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2013 Ram 1500

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If you’re wearing your finest cowboy boots, a $1,000 matching hat with a brim the size of a satellite dish and a mustache that rivals Sam Elliot’s, boy have we got the truck for you. The all new 2013 Ram 1500 has been redesigned inside and out to accommodate the rough and tumble — but still country — fancy man in you.

To the uninformed, the Ram 1500 doesn’t look much different from last year’s ride, but it sports the biggest changes in the big Dodge Ram since 2009, and it’s all the better for it. As if the grille wasn’t already big, Ram thought it wise to make it massive enough to grind a steer at high speeds. Quad halogen headlights and LED taillights now come standard. Yee haw.

The former Dodge truck interiors were nothing to write home about; once bland, dated and bordering on melted, they’re now a pretty nice place to listen to your Kenny Chesney tunes. Some incredible optional fuel-saving measures include grille shutters that open and close based on speed and cooling needs, a five setting air suspension and an auto stop/start system. No, there is no Bigfoot mode. The Ram 1500 also has other niceties like a center stack-mounted shift knob in place of a column-mounted gear lever for 8-speed automatics (we’ll see how the burly dudes like that one), an 8.4-inch touch screen, and an 8-inch TFT screen in place of the instrument cluster.

Power hungry drivers will be happy to know that the new Pentastar V6 delivers 90 more horses (305) and 24 more lb-ft of torque (269) than last year’s V6. A beefy 4.7-liter V8 and the 5.7-liter Hemi V8 are also available: stubborn tree trunks and fat Clydesdales beware. Choose one of the nine versions of the 1500 and vary innards and outards to your heart’s content. Just don’t look for any sympathy from us when you decide to wear your Rodeo Championship shirt to your cousin’s wedding.

Buy Now: $22,590 (base)