2020 Ram 1500 Preview

FAST FACTS
  • Impressive EPA-rated 32 mpg highway fuel economy
  • Recipient of the IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus
  • Optional 12-inch UConnect touchscreen media panel
  • Spacious 6’4” cargo bed with smart tailgate assist
  • 269 lb-ft torque at 4,800 rpm
  • Powerful 12,750 lbs towing capacity with 2,320 lbs payload

Introduction

Off-road adventurers and city slickers alike have a lot to love about the refined 2020 Ram 1500. Packing a robust 3.0L V6 EcoDiesel engine, the Ram 1500 boasts superior towing capacity and fuel efficiency in a muscular frame. At 32 mpg highway, the updated Ram half-ton pickup is one of the finest diesel-powered trucks on the market. Plus, an IIHS Top Safety Pick and an all-in-one UConnect media panel make the Ram 1500 a winner for the whole family.

Exterior Features

The refreshed 2020 Ram 1500 features a bold look that at once exudes professionalism and toughness. A defining feature of the next-generation Ram is the multifunction tailgate that swings to 88 degrees to provide easy access to the truck bed. Featuring a 60/40 tailgate split, the new Ram 1500 offers more ways than ever to load and unload the bed without having your cargo catch on the doors. In other words, the Ram 1500’s new tailgate combines convenience and versatility.

The side panel compartments of the Ram 1500 feature exclusive RamBox Cargo Management bins that offer plenty of room for your cargo or truck accessories. Plus, the retouched tailgate assist system simplifies the opening and closing of the bed doors by using nitrogen and oil to dampen the tailgate enclosure during cold and hot weather. 

A forward-facing exterior defines the 2020 Ram 1500. A jet black grille with matching door handles and bumpers provide a sleek and sophisticated finish around the exterior of the truck, complemented by powerful 18-inch steel wheels and 275/65R18 BSW tires. At the rear is a Ram-exclusive ParkView back-up camera for worry-free parking and a host of discrete sensors to assist with lane changing and blind-spot object detection.

Interior Features

The 2020 Ram 1500 finds the perfect balance between luxury and ruggedness. From the black vinyl floor covering to the four-way front headrests and quadruple-axle driver and passenger seats, the new Ram is marked by best-in-class comfort. In the Crew Cab trim, the second row of seats features deep in-floor storage bins so you are never at a loss for storage capacity.

Front and center is the fourth-generation UConnect media system that provides seamless device connectivity. Whether you’re an Apple CarPlay or Android Auto user, the all-in-one UConnect touchscreen allows for simple, hassle-free smartphone and tablet connections on a crisp, 12-inch LED display. The touchscreen doubles as a navigation system with pinch-and-zoom technology for intuitive and user-friendly turn-by-turn directions.

The UConnect media hub features SiriusXM Guardian services and a 4G Wi-Fi Hotspot to make onboard entertainment a sure thing. Plus, the intelligent UConnect AI system makes smart recommendations for music and other content based on the driver’s unique preferences. In other words, the Ram 1500 pays attention to what you like and offers you feedback specially tailored to your tastes.

Optional Features

There are several high-profile optional features that Ram 1500 drivers can opt into. For starters, the dual-pane panoramic sunroof is an impressive 10-square-feet and allows passengers to get a breath of fresh air while cruising down the highway. Likewise, Limited edition trim models of the Ram 1500 can boast indigo and frosted beige leather seats for a more comfortable riding experience.

The center console of the Ram 1500 is fully customizable, with four distinct assemblies to choose between. One configuration includes hanging file folders, a 15-inch laptop sleeve, and USB Type-C ports for quick device charging, while another configuration boasts extended interior storage space and a hidden upper glove compartment.

For audiophiles, a cabin-rattling 900-watt Harman Kardon premium audio system can be installed in the center console for a complete, 19-speaker immersive sound experience.

Under the Hood

Drivers have three powertrain options with the 2020 Ram 1500. Standard is the 3.0L V6 EcoDiesel engine with an eight-speed e-shifter transmission. An upgraded 3.6L Pentastar VVT V6 engine is available as an upgrade, as well as a whopping 5.7L HEMI VVT V8 MDS diesel engine for maximum performance.

The all-new EcoDiesel engine is also found in the Chrysler Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Gladiator for their 2020 product lineup. In the Ram 1500, the V6 EcoDiesel boasts an impressive 240 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque with a fully-redesigned iron block that weighs 15 lbs less than its predecessor.

All engines are supported by a 48V electrical support system and rear air suspension for superior performance. Regardless of trim package, the Ram 1500 can haul over 2,000 lbs in payload and max out around 12,750 of total towing capacity.

Fuel Economy

The EPA rates the 2020 Ram 1500 V6 EcoDiesel engine at 32 mpg highway fuel economy, and 22 mpg during city driving tests. However, the all-wheel drive version of the Ram 1500 clocks in at 21 mpg and 29 mpg, respectively, in city and highway driving.

Safety

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rated the 2020 Ram 1500 a Top Safety Pick Plus after being subjected to six comprehensive safety tests. Notably, the Ram 1500 performed exceedingly well at the LED headlight test in low-light and foggy conditions by tying for first place with the Honda Ridgeline among light-duty pickups.

A host of premium safety features set apart the new Ram 1500 from the competition, including automated emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, responsive high-beam headlights, and lane-keeping controls. Together, these safety features make the 2020 Ram 1500 a safe and secure daily driver for the whole family.

Technology

Adaptive sensors throughout the chassis of the Ram 1500 detect when the truck is verging into adjacent lanes. The all-new LaneSense anti-swerving system alerts drivers when the vehicle is drifting accidentally into an opposite lane, preventing collisions and close-calls. Similarly, the Ram Blind Spot Monitoring system provides an auditory warning to drivers who are changing lanes with a vehicle in their blind spot zones.