Chrysler has been having its share of setbacks lately, including a nasty fight with consumers and regulators over fires in the Jeep Grand Cherokee, but the company also got some good news this week: it's 2013 Ram 1500 pickup has come out on top of the Consumer Reports ratings.
Coincidentally, the truck was recalled today because of a problem with the electronic stability control system.
The re-engineered half-ton pickup scored a 78 in the magazine's road testing, nine points ahead of the second-place Toyota Tundra and 10 points higher than the Ford F-150.
"Continued interior and powertrain improvements make the Ram a particularly well-rounded choice," said Jake Fisher, director of Consumer Reports' Auto Test Center.
The top score for the Ram comes just as large pickups are seeing a sales surge, due mostly to the uptick in the housing and construction trades. All of the major manufacturers have been retooling their pickups to get in on the action.
In its testing, Consumer Reports used a 2013 Ram with the 5.7-liter Hemi engine and the eight-speed automatic transmission, running up a 15 miles per gallon rating, the highest among those tested.
The truck also got the magazine's "recommended" badge because earlier models have achieved a good reliability rating.