2013 Ram 1500's Three Engine Options Include a Fuel-efficient V6, a Flex Fuel V8, and a Powerful Hemi V8 - VehicleHistory (2023)

Alex Dodd

Jan 27, 2022

The 2013 Ram 1500 has three capable engine options that include a V6 and two V8s. While the V6 may be a practical option for some drivers, the 5.7L Hemi is the best choice for most truck owners.

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Key Points

  • The 2013 Ram 1500‘s entry-level engine is a 3.6L V6 putting out a tad over 300 horsepower. Its fuel economy averages a solid 19 mpg and towing maxes out at 6,500 pounds.
  • Ram’s 4.7L V8 engine is a questionable upgrade overall, adding just five horsepower, 61 lb.-ft. of torque, and 900 pounds of top-end towing capacity.
  • With 395 hp and 10,450 pounds of max towing, the 5.7L Hemi is the best choice for most drivers looking for a pickup with the most capability.
  • All three engine options are paired to either six- or eight-speed automatic transmissions, in two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive configurations.

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2013 Ram 1500’s Redesigned 3.6L V6 Is Fuel Efficient and Powerful, Making the Entry-level Engine a Good Option

The 2013 Ram 1500 features a redesigned Pentastar V6 featuring over 40% more horsepower, torque, and fuel economy than previous generations. The engine does well for an entry-level option, producing 305 horsepower and 269 lb.-ft. of torque.

The V6 can be found in either two-wheel or four-wheel drive configurations, as can all the engine options. However, the V6 is standard with only one transmission option, an eight-speed automatic.

The high point for the 3.6L is its fuel efficiency. The V6 option is the most fuel-efficient option available on the Ram 1500, with a 4WD fuel economy rating of 16 city and 23 highway, for a combined 19 miles per gallon.

Though the 3.6L does produce the lowest tow rating, at 6,500 pounds, it is still fairly impressive for a base model engine. It can be found on four of the 12 total trims, with the least expensive trim being the fleet-focused Tradesman. Kelley Blue Book lists the average price of a 2013 Ram Tradesman at $17,500.

4.7L Flex Fuel V8 Engine Offers Little Over the V6 and is Easily Outperformed by the Hemi

There isn’t much reason to purchase a Ram 1500 with the 4.7L V8, because it does not offer much over the V6 or Hemi options. The mid-range engine produces 310 horsepower and 330 lb.-ft. of torque, which is not much more than the entry-level V6. Additionally, the 4.7L V8 receives a combined 4WD fuel economy rating of 16 miles per gallon, which is about the same as the Hemi.

As a flex-fuel vehicle, the V8 is E85-compatible and is rated at a combined 11 miles per gallon. However, the E85’s annual fuel cost will increase by nearly 20%.

The towing capacity of the 4.7L is greater than that of the V6, at up to 7,400 pounds. However, this pales in comparison to the Hemi’s capability.

The 4.7L is found on the Tradesman trim of the Ram 1500 and has a Kelley Blue Book market value of between $15,000 and $19,000–similar to that of a truck equipped with the V6.

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2013 Ram’s 5.7L Hemi Provides the Greatest Amount of Power and Largest Towing Capacity

The 5.7-liter Hemi V8 provides 395 horsepower and 407 lb.-ft. of torque, which is the highest offered on the Ram 1500, and competitive for its class. Another high point of the 5.7L is the towing capacity. Depending on the configuration, a Hemi-equipped Ram 1500 will tow up to 10,450 pounds.

The Hemi V8 features fuel-saving cylinder shut-off and variable valve timing, producing a fuel economy rating of 17 mpg combined in 4WD with the eight-speed automatic, and a combined 15 mpg when paired with the six-speed automatic.

The 5.7L can be found on all available trims, except the HFE model. Because the number of configurations varies widely, so will the price, but the average cost of a Ram in these trim levels is around $22,000, according to KBB.

Zero Engine-related Recalls and Few Registered Complaints Show the Ram to be Relatively Problem-free

The 2013 Ram 1500 has encountered zero engine-related recalls for any of the three offered engines. Owners generally report that the truck is reliable and have experienced few issues. And of the nearly 600 registered complaints, just 91 concern the engine, with most mentioning cracked exhaust manifolds, which is an area potential buyers may want to inspect before purchasing a Ram.

If You’re Driving a 2013 Ram 1500, it Should be the 5.7L Hemi Engine

The 5.7L Hemi is the best engine offering for the 2013 Ram 1500. While the V6 performs well for its class and is also a reasonable option, it falls flat in some areas. The power of the mid-range V8 is lacking, as is the towing capacity when compared to the Hemi, making it the poorest choice of the three.

A 2013 Ford F-150 with the twin-turbo V6 is your answer if you want a truck that’s easy on gas and has better power, making for a highly capable truck.

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Owner Reviews

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Eric R on June 18, 2021

Ram tough and not surprised.

Hemi engine is strong and has no leaks. Regular street and highway mileage as advertised is fairly accurate. I only have 70,000 miles on the vehicle, but the transmission fluid is still as clear as it was when first purchased.

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It is a great durable engine and does good on gas.

It has durability. Great for loading, moving, and towing. The hemi engine has a lot of power. It is a v8 but does not do too bad on gasoline. Smooth drive on the highways.

Heather K on August 20, 2021

Engine is awesome . Easy oil change .

I have never had a problem with the engine or suspension. I live 45 miles down a gravel road and my ram has done an amazing job getting me in and out in any weather.

camilo P on August 11, 2021

It has a great 5.7 engine and the ride is still incredible.

I bought the truck brand new and until now, it works perfect. I guess it depends on how the owner takes care of his things and I have done a great job.

Ed C on January 14, 2022

Very reliable engine.

This pickup drives like a car but rides like a truck. The V-6 engine gets 16 mpg city and 24 highway. Has plenty of power to pull my boat.

Shawn K on October 29, 2021

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Ram 1500 hemi engine

The hemi engine is hands down a true performer and the new transmission upgrade is a great improvement. I would def buy another.

Lisa K on June 28, 2021

Good engine for power and towing.

The RAM 1500 has good power for pulling boats or campers. It has pretty bad gas mileage but that's expected with a hemi engine.

Jesus d on December 5, 2021

Horrible gas mileage. But, really fast would not tow a lot of heavy things with my truck

I love my 5.7 semi engine performance level is high. The only problem I have had. A really bad experience with towing.

Darion S on November 17, 2021

My used 2013 ram 1500. 5.7 liter hemi.

2013 ram 1500 crew cab hemi. Performance wise my truck runs great. The hemi engine has excellent acceleration.

Keith A on December 26, 2021

Check engine light will not go off.

Well the check engine light constantly stays on and the radiator is bad. Would recommend the vehicle though.

Kevin S on July 8, 2021

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It's great go almost anywhere engine with excellent power and great performance.

It's 4 wheel drive and has a powerful Hemi engine. Drives and rides great and can tow and/or haul very well.

Jessica M on August 2, 2021

Dodge ram 1500 worth the gas, you tell me.

The only negative thing is that since I choose a V8 engine for the power I do water lots of money on gas.

Seth E on February 8, 2022

The best part is the sweet sound of the hemi v8 and it is all stock.

It has a great engine sound and is very quick. Very nice v8 and is touchy sometimes for a new driver.

Bill F on December 3, 2021

The best pickup made the ram.

The ride is exceptional and the engine power is unbelievable but it still has the hemi tick.

Donald H on October 12, 2021

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It is reliable and has a lot of power

I like the Hemi engine. I like the decent gas mileage.

Br H on November 3, 2021

13 ram 1500 hemi 4wd truck.

Lots of engine power and great performance.

Patrick H on November 25, 2021

The hemi engine does not disappoint.

Truck tows great and has plenty of power.

Charles w on July 7, 2021

The RAM truck does everything you expect a truck to do .

The Hemi engine is amazing and powerful.

jerry F on September 27, 2021

Engine reliable, great performance

Love the hemi engine.

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FAQs

Is the Dodge 5.7 Hemi a flex fuel? ›

True flex fuel - switch from gas to ethanol and back anytime.

Which Ram 1500 engine gets the best gas mileage? ›

You won't find a much better pickup option than the 2022 Ram 1500 then. Not only did it earn a top 10/10 rating from Car and Driver, but the most efficient 2022 Ram 1500 hybrid engine also gets up to 22 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.

How many miles will a 2013 Ram 1500 last? ›

The Ram 1500 is a durable pickup truck that can last between 200,000 and 250,000 miles when properly maintained and not pushed beyond its working limits. Based on an annual mileage of 15,000 miles this equates to 13 – 17 years of service before repair costs become uneconomical.

Are Hemi engines fuel efficient? ›

5.7L HEMI® V8 Engine with eTorque Fuel Efficiency: 17 mpg city/23 mpg highway. 6.2L Supercharged HEMI® V8 Engine Fuel Efficiency: 10 mph city/14 mpg highway.

Can flex fuel trucks use regular gas? ›

Yes, standard gasoline can be used in flex-fuel vehicles.

The engine inside FFVs is designed to run on gasoline as well as other fuels. This generally means gas blended with ethanol and methanol. No matter what fuel you put into your FFV, it's stored in the same tank.

Can flex fuel engines use regular gas? ›

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How long do Ram 1500 transmissions last? ›

The Ram 1500 transmissions can last between 150,000 to 300,000 miles.

Are Dodge RAM 1500 expensive to maintain? ›

RAM 1500 Maintenance Costs. A RAM 1500 will cost about $17,677 for maintenance and repairs during its first 10 years of service. This is more than the industry average for popular pickup models by $7,356. There is also a 54.80% chance that a 1500 will require a major repair during that time.

What are Ram 1500 Best Years? ›

We've found that the best year for the Dodge RAM 1500 is easily 2010. Coming in right at the end of the RAM 1500 line, the 2010 year model has all the most up-to-date tech in this series that you could want while also being more reliable than those that came before it (and the 2011 model that came after it, too!).

Is V8 engine better than V6? ›

Vehicles with a V8 tend to have more horsepower than vehicles with a V6, although this varies depending on the components of the engine. V8 engines generally have more torque although, the difference can be minimal in some models. The power of eight cylinders allows for heavier hauls and higher towing capacity.

Is the RAM 3.6 L V6 a good engine? ›

The 3.6 L FCA Pentastar V6 Engine is an overwhelmingly durable and reliable engine. That's why it's been used in in more than ten million Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep vehicles since 2010. With proper maintenance the 3.6L Pentastar engine can provide years of reliable service.

Is a hemi better than V6? ›

The V8 HEMI

For towing capacity, the HEMI is in it to win it: it's capable of hauling more than 10,000 pounds of whatever you have to throw at it, in it, or behind it. That's some serious weight! Though the V6 is a serious engine in its own right, that's a big jump up for the V8 HEMI in terms of what it can pull.

Which engine on Ram 1500 is best? ›

The 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 is the most fuel-efficient Ram 1500 engine available. The best-in-class torque figures associated with this engine can be produced thanks to the refreshed turbo and all-new intake ports and fuel injector nozzles.

How far can a Ram 1500 go on a full tank of gas? ›

The trucks with the 26-gallon fuel tank can go 520 miles in the city, and 650 miles on the highway.

Does a Ram 1500 get good gas mileage? ›

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What happens if I use regular gas in a flex-fuel vehicle? ›

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Can you mix E85 and regular gas in a flex-fuel vehicle? ›

It's perfectly safe to mix E85 with regular gas so long as you have a flex-fuel vehicle designed to handle fuel with high levels of ethanol. We'll discuss a few things to remember when discussing the differences between e85 and regular gasoline later in this article.

Is flex-fuel engine better than regular engine? ›

E85 is actually safer for your engine than regular gasoline is. E85 flex fuel not only powers your engine but also cleans your engine, fuel lines, and fuel injectors. That's because E85 contains a high amount of ethanol, up to 83%. Ethanol is an excellent cleaner.

Is flex-fuel better than gas? ›

Ethanol burns cleaner than gasoline, which means flex-fuel cars pump fewer toxic fumes into the environment. Flex fuel also contributes fewer greenhouse gases, making it a more environmentally friendly option than traditional gasoline.

How long do flex-fuel engines last? ›

It can last years, or it can go bad in as little as three months. Its longevity depends on a lot of factors, including: The amount of moisture in the air. Whether the fuel system is sealed.

Is flex-fuel cheaper than regular gas? ›

E85 Costs Less Than Regular Gasoline

You may have noticed that E85 costs less than regular gasoline at the gas pump. It also costs less money in the long run. It's true that E85 may lower your MPG (but not always). Yet, even if you see a 25% reduction in your vehicle's MPG, you'll still save money with E85.

What type of gas does Hemi 5.7 take? ›

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How do I know if my Dodge Ram is flex fuel? ›

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How do I know if my Ram 1500 is flex fuel? ›

One of the easiest ways to determine if a vehicle is flex fuel is to look at the gas cap. On a flex fuel vehicle, it's yellow, and printed with the fuels that can be used. A label on the inside of the fuel door will also indicate the fuel type.

What type of fuel injection does a 5.7 Hemi have? ›

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Furthermore, both have engine blocks made of cast-iron and aluminum cylinder heads. Additionally, both engines use standard multi-port electronic fuel injection with a returnless fuel line system.

How do you prevent a Hemi tick? ›

Changing to a higher-quality fuel and higher-quality oil may also help. Using high-quality synthetic oils is one way people avoid developing the Hemi tick. Of course, if there is a concern that debris is trapped in the engine, an engine flush may do the trick.

Will 87 octane damage a Hemi? ›

If you have the HEMI V8 engine, you should use the 89 octane, if you have the base V6 engine, then it is okay to use the 87. Just never use higher than 89!

Can I run 93 octane in my Hemi? ›

93 octane is likely too much for the Hemi and probably reduces the efficiency of the engine due to the difficulty of fuel detonation in the lower compression engine at the time of the peak power stroke.

Is flex-fuel cheaper than regular gas? ›

E85 Costs Less Than Regular Gasoline

You may have noticed that E85 costs less than regular gasoline at the gas pump. It also costs less money in the long run. It's true that E85 may lower your MPG (but not always). Yet, even if you see a 25% reduction in your vehicle's MPG, you'll still save money with E85.

Why does flex-fuel burn so fast? ›

The drop in fuel economy is because ethanol has lower energy content per gallon than gasoline. E85 also burns faster than regular gasoline because it vaporizes faster. So your engine may eat through E85 faster than regular gasoline.

Is flex-fuel better than gas? ›

Ethanol burns cleaner than gasoline, which means flex-fuel cars pump fewer toxic fumes into the environment. Flex fuel also contributes fewer greenhouse gases, making it a more environmentally friendly option than traditional gasoline.

Will flex-fuel damage my engine? ›

Is your vehicle compatible with flex fuel? E85 is actually safer for your engine than regular gasoline is. E85 flex fuel not only powers your engine but also cleans your engine, fuel lines, and fuel injectors. That's because E85 contains a high amount of ethanol, up to 83%.

What are the pros and cons of flex-fuel? ›

Flex Fuel Pros And Cons
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  • Cost-efficient. ...
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  • May Cause Corrosion. ...
  • Damaging the Engine.
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What happens if I accidentally put flex-fuel in my car? ›

Many newer flex-fuel vehicles are specifically designed for E85 ethanol fuel. This fuel's chemical make-up is derived mostly from biomass materials such as corn. If you accidentally put E85 fuel in a car built for regular petroleum-based gasoline, chances are your check engine light will come on.

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