2020 Ram 2500

2020 Ram 2500 Review: Play Hard, Work Harder

The heavy-duty full-size pickup market will always be a hotbed of fierce rivalry between America's big pickup truck manufacturers, and with Ford's recent redesign of its popular F-250, Ram had to step things up by introducing an all-new fifth-generation model in 2019. For 2020, the Ram 2500 sees a few minor updates, but the basics remain the same: you get a comfortable ride with class-leading coil spring rear suspension, a classy interior, and a range of powerful engines that get the job done time and again. Ram supplies the 2500 in three cab styles, namely Regular, Crew Cab, and Mega Cab, and new buyers also get to choose between a 6'4" short box or an eight-foot long box. Under the hood, you'll find a standard 6.4-liter HEMI V8, but the optional 6.7-liter Cummins turbodiesel inline-6 with 370 horsepower and 850-lb-ft of torque is the go-to option and enables the Ram 2500 pickup to haul 19,780 pounds. The Ram 2500 is currently one of the best three-quarter-ton trucks around, and with good reason.

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2020 Ram 2500 Changes: 🚙What's the difference vs. 2019 Ram 2500?

Despite an extensive overhaul for 2019, the 2020 2500 brings with it even more updates. Tipping its hat to improving any potential safety rating, Ram has made lane keep assist and adaptive steering available to all trims, as well as blind-spot monitoring, which is standard on the top trim. A trailer tire pressure monitor can be had as well. An additional auxiliary camera setup is available, too, and a larger, 50-gallon fuel tank can be equipped to all Crew Cab variants with the eight-foot bed. Lastly, two new colors are introduced for the new year, Olive Green and Hydro Blue, while the Power Wagon variants get blacked-out wheels.

Pros and Cons

  • Rugged good looks
  • Massive towing performance in diesel configuration
  • Class-leading ride comfort
  • Stylish interior
  • Lack of standard safety features
  • High-end trims get expensive
  • No Apple CarPlay or Android Auto on base models

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2020 Ram 2500 Trims and Prices

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Tradesman
6.4L V8 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$33,895
Lone Star
6.4L V8 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$37,895
Big Horn
6.4L V8 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$37,895
Laramie
6.4L V8 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$49,450
Power Wagon
6.4L V8 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Four-Wheel Drive
$53,350

2500 Exterior

2020 Ram 2500 Front Angle View Ram
2020 Ram 2500 Rear Angle View Ram
2020 Ram 2500 Front Angle View 1 Ram
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Dimensions

  • Length 232.0 in
  • Wheelbase 140.5 in
  • Height 78.0 in
  • Max Width 79.4 in

Exterior Colors

  • Delmonico Red Pearlcoat
  • Diamond Black Crystal Pearlcoat
  • Hydro Blue Pearlcoat
  • Olive Green Pearlcoat
  • Patriot Blue Pearlcoat
  • Pearl White
  • Billet Silver Metallic Clearcoat
  • Granite Crystal Metallic Clearcoat
  • Maximum Steel Metallic Clearcoat
  • RV Match Walnut Brown Metallic Clearcoat
  • Case IH Red, Minimum Build Quantity of 10.
  • Black Clearcoat, Minimum Build Quantity of 10.
  • Bright Green, Minimum Build Quantity of 10.
  • Construction Yellow, Minimum Build Quantity of 10.
  • Detonator Yellow Clearcoat, Minimum Build Quantity of 10.
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2500 Performance

2020 Ram 2500 Front View Driving Ram
2020 Ram 2500 Rear View Driving Ram
2020 Ram 2500 Gauge Cluster Ram

Engine and Transmission

A big truck like this needs considerable power to get things done, and the good news is that Ram isn't shy when it comes to offering strong powertrains. The base engine is a heavy-duty 6.4-liter HEMI V8 that pumps out 410 hp and 429 lb-ft of torque to the segment standard 2-wheel drive or 4-wheel drive systems via an 8-speed automatic transmission. Ram also offers a 6.7-liter Cummins turbodiesel inline 6-cylinder that develops 370 hp and a massive 850 lb-ft of torque for those who need even more pulling power. This engine is mated to an automatic six-speed transmission and in the right configuration will tow up to 19,780 lbs, while the V8 will manage 17,500 lbs.

  • Engines
    6.4L V8 Gas, 6.7L Turbo Diesel
  • Transmission
    8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    4X4, RWD

2500 Pickup Gas Mileage

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    32.0 Gallons
* 2020 Ram 2500 Tradesman 4x2Regular Cab 8' Box

2500 Interior

2020 Ram 2500 Dashboard Ram
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2020 Ram 2500 Sunroof Ram
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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
    3-seater
  • Front Leg Room 40.9 in
  • Front Head Room 39.8 in

2500 Trunk and Cargo Space

2020 Ram 2500 Rear Passenger Seats Ram
2020 Ram 2500 Armrest Ram
2020 Ram 2500 Rear Passenger Seats 1 Ram

2500 Truck Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • Basic:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    5 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    5 Years \ 100,000 Miles

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2020 Ram 2500 a good truck?

The role of the full-size truck in the US market has shifted exponentially in the past few decades. No longer are these vehicles expected only to do hard labor, but they are now seen as fully-fledged family and lifestyle vehicles. The Ram 2500 manages to combine all of these elements rather convincingly, despite being in a predominantly work-focused heavy-duty segment. Its looks might say rugged workhorse, but step inside the cabin, and you'll find plush leather seats, modern infotainment screens, and a premium sound system. Under the hood, the Ram 2500 truck boasts a range of powerful engines and impressive towing capacities thanks to that awesome inline-six turbodiesel engine. There are still some concerns regarding the lack of modern driver assistance systems, but overall, this is one of the best full-size trucks out there and is a worthy rival to the Ford Super Duty, and with age, reliability is only going to get better.

🚗What 2020 Ram 2500 Model Should I Buy?

You either buy a Ram 2500 because you need a serious workhorse, or you buy one to swagger around town and roll coal on unsuspecting Antifa members. Either way, there are a ton of options here, but from the models available in our review of the 2020 Ram 2500, we'd suggest going for at least the Laramie or Laramie Longhorn. Both these trims give you the basics and then some, making the 2500 an excellent companion for daily driving. Keep the standard 6.4-liter gasoline V8 if you're planning on using this truck as a daily commuter, but seriously consider the big turbo diesel if you want to move big trailers, small houses, or elephants. For those that want to go all-out, the Ram 2500 can be turned into a seriously luxurious machine, but just keep an eye on the bill. The price of the 2020 Ram 2500 pickup truck in Laramie guise starts at $49,450 for the Crew Cab model

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