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Old 12-15-2013, 08:31 PM
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Default 2013 SLT First Impressions

A week ago I bought a used 2013 SLT w/4.7L v8. About a year ago I converted a 4L Ranger 2WD into a Mazda Miata and thought my '05 Tahoe would be sufficient. After 18 months of pickup withdrawal, I found the slightly used Ram. Comparison of the Ram with the Tahoe is natural since that is the vehicle it replaced.

The truck came with liner, but no cover, no running boards and no trailer hitch receiver. It now has a Gator SR2 cover and a Cort hitch receiver. Both were easy to install and took about 1.5 hours, total. I flipped a coin on rollup versus trifold and decided the roll-up had more advantages for me.

Drive: Very smooth, easy to drive. Sharp, responsive steering. (Not quite as sharp as the Mazda toy car ). Very responsive. Some funky sounding shifting compared to the Tahoe (6 speed versus 4 speed?) No load or towing yet.

Comfort: Driver's seat with no bells and whistles may be better than the Tahoe. My Christmas 2500 miles of driving will be the decider. Very quiet on the inside.

Fuel economy: Better than the Tahoe (slightly). ~20 combined.

Towing: Remains to be seen, but torque and HP very close to the 5.3L Chevy. If I had expected to do more towing, I'd have bought the Hemi.

Snow, off road: We'll see. Most of my 20 years in Michigan was with 2WD. The only problem I had was with the Ranger in unimproved boat launches. Last year, the Tahoe did a fine job between Marietta, OH, and Lansing, MI, with snow all the way.

Electronics: SLT is comparatively not very fancy, but better than '05 versions. I like the Uconnect 5.0.

Comparisons when I was shopping: Drives better than the F150. I liked the Tahoe, but.... Toyota did well, but it seems over priced. Felt better driving than the others.

My 1.5 cents, after inflation adjustments.
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