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Utility meets luxury head on!

2020 Ram 1500 Review | CarMax

The Ram 1500 is a full-size half-ton truck that is one part workhorse and one part luxury cruiser. The Ram 1500 has been around for decades, with ever-improving versions of the truck coming out each model year. You should definitely check out the fifth-generation (2019 to present) 2020 Ram 1500 for an amazing mix of technology and standard features. While we currently do not have many 2020 Ram 1500s on our lots, we look forward to selling more in the future.

The fourth generation is also a great choice, with 2016–2018 models delivering a ton of great features and options. The 2019 model year marked the beginning of the latest generation and revamped an already fantastic truck. So, if you love the 2020 model, you should also consider prior model years of the Ram 1500 with similar features.

Here's what you'll learn in this 2020 Ram 1500 review:

Key Specs & Features

MPG:

  • The Ram 1500 comes with a variety of engine options. The mpg varies, from an EPA-estimated 26 mpg combined city/highway for the 3.0L six-cylinder diesel engine to an EPA-estimated 17 mpg combined city/highway for the largest 5.7L V8 engine.1

Cargo Space:

  • The Ram 1500 has a maximum cargo-bed volume of 61.5 cubic feet, with dimensions sized to hold 4x8 sheets of plywood.

Towing Capacity:

  • The 2020 Ram 1500's towing capacity is an estimated 12,750 pounds with the 5.7L V8 engine when properly equipped.2

Seating Capacity:

  • The 2020 Ram 1500 can seat up to six people across its two rows of seating depending on equipment and options.

Engine Options:

The 2020 Ram 1500 is only available with an automatic transmission and comes with a variety of engines including:

  • 305 hp 3.6L V6
  • 260 hp 3.0L turbodiesel V6
  • Two 395 hp 5.7L V8 engines (one with an eTorque mild-hybrid setup)

Tech Features:

The base-model 2020 Ram 1500 includes as standard:

  • Five-inch infotainment system
  • Available Wi-Fi hotspot3
  • Push-button start
  • Bluetooth® connectivity

Higher-trim Ram 1500s come equipped with great additional features like a larger 8.4-inch or 12-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ capability, and either a 10-speaker Alpine® (Standard on Laramie, Laramie Longhorn, and Limited trims while optional on Big Horn and Rebel trims) or a 19-speaker Harman Kardon® audio system (available on Laramie, Laramie Longhorn, and Limited Crew Cab models).

Rankings

The Ram 1500 has a strong sales history at CarMax. It has been featured in these ranking lists:

5 Reasons to Buy

1. TOW BIG

The Ram 1500 has an estimated maximum towing capability of 12,750 pounds when properly equipped.2 That means it will handle an estimated six tons of trailer, boat, or whatever else you want to throw at your Ram 1500. It's a vehicle that's there for you on weekend trips to the lake and weekday trips to the job site.

2. LUXURY FEATURES

2020 Ram 1500 Review: Front Seats | CarMax

The pick-up truck is seen by some as a utilitarian tool. However, luxury features have been showing up in big trucks for years. The 2020 Ram 1500 is quite an impressive example of luxury pick-up living. The Laramie, Laramie Longhorn, and Limited trim levels all have standard leather seating. That's not all, the Ram 1500 has optional high-end audio systems. You get either a 10-speaker Alpine system (standard on Laramie, Laramie Longhorn, and Limited trims and optional on Big Horn and Rebel trims) or a 19-speaker Harman Kardon® audio system (available on Laramie, Laramie Longhorn, and Limited Crew Cab models).

3. DIESEL V6 POWER

2020 Ram 1500 Review: Engine | CarMax

Despite impressive horsepower and towing figures, the Ram 1500 might surprise you when it comes to fuel. With the available 3.0L EcoDiesel V6, you'll get an EPA-estimated 26 mpg combined city/highway on 2020 models.1 That'll lead to less time at the pump for work and using a bit less gas while getting away for a long weekend.

4. BIG TECH TOO

2020 Ram 1500 Review: Tech Dash | CarMax

Large infotainment screens are all the rage, and the Ram 1500 has several to choose from. Starting with the base five-inch infotainment system, you can also opt for either an 8.4-inch system or a massive 12-inch touchscreen! The UConnect system gives you access to a ton of settings and customizable features within your Ram 1500. Add Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability and optional audio systems from Alpine and Harman Kardon and you'll think you're in a moving entertainment venue.

5. OFF-ROAD MODE

It's one thing to use your full-size truck for weekend errands to the home improvement store. The 2020 Ram 1500's estimated 2100-lb. maximum payload capacity will certainly do the trick. However, if you want to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, check out the Ram 1500 Rebel. With 33-inch off-road tires and a locking differential, the Rebel can help you blaze new trails—or just get a bit muddy.


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What You Need to Know

2020 Ram 1500 Available Trims

The 2020 Ram 1500 comes in seven distinct trim configurations. All trim levels are available in 4x2 and 4x4 with five-foot-seven-inch and six-foot-four-inch bed options. All but the top-two-tier trim levels are available in both Quad Cab and Crew Cab (Laramie Longhorn and Limited are only available with Crew Cab).

  • Tradesman: The base Ram 1500 is focused primarily on navigating job sites but still offers a standard five-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth connectivity, a rearview camera, and cloth seating.
  • HFE: The HFE trim is a 3.0L V6 EcoDiesel Ram 1500 boasting similar equipment to the Tradesman but with unique styling cues.
  • Big Horn (aka Lone Star): Opt for the Big Horn and add exterior features like fog lights, 18-inch alloy wheels, and a chrome exterior trim and grille. On the inside, look for standard folding rear seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, vinyl/cloth upholstery, and a power driver seat.
  • Laramie: Adds leather seating with heated and ventilated front seats and power adjustment, 20-inch wheels, an 8.4-inch infotainment system, and a 10-speaker Alpine audio system with navigation.
  • Rebel: Based on the Big Horn, the Rebel trim adds 33-inch all-terrain tires, 18-inch rims, tow hooks, LED headlights, taillights, and fog lights, plus a locking rear differential, and an off-road suspension package.
  • Laramie Longhorn: The more luxury-focused Laramie Longhorn features upgraded leather seating, LED headlights, chrome side-steps and tow hooks, a leather-wrapped dashboard, an 8.4-inch touchscreen, real wood accents, and a heated rear bench.
  • Limited: The top-of-the-line Ram 1500 gives buyers premium leather seating, the 12-inch infotainment touchscreen, plus power running boards, air suspension, and additional chrome accents on the exterior.

2020 Ram 1500 Available Colors

The 2020 Ram 1500 is available in the following twelve monotone and three two-tone colors:

Monotone:

  • Billet Silver Metallic
  • Bright White
  • Delmonico Red Pearl
  • Diamond Black Crystal Pearl
  • Flame Red
  • Granite Crystal Metallic
  • Hydro Blue
  • Ivory Tri-Coat
  • Maximum Steel Metallic
  • Olive Green
  • Patriot Blue Pearl
  • RV Match Walnut Brown Metallic

Two-tone:

  • Billet Silver Metallic
  • Diamond Black Crystal Pearl
  • RV Match Walnut Brown Metallic

2020 Ram 1500 Interior

The 2020 Ram 1500 is available with lots of great interior features:

  • Standard cloth seating with a variety of upgraded leather seating available
  • Seating for up to six depending on seating options and configurations
    2020 Ram 1500 Review: Backseats | CarMax
  • Standard four-way manually-adjustable front passenger seat
  • Choice of a variety of touchscreen infotainment system sizes from 5.0 to 12 inches in size

2020 Ram 1500 Average CarMax Prices

The 2020 Ram 1500 is a newer model year and we currently have a limited number in our inventory. Pricing data for this model at CarMax is currently unavailable. See below to learn more about previous model years.

Similar Model Years

If you like the 2020 Ram 1500, check out some previous model years of this vehicle with similar features.

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Safety and Reliability

RepairPal® Reliability Ratings for the 2020 Ram 1500.4

The 2020 Ram 1500 is a newer model and we currently have a limited number in our inventory. You may also consider other used Ram 1500s with similar features. Below are RepairPal reliability ratings for prior model years of the Ram 1500.

  • Overall RepairPal Reliability Rating - 3.5/5.0
  • Average annual cost of unscheduled repairs and maintenance: $670

RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select 2010–2019 vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features. Learn more at www.carmax.com/repairpal-reliability.

NHTSA Safety Ratings- 2020 Ram 1500

The 2020 Ram 1500 received overall 4/5 (classic regular cab) by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Click here to look up a specific vehicle.

Similar Vehicles

If you're interested in the 2020 Ram 1500, you should also check out these similar vehicles from previous model years.

Chevrolet Silverado 1500

The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is a great entry into the full-size truck segment. Now in its fourth generation (2019 and up), you can't go wrong with any era Silverado! 2017 and 2018 base models boast great standard features like:

  • MyLink infotainment system with 7.0-inch touchscreen
  • Bluetooth, USB, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay connectivity
  • HID headlights
  • Vinyl upholstery
  • A rearview camera

For 2019, the Silverado 1500 was fully redesigned and comes with eight trim choices and great standard features on the base model like:

  • Seven-inch touchscreen
  • 20-inch wheels
  • LED tail lamps
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

GMC Sierra 1500

With a wide variety of utility and luxury-focused full-size models, the GMC Sierra 1500 should be on any truck buyer's list. The Sierra's third generation spanned the 2014–2018 models years and featured a ton of great trims and versions. Across 2017 and 2018, the Sierra 1500 came equipped with standard features on its base model like:

  • Chrome bumpers with the CornerStep bed-access feature
  • HID projector-beam headlights with LED lighting
  • 4.2-inch center display, and 3.5-inch instrument panel display
  • Express up-and-down window feature on all windows

Fully reworked for 2019, you should definitely take a look at the updated Sierra 1500. Available in five trim options, the Sierra is lighter than the previous generation and the base model is equipped with standard features such as:

  • Six-speaker audio system
  • 40/20/40-split-bench front seat
  • Bluetooth
  • LED daytime running lamps
  • 17-inch painted Silver wheels

Toyota Tundra

The Toyota Tundra has been a go-to option in the full-size truck market since 1999. Now in its second generation, there are plenty of great Tundras to choose from. Take a look at the 2017–2019 Tundra and you'll find a lot to like. The entry-level SR trim offers the following as standard:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • 40/20/40-split-folding rear bench seats
  • Cloth upholstery
  • 6.1-inch touchscreen with Toyota's Entune® infotainment system
  • 4.2-inch instrument cluster display
  • Rearview camera
  • Bluetooth connectivity

The Bottom Line

The 2020 Ram 1500 is an amazing truck. At home on the job-site or at the valet stand, you can't go wrong with the Ram 1500. Whether you are interested in the latest fifth-generation truck (2019–2020) or fantastic model years like 2017–2018, you'll find a great mix of utility and luxury across the Ram 1500 lineup!

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1Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates when vehicles sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov for details.
2 Various factors may impact towing capacity, including weight of passengers, cargo, and options/accessories.
3 Wi-Fi hotspots require a data plan to activate and may also require a compatible device. See the owner's manual or manufacturer website for more information
4 RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. Learn more at repairpal.com/reliability.
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