The redesigned 2013 Ram 1500 has managed to take the first place in the Consumer Reports ranking for the full-sized pickups.
This would be the first time when a Chrysler pickup tops the Consumer Reports’ ranking of full-sized pickups. Chrysler’s pickup scored 78 in Consumer Report’s road testing, surpassing Toyota Tundra with 8 points and the Ford F-150 with 10 points. The magazine said it is currently testing the redesigned 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and the results will be released by the end of this summer.
“Continued interior and powertrain improvements make the Ram a particularly well-rounded choice,” said Jake Fisher, director of Consumer Reports’ Auto Test Center in East Haddam, Conn.
Consumer Report’s rankings and recommendations are widely used by consumers when they plan to buy vehicles. Ram’s review comes amid an increase in large pickups in the US as the construction and housing sectors begin to rebound. Besides the revamped 2014 GMC and Chevrolet large pickups, Ford is also planning an overhaul for the best-selling F-150 in 2015.
The magazine tested the 2013 Ram fitted with 5.7-liter Hemi engine and the eight-speed automatic transmission, which got a 15 mpg in testing, the highest level among all tested vehicles. Consumer Reports complimented Ram’s coil spring rear suspension and the UConnect infotainment system, but criticized the vehicle’s heavy tailgate and high step-in height.