The Ram 1500 has been named the 2013 North American Truck/Utility of the Year by a panel of automotive experts at the North American International Auto Show, making the truck a top choice for those looking for new cars.
Fred Diaz, president and CEO of Ram Truck Brand and Chrysler de Mexico, Chrysler Group, said that having the Ram 1500 named the 2013 North American Truck/Utility of the Year ranks as one of the proudest days in the automaker’s history.
“In no other truck will you find Ram’s incredible combination of best-in-class fuel efficiency – 25 miles per gallon – Pentastar and HEMI engines matched to TorqueFlite 8-speed transmissions, air suspension, Uconnect Access and 12 fuel-saving technologies that have raised the bar in the full-size pickup segment,” Diaz said.
This year’s auto show marks the 20th year of the awards, and only one other time, in 1994, has Ram won the North American Truck of the Year award.
The Ram 1500 gets best-in-class fuel economy with 25 miles to the gallon, along with improved technology and features that do not sacrifice on performance. With the engine options of a 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 or a Pentastar V-6, Ram is placing fuel efficiency at the top of innovations while providing consumers with the best-in-power trains.
Additional features in the truck include eight-speed automatic transmission, thermal management system, stop-start system, pulse-width modulation and active aerodynamics, as well as grill shutters and active air suspension. Along with a new interior, with the next-generation Uconnect access system, the Ram 1500 is a good deal starting at $23,585, including a $995 destination fee.
Ram receives other accolades
The experts at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit are not the only ones giving the Ram 1500 credit. The vehicle has been given the Truck of the Year title by Motor Trend, The Detroit Free Press, AOL Autos and more recently by Four Wheeler Magazine.
“Our readers use their trucks, sometimes in much harsher duty cycles than most would expect,” said John Cappa, editor of Four Wheeler Magazine. “Within our testing, we integrate a number of challenges to push capability and durability. At trails-end, the 2013 Ram 1500 was our choice and winner of Four Wheeler Magazine’s Pickup Truck of the Year.”
David Kiley, chief automotive editor of AOL Autos, said that even though this year saw numerous quality trucks, the Ram 1500 was still the best.