2020 Ram 1500 Preview

Jan 06, 2020
  • Revamped Rebel EcoDiesel scores 24 mpg on highway fuel-economy test
  • 260 horsepower and 480 lb-ft torque
  • Hits 60mpg in 8.1 seconds
  • Turbocharged DOHC 24-valve diesel V6
  • Rated to tow up to 12,560 lbs.
  • Refined, more efficient turbocharger


Ram’s all-new EcoDiesel V6 engine takes the 1500 to new heights. On the tails of the “dieselgate” scandal of yesteryear and an EPA investigation, the automaker has revamped their engine standards to impress even the most stubborn of critics. Featuring best-in-class towing, efficiency, and torque, the 2020 Ram 1500 is the most capable half-ton diesel pickup in its field after undergoing a series of powertrain upgrades.

Exterior Features

The new Ram 1500 boasts 18-inch steel wheels with all-season tires measuring 275/65R18 BSW. On the front, a refined black grille adds a touch of elegance amid a beefy and muscular body design. Featuring chrome badging throughout, the truck sports a cargo lamp and high-visibility CHMSL with incandescent tail lights at the rear.

At the front, the 2020 Ram 1500 boasts quad-halogen fully-automatic headlamps that provide stellar illumination in low-light conditions. The RamBox cargo management system and multifunction tailgate allow for easy bed access thanks to power sideboards. Ram’s new tailgate assist uses a nitrogen-oil hybrid to provide hassle-free access no matter the climate.

Interior Features

A revamped luxury interior transforms the Ram 1500 cabin to resemble a cockpit. Integrating state-of-the-art technology and a fourth-gen Ram Uconnect media system, the all-new 1500 packs all the toys you need for an unforgettable driving experience. The 12-inch central touchscreen display is the largest in its class and comes standard with SiriusXM radio and a bezel-less, edge-to-edge navigation screen.

The driver’s panel features a sleek, redesigned 7-inch digital cluster with a 3D graphical display to provide in-ride speed and traction information. Throughout the cabin’s anterior body, frame-mounted mass modules actively cancel noise and reduce engine sound for a quiet, 57-decibel driving experience.

Optional Features

In select models, the Ram 1500 can include genuine stainless steel grilles to complement the 900-watt Harman Kardon audio system. A host of optional features include a fold-down center console, additional under-seat storage, a panoramic sunroof, and extended legroom to go along with a long list of truck accessories.

Fans of the EcoDiesel engine can opt for a modest upgrade in the Pentastar V6 eTorque engine on the Big Horn and Tradesman model trims. However, the most-powerful optional engine feature is the V8 5.7L HEMI engine on the Sport, Rebel, Limited, Laramie, and Longhorn-class models.

Under the Hood

The 2020 Ram 1500 sports the same refined V6 powertrain as found in the 2020 Jeep Gladiator and Wrangler. A 3.0L EcoDiesel engine is paired with an 8-speed automatic e-shifter to provide a smooth, powerful, go-anywhere drive. For a far more powerful driving experience, the 5.7L HEMI VVT V8 engine is available which provides stellar hauling.

Regardless of whether you select a V6 or V8 powertrain, both engines are equipped with a 48V hybrid electrical support. Although the 3.0L EcoDiesel fails to measure up to the optional V8 HEMI, the 2020 Ram 1500 is not an underpowered truck by any means. With a 240 horsepower output, the V6 is stronger than ever and sports a redesigned iron block that is 15 lbs lighter than before.

The EcoDiesel engine outperforms other half-ton pickups from rivals Ford and Chevrolet by packing an impressive 480 lb-ft of torque. Although the max towing capacity falls short of the Ford F-150 (13,200 lb-ft), the 2020 Ram 1500 still yields an impressive output at 12,750 pounds with a heavy 2,000 lbs payload. Rear suspension and add-in air springs result in a smoother and more comfortable ride even in off-road conditions.

Fuel Economy

According to the EPA, the 2020 Ram 1500 returns 17 mpg on combined city and highway driving tests. However, the EPA rates the V6 EcoDiesel engine as having a 22 mpg city and 32 mpg highway, making the Ram 1500 one of the most fuel-efficient half-ton pickups on the market. However, the all-wheel drive version of the Ram 1500 returns a slightly less impressive 21/29 mpg on the city and highway, respectively.


The 2020 Ram 1500 truck has garnered boast-worthy ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The Ram 1500’s solid safety ratings are likely the result of new driver-assistance technology upgrades such as automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, automated high-beam headlights, and blind-spot monitoring.

The IIHS awarded the Crew Cab model of the Ram 1500 a Top Safety Pick Plus, which is the highest safety designation that the organization offers. Subsequent crash tests yielded positive results for the Ram 1500, which also received the highest rating available from the IIHS in this respect.

Only the all-new Honda Ridgeline boasts comparable safety features to the Ram 1500. The stand-out safety feature of both the Ram 1500 and Ridgeline is perhaps the headlights test, which is notoriously difficult to pass with a good rating. However, both pickups received a “Good” rating on the headlights test due to their adaptive LED headlamps with superior high-beam assists.


Available Blind Spot Monitoring has been revamped for Ram’s 2020 product lineup. This feature lets drivers make safer lane changes by providing a visual and auditory alert when vehicles are located in the driver’s blind spot. Ram’s blind spot detection system utilizes a series of sensors fixed to the truck’s side panels, which uses electromagnetic waves to detect whether a vehicle is driving outside the driver’s peripheral zones.

Among the many improved safety upgrades in the 2020 Ram 1500 is an all-new LaneSense lane departure system. LaneSense sends the driver a visual alert whenever the vehicle’s on-board warning system detects an unintentional shift in lane positioning. Therefore, LaneSense easily guides the vehicle back into a safe lane position without causing a disturbance to nearby drivers.

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