Brown Motors Compares: Trucks

2012-Ford trucks - Ram trucks

Brown Motors is your truck headquarters for northern Michigan selling tough Ford F-Series and Ram trucks.  You’re in the market for a new pickup truck & you’ve come to Brown Motors for advice.

Do you have time to read every review published? No! But the U.S. News editors did an in-depth analysis of all published auto ratings, reviews and test drives on the 2013 trucks for you.  With a vast range of engines, body styles and equipment levels, test drivers say the 2013 Ford F-150 is a top choice for anyone looking for a full-size pickup; it has been the best selling truck in America for 36 years running.  The 2013 Ram 1500 is a top choice for its outstanding V6 fuel economy, refined ride and well-built interior with lots of standard features.  So how do you choose which pickup truck to buy? Which of the 2013 trucks is best suited to meet your needs? Let’s break it down in a 2013 truck comparison.

2013 Truck Power Comparison

Every year truck reviews and commercials come out full of pictures of trucks loaded with massive loads, strapped to huge trailers, or even carrying other trucks. The F-150 can tow up to 11,300 pounds, which is among the highest of full-size pickup trucks. For serious work, the reviewers prefer the optional 5.7-liter Hemi V8 on the Ram to tow up to 9,250 lbs.

Ford’s EcoBoost 3.5L V6 gets 16 city and 22 highway but it still has tons of capability: 11,300-lb. towing capability; 3,100-lb. payload capacity. The new 2013 Ram 1500 sports a 305-horsepower 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 2wd that gets  18 city and 25 highway; however, check its capability: 4,750-lb. towing capability; 1,438-lb. payload capacity.

2013 Truck Comfort Comparison

Nobody wants to ride around in an uncomfortable truck. All three manufacturers have made changes in recent years to improve on interior space, ride, and amenities inside the cab.

Members of the automotive press say the F-150’s interior is well-built and generally handsome, with good material quality. Reviewers say the front seats are some of the most comfortable found in a full-size pickup, and that crew cab models have an abundance of rear legroom. The Ram 1500’s cabin is also one of the best in the class, according to reviewers. Seating capacity ranges from three to six people, with the crew cab being the most spacious configuration for rear passengers.  The Ram 1500 has a unique rear suspension that auto critics say gives it the most comfortable ride in the class, while also delivering decent handling.

The 2013 F-150 is tops in safety with an IIHS Top Safety Pick.

2013 Truck Design Comparison

Design is the one area in which the Ram has made great strides. With their stylish front end, larger cabs, and new amenities, such as the built in toolboxes over the rear wheels,  Chrysler has really tried to capture the imagination of the truck buyer & make their truck an asset to their owners. Ford has a very versatile built in tailgate step.

Americans Love Their Trucks!

Rising fuel prices and a focus by automakers and the buying public on smaller cars and crossovers hasn’t put a damper on the American driver’s love of trucks. These former farm-bred vehicles are more than holding their own, saleswise, even during tough economic times.  That’s because trucks have the amenities and comfort level comparable to any car plus they’re tough enough to get the job done.

We invite you into Brown Motors to see for yourself that today’s truck is not your father’s truck! Check out our great selection of trucks.

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