korean automaker (Hyundai) has won twice.

Domestic automakers have won North American Truck of the Year 13 times. Japanese automakers have won four times. European automakers have won three times.

To be eligible a vehicle must be all new or substantially changed. The jurors considered dozens of new vehicles before sending their ballots to Michelle Collins, a partner at Deloitte & Touche early in December.

On December 12th the three car and truck finalists were announced. But only Ms. Collins knew the winners until she handed over envelopes today to Michelle Krebs, a juror and
Editor-at-Large for Edmunds.com.

The awards were inspired by the “Car of the Year” in Europe.

They are administered by an organizing committee and are funded with dues paid by the jurors. There are no paid positions. Automakers do not pay to have their vehicles considered or to use the awards in ads.

The “2012 North American Car of the Year” was the Hyundai Elantra.

Last year’s “2012 North American Truck of the Year” was the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque.

MORE INFORMATION: More information on the awards — including names of the jurors, previous finalists and winners — is available at: www.northamericancaroftheyear.org.

2013 North American Car & Truck/Utility of the Year Short List Revealed 2
Posted by Darryl in Automotive, NACTOY, News, North American Car of the Year, North American Truck of the Year on 10 2nd, 2012

It is almost time to announce the 2013 North American Car and Truck/Utility of the year. The automotive industry has managed to stay quite competitive and the lovely public is patiently awaiting to hear of the new victor for North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year for 2013.

Last year, for 2012 North American Car and Truck of the Year, The Hyundai Elantra and Land Rover Range Rover Evoque walked away with the crown. This year, things stay interesting as the non-profit NACTOY organization changed up the Truck category to include the Utility name filled by a Truck/Utility designation in place of the previous Truck name, possibly since there is such a utilitarian (crossover vehicle) segmented field of vehicles now. Only one body-on frame truck remains in the Truck/Utility category (RAM 1500).

The official 2013 North American Car of the Year Short List:

  • BMW 3 Series
  • Cadillac ATS
  • Chevrolet Malibu
  • Dodge Dart
  • Ford Fusion
  • Honda Accord
  • Lincoln MKZ
  • Nissan Altima
  • Scion FR-S
  • Subaru BRZ
  • Toyota Avalon

The official 2013 North American Truck/Utility of the Year Short List:

  • Acura RDX
  • Audi Allroad
  • BMW X1
  • Ford C-Max
  • Ford Escape
  • Hyundai Santa Fe
  • Infiniti JX35
  • Mazda CX-5
  • Nissan Pathfinder
  • Ram 1500

What is your selection before we get the official winners in January of 2013?

2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Takes Home North American Truck of the Year Award 9
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in auto show, Automotive, Detroit-Auto-Show, Land Rover, Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, News, North American International Auto Show, North American Truck of the Year, Range Rover Evoque on 01 9th, 2012

The 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque seems to be a vehicle that was groomed to receive the distinguished North American Truck of the year award. With its unique styling and much anticipated release last year, the 2012 Range Rover Evoque embodied a new sense of styling for a cross-over utility vehicle.

This will be Land Rover’s third time receiving the North American Truck of the Year crown, which they will proudly accept for a truly innovative crossover. The 2 other finalist for the North American Truck of the Year came down to the BMW X3 and Honda CR-V.

What are your thoughts of this year’s North American Truck of the Year award coming down to a selection of car-based utility vehicles with the 2012 Range Rover Evoque taking home the win?

2012 North American Car And Truck Of The Year Finalists Named 16
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Kurt, News, North American Car of the Year, North American Truck of the Year on 12 16th, 2011

The 2012 Ford Focus, North American Car of the Year finalist. Image: Ford Motor Comapny

Each year, a panel of automotive journalists picks the one car (and one truck) that stands out above the rest of the herd in North America. Unlike awards given by individual media outlets, the NACTOY award is significant because it’s based on the consensus of 50 different viewpoints. To be considered, a vehicle must be all-new or substantially revised from a former model, must go on sale shortly after the announcement of the award and must have projected annual sales of 5,000 units for cars or 2,000 units for trucks.

From a list of 17 candidate automobiles, this year’s jury has selected the Ford Focus, the Hyundai Elantra and Volkswagen Passat as finalists for the North American Car of the Year. In the Truck category, finalists are the BMW X3, the Honda CR-V and the Range Rover Evoque. Final selections will be announced during the Detroit Auto Show, where the awards will be presented.

This year’s car list contained some interesting choices. Why the judges picked the Hyundai Elantra over the far-less-conventional Hyundai Veloster is beyond us, and we also have no idea why the new Passat beat out the new Beetle. In the truck category, pickings were somewhat slim, and we’re still scratching our heads over how the Mini Countryman made the truck list.

In retrospect, a glance at the eligible candidates shows that 2012 wasn’t a great year for new cars or new trucks. Let’s hope that 2013 brings a bit more innovation in terms of automotive design and engineering.

North American Car of the Year Finalists:
Audi A6
Audi A7
Buick Verano
Chevrolet Sonic
Chrysler 300/SRT-8
Fiat 500
Ford Focus
Hyundai Accent
Hyundai Elantra
Hyundai Veloster
Kia Rio/Rio 5
Scion iQ
Subaru Impreza
Toyota Camry
Toyota Prius V
VW Beetle
VW Passat

North American Truck of the Year Finalists:
Honda CR-V
Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
Mini Countryman
Nissan Quest
Saab 9-4X