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Ram Tops Consumer Reports' Pickup Ratings For First Time


The re-engineered 2013 Ram 1500 has topped Consumer Reports' ranking of full-sized pickups, the first time that a Chrysler-made pickup has done so.

The Chrysler Group half-ton pickup scored a 78 in the magazine's road testing, nine points above the second-place Toyota Tundra and 10 points higher than the Ford F-150.

Consumer Reports said it is still testing the redesigned 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and will release results this summer.

The Ram scored two points lower than the 2013 Chevrolet Avalanche, but because General Motors no longer produces the Avalanche, the Ram 1500 received the top ranking.

"Continued interior and powertrain improvements make the Ram a particularly well-rounded choice," said Jake Fisher, director of Consumer Reports' Auto Test Center in East Haddam, Conn.

The magazine's recommendations and rankings are widely used by consumers when choosing vehicles. Among large sedans, the 2013 Chrysler 300 tied the Nissan Maxima atop Consumer Reports' road test scores.

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