The top-selling Ram 1500 is a durable and versatile full-size pickup truck that was completely redesigned in 2019. However, the 3L EcoDiesel V6 option that was sold in prior models was absent from the lineup. However, in 2020, this popular engine option has returned as an improved version with more torque and power to support higher tows. At initial glance, not much has changed in the truck. The engine specs have improved due to the rethinking of all components with a recalibration to the transmission to align. Although diesel engines tend to cost more upfront, they appeal to truck buyers by offering better fuel economy and range allowing for effortless towing. Ram has made it easier than ever to get the popular diesel engine in their 1500 pickup truck.
The 3L EcoDiesel V6 engine is certainly the shining star of the 2020 model. This engine is available as a turbocharged V6 diesel with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The result of the engine redesign is 260hp with a class-leading 480 lb.-ft of torque. This is a considerable upgrade over the previous EcoDiesel engine which generated 240hp and 420 lb.-ft of torque. In addition to increasing the torque by 14%, the engine reaches its maximum 400 rpm lower within the rev range which is impactful on towing or hauling. The last engine could not manage 10,000 pounds of towing, whereas the 2020 model can pull up to 12,560 pounds which is the highest in class. This is almost at the level of the Ram 1500 with a 5.7L V8 engine that pulls 12,750-pounds.
Internally, not much has changed year-over-year which is fine because the interior is well-finished and attractive, far ahead of the competition. The interior controls are logically-placed and visual appealing with a nice feeling. The seats are supportive, adjustable, and comfortable for all shapes and sizes. The Rebel Off-Road Package changes the interior to black tones with red accents which gives a tougher and more rugged appearance. As with previous models, the crew cab is enormous with plenty of room to transport tall passengers upfront and the center console can include optional bucket seating. There is also no shortage of legroom in the rear seating. The infotainment system is easy to use and access while offering peasant viewing angles for the driver and passenger.
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, the Ram 1500 scored highly in safety with a frontal barrier crash rating of 4/5, side crash rating of 5/5/, side barrier rating of 5/5, and rollover 4/5 with only a 19/8% risk of rollover. The 2020 Ram 1500 offers an impressive level of safety with cameras, sensors, and sophisticated software keeping the driving in control and well informed. All models feature Blind Spot Monitoring, Trailer Detection, and Rear Cross Path scans for blind spot zones. Lane Departure Warning and 360-degree Surround View Camera are additional available options. The chassis is constructed from high-strength steel to protect passengers in the event of a collision. The vehicle also features advanced airbag technology with six standard airbags around the truck to further protect occupants in the event of an accident.
The 2020 Ram 1500 is available in multiple trims: HFE, Lone Star, Laramie, Big Horn, Rebel, Longhorn and, Limited. The basic HFE trim starts at $34,000 and features a 305hp 3.6L V6 engine with eight-speed automatic, bucket seats, metal shift knob, and a variety of convenience features. Upgrade to the Lone Star starting at $36,000 to add three packages which upgrade the performance specs of the truck, power seating, higher capacity, premium upholstery, and various other conveniences. An upgrade to the $40,000 Laramie opens the doors for a variety of advanced safety features, improved engine performance, heated seating, leather steering wheel, and other options. The $42,000 Big Horn option adds the 395hp, 5.7L V8 engine with eight-speed transmission, SiriusXM Guardian, and interior and technology upgrades. The Rebel costs $44,000 and upgrades the interior and exterior body, as well as safety and technology features. The Longhorn and Limited run over $50,000 and combine all the available features into single packages with the Longhorn having most options and the Limited having all.