A wide variety of 2013 Ram 1500 models -- some with V6 engines, others with V8s, some with crew cabs and others plain two-person work cabs -- were made available in Nashville, TN, for reporters to drive.
Interior trim packages ran a wide gamut as well, from basic work truck grades all the up to high-toned leather luxury levels.
The onboard computer console offered within higher-end trim packages does multiple duty as navigation console, Internet portal, and of course as a "music box" connected to satellite and terrestrial radio, with plug-ins for iPods as well.
Large side mirrors help improve the rearward view for the driver.
The beautiful Tennessee scenery provided a perfect backdrop for the 2013 Ram 1500 ride and drive.
A local gas n' go provided a convenient stopping point during the first leg of the ride and drive.
The first leg of the ride and drive ended at an open swath of farmland outside Frankline, TN. I averaged 22.4 mpg in the crew cab V6-equipped 2013 Ram 1500 model I drove over winding, hilly roads to reach this spot.
Lunch took place under a big top tent out in the field.
Craig Duncan (left) on the fiddle with Charlies Cushman on banjo performed some world-class bluegrass during the lunch hour.
A classic Dodge pickup from the past made an appearance at lunch as well.
Ram Trucks made several versions of its 2013 Ram 1500 pickup available for test drives in early August 2012.
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