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2013 RAM 1500 Trim Levels and Standard Features Explained

by Frank

The 2013 RAM 1500 trim levels stand as a hallmark of innovation and robust performance in the pickup truck segment. This model year brought significant enhancements over its predecessors, setting new benchmarks in terms of power, efficiency, and design. With a focus on advanced engineering, the 2013 RAM 1500 catered to both work and leisure needs, offering a blend of strength, durability, and refined driving experience. Its introduction was a clear statement in the pickup truck market, aiming to surpass expectations and redefine what a full-size truck could offer.

EXTERIOR

On the outside, the 2013 RAM 1500 boasted a design that was both functional and visually appealing. Its aerodynamic profile was fine-tuned through extensive wind tunnel testing, resulting in best-in-class aerodynamics. The truck featured a bold grille and a redesigned front fascia that enhanced its rugged yet sophisticated appearance. Attention to detail was evident in the improved lighting system, including an advanced quad headlamp design and LED accents. The addition of new color options, along with redesigned running boards and a variety of bed sizes, further underscored its versatility and appeal to a broad range of users.

INTERIOR

Inside, the 2013 RAM 1500 offered a sanctuary of comfort and luxury. The cabin was redesigned with premium materials, improved fit and finish, and an array of customizable interior themes. Rear passengers enjoyed equal attention to detail with high-quality materials and design continuity. The truck featured innovative storage solutions and ergonomic controls, making the interior both practical and pleasing. The introduction of new soft-touch materials and a focus on reducing noise, vibration, and harshness levels elevated the in-cabin experience, making it as suitable for family trips as it was for tough work environments.

TECHNOLOGY

Technologically, the 2013 RAM 1500 was a standout. It introduced the next-generation 8.4-inch Uconnect system, offering unmatched connectivity and media control. The vehicle was equipped with a customizable 7-inch multiview display, providing drivers with vital vehicle information and personalized settings. Advanced features like the Powernet electrical architecture allowed for seamless integration of various systems, enhancing both performance and user experience. The partnership with Sprint for wireless connectivity and the inclusion of innovative features like voice command and real-time data access set new standards for in-vehicle technology.

COMPETITION

In the highly competitive pickup truck market, the 2013 RAM 1500 faced stiff competition from notable rivals like the Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado, and Toyota Tundra. Each of these competitors brought their strengths to the table. The Ford F-150 was renowned for its EcoBoost engine and strong brand loyalty, the Chevrolet Silverado for its reliability and towing capacity, and the Toyota Tundra for its durability and resale value. However, the 2013 RAM 1500 distinguished itself with its combination of advanced technology, superior ride quality, and innovative design features, making it a formidable contender in the full-size pickup truck category.

2013 RAM 1500 TRIM LEVELS

The 2013 RAM 1500 trim levels include the Tradesman, known for its robust functionality; the Express, blending style and practicality; the HFE, optimized for fuel efficiency; the SLT, offering a balance of comfort and utility; the Big Horn and Outdoorsman, tailored for the adventurous spirit; the Sport, which combines performance with aesthetics; the Laramie, epitomizing luxury and sophistication; and the Longhorn, showcasing unparalleled craftsmanship and elegance.

CAB CONFIGURATIONS

The 2013 RAM 1500 emerges as an exemplary full-size pickup, offering a diverse range of body styles tailored to meet various demands and preferences. The Regular Cab, accommodating three passengers, presents options of either a 6-foot-4-inch or an expansive 8-foot cargo bed, catering to varying payload requirements. The Quad Cab, extending the capacity to six occupants, is exclusively paired with the 6-foot-4 bed, striking a balance between passenger comfort and cargo utility. For those prioritizing rear-seat spaciousness, the Crew Cab is the quintessential choice, offering substantial legroom. This model is available with two bed lengths: a 5-foot-7 bed for those seeking a more compact configuration, and a 6-foot-4 bed for additional cargo space.

BED CONFIGURATIONS

To succinctly outline the cab and bed configurations available:

  • Regular Cab comes with options of a 6’4” bed or an 8’ bed.
  • Quad Cab is consistently offered with a 6’4” bed.
  • Crew Cab presents a choice between a 5’7” bed and a 6’4” bed.

Each configuration of the 2013 RAM 1500 is meticulously crafted to provide an optimal blend of comfort, utility, and performance, ensuring that every owner finds the perfect match for their specific requirements.

ENGINES AND TRANSMISSIONS

The Pentastar V6 Engine

Elevating the standards in power and efficiency, the new 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine, a recipient of Ward’s 10 Best Engines Award for two consecutive years, is a paragon of engineering excellence. With variable-valve timing, it delivers an unmatched standard output of 305 horsepower and 269 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine sets a new benchmark in fuel economy for V-6 trucks. When compared to the previous 3.7-liter V-6 powertrain, it boasts a significant improvement of 42 percent more horsepower, 13 percent more torque, and at least 20 percent enhanced fuel efficiency.

Paired with the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 is the class-exclusive eight-speed automatic TorqueFlite transmission. This groundbreaking transmission, by doubling the gear count from the previously available four-speed automatic, plays a crucial role in augmenting fuel economy and solidifying the truck’s position as the leader in standard V-6 towing capability.

The HEMI V8 Engine

The 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine, incorporating Fuel Saver Technology and variable-valve timing, is a powerhouse in its own right. It generates a formidable 395 horsepower and 407 lb.-ft. of torque, leading the pack in fuel economy for V-8 trucks and surpassing the performance of competitive turbo V-6 engines.

This engine is initially paired with a standard 6-speed automatic transmission. However, a new eight-speed option is also available, marking the company’s first application of the TorqueFlite 8 with a V-8 engine. This innovative transmission is operated via a dash-mounted, rotary e-shift, enhancing both the aesthetic and functional aspects of the vehicle’s interior.

The 4.7-liter V8 Engine

Standard on the base model Tradesman, the robust 4.7-liter V8 engine delivers a solid performance with 310 horsepower and 330 lb-ft of torque. This engine is matched with the reliable 6-speed automatic transmission, ensuring a balanced blend of power and efficiency suitable for a variety of needs and driving conditions.

Two-wheel or four-wheel drive is available.

2013 RAM 1500 STANDARD FEATURES

Now let’s go over the MSRP, standard features, and available packages for the 2013 RAM 1500 trim levels starting with the base model Tradesman which has a starting MSRP of $23,400.

2013 RAM 1500 Tradesman – $23,400

2013 RAM 1500 Tradesman

The base model RAM 1500 Tradesman comes with these standard features:

POWERTRAIN
  • 4.7-liter V-8 engine (310 hp / 330 lb-ft)
  • 6-speed 65RFE automatic transmission
MECHANICAL FEATURES
  • 160-amp Alternator
  • 3.55 axle ratio
  • 730-amp battery
  • Heavy-duty engine cooling
  • 26-gallon fuel tank
  • Smart start control (prevents starter operation if the engine is running)
SUSPENSION
  • Heavy-duty front and rear shock absorbers
  • Front and rear stabilizer bar
  • Class IV trailer hitch receiver with 4-pin connector and 7-pin wiring harness
HEADLAMPS
  • Enhanced halogen quad headlamps
  • Automatic headlamps
  • Incandescent taillamps
EXTERIOR
  • Spray-in bedliner
  • Black front and rear bumpers
  • Black door handles
  • Single rear exhaust
  • Black front upper fascia
  • Tinted windows
  • Black hex-link grille
  • Black side mirrors w/manual operation
  • Locking removable tailgate with lift assist
  • 17-inch steel wheels painted Argent (P265/70R17 BSW All-season)
  • Variable intermittent windshield wipers
INTERIOR
  • Single-zone manual temperature control
  • Black center stack bezel
  • 3.5-inch LCD display screen cluster
  • Manual door locks and windows
  • Vinyl flooring
  • Driver/passenger grab handles
  • Manual day/night mirror
  • Non-adjustable pedals
  • Power accessory delay
  • Two, 12-volt auxiliary outlets (one ignition and one battery fed)
  • Column-mounted shift lever
  • Tilt steering column
  • Urethane steering wheel
SEATS
  • Vinyl 40/20/40 split bench seat
  • Manual-adjusting driver and front passenger seats
UCONNECT MULTIMEDIA
  • Uconnect 3.0 AM/FM radio
  • Media Hub (USB, AUX)
  • 6-speakers
SAFETY AND SECURITY
  • Electronic stability control
  • Brake Assist
  • Electronic Roll Mitigation
  • Hill-start Assist
  • Rainy Day Braking
  • Ready Alert Braking
  • All-speed traction control
  • Trailer- sway control
  • Sentry Key theft deterrent engine immobilizer
  • Tire pressure monitor with display

Available Packages

There’s one notable available package for the base model Tradesman.

Popular Equipment Group Package
  • Cloth 40/20/40 seat
  • Carpeted flooring
  • Floor mats
  • SiriusXM satellite radio
  • Remote keyless entry (Quad and Crew only)

2013 RAM 1500 Express – $25,850

2013 RAM 1500 Express trim level

The RAM 1500 Express has an MSRP of $25,850 and gets these additional standard features above the Tradesman:

POWERTRAIN
  • 5.7-liter Hemi V8 engine (395 hp / 407 lb-ft)
MECHANICAL FEATURES
  • 180-amp alternator
EXTERIOR
  • Body color front fascia and rear bumper
  • Dual exhaust
  • Fog lamps
  • Body color grille surround
  • 20-inch painted aluminum wheels (P275/60R20 BSW All-season)
INTERIOR
  • Carpet
  • Front and rear carpeted floor mats

Available Packages

  • Popular Equipment Group
  • Power and Remote Entry Group
    • Remote keyless entry
    • Black fold-away power heated mirrors
    • Power windows with front one-touch down, and power locks (Regular Cab only)

2013 RAM 1500 HFE – $28,510

HEF RAm 100 trim level

The RAM 1500 HFE has an MSRP of $28,510 and gets these additional features above the Express:

BODY
  • Regular Cab w/ 6-ft. 4-in. box
POWERTRAIN
  • 3.6-liter V-6 engine (305 hp / 269 lb-ft)
  • 8-speed automatic transmission
MECHANICAL FEATURES
  • Active Grille Shutters
  • 220-amp alternator
  • 3.21 gear ratio
  • 800-amp battery
  • Stop-start system
EXTERIOR
  • Front and rear chrome bumpers
  • Chrome door handles with body color bezel
  • Body color front upper fascia
  • Chrome grille surround
  • Power, heated, and folding black side mirrors
  • 17-inch painted cast aluminum wheels
INTERIOR
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Color-keyed center stack bezel
  • Overhead console
  • Power windows and door locks
  • Map light
  • Front footwell lighting
  • Passenger side vanity mirror
  • Dual glove boxes with closing doors
SEATS
  • Cloth 40/20/40 split bench seat
UCONNECT MULTIMEDIA
  • SiriusXM Radio

2013 RAM 1500 SLT – $27,960

SLT RAM 1500 trim level

The RAM 1500 SLT has an MSRP of $27,960 and gets the same standard features as the HFE minus the active shutter grille, 220-amp alternator, 800-amp battery, and stop-start system. The SLT does get a power rear sliding window.

Available Packages

Luxury Group
  • Switchable dome lamp
  • Ashtray lamp
  • Glove box lamp
  • Underhood lamp
  • Illuminated vanity mirror
  • Auto day/night mirror
  • Exterior power folding mirrors with signal and puddle lamps
  • Overhead console with universal garage door opener
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • 7” Multiview programmable cluster screen
Protection Group
  • Tow hooks
  • Front suspension skid plate
  • Rear transfer case skid plate
Remote Start and Security Group
  • Remote start system
  • Security alarm

2013 RAM 1500 Big Horn – $33,620

20143 Ram Bif

The RAM 1500 Big Horn has a starting MSRP of $33,620. The Big Horn gets all the standard features of the Express, plus:

POWERTRAIN

  • 8-speed automatic transmission
MECHANICAL FEATURES
  • 3.21 axle ratio
EXTERIOR
  • Class IV trailer hitch receiver with 4-pin connector and 7-pin wiring harness
  • Chrome front and rear bumpers
  • Chrome door handles with body color bezel
  • Body color front upper fascia
  • Chrome grille surround
  • Power, heated, and folding black side mirrors with turn signal
  • 20-in. chrome-clad aluminum wheels
INTERIOR
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Color-keyed center stack bezel
  • Overhead console
  • Map light
  • Front footwell lighting
  • Rear, fold-flat load floor
  • Passenger side vanity mirror
  • 115-volt auxiliary outlet
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Dual glove boxes with closing doors
SEATS
  • Premium cloth 40/20/40 split bench seat
  • Power 10-way driver seat with 2-way power lumbar
UCONNECT MULTIMEDIA
  • Bluetooth
  • Uconnect 5.0
  • Steering wheel-mounted audio controls

Available Packages

There are four notable available packages for the Big Horn trim level. The Luxury Group, Protection Group and Remote Start and Security Group we already covered.

Comfort Group
  • Heated front cloth seats
  • Heated steering wheel

2013 RAM 1500 Outdoorsman – $34,020

2013 Ram 1500 outdoorsman trim level

The RAM 1500 Outdoorsman has a starting MSRP of $34,020. The Outdoorsman gets all the standard features of the SLT, plus:

MECHANICAL FEATURES
  • Heavy-duty engine cooling
  • 32-gallon fuel tank
EXTERIOR
  • Class IV trailer hitch receiver with 4-pin connector and 7-pin wiring harness
  • Front and rear bumpers painted Mineral Gray Metallic
  • Black door handles
  • Body color grille surround
  • Fog lights
  • Power, heated and folding black side mirrors with turn signal
  • Front suspension and transfer case skid plates
  • Tow hooks
  • wheel well flares
INTERIOR
  • Premium 7-in. Multiview cluster programmable display screen
  • Full-size floor console
  • Universal garage door opener
  • Front and rear rubber floor mats
  • Rear, fold-flat load floor
  • Automatic dimming day/night mirror with microphones
  • Illuminated passenger and driver side vanity mirrors
  • 115-volt auxiliary outlet
  • Leather wrapped steering wheel
  • Remoted keyless entry
SEATS
  • Premium cloth bucket seats
  • Power 10-way driver seat with 2-way power lumbar
UCONNECT MULTIMEDIA
  • Bluetooth
  • SD card reader
  • USB, AUX and SD media hub
  • USB 2.5-amp charging-only port
  • Uconnect 8.4
  • Steering wheel mounted radio controls
SAFETY AND SECURITY
  • Security alarm

Available Packages

There’s one notable available package for Outdoorsman trim level and it’s the Comfort Group which we just covered.

2013 RAM 1500 Sport – $33,245

2013 Ram 1500 sport

The RAM 1500 Sport has a starting MSRP of $33,245. The Sport gets all the standard features of the Big Horn, plus:

MECHANICAL FEATURES
  • 3.55 axle ratio
  • Dual exhaust with aggressive sound
HEADLAMPS
  • Premium bi-function halogen projector headlamps
  • LED turn/running lights
  • Sport taillamps
EXTERIOR
  • Body colors door handles
  • Body color grille surround with chrome billet
  • Power, heated, and folding body-color side mirrors with turn signal and courtesy lights
  • 20-in. aluminum wheels with polished face and painted pockets
INTERIOR
  • Premium bezel center stack
  • Premium 7-in. Multiview cluster programmable display screen
  • Full-size floor console
  • Universal garage door opener
  • Front and rear footwell lighting
  • Rear, fold-flat load floor
  • Illuminated passenger and driver-side vanity mirrors
  • Leather wrapped steering wheel
  • One-touch down front driver’s window
SEATS
  • Cloth high-back bucket seats
UCONNECT MULTIMEDIA
  • SD card reader
  • USB, AUX and SD media hub
  • USB 2.5-amp charging-only port
  • Uconnect 8.4

Available Packages

  • Comfort Group
  • Remote Start and Security Group
  • Convenience Group
    • Keyless Enter ‘n Go
    • Rain Sensitive Wipers
    • SmartBeam headlamps
  • Sport Premium Group
    • Dual-zone automatic temperature control
    • Surround-sound speaker system (Quad Cab and Crew Cab models only)

2013 RAM 1500 Laramie – $38,925

2013 ram 1500 laramie trim level

The RAM 1500 Laramie has a starting MSRP of $38,925. The Laramie gets all the standard features of the Sport, plus:

EXTERIOR
  • Chrome front and rear bumpers
  • Chrome door handles
  • Body color upper front fascia
  • Chrome grille surround
  • Chrome side mirrors
  • Premium LED taillamps
  • 20-in chrome-clad wheels
  • wheel well flares
INTERIOR
  • Dual-zone automatic temperature control
  • Wood grain trim insert
  • Power adjustable pedals
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Full length floor console with two cup holders
SEATS
  • Memory system — seats, mirrors, pedals, radio presets
  • Leather high-back 40/20/40 split bench seat
  • Power 6-way front passenger seat with memory
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
UCONNECT MULTIMEDIA
  • 10 speakers including a subwoofer and 12-channel amplifier
SAFETY AND SECURITY
  • ParkView rear backup camera with dynamic gridlines
  • Security alarm

Available Packages

  • Convenience Group
  • Protection Group

2013 RAM 1500 Laramie Longhorn – $44,585

laramie longhorn 1500
The top-spec RAM 1500 Laramie Longhorn has a starting MSRP of $44,585. The Laramie Longhorn gets all the standard features of the Laramie, plus:

MECHANICAL FEATURES
  • 32-gallon fuel tank
EXTERIOR
  • Front and rear bumpers painted white gold metallic
  • Chrome grille surround with chrome wave mesh
  • Accent colored running boards
  • Tow hooks
  • 20-in polished aluminum wheels with white gold accents
INTERIOR
  • Genuine wood grain insert
  • Ultra-premium 7-in. Multiview programmable display screen
  • Premium full-size floor console with leather-wrapped accents
  • Front and rear luxury floor mats
  • Heated leather wrapped steering wheel with real wood
SEATS
  • Premium leather high-back bucket seats
  • Heated second row seats
  • Premium leather trimmed rear 60/40 split folding bench seat
UCONNECT MULTIMEDIA
  • High-definition radio
  • Navigation
  • SiriusXM Traffic
  • SiriusXM TravelLink
SAFETY AND SECURITY
  • ParkSense rear park assist system
  • Remote start system

Available Packages

The Laramie Longhorn gets the same notable available packages as the Laramie.

Which 2013 RAM 1500 To Buy

As for which one to buy, considering the diverse lineup of the 2013 RAM 1500, the Big Horn edition emerges as the optimal choice for a balance between functionality, comfort, and value. Starting at an MSRP of $33,620, the Big Horn trim incorporates all the commendable features of the Express model, with significant enhancements that cater to both performance enthusiasts and daily drivers. The inclusion of the 8-speed automatic transmission paired with a 3.21 axle ratio underscores a commitment to efficiency without compromising on power.

Exterior

The exterior of the Big Horn is notably upgraded with chrome front and rear bumpers, chrome door handles with body color bezel, and a sophisticated chrome grille surround, elevating its aesthetic appeal. Additionally, the power, heated, and folding black side mirrors with turn signals, alongside 20-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels, not only enhance its visual allure but also contribute to its practicality.

Interior

Inside, the Big Horn offers an enriched experience with remote keyless entry, a color-keyed center stack bezel, and an overhead console adding to the convenience. Illumination features such as map light and front footwell lighting improve the cabin’s ambiance, while the 115-volt auxiliary outlet and leather-wrapped steering wheel add a touch of luxury and functionality. The seats in the Big Horn trim are upgraded to premium cloth with a power 10-way driver seat including 2-way power lumbar support, ensuring comfort during long drives.

Technology

Technological advancements are evident in the Big Horn trim with the inclusion of Bluetooth connectivity, Uconnect 5.0 system, and steering wheel-mounted audio controls, enhancing both entertainment and connectivity on the move.

In comparison to its competitors and other trim levels within the RAM 1500 lineup, the Big Horn offers a compelling mix of luxury, technology, and utility at a price point that represents significant value for buyers looking for more than just a work truck. Its thoughtful enhancements over the base and mid-level trims, combined with the technological and comfort-oriented features, make the Big Horn edition an attractive option for those seeking a versatile and well-appointed pickup truck.

Paint Colors

Lastly, let’s go over the paint colors for the 2013 RAM 1500. There are 12 available colors.

  1. Black
  2. Black Gold
  3. Bright Silver
  4. Bright White
  5. Copperhead
  6. Deep Cherry Red
  7. Flame Red
  8. Maximum Steel
  9. Mineral Gray
  10. Prairie
  11. True Blue
  12. Western Brown

Wrapping Up

Okay, that’s it. I’m going to wrap this up. I went over the MSRP, standard features, available packages, which trim level to buy, and the paint colors for the 2013 RAM 1500 trim levels. If you found this blog post helpful, informative, or entertaining, please like, share, and subscribe to my channel.

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