By Patrick Rall
The folks at Consumer Reports have announced their results for 2013 model year pickup truck testing and for the first time ever – the Ram 1500 has come out on top. This doesn’t come as a huge surprise when you consider that the 2013 Ram 1500 has been named the top truck by pretty much every other automotive publication in the US but when you look at the fact that Consumer Reports rarely loves the same vehicles as the likes of Motor Trend or Car & Driver, it secures the Ram 1500’s claim of being the best half ton pickup sold in America. In addition to being named the highest scoring truck in the Consumer Reports testing process among current production trucks, the newest Ram 1500 has also been added to the CR “recommended” list.
“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, Connecticut.
The 2013 Ram 1500 received 78 points in the Consumer Reports tests – putting it 9 points better than the Toyota Tundra and 10 points better than the Ford F150. The score for the 2013 Ram 1500 was also 11 points better than the previous Ram 1500. Among the key points that made the Ram 1500 the top dog in the half ton pickup tests from CR was the fact that the 5.7L Hemi V8 mated to the new 8-speed automatic transmission offered an average of 15 miles per gallon; a figure which was the best among those trucks tested. The judges from Consumer Reports were impressed with the Ram’s rear coil suspension while also loving the UConnect system enough to refer to it as one of the best in the business. The biggest downsides to the Ram 1500 were a heavy tailgate (which is true in comparison to others in the segment) along with the high step to get into the truck…which can be cured by those models equipped with the adjustable air suspension.
One of the rules of the Consumer Reports awards is that an automaker is prohibited from using the “award” in any sort of marketing or advertising campaigns so we arent likely to see the Chrysler Group bragging too much in public about the honors handed out by CR. However, with so many shoppers relying closely on the consumer-oriented publication, this comes as a major announcement for the Ram 1500.