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2013 Ram 1500 Laramie Crew Cab 4x4 Update 1

Our Truck Easily Tackles TV Task

Allyson Harwood
Feb 13, 2014
Photographers: Motor Trend Staff
Now that the Ram has taken over as the hardest-working member of the Motor Trend long-term fleet, staffers are enjoying the truck's dual nature. Ride quality is excellent, and the team has raved about the pairing of the TorqueFlite 8 transmission with the 5.7-liter V-8. These features make the Ram a comfortable daily driver as well as easy to live with on the weekend.
Yet despite having one of the nicest rides of any half-ton pickup, that doesn't take away (too much) from its work abilities. Yes, the Ram is currently the only pickup on the market with rear coil springs, but even with that, maximum towing capacity is 10,450 lb. That isn't best in class, but it's still nothing to sneeze at. Our truck's as-tested towing capacity is lower than that, but it's still plenty for most people who tow with half-tons.
Photo 2/16   |   2013 Ram 1500 Laramie Crew Cab 4x Side View
Photo 6/16   |   2013 Ram 1500 Bed
The Ram has already been tasked with several jobs in its tenure here. So far, all the responsibilities have focused on moving heavy gear. The first job: getting a very heavy (250-pound!) tube television from its upstairs location to the donation center. Using a truck to take care of errands on the weekend isn't always about testing the maximum capacity -- sometimes what's best about having a truck around is knowing that it can do what you (and inevitably, your friends) need it to do. Even though the TV didn't weigh anything close to the Ram's maximum payload capacity, this isn't a job you could do with a Mustang, and the features the Ram offers made it easier than it would've been in another truck.
The person who owned the heavy TV was replacing it with an LCD model, one that was much lighter and easier to get upstairs, yet that left the older model, which was now a very heavy, hard-to-move giant brick. After renting an appliance dolly to get the TV downstairs, we used the backup camera to park the Ram right by the bottom of the stairs. The guys strapped the television to the dolly and brought it down to the truck, which had already been set in the lower suspension setting, called Park Mode. Designed to make it easier to get into and out of the truck, this setting also lowers the liftover height, which made it easier to get the TV in the truck bed. Then we used the truck's Wi-Fi to confirm the address of the donation center, and the nav to make it easier to find the place, and this fairly easy task was done.
Photo 7/16   |   2013 Ram 1500 Laramie Crew Cab 4x Rear Three Quarter Drivers View

Our Car
Service life 5 mo/10,322 mi
Average fuel economy 15.4 mpg
CO2 emissions 1.26 lb/mi
Energy consumption 219 kW-hr/100mi
Unresolved problems None
Maintenance cost $61.56 (oil change, tire rotation, inspection)
Normal-wear cost $0



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