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Ram 3.6L Pentastar V-6 One of Ward's 10 Best
 

Ram 3.6L V-6 Named in Ward's 10 Best Engines of 2013

Ram 3.6L Pentastar V-6 One of Ward's 10 Best
 
Posted February 4 2013 10:30 AM by PatrickMcCarthy 
Filed under: Editorials, Truck News , Dodge

2013 Ram 1500

Starting in 1994, judges at Ward's Auto have selected the ten most groundbreaking engine designs for each year. This year, only one truck engine made it into the top ten: the Ram 1500's 3.6L Pentastar V-6. Thanks to a best-in-class tow rating of 6,500 pounds, improved fuel economy, and smooth power output, the new engine is being heralded as a huge leap forward for the Ram lineup.


Ram 1500 3.6L Pentastar V-6

With Ford's EcoBoost engine offerings gaining serious traction in the truck market, Ram needed a solid V-6 option to stay competitive, and the Pentastar design has delivered. We got the chance to get behind the wheel of a Pentastar-powered 2013 Ram recently, and with a 305-horsepower output and quick-shifting Torque-Flite eight-speed automatic, it felt smooth and responsive. The new Pentastar brings a massive 90 more horsepower and 34 more pound-feet of torque than the old 3.7L V-6. In fact, it makes nearly as much as the 4.7L V-8. It's even available in 4WD models now, making it a more practical option than ever.

Before you start thinking Ward's is playing favorites, both Ford and GM had engines that made the Top Ten (the Shelby GT500 5.8L V-8 and Cadillac ATS 2.0L, respectively). However, when it comes to new truck engines, we think they made a good call picking the Pentastar. It'll be interesting to see how it competes with the F-150's venerable EcoBoost in the years to come.

To read the full judgement and see more of the winners, head to Ward's site.



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