2013 Ram 1500 Interior
Reviewers are impressed with the Ram 1500’s interior. They find the design pleasing and the material quality good. One critic says that the interior is nicer than the top Denali trim of the GMC Sierra.
- "Already impressive, the new Ram's interior is even better for 2013." -- Motor Trend
- "The roomy interior featured good seats, plenty of storage, straightforward controls and a pleasing design." -- The Detroit Free Press
- "Remarkable also applies to interior noise levels-the cabin is quiet at all speeds, on all surfaces." -- Popular Mechanics
- "With its attractive color options and nice material options, the volume 1500 SLT feels like a nicer place to spend time than many of GM's Denali models we've had our hands on in the past year. That's serious trouble for The General." -- Autoblog
Regular cab variants of the Ram 1500 seat three people, while quad and crew cabs can accommodate up to six. Vinyl upholstery is standard on the base trim, cloth comes on the mid-level trims and the top trims get leather seats. Most models have a front bench seat, while bucket seats and a center console are available on upper trims. Upper trims also are available with heated, cooled and power-adjustable front seats.
The seats draw mixed reviews from critics. Some have no problems with the front seats, while others say they’re flat and would appreciate more support. Those who plan to regularly carry rear passengers should consider the crew cab, as reviewers say it offers more back-seat space and comfort than the quad cab does. However, it is worth noting that the crew cab is only available with the shortest bed, while the quad cab comes with either the standard length or 8-foot bed. Reviewers appreciate that the new-for-2013 optional air suspension lowers the truck to make entering and exiting easier.
- "As up front, though the flatter seat cushions seem a bit less supportive. Headroom and legroom in Crew Cabs are large-sedan generous. Again, entry and exit are complicated by these truck's high step-in height." -- Consumer Guide
- "The front seats are soft, yet strike an adequate balance between support and comfort. The crew cab's rear seat is very comfortable, offering loads of legroom and an agreeable seatback angle." -- Edmunds
- "Entering and exiting the lofty Ram 1500 was a trouble-free experience on account of the air suspension's remote-operated lowering feature." -- Kelley Blue Book
The base Tradesman trim comes standard with air conditioning, manual windows and a six-speaker stereo with a USB port. Bluetooth is available as part of a package on lower trims, while it is standard on higher ones. Upper trims also come standard with dual-zone climate control, a 7-inch customizable display screen, navigation, satellite radio and a 10-speaker premium stereo. Chrysler’s Uconnect infotainment system is optional on most trims.
While the base model is sparsely equipped, this is common among pickups. Reviewers say that the upper trims are better-equipped than rivals. Overall, critics report that the Ram 1500’s gauges are legible and its feature controls are easy to use. One even says that the voice recognition system is one of the best in the industry. Most also like the new rotary knob that is used to select gears. They say it frees up space in the center console once occupied by the shift lever.
- "Our obsession with the high-end versions is rooted in the fact that the Ram really distances itself from the competition when it's loaded with optional equipment." -- Automobile Magazine
- "Huge gauges are boldly marked and easy to read at a glance. Major controls are mostly convenient to access, though the large collection of steering-wheel-mounted control buttons will take a bit of time to master." -- Consumer Guide
- "Getting the previous floor shifter off the console frees up valuable stash space right where you want it. … It just takes a little getting used to the first few times you reach for a lever-type shifter that isn't there anymore when trying to make a quick 3-point turn on a crowded street." -- Motor Trend
- "Chrysler's voice-recognition system for phone, audio and navigation is one of the industry's best. ... The gauges are clear and easy to modify to display the information you prefer." -- The Detroit Free Press
Reviewers say the Ram 1500 is one of the more innovative pickups on the market when it comes to hauling cargo. They like its optional RamBox compartments that are built into the walls of the truck bed. They have drains, enabling them to be used as coolers. For 2013, they can be locked with the key fob, whereas they previously only locked with a key. Available side steps, which run the length of the cab and to the rear wheel well, make loading cargo in the rear of the bed easier. Reviewers also say that interior storage is decent, with a spacious center console and bins beneath the back seats. The rear seats fold up to accommodate larger items in the cab.
- "But for 2013, Ram engineers have given us an item off the wish list we made after spending a year with a Ram: on most trim levels, the RamBoxes (along with the tailgate) are tied into the central locking system, so you can secure your belongings with the keyless remote." -- Automobile Magazine
- "The center console bin is quite large, while the Crew Cab features watertight storage compartments under the rear floor as well as shallow bins under the flip-up backseat." -- Edmunds
- "Ram made sure to put a lot of storage cubbies around the cabin, and there are some truly handy ones. But there were just too many of them, and of different odd sizes and shapes." -- Jalopnik
- "As an added bonus, the Ram's side steps are useful when loading cargo in the front of the bed." -- Motor Trend