The 2020 Ram 1500 has it’s truck priorities straight, even when it’s cloaked in upscale trims. The 2020 Ram 1500 is the luxury car of pickup trucks—and one of the strongest in work-day chores, too. The 2020 Dodge RAM 1500 comes in seven trims: the base Tradesman, HFE, Big Horn, the off-road Rebel, followed by the Laramie, Longhorn, and Limited. All come with the coil-spring rear suspension and offer the mild-hybrid eTorque system, neither of which is matched in the half-ton pickup class.
The 2020 Dodge RAM 1500 has toned down the massive big-rig style of past trucks, opting instead for a smoother, more aerodynamic front end. The cabin has graduated to a new tax bracket and features some of the finest materials in any American vehicle we’ve driven, pickup truck, or otherwise. A massive, Tesla-Esque 12.0-inch screen is available and can be used with work gloves to set everything from climate settings to Spotify playlists via the standard Apple CarPlay or Android Auto interface.
2020 RAM 1500 Interior
Inside, the 2020 Ram 1500 has wide seats, ample space for up to six adults, and a bed with more hidden storage than a bank vault. The 2020 Ram 1500 is as close to a true luxury pickup truck as you can buy today, with a cabin that is easily best-in-class. Available in extended- and crew-cab form, the Ram 1500 offers four front-hinged doors no matter which you choose. The extended-cab version offers a decent rear-seat room, while crew-cab models are downright cavernous, and front passengers are treated to comfortable seats no matter what. A three-seat bench is available in the front, but most Rams come with two buckets and a massive, configurable center console. Rear seats on the crew-cab model can slide forward and aft, and the backrest can be adjusted as well, something other trucks lack.
With USB and USB-C ports scattered throughout, available in-vehicle wi-fi, and the option for a massive 12.0-inch touchscreen, the Ram is as tech-savvy as new trucks come, not to mention luxurious. The mid-tier Lariat trim is better-equipped than some top-tier rivals for a significant discount, with leather, wood and metal trim, and plenty of storage cubbies throughout. The extended-cab Rams get only the longer bed, and the off-road-oriented Rebel model can only be had with the shorter bed. Available lights, spray-in bed liner, and cargo tie-downs increase functionality, as do the optional Ram Box storage compartments and multi-function tailgate.
2020 RAM 1500 Engine
The Ram 1500 can be had with four different engines, each available in two- or four-wheel-drive. A 3.6-liter V-6 comes standard with a mild hybrid system and 305 horsepower, while the 5.7-liter V-8 can be had with or without the same hybrid system, making 395 hp regardless of which one you choose. For 2020, a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 is available and makes a healthy 480 lb-ft of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission is a standard across the range. Available in extended, and crew-cab configurations with two different bed lengths, the Ram is as capable as you need it to be. A maximum tow rating of 12,750 pounds gives it the ability to haul nearly anything the average driver could need to tow around, and with height-adjustable air suspension available on every model, it’s plenty comfortable when tasked with daily duty.
2020 RAM 1500 Safety
The 2020 Ram 1500 gets decent crash-test scores and offers active safety features, but only on higher-trim models. Full-size pickup trucks have a spotty safety record since agencies started crash testing them, but the 2020 Ram 1500 makes some strides forward. The 2020 Ram gets five stars overall from the federal government’s NHTSA, but only for the two and four-wheel-drive crew-cab models and the frontal crash rating is still only four stars. Extended-cab models get only four stars overall due to one less star for the driver frontal crash rating versus the crew-cab model. The IIHS gives the 2020 RAM 1500 Crew Cab “Good” ratings in every category, and though its low-end headlights get “Marginal” and “Poor” ratings, its more expensive headlights give it the first Top Safety Pick+ award given to a truck, provided it’s also fitted with automatic emergency braking.