2013 RAM 1500 Regular Cab

MSRP $23,285 - $36,365

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2013 RAM 1500 Regular Cab Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 31, 2021

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The RAM 1500 stands out in the full-size pickup truck segment due to the premium cabin that complements the capable powertrains that RAM has to offer. The 2013 RAM 1500 offers a refined cabin with plenty of features while the supple ride quality and powerful powertrains make the owner’s life more enjoyable and luxurious. That being said, as is the case with most trucks in the segment, the regular cab misses out on many of the premium features but yet does not feel as industrial and rudimentary as its rivals. 

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Pros

Impressive base V6 engine and transmission

Refined cabin

Pliant and composed ride quality 

An impressive list of features

Cons

Lack of features in lower trims

What's New?

More powerful V6 engine

New 8-speed transmission

New comfort and convenience features


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$32030

bodystyle

2dr Regular Cab

passenger capacity

3

drivetrain

four wheel drive

engine type

displacement

220 cu.in.

horsepower

305 hp @ 6350 rpm

torque

269 lb.-ft. @ 4800 rpm

transmission

8 speed automatic w/OD and auto manual

chassis

suspension front

Independent front short and long arm suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Rigid axle rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

140 in.

length

231 in.

width

79.4 in.

height

75 in.

curb weight

4892 lbs.

ground clearance

9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

63 cu ft.

towing capacity

4400 lbs.

payload capacity

1900 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

9.3 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.7 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

16/19/23 mpg

highway range

736 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 100,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ 100,000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

Tradesman$23,285 onwards

Express$26,860 onwards

SLT$27,960 onwards

HFE$28,710 onwards

ST$33,275 onwards

R/T$33,445 onwards

Sport$36,365 onwards

Colors and Styles

2013 RAM 1500 Regular Cab in Black Clear Coat color
Black Clear Coat

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Ratings

Pricing and Feature

9.0

Features

9.9

Engine and Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

9.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

6.0

Safety

9.0

Competition

7.0

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Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.1

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The 2013 model year sees a mild mid-life refresh and although the changes may not be that obvious on the outside, underneath the skin it makes a whole lot of difference. The base V6 engine is now even more powerful and there is also a new 8-speed transmission available as standard alongside a few interior features. The prices now begin at an MSRP of $24,195 as it competes against its age-old American rivals, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Ford F-150, and the GMC Sierra 1500


9.9/10
Features

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

9.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

6.0/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety


2013 RAM 1500 Regular Cab Features

9.9/10

RAM offers the 1500 regular cab in five different trims with either rear- or 4-wheel drive drivetrains. The lower trims are very rudimentary and do not offer any creature comforts in order to keep the prices low. The Express trim adds a bit more feature while the HFE trim only sees a few mechanical differences. Therefore, almost all of the premium creature comforts available with the 1500 regular cab are only available with the sporty R/T trim. 

Trims

Tradesman

Express

SLT

HFE

R/T

MSRP (RWD)

$24,195

$26,755

$29,255

$29,805

$34,540

MSRP (4WD)

$27,955

$30,515

$32,825

$37,960

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Key Features

Dusk Sensing Headlamps

Emergency Braking Assist

3.6L, 305 hp 269 lb-ft V6 engine

Auto start/ stop

5.7L V-8 engine

 

Post-Collision Safety System

12 Months Of Paid Satellite Radio Service

Auxiliary Audio Input & USB With External Media Control

Tonneau cover

Front Fog/Driving Lights

 

6-speaker audio system

Simulated Alloy Trim On Dash

 

3.21:1 rear axle ratio

7-speaker audio system

 

Cruise Controls On Steering Wheel

Remote Keyless Power Door Locks

   

Universal Remote Transmitter

 

40-20-40 Split-Bench Front Seats

Cloth Upholstery

   

Leather Steering Wheel

 

Vinyl Upholstery

17-inch Alloy Wheels

   

8-Way Power Driver Seat

 

17-inch Steel Wheels

     

22-inch Polished Alloy Wheels

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Since the lower trims have decent levels of cabin features and the R/T trim costs a lot more, it is recommended to opt for the Express trim which offers a better cabin materials quality and a few more features than the base trim and yet keeps the prices in check even with the 4WD drivetrain. 

2013 RAM 1500 Regular Cab Engine and Performance

7.0/10

RAM offers an option for 3 different engines with the 2013 RAM 1500 regular cab range, each offering various levels of performance. The lower trims are powered by a 4.7-liter V8 engine which produces 310 hp and 330 lb-ft of torque. The SLT trim features the new and efficient 3.6-liter V6 engine that generates 305 hp and 269 lb-ft, while the larger 5.7-liter V8 is rated for a staggering 395 hp and 407 lb-ft of torque. All the engines are paired with the new 8-speed automatic transmission as standard that powers the rear wheels and offers 4WD as an option.

Performance from the old-school base V8 engine is pretty strong as it manages the 0-60 mph sprint in 7.4 seconds and can also tow a maximum of about 5,000 lbs. The new V6 engine takes 7.8 seconds to reach 60 mph front standstill and can tow up to 6,500 lbs when properly equipped. The larger V8 can tow a massive 10,450 lbs and takes 7 seconds flat to achieve a speed of 60 mph when taking the up ramp on the freeway. 

No matter what powertrain you choose, and whether you drive in city traffic or merge on a high-speed freeway, the 2013 RAM 1500 feels effortless and smooth in terms of performance. The coil-spring rear suspension keeps the ride composed and makes it comfortable even on longer rides and the optional air suspension sweetens the deal even further. It automatically drops 0.6-inch on the freeways for improved stability and efficiency while there are two off-road settings available as well that can increase the ground clearance by 2-inch over the standard ride height. 

Model

RAM 1500 Reg Cab Tradesman

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Reg Cab Work Truck

Ford F-150 Reg Cab XL

GMC Sierra 1500 Reg Cab Work Truck

MSRP

$24,195

$24,585

$25,065

$24,585

Engine

4.7L, Naturally Aspirated V8

4.3L, Naturally Aspirated V6

3.7L, Naturally Aspirated V6

4.3L, Naturally Aspirated V6

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic

4-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

4-speed automatic

Power

310 hp @ 5,650 rpm

195 hp @ 4,600 rpm

302 hp @ 6,500 rpm

195 hp @ 4,600 rpm

Torque

330 lb-ft @ 3,950 rpm

260 lb-ft @ 2,800 rpm

278 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm

260 lb-ft @ 2,800 rpm

0-60 mph (sec)

7.4

9.3

7.5

9.3

Quarter Mile (sec)

15.8

16.7

15.9

16.7

Top Speed (mph)

130

112

125

112

Payload Capacity (lbs)

1,520

1,757

1,960

1,754

Towing Capacity (lbs)

4,970

4,800

5,600

4,900

The Ford F-150 although is the most expensive one of the lot, has a much lower engine output to offer as compared to its rivals and yet manages to tow more than all other trucks in the segment. The RAM 1500 is only one-tenth of a second quicker than the Ford in the straight-line acceleration tests while the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and Sierra 1500 trucks which share their powertrains have a lackluster acceleration performance with their towing prowess being on par with the RAM truck.

2013 RAM 1500 Regular Cab Fuel Economy

9.0/10

The base V8 engine obviously isn’t the most frugal one in the segment, returning only around 17 mpg for a combined city and highway drive. But the new and efficient V6 engine manages an EPA rating of 17/25/20 mpg in city/highway/combined scenarios. The larger V8 is also rated the same as that of the base V8 engine. The large 26-gallon fuel tank does help in offering a pretty decent driving range of over 400 miles with the V8, while the V6 can be driven for over 500 miles of combined city driving and highway cruising.

Model

RAM 1500 Reg Cab

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Reg Cab

Ford F-150 Reg Cab

GMC Sierra 1500 Reg Cab

MPG (City)

14

15

17

15

MPG (Highway)

20

20

23

20

MPG (Combined)

17

17

19

17

Fuel Tank Capacity (gal)

26.0

26.0

26.0

26.0

Range (City / Highway / Combined) (miles)

364 / 520 / 442

390 / 520 / 442

442 / 598 / 494

390 / 520 / 442

There is hardly any difference between the fuel efficiency rating of all the trucks apart from the Ford F-150 in this comparison. In fact, all of them also offer an identical gas tank capacity and hence have a very similar driving range to offer as well. The Ford F-150 on the contrary is a bit more frugal and with the equally large fuel tank employed, offers a class-leading driving range. 

2013 RAM 1500 Regular Cab Interior

8.0/10

The cabin of the 2013 RAM 1500 is the best amongst all its peers even with the limited number of features available on the base trim of the regular cab. The materials are of better quality and the overall design is attractive and the controls are intuitive to use as well. Although it is sad to see that the premium wood grain trims and the leather interior aren’t available with the regular cab. 

The front seats are a bit on the softer side but strike a perfect balance between being comfortable and supportive. There is a decent amount of space for the three passengers that can be seated as standard and the optional pair of RAMBox lockable compartments over the rear fenders inside the truck bed are very unique and aids in providing a covered lockable storage option. 

Model

RAM 1500 Reg Cab

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Reg Cab

Ford F-150 Reg Cab

GMC Sierra 1500 Reg Cab

Seating Capacity

3

3

3

3

Front Row (Head / Shoulder / Leg) (in)

39.9 / 66.0 / 41.0

41.5 / 65.2 / 41.3

40.8 / 66.7 / 43.9

41.5 / 65.2 / 41.3

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

57.5

60.7

62.3

60.7

In comparison, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and the GMC Sierra 1500 both offer a much better headroom and also have a marginally larger bed volume to offer. The Ford F-150 has the most spacious cabin here with class-leading legroom on offer. The bed is also larger than all its competitors, but there are no storage boxes available in the bed with the F-150. 

  • 10-way power driver seat w/Power lumbar
  • Front cloth bucket seats
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror w/microphone
  • LED interior lighting
  • Universal garage door opener

How intuitive is the 2013 RAM 1500 Regular Cab’s infotainment unit?

The base and lower trims offer a smaller 5-inch infotainment screen while the higher trims feature a larger 8.4-inch head unit with the UConnect 3.0 interface. The interface is pretty simple and employs large icons that are easy to understand at a glance and hence are easier to use while on the move. The physical buttons and knobs offer redundant controls which makes it even more convenient to use. 

  • 8.4-inch UConnect infotainment system
  • Uconnect Access advantage w/6-month trial subscription
  • SiriusXM satellite radio w/1-year radio service
  • Premium I speakers
  • Voice recognition
  • Smartphone app connectivity

2013 RAM 1500 Regular Cab Exterior

6.0/10

There have been a few changes made to the exterior of the truck this year but one needs to have an eye for the details to really notice them. The headlight and LED turn signals have been restyled while the front grille is now marginally larger. Other than that the boxy sharp-looking appearance of the truck continues this year as well. The chiseled hood and chrome front bumper look really sporty which is further complemented by the large forged aluminum wheels. 

Model

RAM 1500 Reg Cab

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Reg Cab

Ford F-150 Reg Cab

GMC Sierra 1500 Reg Cab

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,505

4,460

4,050

4,460

Length (in)

209.0

205.6

209.2

205.6

Width (in)

79.4

79.9

79.9

80.0

Height (in)

74.6

73.6

75.2

73.6

Ground Clearance (in)

8.7

7.7

8.8

7.7

Wheelbase (in)

120.0

119.0

122.0

119.0

Although both the RAM 1500 and the Ford F-150 are pretty identical in terms of exterior dimensions, the RAM weighs about 500 lbs more than the Ford truck which is the lightest in the segment. Ford also offers class leading ground clearance while both the GM trucks ride much lower to the ground. They are also shorter in length and also weigh almost as much as the RAM 1500. 

  • Bi-function projector-beam chrome halogen automatic headlamps
  • Fog, Underhood and Cargo lamps
  • Body-color grille
  • Sport performance hood
  • Front bumper sight shields and Body-color rear bumper w/step pads
  • Fold-away power heated auto-dimming exterior mirrors w/courtesy lamps and turn signals
  • 22-inch polished forged aluminum wheels

2013 RAM 1500 Regular Cab Safety

9.0/10

There are not many safety features available with the regular cab variant and only the mandatory ones make their way with the base trim. But then that is also the case with all other trucks of the segment. Also the 4-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA and a decent run in the crash tests conducted by the IIHS for the 2013 model year should give a respite to the anxious buyers. A highlight of the safety features available with the RAM 1500 regular cab has been listed below. 

  • Electronic stability control
  • Driver/front passenger multistage airbags
  • Front-seat side-impact and side curtain airbags
  • Front-passenger occupant-classification system
  • Tire pressure monitor w/display

2013 RAM 1500 Regular Cab Final Verdict

The RAM 1500 may just be the perfect truck for your business that can also be used occasionally for personal needs. There are a variety of powertrain options available to better suit your towing and efficiency needs, while the ride is pretty comfortable in itself even in the base trim and opting for the air suspension makes it even better. The cabin is premium and is loaded with plenty of features which outshines all its peers. What else could one ask from its work truck?

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