RAM’s 3.6L V6 Pentastar leapfrogs Ford’s most fuel efficient 3.7L V6 and leaves the Chevrolet’s 4.3L V6 and 4.8L V8 gasping for air. [fimg=left]http://www.cleanmpg.com/photos/data/501/2013_RAM_15003.jpg[/fimg]Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Dec. 7, 2012 2013 Ram 1500 – Starts at $24,135 with the 3.6L and 8-speed Aisin transmission while rated at an eye opening 17/25 mpgUS city/highway. While we continue to catch up from the West Coast trip, Motor Trend named the all-new 2013 Ram 1500 the magazine’s 2013 Truck of the Year. Having driven the 3.6L 4X4 with the 8-speed, it has the absolutely the best truck (and maybe even car) regular standard transmission available, very advanced, powerful yet fuel efficient modern V6, most configurable ride thanks to its air adjustable suspension, most advanced telematics thanks to the 8.4 in touch screen based Uconnect infotainment system and most fuel efficient full sized truck ever available in America. All of the above not only sounds great, the 2013 Ram 1500 drives great too! According to Motor Trend, the Truck of the Year contenders are evaluated using six criteria: Design Advancement Engineering Excellence Efficiency Safety Value Performance To be eligible, a vehicle must be all-new or have been substantially changed from the previous model which essentially left out the F-Series and Silverado but it would not have mattered. The 2013 RAM 1500 is currently the truck to own and buy if you are in fact ready to own and buy a truck For 2013, the new Ram 1500 offers buyers best-in-class 25 MPG fuel efficiency (2 mpg more than the second most fuel efficient full sized pickup, the Ford F-150 with the 3.7L V6), most new technology and new features without sacrificing capability. While it can be equipped with a 4.7L or 5.7L Hemi V8’s (14/20 mpgUS city/highway), don’t as the 3.6L will do it all and save massive amounts of $’s at the pump. A Fuel Economy Case study… 125,000 miles over the next 8-years. Average cost of fuel, $4.50/gallon. That is an average over the next 8-years, not the $3.25 to $3.75 we are paying at the pump today. 2013 RAM 1500 with either the 4.7L or 5.7L V8: 16 mpgUS combined rating for either 2013 RAM 1500 with the 3.6L Pentastar V6 and 8-speed AT: 20 mpgUS combined rating. Total Fuel cost over 8-years: 4.7L or 5.7L V8: 7,812 gallons of fuel or $35,156 USD 3.6L V6: 6,250 gallons of fuel or $28,125 USD. Savings at the pump = $7,031. 2013 Ram 1500 HFE The 2013 Ram 1500 HFE ($28,695 and a 21 mpgUS combined rating) features first-in-segment fuel saving technologies including an eight-speed automatic transmission, 3.21 rear axle ratio (not new but very good ), stop-start system, thermal management system, pulse-width modulation, best-in-class passive and active aerodynamics, including grille shutters and an active air suspension. The all-new RAM includes a newly designed frame, new drivetrain, new interior and new infotainment. With the best-in-class ride and handling, best-in-class aerodynamics and the latest passive and active safety full sized truck equipment, the 2013 Ram 1500 simply delivers. More on the all-new 2013 RAM 1500 and what we’ll have in the drive beginning next Thursday. 2013 RAM 1500… Truck of the Year as Expected 2013 RAM 1500 HFE Arrives Soon RAM’s New 2013 1500 takes the Lion Share of the Awards in Texas 2012 MAMA Fall Rally – A Surprising New Vehicle Earns Top Billing 2013 Ram’s 1500’s Driven to Dealership Lots across the South ‘Moving Heaven and Earth’ - New Advert for the All New 2013 Ram 1500 Ram Goes To War And Lets Loose A NUKE – As in 25 mpgUS highway! RAM and Cummins Prove To Be the All-New Big Boys on The Block I find it extremely interesting that we have had the opportunity to look at a lot of great automobiles this year and one of the most intriguing is possibly the least fuel efficient of all. Yet this same vehicle is possibly capable of saving the most fuel by comparison to the rest of its competitors in the large pickup segment. I hope it does as well as the first drive we had just two short months ago.