After the last-year redesign, the famous full-size pickup truck continues to impress. Although the 2019 model year has brought significant novelties, the company has prepared some interesting things for the second production year as well. Of course, the 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is the most important novelty, as the familiar turbodiesel engine is coming back with improvements in terms of power and efficiency. Also, the company has decided to offer a new trim level, as well as some quite interesting styling packages.
All this, combined with tons of improvements that came recently, is more than enough reason to consider this pickup a class-leader at the moment. Of course, there are many great rivals, but in our opinion, the 2020 Ram 1500 beats them by a small but notable margin. It features class-leading towing capacity, best interior and by far the best infotainment system in the class. Finally, the price seems quite attractive.
What’s new for the 2020 Ram 1500?
The second production year brings several important2020 Ram 1500 changes. Of course, a diesel version is the most important one. The familiar 3.0-liter six-cylinder turbodiesel comes back. This time, it features more power and torque. You may count on about 260 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque. It also comes in pair with an 8-speed automatic gearbox.
Another interesting novelty is a completely new trim level, called HFE. Essentially, it comes with pretty much the same list of standard equipment as the Tradesman, but there are several interesting, fuel economy-minded details. For example, there are 20-inch chrome wheels with low-rolling-resistance tires. Also, this model doesn’t feature things like a rear stabilizer bar, an engine oil cooler or cargo tie-down hooks. This ensures certain weight reduction, so mpg ratings are 1mpg higher compared to the rest of the lineup.
Finally, there are new styling packages called Night Edition and Black Edition. With these packages, you may count on a couple of blacked styling details, which seems beneficial in terms of the visual appeal.
Other than a new 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, the engine lineup remains the same. That means that base models feature a familiar 3.6-liter V6 unit, which is good for about 305 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. Higher trims come with a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 engine, which is good for about 395 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque.
Both engines are paired with an 8-speed transmission and both engines feature an e-Torque mild hybrid system, which provides a little bit more torque at low revs and also has a positive effect on fuel economy. In numbers, this means you can count on about 20 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway with the base engine, while the V8 returns around 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway.
When it comes to the 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel mpg ratings, we are still waiting for exact numbers.
Which 2020 Ram 1500 Is The Best For Me?
As you may presume, this truck comes in various versions. When it comes to cab designs, the 2020 Ram 1500 crew cab is the best choice for those who need a lot of interior space, though the quad cab model seems decent in this aspect as well. Of course, there also two bed sizes in the offer.
When it comes to trim levels, you can get Tradesman, HFE, Big Horn, Laramie, Long Horn, Limited and the off-road Rebel.
The base Tradesman is a typical workhorse, so steel wheels seem natural. However, it comes with a decent amount of tech goodies, with things like 5-inch touchscreen, a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot and push-button start. It costs slightly under 32.000 dollars.
The Big Horn comes after the aforementioned HFE and it is also known as the Lone Star in Texas. It starts at 36.500 dollars. With this model, you can count on a couple of nice upgrades. Some of the highlights are things like 18-inch aluminum wheels and foglights, while bigger touchscreens are available.
The 2020 Ram 1500 Laramie would cost you around 40.000 dollars at least. It brings a lot of new features, starting from an 8.4-inch touchscreen, heated and ventilated seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, a heated steering wheel and many more things.
For nearly 54.000 dollars, you get 2020 Ram 1500 Limited, with a plethora of upgrades. First of all, there are things like 12-inch vertically oriented touch screen, power running boards, a class-exclusive active four-corner air suspension system. Moreover, you can count on various distinctive styling details.
If you like off-road upgrades like higher ground clearance, locking differential, tow hooks, and a performance suspension system, the Rebel is the right model for you. Besides mechanical upgrades, this model also comes with conveniences like power-adjustable driver’s seat, satellite radio, and a 115-volt household-style power outlet. This version would cost you slightly under 45.000 dollars, but with 2WD only. A 4×4 system would cost you additional 3.500 dollars.