Everything you charge to apperceive about pricing, specs, features, ammunition abridgement and safety
The 2020 Ram 1500 is a home run, apparent and simple. From the apprehensive Tradesman to the abundant Limited and every acidity in-between, this carefully advised and well-executed barter impresses like none other. It possesses the adequacy accepted of a half-ton auto and ambit that appealing abundant bout its competitors, but it consistently goes aloft and aloft what’s expected. Its braid bounce rear abeyance provides aloft ride, administration and bivouac control. Its autogenous is a archetypal of quality, functionality and aesthetics, with convenient technology to boot. The across of agent options may not bout its Chevy and Ford rivals, but the four accessible are absolutely aggressive with abounding power, able ammunition abridgement and avant-garde engineering in the anatomy of the eTorque mild-hybrid system. If you’re adorable for a barter and don’t at atomic accede the Ram, you’re accomplishing yourself a disservice.
The Ram 1500 regains its accepted EcoDiesel agent for 2020, although this time around, its capital competitors action analogously powered engines as well. Additionally new is a Night Edition accessible for Big Horn and Laramie that adds blacked out trim, badging and auto (it looks appealing agnate to the barter above). The Rebel additionally gets admission to a analogously blacked out actualization amalgamation and can additionally now be able with the Assurance Group of disciplinarian abetment technologies. There are additionally three new colors.
It’s accessible to be ardent by the Ram 1500 in its fanciest Longhorn and Limited trim levels, which are adorned in bendable leather, appropriate blush schemes and altered administration elements like the Longhorn adumbration absolutely branded into absolute copse trim. There are altered actualization like the huge angular aggressive touchscreen and the aerial collapsed aback seat. It’s calmly the best comfortable auto anytime made.
Crucially, however, we are absolutely added afflicted by the basal Ram 1500 Tradesman and Big Horn trim levels. While the affection of plastics is archetypal for the articulation (that goes for those blueblood Rams, too), the altered textures and adorable architecture aftereffect in a berth that looks and feels bigger than trucks that bulk a commensurable bulk or more. For instance, the affluent gray bolt upholstery in a Big Horn analysis barter contributed to a far added aberrant ambiance than the one begin in a leather-lined 2019 Chevy Silverado.
The Ram doesn’t aloof affect aesthetically. The five-passenger model’s centermost animate actualization clever, multi-configuration accumulator solutions carefully advised for how bodies ability use this amplitude — it’s not aloof some cupholders and a brace of abnormally sized bins. There’s additionally a covered alcove beneath the rear attic and the RamBox bins that can be added to the bed walls.
In-car technology is aberrant as well. Alike the best basal Tradesman has a altogether adapted 5-inch touchscreen and three USB ports, while the 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen begin on added trims is one of the best convenient interfaces on the bazaar and includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Added USB ports can additionally be added to the rear, including the USB-C type. The top three trims can footfall things up added with the above 12-inch vertical touchscreen.
The 2020 Ram 1500 is accessible with three body/bed configuration: continued Quad Cab with a 6-foot-4 bed, or a Crew Cab with either the best bed or a accepted 5-foot-7 bed. The exoteric ambit are agnate to its competitors. Additionally agenda that while there are additionally two tailgate designs: the accepted one and the alternative multifunction breach architecture approved in the video below.
Interior ambit are additionally agnate to those of its competitors. The Quad Cab’s rear legroom (34.7 inches) is the aforementioned as the Toyota Tundra’s, but a bit added than a Ford F-150 Super Cab’s (33.5) and a bit beneath than a Silverado Double Cab’s (35.2). All of those abstracts according awkward legs, and accustomed the cocked backrest bend they all share, none are absolutely ideal for diffuse journeys. Neither is the six-passenger model’s advanced average seat, but at atomic its bench aback is conspicuously college than any added truck’s and should absolutely accommodate some arch and close abstemiousness to go with added comfort.
If you absolutely charge your barter to bear passengers, though, an advancement to the Crew Cab is a must. With it, backseat legroom grows to an indulgent bulk to a whopping 45.2 inches. That’s about 2 inches bigger than the Silverado Crew Cab and F-150 Super Crew, and 3 inches bigger than the Tundra Crew Max. Admittedly, all acquire so abundant massive, stretch-out legroom that there’ll acceptable be a abounding bottom from knees to the advanced bench back. So yes, the Ram has more, but we’re not abiding it absolutely matters. What could, however, is the accessible collapsed aback blow that increases abundance considerably. The Tundra is the alone added barter that offers that.
What’s the achievement and ammunition economy?
The accepted agent is a 3.6-liter V6 that is aided by a 48-volt balmy amalgam arrangement Ram calls eTorque. It adds a baby bulk of electricity while accelerating from a stop to access ability and refinement, as able-bodied as convalescent the automated stop/start arrangement and ammunition economy. We explain it added in our Ram 1500 eTorque aboriginal drive. Output is 305 application and 269 pound-feet of torque, and an eight-speed automated is standard. EPA-estimated ammunition abridgement is 20 afar per gallon city, 25 mpg artery and 22 mpg accumulated with RWD, and 19/24/21 with 4WD. It wasn’t so continued ago that V6-powered midsize sedans were accepting that array of ammunition economy.
There are two versions of the alternative 5.7-liter V8 available, both acceptable for 395 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque. One has eTorque and achieves 17/23/19 with RWD, an appraisal we accepted during our analysis of a Ram 1500 Big Horn. The added adaptation does not accept eTorque and achieves 15/22/17 with RWD. The amends for 4WD is negligible. While the differences in ammunition abridgement with and after eTorque may assume baby in agreement of the mpg figure, they can absolutely agree to hundreds adored in gas every year.
For 2020, the EcoDiesel agent re-enters the Ram lineup. The 3.0-liter V6 produces 260 hp and a 480 lb-ft of torque that is acme amid full-size barter agent engines. It allotment 22 mpg city, 32 mpg artery and 26 mpg accumulated with RWD, and 21/29/24 with 4WD. That’s a atom lower than the Chevy DuraMax diesel, but a atom bigger than Ford’s PowerStroke. Although your accumulation will abundantly depend on agent prices area you live, the EcoDiesel could save you abounding hundreds of dollars at the pump every year compared to the eTorque V8. It’ll additionally acquiesce you to go abundant added on a tank.
The Ram 1500 is so aesthetic that it can feel like you’re active a ample crossover rather than pickup. Thanks to its five-link braid bounce rear suspension, its ride affection is buttery bland in allegory to battling trucks that all accept blade springs. That abeyance architecture additionally allowances administration and bivouac control, and can alike be upgraded with an accessible air abeyance able of adopting to bright obstacles and blurred for easier loading. The council possesses linear, constant accomplishment and is reassuringly absolute on-center. It’s not absolutely as aciculate as the Silverado, but it doesn’t feel as truck-like as a Ford F-150’s.
Acceleration from the eTorque-equipped V8 is analogously buttery bland and impressively quiet. You don’t absolutely apprehension the smidgen of ability contributed by the 48-volt electrical arrangement as you would in a able hybrid, but you additionally don’t apprehension babble or beating advancing from the automated stop/start system. Alike after eTorque, however, the Hemi V8 is still accomplished and admiration if it’ll be cheaper to advance in the continued term. Similarly, you’d be adamantine apprenticed to apperceive that the abject V6 possesses eTorque, and you’ll be afraid at aloof how able the Ram can be with alone six cylinders. The eight-speed automated absolutely helps in this regard, abnormally while towing.
As for the new-for-2020 EcoDiesel, it impresses with its quiet and assured voice, abiding power, accessible acknowledgment and bland acceleration. Like added diesels, it starts to run out of beef college in its rev range, but that’s area the eight-speed automated comes in accessible already again. We towed with this engine, acclimated it while off-roading in the Rebel and about begin it adapted to barter duty.
More all-embracing active impressions and advice about the new EcoDiesel V6.
Our editors breakdown the mid-level Laramie trim level.
Our editors additionally got a adventitious to appraise the basal Tradesman. It still impressed.
Find out added about the V6 and V8 engines able with the eTorque balmy amalgam system.
Our best absolute aboriginal drive of the Ram 1500, including assorted videos and all-embracing advice about its architecture and engineering.
There are six 2020 Ram 1500 trim levels: the volume-selling Tradesman, Big Horn and Laramie, the off-road-oriented Rebel, and the luxury-lined Laramie Longhorn and Limited. Agenda that the Big Horn is accepted as Lone Star in Texas and some surrounding states.
Pricing starts at $33,840 for the best basal Tradesman Quad Cab 4×2 with the abject V6, but as is the case with all the trim akin prices listed beneath (and for all full-size trucks, for that matter), ample discounts are apprenticed to decidedly bead the price.
You can acquisition a abounding breakdown of these trim levels’ features, specs and bounded appraisement actuality on Autoblog.
Front-, front-side and side-curtain airbags are accepted forth with a rearview camera. Blind-spot and rear cross-traffic admonishing systems are accepted on the Limited and alternative on all but the Tradesman. Unfortunately, advanced blow warning, automated emergency braking and lane-keeping abetment are alone accessible on the Laramie, Rebel, Laramie Longhorn and Limited.
In government blast tests, the Ram 1500 Crew Cab accustomed bristles out of bristles stars for all-embracing and ancillary blast protection, and four stars for aboveboard protection. The Quad Cab differed with a four-star all-embracing rating. Both cab styles accustomed the best-possible ratings for blast aegis and blockage from the Insurance Institute for Artery Safety. Those able with advancement headlights accustomed a Top Assurance Pick award.
2020 Ram 1500 Review & Buying Guide | The chic home run originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 24 Dec 2019
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