2013 Ram 1500 Outdoorsman Review
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It's no secret that trucks are the favorite choice of the man or woman who works or plays outdoors. Ram is playing to that image with truck that's meant to be a hit with hunters and other outdoorsy-types--the Outdoorsman edition of its 1500 full-size pickup.
The Outdoorsman is a truck marketer's fever dream come to life, with features like skid plates, unique exterior trim (such as blacked-out 17-inch wheels and a Mossy Oak Package, which has outdoor-themed trim), front bucket seats, tow hooks, a higher ground clearance, mud-proofed floor mats, a single exhaust outlet to avoid off-road obstacles, and an 8.4-inch touch screen for the radio. It's available in all bed and cab configurations, and it comes with the Ram Box bed-side storage system and a honkin' Hemi V-8. In short, it's a truck person's truck.
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Ride and handling were truck-like, because, well, this a truck, but both were acceptable, if not ideal, for urban use. Steering feel was surprisingly taught and accurate, but that's the only thing that will soothe enthusiasts.
Our biggest beef was the extra wide mirrors, which made driving in tight quarters extra scary.
Space wasn't an issue, as each passenger gets his or her own ZIP code, and we dug the heated steering wheel and front seats. Forget the duck blind, just camouflage the truck when hunting, it will be more comfortable.
If your idea of a good time involves a rifle or a fishing rod and helpless animals, this truck will be fine for you. If you prefer your truck to simply haul stuff while staying on-road, there's plenty of other choice in the 1500 lineup.
Transmission: Six-speed automatic
Drive Wheels: Four-wheel-drive
Fuel Economy: 13 mpg city/19mpg highway
Base Price: $36,740
As-Tested Price: $45,070 (includes $995 destination fee)
Available Features: UConnect infotainment system, rear parking assist, satellite radio, Bluetooth, Rambox side storage, height-adjustable suspension, fog lamps, rearview camera, spray-in bedliner, trailer brake control, tow hooks, front suspension and transfer case skid plates, heated steering wheel, heated front seats.