2020 Ram 1500

2020 Ram 1500 Test Drive Review: Trucking Has A New Benchmark

by Jared Rosenholtz

To understand the habits of the typical American car buyer, you need look no further than the full size pickup truck segment. This is, by far, the hottest segment in the US market with the Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado, and Ram 1500 repeatedly earning spots as the top three best-selling vehicles in the country. Counting heavy-duty sales, Ford's F-Series rules the roost by a considerable margin but last year in 2019, there was a major shift in second place.

The Chevy Silverado, which has finished in second place for the past several years, was dethroned in sales by the redesigned Ram 1500. This is a miraculous win for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, proving how much customers loved the luxurious changes made to the fifth-generation truck. After such a momentous victory, Ram didn't need to overhaul much on the 2020 Ram 1500 to keep it competitive. A new, Generation 3 EcoDiesel V6 joins the engine lineup producing 260 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque with impressive fuel efficiency to travel over 1,000 miles on a single tank. FCA sent us a fully-loaded 2020 Ram 1500 Limited Crew Cab with the EcoDiesel to see what this new engine is all about.

Read in this review:

2020 Ram 1500 Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2019 1500?

After being completely redesigned for 2019, there's not really much need for a major update, but that hasn't stopped Ram from reworking its EcoDiesel engine with updated components that increase power to 260 horsepower and class-leading 480 lb-ft of torque - even more than it boasted last year as an already class-leading package. Lesser updates center around styling, with the introduction of the Night Edition for Big Horn and Laramie models, as well as a Laramie Southwest Edition package available exclusively in Texas and surrounding states. This year, the Ram Rebel trim can now be upgraded with the Black Appearance Package giving the truck a meaner look and a new Safety Group for the Rebel adds adaptive cruise control, forward collision mitigation, advanced lane departure warning, and automatic high-beam headlights. Lastly, three new colors have been added to the exterior color palette: Olive Green, Hydro Blue, and RV Match Walnut Brown.

Pros and Cons

  • Best-in-class infotainment
  • Plush, luxury-rivaling interior
  • Easy-going ride quality
  • Class-leading diesel powertrain
  • Impressive towing capacities
  • Heavier than rivals
  • The best features are locked behind high prices
  • Driver assists restricted to upper trims
  • Unproven long-term reliability

2020 Ram 1500 Trims

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Tradesman
3.6-liter V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$32,145
HFE
3.6-liter V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
$34,095
Lone Star
3.6-liter V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$36,690
Big Horn
3.6-liter V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$36,690
Laramie
3.6-liter V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$40,790

1500 Exterior

Ram makes the 2020 1500 available in two cab styles, with an extended cab (branded the Quad Cab) standard on most trims, while the Rebel, Laramie Longhorn, and Limited are solely available in four-door crew cab guise. Selecting the crew cab configuration gives most trims a choice of either a 5-ft 7-in or a 6-ft 4-in bed. Each trim varies in its styling, with each featuring a unique grille, however, only the Rebel gets the handlebar mustache-look grille in black. Wheels range from 18 inches on lesser models to 20-inch items on higher trims, with certain packages opening access to 22-inch rims. Halogen quad headlamps are the hallmarks of lower trims, with LED reflector clusters from the Laramie and bi-function LED projector headlights from the Laramie Longhorn onwards. The signature multifunction tailgate equipped to the 1500 gives users the option of a traditional tailgate, or a split swing tailgate, increasing versatility and practicality, while on select models, the available RamBox storage built into the sides of the truck adds even more practicality.

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Dimensions

In true full-size truck fashion, the Ram 1500 varies greatly depending on your chosen configuration, with three wheelbases available to choose from. A 140.5-inch wheelbase measurement accompanies the Quad Cab models with an overall length of 228.9 inches, while on Crew Cab derivatives you choose either a 144.6-inch wheelbase with the short box or a 153.5-inch wheelbase with the long box. Overall length on the Crew Cabs stands at 232.9 inches and 241.8 inches respectively. As for box sizes, there are two available options. A 5'7" box is only available on Crew Cab derivatives, while optional here and standard on the Quad Cabs is a 6'4". Some dimensions remain the same across the lineup, such as the 82.1-inch width, although heights vary by trim and suspension setup, ranging from 75.9 inches to 79.6 when equipped with air suspension in off-road mode. In this form, you also get the best off-road measurements, with approach and departure angles of 23.3 and 27.2 inches respectively as well as a healthy 10.8 inches of ground clearance without the presence of a skid plate.

While many of these dimensions are typical of the modern full-size truck, the Ram 1500 dwarfs rivals when it comes to curb weights, ranging from 4,805 lbs in its lightest configuration to 5,448 lbs in its heaviest form.

  • Length 228.9 in
  • Wheelbase 140.5 in
  • Height 77.6 in
  • Max Width 82.1 in

Exterior Colors

An assortment of 12 exterior hues can be browsed when it comes to kitting out your 1500, but there are limitations based on the trim you choose. Staples across the range include Diamond Black Crystal Pearl, Maximum Steel Metallic, and Billet Silver, while all but the Laramie Longhorn get access to Granite Crystal Metallic as well. Several colors are available on just a few trims, such as Bright White Clear-Coat on the Limited, Laramie Longhorn, and Rebel trims, Ivory White Tri-Coat on the Limited and Laramie Longhorn, and a trim-specific shade of Walnut Brown Metallic which can only be had with the Laramie Longhorn. For those that want a little more than one color in their lives, the Laramie Longhorn gets the options of fur two-tone options paired with Walnut Brown as the secondary color, the Rebel gets five hues paired with Diamond Black, and the Laramie gets a choice of seven two-tone options pared with Billet Silver. Our tester came equipped with the Black Appearance Package, pairing Diamond Black Crystal paint with black accents throughout the truck. If you like the "murdered out" look, the Black Appearance Package is for you.

  • Diamond Black Crystal Pearlcoat
  • Delmonico Red Pearlcoat
  • Patriot Blue Pearlcoat
  • Olive Green Pearlcoat
  • Olive Green Pearlcoat, Build Out: 07/15/2019
  • Hydro Blue Pearlcoat, Build Out: 07/15/2019
  • Olive Green Pearlcoat, Build Out:07/08/2019
  • Hydro Blue Pearlcoat, Build Out:07/08/2019
  • Delmonico Red Pearlcoat, w/APD, Build Out:07/22/2019
  • Patriot Blue Pearlcoat, w/APD, Build Out:07/22/2019
  • Hydro Blue Pearlcoat, Build Out:07/22/2019
  • Billet Silver Metallic Clearcoat
  • Granite Crystal Metallic Clearcoat
  • Maximum Steel Metallic Clearcoat
  • Walnut Brown Metallic Clearcoat
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1500 Performance

It's become a fad in recent times to offer a full-size truck with a big engine that's built to go fast, like the Ford F-150 Raptor that's half Baja racer and half family workhorse. There's no such muddying of the waters here, though, as the Ram 1500 is a workhorse first and foremost (though a Hellcat-powered TRX model is rumored). This is evident in its four robust powertrains and highly impressive tow ratings for a light-duty, full-size truck. It's perhaps here where the added weight of the platform pays dividends, making heavier loads more stable when towing the maximum of 12,750 lbs when equipped with the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 with the eTorque 48-volt mild-hybrid system. The other powertrain options aren't far off, though, with the base V6 still capable of hauling 7,710 lbs while the newly upgraded EcoDiesel V6 is capable of hauling a monumental 12,560 lbs when properly equipped. As is the standard for full-size trucks, you can have your 1500 in either 4x2 or 4x4 guise, with an eight-speed automatic geared up with a dual-range transfer case when paired with the latter. Add the air suspension to the mix and you have class-leading comfort paired with added off-road ability that few can match.

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Engine and Transmission

Four powertrain choices lie in wait for 1500 shoppers, with all trims packing a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 with eTorque mild hybrid technology as the base engine. This base motor churns out 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque, but the real hero is the 9 kW electric motor that adds an additional 90 lb-ft of torque down low to get things moving. For those who need more power, you can up the ante by forgoing the V6 in favor of a HEMI V8 measuring 5.7 liters in displacement and producing 395 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque. All trims - with the exception of the HFE (High Fuel Economy) - get access to additional engine choices, with the V8 able to be supplemented by an eTorque motor adding a further 130 lb-ft of launch torque down low, while the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine is even more of an attractive proposition for 2020 thanks to some fine-tuning that sees 8% and 14% increases in power and torque respectively, now producing 260 hp and 480 lb-ft - the highest number of any half-ton diesel truck. Regardless of engine choice, an eight-speed automatic gearbox manages gears.

The last time we tested a 2019 Ram 1500, it was powered by the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 without the electrical assist. We were enamored with the HEMI's grunt and fabulous exhaust note but the cost for this herculean power plant was a poor 13 mpg combined rating during a week of driving. For comparison, we managed to achieve 21 mpg with the EcoDiesel equipped with 4WD. As a sacrifice for this efficiency, the EcoDiesel doesn't offer the same aggressive sound as the V8 nor does it pin you back in your seat when the throttle is mashed. Instead, it offers smooth and effortless passing power without the pantomime. We were shocked by how quiet and refined this new Gen 3 EcoDiesel was under normal conditions. With the radio turned to a medium volume, we could barely hear the engine at all. Aside from some occasional jerkiness from the eight-speed transmission when maneuvering down a tight parking lot, the Ram's drivetrain is pretty much flawless.

  • Engine
    3.6-liter V6 Gas
  • Transmission
    8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    4X4, RWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

Truck owners are very particular about how they like their vehicle to drive. Some enjoy the feeling of being larger than everything else on the road but even though the Ram is physically massive, it doesn't provide this sensation from behind the wheel. Ram has focused on making the 1500 easy to drive, so even someone who has never driven a pickup truck before won't be intimidated. It has the most accurate steering we've tested in a truck without being too heavy and difficult to park. Keeping the Ram between the lanes on a tight road is made easier with available lane keep assist but even without this system, the Ram feels remarkably SUV-like in its demeanor. Buyers who prefer a more truck-like driving experience might prefer the Chevy Silverado, GMC Sierra, or the Toyota Tundra.

We were happy to have been sent a 1500 Limited model with the four-corner air suspension. Not only can the suspension raise and lower, but it also gives the Ram 1500 the most supple ride in the class. The expression "rides like a truck" needs to be thrown into the trash when referring to the Ram's ride manners, which border on luxury SUV levels of comfort. As mentioned earlier, the optional EcoDiesel engine offers smooth passing power, never making the Ram feel slow. We didn't have an opportunity to tow with the truck but there is a towing setting as well as a gear limit controller on the steering wheel.

1500 Gas Mileage

The benefits of diesel are hard to ignore when hauling heavy loads, as in addition to the mountains of torque, the oil-burning engine produces the 1500's best gas mileage estimates of 22/32/26 mpg in 2WD guise and 21/29/24 mpg with 4WD city/highway/combined. The base 3.6-liter V6 follows closely behind - albeit without the same towing ability - achieving 20/26/23 mpg in 2WD-only HFE form and dropping to combined figures of 22 and 21 mpg in 2WD and 4WD applications respectively. The big V8 is naturally the thirstiest powertrain of the lot, with best claimed figures of 17/23/19 mpg in 2WD form with the eTorque motor, while in its worst, non-hybrid 4WD configuration you'll see claimed figures of 15/21/17 mpg. Fortunately, with such varied figures, Ram also makes multiple fuel tank sizes available, with a 26-gallon tank doing standard duty while a 33-gallon item is an option for increased range.

With the 33-gallon tank and a 2WD configuration, Ram says you will be able to drive more than 1,000 miles on a tank. That would get you from Disney World to Houston, Texas. In our week of testing, we averaged 21-mpg combined. While not at all in the same competitive class, we'd just like to point out that these figures exceed the fuel economy we observed in much smaller vehicles like the Lexus RX (which uses a V6) and the Acura RDX (which uses a turbocharged four-cylinder).

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    23.0 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 20/25 mpg
* 2020 Ram 1500 Tradesman 4x2 Quad Cab 6'4" Box

1500 Interior

Quite simply, Ram has reinvented the full-size truck segment completely, and in no place is this more visible than the interior of higher trim levels. Lower trims are still rugged and utilitarian, but as you climb the ranks you'll quickly find plush upholstery, comfortable seats, and enough tech to impress even a Silicon Valley CEO. The layout is typically rugged in its design but offers high levels of customization, with top-level trims giving buyers the options of luxuries like genuine wood trim, heated and ventilated leather seats (in the front and back), and a panoramic sunroof. As with most rivals, space is found in abundance, particularly in Crew Cab guise, but even the Quad Cab is capable of holding its own and providing ample passenger space.

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Seating and Interior Space

Lower trim versions of the Ram 1500 are available with a front bench seat, allowing up to six passengers. Higher trim models replace the bench seat with a center console, reducing the number of seatbelts to just five. No matter which trim you get, the Ram 1500 shows its practicality with 40.9 inches of headroom up front and 39.2 inches (39.8 with the crew cab) in the rear. Front seat occupants get 40.9 inches of legroom while the smaller quad cab offers 35.6 inches in the back. If you opt for the crew cab, rear legroom increases to a massive 45.2 inches, which is more than you get in full-size luxury sedans. Those rear seats also slide, offering greater comfort on long journeys. Even if you are over six-feet tall, you will comfortable in any of the crew cab's five seats.

  • Seating capacity
    6-seater
  • Front Leg Room 40.9 in
  • Front Head Room 40.9 in
  • Rear Leg Room 35.6 in
  • Rear Head Room 39.2 in

Interior Colors and Materials

Ranging from utilitarian to stylish and luxurious, there's a vast array of options in the 1500's cache of material choices. The Tradesman's work ethic is underlined by the standard heavy-duty gray vinyl, although black cloth can be specified at no cost. From there, Big Horn models get cloth seats in either gray, beige, or a black and gray combination, while the Rebel gets combination cloth/vinyl as standard in black or black and red with the further option to upgrade to leather in the same choices. The Laramie takes a step up to leather upholstery as standard, available in either black or a combination of Mountain Brown and Light Frost Beige. Laramie Longhorn models take a turn for the luxurious thanks to 'Premium Leather' seats with filigree detailing, available in either combination light/dark Mountain Brown or black/New Saddle. At this point in the lineup, the dash and center console get genuine wood inserts, and the steering wheel is finished in wood and leather. The top of the range Limited forgoes the filigree detailing and in favor of black or Indigo/Frost leather, while the wood inserts make way for carbon fiber look trim instead. Other pickup trucks offer luxurious trim levels but none match the Ram on quality materials. Almost every surface you touch is wrapped in leather or a soft-touch material, putting the Ram more on par with German luxury SUVs than its pickup rivals.

1500 Trunk and Cargo Space

The two cargo box sizes available for the Ram 1500 ensure ample levels of versatility, with the 5'7" short box measuring 67.4 inches long, 51 inches wide between the wheel horses, 21.4 inches deep, and 66.4 inches wide at its widest point. It's host to 53.9 cubic feet of cargo space and, depending on configuration, can haul payloads of up to 2,000 lbs. The 6'4" box, standard on Quad Cab derivatives and optional on the Crew Cabs, shares many of the same dimensions, but with a length of 76.3 inches, it sees an increase in capacity to 61.5 cubic feet with maximum payload figures rising to 2,300 lbs. The 1500 is a master of versatility though, with available options including the multi-function tailgate that can either fold down or split in the middle for a double swing-door effect, as well as the innovative RamBox Cargo Management System, which equips the bodywork with lockable, well-lit, drainable storage boxes.

Interior storage is equally as versatile, with large cubbies and cup holders throughout the cabin, while if you specify seating for five, the center console comes equipped with a gargantuan storage bin beneath the armrest. Seriously, you could fit a medium duffel bag in there. The rear seats can be equipped to fold up, while Crew Cab models get in-floor storage bins as standard in the second row.

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1500 Infotainment and Features

Features

Mechanical options aside, the Ram 1500 is thoroughly well-equipped, provided you're willing to splash out on high-end trims. However lower-end models get the necessary basics such as a rearview camera, remote keyless entry, manually adjustable front seats, manual air conditioning, and automatic headlights. Look further up the list and you'll see eight-way power seating adjustment from the Laramie, along with heated front seats, driver memory functionality, and ventilated front seats. It's also at this point that dual-zone automatic climate control is equipped, along with a heated steering wheel, power-adjustable pedal box, and auto-dimming rearview mirrors. A wireless charging pad is optional on upper trims and standard on the Limited, while all trims get optional access to either a single-pane sunroof or a dual-pane panoramic sunroof. The only option missing is massaging seats, which are available on the Ford F-150.

However, while specification levels are decent, driver-assist levels aren't as generous as we'd like. Blind spot monitoring is optional on almost all trims - only standard on the Limited - and if you want the likes of forward collision warning, lane keep assist, park assistant a surround-view camera, you'll need to look upwards of the Laramie. Front and rear park sensors are fortunately available a little sooner from the Big Horn trim.

Infotainment

The Ram 1500 Tradesman comes equipped sparsely with a basic five-inch touch screen radio tied to six speakers. It does feature Bluetooth connectivity but navigation and Android Auto/Apple CarPlay support can only be had on the larger screens. Mid trim levels get a nicely sized 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen with a more robust 10-speaker sound system. Optional on higher trims and standard on the Limited is a class-leading 12-inch touchscreen that we adore. It offers the same responsiveness and usability as the smaller screen but with the advantage of more real estate for split-screen use. A 10-speaker sound system comes standard even on the Limited trim but our tester packed the optional 19-speaker Harmon Kardon premium audio system. This optional system isn't just great "for a pickup truck," it wouldn't sound out of place in a European luxury model.

1500 Problems and Reliability

2020 is looking good for the 1500 with just a single recall on record at the time of writing for a corrupt computer than may disable airbags and seat belt pretensioners. This is a massive improvement over the 2019 model which faced an unbelievable 19 recalls, many of which pertained to serious fire risks, improperly installed transfer cases, and fracturing driveshafts among many other concerns. Warranty coverage is par for the course, with a basic warranty of 36,000 miles/36 months, a powertrain warranty of 60,000 miles/60 months, and roadside assistance to match. The Tradesman is meant for workers on the move, so FCA covers the powertrain for an additional 40,000 miles within the same 60-month period.

Warranty

  • Basic:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    5 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles

1500 Safety

Safety ratings are high for the 1500 range, but your choice in body style has an impact on the ratings achieved. The Quad Cab, for example, only achieves an overall rating of four out of five stars from the NHTSA and misses out on key accolades from the IIHS, despite scoring Good in almost all crash tests. The Crew Cab is the pick of the litter though, awarded a full five stars by the NHTSA and picking up a 2019 Top Safety Pick + from the IIHS.

US NHTSA crash test result

  • Overall Rating
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
  • Side Crash Rating
  • Rollover Rating

Key Safety Features

In addition to a strengthened structure designed to disperse forces in the event of a collision, every 1500 pickup gets six airbags (dual front, front side, side curtain) as well as the standard mechanical assists like ABS, EBD, brake assist, and stability control. But it's the optional extras that earn the truck its awards. Optional from the Big Horn one can equip front and rear parking sensors and blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic detection, but it's only from the Laramie that you can equip full-speed forward collision warning with auto-braking, as well as lane keep assist and on both Laramie and Laramie Longhorn derivatives, parallel and perpendicular parking assistance. These two can also be equipped with a surround-view camera.

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2020 Ram 1500 a good Truck?

Pickup truck buyers are the most loyal customers in the automotive business, so it is nearly impossible to get them to switch brands. But there has never been a better time to switch from a Ford or GM product to this new Ram 1500. It offers, by far, the nicest interior in the segment with the most car-like road manners. Coupled with great technology and cool features like the multi-function tailgate and RamBox cargo management system, the Ram 1500 is, in our opinion, the number one full-size truck in America.

If you are looking for a more back-to-basics truck, GM offers a more simplistic solution that could be more robust than the Ram. Meanwhile, Ford offers a multitude of engine and trim options in the strong-selling F-150 and Toyota still sells the Tundra as a long-lasting option for someone who plans to keep their truck for multiple years. FCA's track record for reliability hasn't been as strong as some of its competitors, which might deter some truck buyers who value low maintenance costs above all else. But since we only drove it for a week, we can't speak to the Ram 1500's long-term reliability. If we had to go out to buy a full-size truck right now, this would be it.

🚘What's the Price of the 2020 Ram 1500?

With no fewer than seven trims and various body configurations to consider, the Ram 1500 spans a broad price range. The cheapest model starts at $32,145 for the Tradesman in Quad Cab guise, followed by the Big Horn/Lone Star models at an MSRP of $36,450. The Laramie is next up at $40,640, which each of these trims can upgrade to the crew cab for $2,800. The Rebel gets the Crew Cab configuration as standard and starts at $44,490, while the Laramie Longhorn has an asking price of $51,390. Topping the range is the Limited, which goes for $53,665 excluding options and a destination charge of $1,695. $3,500 upgrades all trims from 4x2 to 4x4, while selecting the V8 engine on models that don't receive it as standard costs an additional $1,495 ($1,695 for the eTorque version) and the diesel option starts at $4,995. Decked out with pretty much all available options, our 2020 Ram 1500 Limited Crew Cab tester rang in at $75,850.

2020 Ram 1500 Models

Eight trims make up the 2020 Ram 1500 team roster: Tradesman, HFE, Big Horn, Lone Star, Laramie, Rebel, Laramie Longhorn, and finally, the Limited. By default, all are powered by a 3.6-liter mild-hybrid gasoline V6, but all but the HFE can be upgraded with a 5.7-liter V8 with or without hybrid assistance, or a 3.0-liter diesel V6. An eight-speed automatic is standard on all, as is the choice between 4x2 and 4x4 drivetrains.

Tradesman models are the simplest of the lot with halogen headlights, 18-inch wheels, vinyl or cloth upholstery, manual air conditioning, cruise control and manual seat adjustment. A basic five-inch infotainment screen provides basic connectivity with Bluetooth streaming and six speakers.

The HFE is limited to only the 4x2 drivetrain and gasoline V6 engine, but gets 20-inch alloy wheels, five seats, low rolling resistance tires, and makes do with less equipment for the sake of efficiency.

Big Horn and Lone Star models are essentially the same - differentiated only by the latter's Texas-only availability. Feature highlights include alloy wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, sliding rear window, and far greater options availability. The Lone Star gets extra chrome styling and bespoke interior trim.

The Laramie strikes a good balance between functionality and comfort with auto-dimming mirrors, LED reflector headlights, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats with power adjustment, and a power-adjustable pedal box. Leather upholstery becomes standard along with an 8.4-inch infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and SiriusXM.

Off-road enthusiasts should look at the Rebel, with a locking rear differential, additional underbody guarding, aggressive styling, and all-terrain tires, while full LED projector headlights are also standard to bolster value.

Second-to-last, the Laramie Longhorn is equipped with 20-inch alloy wheels, heated rear seats, premium leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, rain-sensing wipers, and a wood/leather steering wheel. Navigation is added to the infotainment suite with ten speakers on hand.

Topping the lineup, the Limited gets the most, with standard wireless device charging, a 12-inch infotainment screen with navigation, power running boards, and additional standard safety such as blind spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert, while crucially adding air suspension as standard.

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Additional Packages

A number of options are available for the 1500, ranging from engine upgrades to various axle ratios, and the aforementioned air suspension for $1,805. A 33-gallon fuel tank is also available for $445, while various appearance packages change the style of your chosen trim. However, some of the more important feature packages include the $1,695 Advanced Safety Group, which adds adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, forward collision warning and mitigation, lane keep assist, park assist, and a surround-view camera. The $400 Trailer-Tow Group is also worthwhile if you plan on towing, equipping trailer brake control and trailer tow mirrors. The massive 12-inch Uconnect infotainment suite is available on most trims with prices starting at $2,095, while on Crew Cab models, a dual-pane panoramic sunroof will cost $1,495.

🚗What Ram 1500 Model Should I Buy?

Since there are so many trim levels and option packages, it is almost impossible to recommend a one-size-fits-all trim that will cater to all buyers. If we had the money, we'd easily buy the top Limited trim with the Limited 1 Equipment Group ($2,295) which adds adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, ventilated rear seats, parallel and perpendicular park assist, surround-view cameras, and the 19-Speaker Harman Kardon sound system. If you plan to do a lot of highway miles, the $4,995 EcoDiesel engine could be a smart choice. Buyers who are looking for something more utilitarian will enjoy the well-equipped Laramie and off-road enthusiasts will enjoy the rugged Rebel trim.

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2020 Ram 1500 Comparisons

Ford F-150 Ford
Ram 2500 Ram
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Ram 1500305 hp20/25 mpg$32,145
Ford F-150 290 hp19/25 mpg$28,745
Ram 2500 410 hpTBC$33,895

2020 Ram 1500 vs Ford F-150

If you want to be the best, you have to beat the best, which is precisely what the Ram 1500 does when it comes up against the Ford F-150. It may be heavier and might not offer the same power as the 3.5-liter bi-turbo EcoBoost V6 found in the performance-oriented Raptor, but the hybridization of it engines and the available diesel engine give the Ram unparalleled towing capacities (12,750 lbs vs 11,000 lbs) and gas mileage estimates (26 mpg combined vs 24 mpg). The available air suspension means the Ram rides more comfortably and is, Raptor-aside, more capable off-road, while the abundance of high-quality materials inside make the F-150 feel spartan by comparison. Both are fairly equal in terms of tech, but the Ford brings more standard safety features to the table. However, that's little consolation for the fact that the Ram 1500 has trounced the F-series pickup for the first time possibly ever.

See Ford F-150 Review

2020 Ram 1500 vs Ram 2500

Fundamentally based on the same underpinnings, the 1500 and 2500 share a lot, including available air suspension and plush interiors. But the 2500 differs in its ability to do more and work harder, charging $4,000 for the ability to tow 19,780 lbs and haul payloads of up to 4,520 lbs. The 2500 is a much thirstier companion, though, with a standard 6.4-liter HEMI V8 or 6.7-liter Cummins turbo-diesel inline-six propelling the heavy-duty truck. While at the end of the day, both are easy enough to live with and provide plush accommodations on upper trims, unless you're desperately in need of big pulling power, we'd say the 1500 is more than fit for the purpose most truck owners will need it for.

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