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Ram 1500 is 2013 Motor Trend Truck of the Year

The 2013 Ram 1500 was recognized for setting a new benchmark in the half-ton segment

Published: December 8, 2012, 7:00 AM

The editors of Motor Trend today have named the 2013 Ram 1500 pickup the 2013 Motor Trend Truck of the Year.

The Ram won out over a slim cast of competitors, comprising only Nissan's NV Passenger Van and Ford's restyled F-150.

While none of the three could be considered all-new, the Ram 1500 is the most changed and, according to Motor Trend, the most improved of the trio, with a new engine, transmission, air suspension, and technology, as well as an all-new interior.

Motor Trend's editors praised the Ram 1500 for its air suspension, choice of engines, variety of trim levels and towing capability.

"In the end, the choice was clear," said Edward Loh, Editor-in-Chief of Motor Trend. "Ram 1500 not only withstood our rigorous testing, it impressed at every step along the way. Our judges were won over by the performance of Ram 1500’s broad array of standard and optional equipment. It’s a truck that can be tailored to meet most anyone’s needs."

Motor Trend Truck of the Year contenders are evaluated using six criteria, which include: Design Advancement, Engineering Excellence, Efficiency, Safety, Value and Performance of Intended Function. To be eligible, a vehicle must be all-new or have

The 2013 Ram 1500 features several first-in-segment technologies, including: eight-speed automatic transmission, automatic stop-start system, thermal management system, pulse-width modulation and active aerodynamics, including grille shutters and active air suspension.