Laramie 4x4 Crew Cab 153.5 in. WB
2020 RAM 1500

2020 1500 Photos
 Editors' Pick
Autoblog Rating
9

A good truck gets even better. Impressive comfort and handling for a full-size truck. It also packs the best interior in the segment. Not perfect, but better than the current competition.

Industry
9
DULUTH, Minn. — Ram gave us a new generation of its 1500 pickup for 2019, and we’ve already had a lot of fun with it. We’ve driven the V6 and the Hemi V8 versions. We’ve tried it with and without the eTorque mild hybrid system. We’ve sampled the humble Tradesman, the rambunctious Rebel, the well-rounded Big Horn and Laramie, and the high-lux Limited. But now we get to sample one of the most anticipated updates, this one made for the 2020 Ram 1500 lineup: the third-generation EcoDiesel engine. With plenty of miles already spent with the new 1500 over the past year, we know the fresh generation of the Ram full-size pickup is already an overachiever. Its interior is class-leading, the ride is surprisingly comfortable, and the 1500’s handling is surprisingly agile for its size. So we’ll focus on the heart of the matter: the new engine, starting out in a Rebel for a cruise around Duluth. Slated to go on sale later this year as a 2020 model, this is the third generation of the light-duty turbo-diesel engine, and it has undergone a significant  overhaul. The result is that this 3.0-liter V6 provides 260 horsepower at 3,600 rpm and an impressive (not to mention class-leading) 480 pound-feet of peak torque at 1,600 rpm. In addition, the EcoDiesel allows for up to 12,560 pounds of towing, and a 2,040-pound payload. If we’re keeping score — as we know truck fans are — the Duramax diesel in the 2020 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra makes 277 hp (points to GM) and 460 lb-ft, with towing and payload yet to be announced. The Ford F-150 Power Stroke provides 250 hp and 440 lb-ft, with 11,400 pounds towing and 2,020 pounds of payload. Ram hasn’t announced fuel economy yet, so the Duramax’s 23 mpg city and 33 mpg highway are the figures to beat, while the Ford’s gets up to 22 city and 30 highway in 2WD guise. Ram spokespeople wouldn’t budge on providing fuel economy hints, but Ram’s U.S. marketing director Mike Koval promised the EcoDiesel would be “very competitive” here. To be continued … Ram’s new EcoDiesel aims to perform better in all the major areas consumers care about – power, fuel economy, and NVH. To help with all three, the new motor includes low-friction turbo bearings, lower-pressure exhaust gas recirculation, lighter pistons, and a 15-pound-lighter engine block. At idle, the EcoDiesel is muted, with a bassy patter typical of a diesel — no surprises there. Sitting still, the truck is very quiet. We made our way through town, and it remained soft-spoken, but for the high, breathy whisper of the turbocharger doing its part — a sound that we enjoyed quite a bit at first, but eventually tuned out. In town, the truck felt responsive off the line, with plenty of low-end grunt but without any annoyingly overeager throttle tip-in. Accelerating onto the highway as we normally would, the Ram’s eight-speed automatic transmission served up quick, calm but early-feeling shifts …
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DULUTH, Minn. — Ram gave us a new generation of its 1500 pickup for 2019, and we’ve already had a lot of fun with it. We’ve driven the V6 and the Hemi V8 versions. We’ve tried it with and without the eTorque mild hybrid system. We’ve sampled the humble Tradesman, the rambunctious Rebel, the well-rounded Big Horn and Laramie, and the high-lux Limited. But now we get to sample one of the most anticipated updates, this one made for the 2020 Ram 1500 lineup: the third-generation EcoDiesel engine. With plenty of miles already spent with the new 1500 over the past year, we know the fresh generation of the Ram full-size pickup is already an overachiever. Its interior is class-leading, the ride is surprisingly comfortable, and the 1500’s handling is surprisingly agile for its size. So we’ll focus on the heart of the matter: the new engine, starting out in a Rebel for a cruise around Duluth. Slated to go on sale later this year as a 2020 model, this is the third generation of the light-duty turbo-diesel engine, and it has undergone a significant  overhaul. The result is that this 3.0-liter V6 provides 260 horsepower at 3,600 rpm and an impressive (not to mention class-leading) 480 pound-feet of peak torque at 1,600 rpm. In addition, the EcoDiesel allows for up to 12,560 pounds of towing, and a 2,040-pound payload. If we’re keeping score — as we know truck fans are — the Duramax diesel in the 2020 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra makes 277 hp (points to GM) and 460 lb-ft, with towing and payload yet to be announced. The Ford F-150 Power Stroke provides 250 hp and 440 lb-ft, with 11,400 pounds towing and 2,020 pounds of payload. Ram hasn’t announced fuel economy yet, so the Duramax’s 23 mpg city and 33 mpg highway are the figures to beat, while the Ford’s gets up to 22 city and 30 highway in 2WD guise. Ram spokespeople wouldn’t budge on providing fuel economy hints, but Ram’s U.S. marketing director Mike Koval promised the EcoDiesel would be “very competitive” here. To be continued … Ram’s new EcoDiesel aims to perform better in all the major areas consumers care about – power, fuel economy, and NVH. To help with all three, the new motor includes low-friction turbo bearings, lower-pressure exhaust gas recirculation, lighter pistons, and a 15-pound-lighter engine block. At idle, the EcoDiesel is muted, with a bassy patter typical of a diesel — no surprises there. Sitting still, the truck is very quiet. We made our way through town, and it remained soft-spoken, but for the high, breathy whisper of the turbocharger doing its part — a sound that we enjoyed quite a bit at first, but eventually tuned out. In town, the truck felt responsive off the line, with plenty of low-end grunt but without any annoyingly overeager throttle tip-in. Accelerating onto the highway as we normally would, the Ram’s eight-speed automatic transmission served up quick, calm but early-feeling shifts …
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Retail Price

$46,540 MSRP / Window Sticker Price

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Engine V-6
MPG 19 City / 24 Hwy
Seating 6 Passengers
Transmission 8-spd auto w/OD
Power 305 @ 6400 rpm
Drivetrain four-wheel
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