By Patrick Rall
After first claiming the title of the Motor Trend 2013 Truck
of the Year, the 2013 Ram 1500 has continued to pile up awards with the newest
honors coming from the Detroit Free Press and the National Rifle Association.
The 2013 Ram 1500 might not look vastly different on the
outside from the 2012 model year pickups aside from the high tech projection
headlights but a host of new technologies including adjustable air suspension,
active grille shutters and a new 8-speed automatic transmission have made the
new half ton Ram the most advanced option on the market today. With a list of industry firsts including
those mentioned above in addition to the efficient and powerful pair of engines
- the 2013 Ram 1500 is the most efficient and most capable half ton truck on
the market today.
First off, the National Rifle Association’s official magazine
- American Hunter – has named the 2013 Ram Outdoorsman its Vehicle of the
Year. The Ram 1500 Outdoorsman offers
all of the same goodies as the rest of the 2013 Ram lineup but the Outdoorsman
includes the standard Ram Box storage system that allows for secure, dry, and lockable
storage of firearms in the bedside compartments. The adjustable air suspension system with a variety
of settings to make for easier off-roading makes it easier for the modern hunter
to get into the deep woods in stock form while also offering incredible power
and fuel economy.
Next, joining the NRA and Motor Trend, the Detroit Free
Press announced that the 2013 Ram 1500 is their 2013 Truck of the Year. The people at the well known Motor City
newspaper found that the best in class fuel mileage, “workhorse capability” and
unique technologies made it the best truck on the market today.
As time goes on and more awards are announced, we can expect
to see the 2013 Ram 1500 continue to rack up honors. So far, Motor Trend, the Detroit Free Press
and the National Rifle Association have recognized the Ram 1500 as the best
truck on the market today and there is a good chance that more publications
will feel the same way when it comes time for more 2013 “Of The Year” awards to
be announced. Most importantly, the 2013
Ram 1500 is in the running for the 2013 North American Truck of the Year – an award
that will be announced next month at the 2013 North American International Auto
Show in Detroit.