The legendary Ram 1500 has been re-engineered to perform better than it ever has before. From the engine to the exterior, the 2013 Ram 1500 has been redesigned in intelligent ways to optimize its performance. The truck’s resilient exterior is also aerodynamic, so each heavy duty task a driver must perform will be handled effortlessly with a bigger goal in mind - efficiency. This full-size truck does more than pump out 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque with its 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine, it also provides the best-in-class fuel economy of 25 mpg hwy. The 1500 also isn’t afraid to pump out enough power for a max towing capacity of 10,450 lbs. With a max payload of 1,909 lbs., the 1500 can take the weight off drivers’ shoulders. If more power is needed in the performance, the 5.7L HEMI V8 is also available to top out at 395 horsepower while still reaching 20 mpg hwy.
The Ford F-150 is one of the toughest trucks on the market to date. Certainly not shy about flexing its muscles, the 2013 Ford F-150 offers best-in-class towing capabilities with a max towing capacity of 11,300 lbs. and max payload of 3,120 lbs. Where the F-150 excels in pumping iron, it starts to lack in efficiency. The EcoBoost engine produces up to 420 lb-ft of torque to be able to haul such extensive loads. There is no doubt that the engine can hold up in nearly any condition, but if a driver doesn’t need such heavy-duty hauling power on a daily basis, losing any amount of efficiency is an important factor to consider.
Not only is the 2013 Ram 1500 more capable than ever, it is equally as stylish. In order to make the vehicle’s exterior more aerodynamic, Active Grille Shutters were employed to open when the engine needs to cool and close when traveling at higher speeds. This bold exterior feature serves a purpose beyond aesthetics, and that is to reduce drag for a more efficient drive. Functional style is also seen in the truck’s available and class-exclusive RamBox cargo system. Durable, convenient storage options leave room for more excitement behind the wheel.
Though the 2013 Ram 1500 has undergone some impressive changes, its rugged yet sophisticated appearance remains. The truck is built for hard work on the outside, but inside the truck is made for the driver’s comfort. Soft materials dress the vehicle and quality detailing can be found throughout. The nucleus of the vehicle is the Uconnect Access System. With the available 8.4-inch touchscreen, the system provides access to features like three-dimensional maps and interior climate controls. Bluetooth wireless technology can also be utilized through voice control to make accessing music and directions much easier.
Above all, the 2013 Ram 1500 puts safety at the top of its priority list. Whether a driver is taking a trip with his or her family or performing a tough job hauling a trailer, the 1500 provides control on the road. Trailer Sway Control keeps the truck stable at higher speeds when the driver is hauling a trailer. Electronic Stability Control works to sense any instability or potential danger, and consequently corrects the brakes or throttle to avoid accidents. The truck’s overall solid construction also works to keep passengers safe during unexpected impact or challenging weather conditions.
At the end of the day, both the 2013 Ram 1500 and 2013 Ford F-150 are well-loved trucks that work hard for the driver, but the 1500 gives drivers more for less. The F-150’s V6 costs more than the V8, and its efficiency follows behind the 1500’s. Its performance capabilities are undeniable and its iconism is unmistakable, but drivers ultimately have to choose between a name or a performance. The 2013 Ram 1500 is a solid choice for truck lovers in need of performance power, efficiency, and hard work.