2013 Ram 1500 Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2013 Ram 1500 - Road Test Specs


Year Make Model2013 Ram 1500 SLT 4dr Crew Cab 2WD SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A)
Vehicle TypeRWD 4dr 6-passenger Pickup
Base MSRP$33,520
Options on test vehiclePremium Cloth Bucket Seats ($1,150 -- includes power 10-way driver seat, power lumbar adjustment, rear 60/40-split folding seat, 1,150-volt auxiliary power outlet, full-length floor console); Luxury Group ($695 -- includes 7-inch multimedia display, leather-wrapped steering wheel, sterring-wheel-mounted audio controls, heated/folding/auto-dimming side mirrors with courtesy lamps, sun visors with vanity mirrors, rear dome light, glovebox light, underhood light, overhead console with garage door opener); Remote Start and Security Group ($350 -- includes remote start system, security alarm); 3.55 Rear Axle Ratio ($50); Anti-Spin Differential Rear Axle ($325); Power Heated T-Tow Mirrors With Puddle and Signal Lights ($100); Foglights ($120); Chrome Side Steps ($600); 32-Gallon Fuel Tank ($75); UConnect 8.4A System ($970 -- includes 8.4-inch touchscreen display, navigation-ready, voice command with Bluetooth, Uconnect Access Advantage, SD/USB/Aux connections); 506-Watt Alpine Premium Audio ($300); Active-Level 4-Corner Air Suspension System ($1,595); Rear Parking Alerts ($250); Back-Up Camera ($200); RamBox Cargo System ($1,295); Class IV Receiver Hitch ($335); Trailer Brake Controller ($230); Spray-In Bedliner ($475)
As-tested MSRP$43,630
Assembly locationWarren, Michigan


ConfigurationLongitudinal, front-engine, rear-wheel drive
Engine typeNaturally aspirated, port-injected V6, gasoline or E85 with available auto-stop/start
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3,604/220
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)10.2
Redline, indicated (rpm)6,500
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)305 @ 6,400
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)269 @ 4,175
Fuel typeFlex fuel (87-octane regular unleaded or E85 ethanol blend)
Transmission typeEight-speed automatic with dash-mounted rotary shifter
Transmission ratios (x:1)I = 4.71; II = 3.14; III = 2.10; IV = 1.67; V = 1.29; VI = 1.00; VII = 0.84; VIII = 0.67; R = 3.30
Final-drive ratio (x:1)3.55


Suspension, frontIndependent, double-wishbones, coil springs (air springs optional), stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearSolid axle, coil springs (air springs optional), trailing links, panhard rod, stabilizer bar
Steering typeElectric-assist, speed-proportional rack-and-pinion steering
Steering ratio (x:1)19.1
Tire make and modelGoodyear Wrangler SR-A
Tire typeAll-season, low rolling resistance
Tire sizeP265/70R17 113R
Wheel size17-by-7 inches front and rear
Wheel materialCast aluminum
Brakes, front13.2-by-1.1-inch ventilated cast-iron discs with 2-piston sliding calipers
Brakes, rear13.8-by-0.87-inch solid cast-iron discs with single-piston sliding calipers

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)2.9
0-45 mph (sec.)5.0
0-60 mph (sec.)8.0
0-75 mph (sec.)11.8
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)15.9 @ 86.0
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)7.7
0-30 mph, trac ON (sec.)3.0
0-45 mph, trac ON (sec.)5.2
0-60 mph, trac ON (sec.)8.2
0-75 mph, trac ON (sec.)12.1
1/4-mile, trac ON (sec. @ mph)16.0 @ 85.6
0-60, trac ON with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)7.9
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)34
60-0 mph (ft.)133
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)54.8
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph) ESC ON55.3
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.67
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g) ESC ON0.67
Sound level @ idle (dB)39.5
@ Full throttle (dB)74.3
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)62.5
Engine speed @ 70 mph (rpm)1,900

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsWilling V6, happy to rev to redline. Very smooth, reasonably quick upshifts. Strong power right off the line. Power braking to 2,000 rpm was good for a tenth or so, and got just a bit of rear wheelspin. Manual shifting is via possibly the silliest system ever -- two tiny little buttons near the cruise control buttons. Does not hold gears to rev limiter. Does not blip throttle on downshifts.
Braking commentsDecently firm pedal, fairly long travel. Definite nosedive, as expected of a pretty plush truck. Minimal brake odor, even by the fifth (and final) stop. First stop was shortest at 133 feet. Fifth stop was longest at 139 feet.
Handling commentsSlalom: With only Trac-off possible, the Ram is ultimately reined in electronically, but I doubt it would go any quicker, really. The tires sounded tortured and the overall reluctance of the truck to transition just led to understeering past the next cone which awakens the ESC. Steering feels properly weighted, but what's with the Chiclet-sized buttons on the wheel? Too similar in size and shape to all the others. Skid pad: Steering heft is minimal here, and now the tires are screaming for mercy. It pains me to skid pad trucks like this, but somebody's gotta do it. Stubborn understeer and latent ESC (closing throttle rather than brake-checks) limit the Ram here as well.

Testing Conditions

Test date9/5/2012
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)83.7
Relative humidity (%)18.9
Barometric pressure (in. Hg)28.8
Wind (mph, direction)0.99 cross
Odometer (mi.)1315
Fuel used for test89 octane
As-tested tire pressures, f/r (psi)40/40

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)17 city/25 highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)16.8
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)32.0

Audio and Advanced Technology

Stereo descriptionStandard AM/FM with six speakers; optional CD/HD with 7-9 speakers
iPod/digital media compatibilityStandard aux jack, USB port; Optional Bluetooth audio, SD card
Satellite radioStandard
Rear seat video and entertainmentOptional
Bluetooth phone connectivityOptional
Navigation systemOptional
Telematics (OnStar, etc.)Optional Uconnect Access
Smart entry/StartOptional ignition, doors
Parking aidsOptional parking sonar rear back-up camera
Blind-spot detectionNot available
Adaptive cruise controlNot available
Lane-departure monitoringNot available
Collision warning/avoidanceNot available
Night VisionNot available

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)5,343
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)53.2/46.8
Length (in.)229.0
Width (in.)79.4
Height (in.)77.5 (air susp.: 77.0 std, 74.9 kneeling, 79.0 off-road)
Wheelbase (in.)140.5
Track, front (in.)68.2
Track, rear (in.)67.5
Turning circle (ft.)39.8
Legroom, front (in.)41.0
Legroom, rear (in.)40.3
Headroom, front (in.)41.0
Headroom, rear (in.)39.9
Shoulder room, front (in.)66.0
Shoulder room, rear (in.)65.7
Seating capacity6
Tow capacity, mfr. claim (lbs.)6,500 (V6)
Towable by motorhomeYes
Ground clearance (in.)8.6
Approach angle (degrees)17.8 (air susp.: 18.3 std, 13.8 kneeling, 22.5 off-road)
Departure angle (degrees)24.7 (air susp.: 24.8 std, 23.0 kneeling, 27.1 off-road)
Breakover angle (degrees)20.5 (air susp.: 19.4 std, 15.9 kneeling, 23.0 off-road)


Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/100,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance3 years/36,000 miles

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