2013 Ram 1500 Pentastar V6 engine delivers 42% more power and 13% more torque at up to 20% better fuel economy compared to the previous Ram V6 powertrain.
2013 Ram 1500 5.7-liter HEMI V8 and 8-speed automatic transmission (also available with the V6) achieves at least 10% better fuel economy compared to the previous model.
A new 6-ft.-4-in. bed option is now available on Crew Cab Ram 1500 models, combining the largest available cab with the largest four-door/bed combination.
Chrysler claims best-in-class efficiency with a raft of fuel-saving technologies in the 2013 Ram 1500.
Fuel Saver Technology on the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 discontinues fuel delivery to four of the eight cylinders when maximum power is not required, improving fuel economy.
Stop-start technology increases fuel efficiency up to 3.3% by shutting the engine off when the truck comes to a complete stop. The engine seamlessly restarts automatically when the driver releases the brake.
Interactive decel fuel shut-off expands opportunities for turning off fuel to the engine during deceleration events, improving fuel economy in both city and highway driving.
Variable-valve timing on the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 and 5.7-liter HEMI V8 improves fuel economy by reducing the engine's pumping work and by increasing the expansion process.
Active aerodynamic technology and styling refinement led to a 6% aerodynamic improvement on the 2013 Ram 1500, creating what Chrysler says is best-in-class coefficient of drag at 0.363.
2013 Ram 1500 is the first truck to employ an active grille shutter system to improve aerodynamics, increasing fuel economy by 0.5%.
2013 Ram 1500 is first in segment with air suspension, which lowers the vehicle at highway speeds to improve fuel efficiency by up to 1% and automatically raises the vehicle for off-road performance.
Pulse-width modulation eliminates unnecessary load on the alternator, fuel pump and cooling fan, adding a 0.4% improvement in fuel efficiency.
2013 Ram 1500's newly redesigned frame is 30 lb. lighter, thanks to using high-strength steels.
2013 Ram 1500 electric power steering improves performance by 5 hp and fuel economy by 1.8%.
The 2013 Ram 1500 features standard low-rolling-resistance tires to minimize rolling effort, resulting in greater fuel efficiency.
New wheel-to-wheel tubular side-step design adds 0.5% to fuel efficiency via aerodynamic improvement and also allows easy access to the truck bed.
2013 Ram 1500 interior
2013 Ram 1500 offers Uconnect Access that combines a new lineup of smart Media Centers with a powerful new wireless platform.
Chrysler is claiming best-in-class fuel economy for the 2013 Ram 1500 pickup well in advance of the release of 2013 Ford and GM trucks, and any EPA economy-testing results. The new Ram will come with a raft of fuel-saving, pioneering technologies starting with the 305-hp, 269-lb.-ft. torque 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine mated to class-exclusive eight-speed TorqueFlite 8 automatic transmission. The new Pentastar V6 features 42% more horsepower, 13% more torque and, with variable-valve timing (VVT), at least 20% better fuel economy when compared to the previous 3.7-liter V6 powertrain.
The 5.7-liter HEMI V8 with fuel-saving cylinder shut-off and VVT is also available with the eight-speed. The HEMI generates 395 hp and 407 lb.-ft. of torque and what Chrysler claims is best-in-class fuel economy for V8 trucks (at least 10% better fuel economy compared to the 2012 V8). The HEMI in the Ram 1500 Tradesman Heavy Duty trim delivers best-in-class towing and payload – 11,500 lb. and 3,125 lb. respectively.
A new thermal management system uses engine coolant to more-quickly warm transmission fluid to operating temperature in order to reduce parasitic load. As the engine temperature increases to pre-determined levels, warm engine coolant is circulated through a thermal exchange unit, which also contains dedicated pathways for transmission fluid. Chrysler says the system can improve fuel efficiency by 1.7%.
Another industry fuel-saving first in pickup trucks is application of stop-start on select 2013 Ram 1500 models. This new system improves fuel economy by up to 3.3% (adding about one mile per gallon to the truck’s city drive cycle) by shutting the engine off when the truck comes to a complete stop. Accessories (radio, gauges, heating or air conditioning, etc.) continue to operate, making the operation transparent to the driver. The engine restarts automatically when the driver releases the brake, allowing seamless acceleration.