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2020 Ram 1500

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2020 Ram 1500

Ram 1500 highlights

Customer reviews

4.7 out of 5

RepairPal reliability rating

4 out of 5

Pros

  • New turbodiesel V6 matches the 5.7-liter V8's towing capacity
  • Cabin is roomy, full of storage, and nicely finished

Cons

  • Driver-assist equipment is an extra-cost option

Mileage (EPA estimate)

20 city, 25 highway, 22 combined

Pricing for current inventory

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More improvements make 2020 Ram 1500 a top-flight pickup choice

The 2020 Ram 1500 remains the only full-size light-duty pickup truck that features a coil-spring suspension, giving it a real advantage among competitors like the Chevrolet Silverado and Ford F-150. It rides with the sophistication of a regular car, and that comfort is backed with agility uncommon among its utility-biased rivals. The 2020 Ram 1500 comes with all the same cab and cargo bed options of its competition, allowing you to specify it for your needs—payload, people, or both. Similarly, the Ram 1500 lineup ranges from the base Tradesman trim, equipped with a focus on tough, hard work, to the Limited, which is positively dripping in luxurious equipment. Our pick for a comprehensive list of desirable features at a sensible price is the Laramie trim.

All Ram 1500s come with touchscreen infotainment, but how big the screen is depends on how much you're spending, from 5 inches to 8.4 inches and up to 12 inches. Engine choices expand in 2020, with the existing 3.6-liter V6 and 5.7-liter Hemi V8 joined by a turbodiesel V6. It offers similar towing capacity to the V8 but with better EPA-estimated fuel consumption. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard, and rear- or four-wheel drive is offered depending on configuration. If you're intent on off-roading your Ram 1500, then you'll want the Rebel, which gains more aggressive styling and off-road specific equipment including a locking rear axle and skid plates. All trim levels are impressive, and the Ram 1500 is still the truck to beat in 2020.

All Ram 1500 years

New this year

  • The 1500 is available in a new trim called the Longhorn.
  • The Laramie Longhorn trim has been discontinued for 2020.
  • 1500 trims have been upgraded with Turbo Diesel Engine and Bed Liner as standard equipment this year.
  • The Tradesman trim now comes with 4WD/AWD as standard equipment.
  • The Rebel trim now comes with Front Seat Heaters and 4WD/AWD as standard equipment.
  • The Bighorn trim now comes with 4WD/AWD as standard equipment.

Explore Ram 1500 details

Rebel 2WD 4D Crew Cab

5 reasons to buy the 2020 Ram 1500

1. Tow big

The Ram 1500 has an estimated maximum towing capability of 12,750 pounds when properly equipped. 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).

2020 Ram 1500 Review: Backseats | CarMax

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. 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.

Similar vehicles

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

The Chevrolet Silverado is a half-ton full-size pickup truck. The 2014-2018 Silverado 1500 has V6 and V8 engine options and can tow an estimated 12,000 lbs. when properly equipped. The Silverado offers the option of three cab sizes, three bed sizes, and eight trims, giving you plenty of opportunities to find a truck that works for you. The Silverado 1500 was redesigned in 2019, introducing a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, while maintaining V6 and V8 options.

Here's what you'll find on the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 in model years 2017 and later:

  • Standard teen driver setting, which limits speed and volume

  • Estimated towing capacity of 12,500 lbs. when properly equipped (all trims and engines)

  • Available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity

Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

4.7 out of 5

3 customer reviews
5 Stars2
4 Stars1
3 Stars0
2 Stars0
1 Star0

RepairPal reliability rating

4
Above Average

RepairPal gave the Ram 1500 an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Ram 1500 3rd out of 27 among Fullsize Trucks.

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2020 Ram 1500 trims

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.

  • View all Ram 1500 Tradesmans in stock

HFE:

Bighorn:

  • 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.

  • View all Ram 1500 Bighorns in stock

Lonestar:

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.

  • View all Ram 1500 Laramies in stock

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.

  • View all Ram 1500 Rebels in stock

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.

  • View all Ram 1500 Limiteds in stock

More about 2020 Ram 1500

Color options

Exterior 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

Interior details

  • Standard cloth seating with a variety of upgraded leather seating available

  • Seating for up to six depending on seating options and configurations

  • 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

Safety

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.

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