THE DODGE RAM HAS BEEN WITH US SINCE
1981 AND THROUGH THOSE THREE-PLUS DECADES, IT'S PLAYED
THIRD FIDDLE TO ITS FORD AND CHEVY RIVALS.
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BUT THE LATEST GENERATION OF THE PICK UP TRUCK
COULD WELL BRING THAT ALSO RAN STATUS TO AN END.
LET'S GO MOTORING WITH MATT JOSEPH
IN THE 2013 DODGE RAM 15-HUNDRED.
it has the basic ram styling.
would the term high t be apropiate? high t? testosterone.
oh, a lot of testosterone here? yeah,
you need two hooks to pull it.
two front tow hooks seems maybe a bit unnecessary
as we walk along here should we pack a lunch? it might
take us awhile to get to the back but you know think about
it, if we did pack a lunch there's room for it in the trunk.
oh did i say trunk.
i meant the box.
AND THAT'S THE THING WITH THIS BIG RAM 15-HUNDRED CREW CAB.
MATT SAYS IT'S MORE CAR LIKE THAN TRUCK LIKE.
THAT CAN BE A GOOD THING OR
A BAD THING, BUT ONE THING IS CERTAIN.
it's a big truck, it's a big truck.
now i have this opinion, that the american people
feel that there's some sort of a birth rite
to drive a much bigger car than they actually need.
and make no mistake about it, this is really a
car in terms of the interior, the features, the amendities.
it drives like a car, a big car, uh this
is the great expression of getting more vehicle than you need.
i can't imagine why anyone needs a crew cab.
this arm rest is bigger than some cars.
it is, oh, there's a mini in there.
BUT EVEN FOR A VEHICLE THIS SIZE THIS V-6
RAM WITH AN EIGHT GEAR TRANSMISSION GETS REMARKABLY GOOD
MILEAGE, 16 IN TOWN AND 23 ON THE HIGHWAY.
THE INTERIOR CAN ONLY BE DESCRIBED
AS PLUSH WITH LOTS OF EXTRAS.
all kinds of information is available.
transmission temperature, oil temperature and so forth
music comes up is this the
right channel for this, the right channel for me.
for this truck is this the right channel? probably not.
ONE THING MATT DOES'T LIKE, THOUGH NOT
A DEAL BREAKER, IS THE ROTARY SHIFT SELECTOR.
ANOTHER ISSUE HERE, IT'S PRICE.
THIS IS ONLY A MID TRIM LEVEL BUT LOADED
WITH OPTIONS, THIS STL PUSHES PAST THE 47-THOUSAND DOLLAR MARK.
SOT TIGHTEN UP ANSWER
american truck buyers want to an american trucks.
and can you persuade a chevy guy or a ford
guy to buy a dodge? i see an aweful
lot of these on the road they've just been gaining and gaining.
2013 DODGE RAM 1500 SLT CREW CAB 4X4
BASE SLT: $37,000
AS TESTED: $47,040
OTHERS FROM $23,000