2020 RAM 1500

MSRP $34,945 - $56,965

Ranked #10 in Midsize Pickup-truck

6.7

Overall Rating

2020 RAM 1500 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 12, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The RAM 1500 Crew Cab is a workhorse in most of the construction sites and also a very reliable friend for a lot of workers. It is maybe the most luxurious pickup truck that you can buy, for obviously, we aren’t counting a certain German truck. The RAM 1500 has been the go-to truck for a wide spectrum of people - from construction workers, to the ones who’d like a lot of comfort on their drives. 

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Pros

V6 turbodiesel is a lot better now

Spacious and practical cabin

Facelift looks better and purposeful

Cons

Base trim loses out on a lot of features

Top trim levels are absurdly priced

What's New?

All-new 3.0L turbodiesel V6 

A Night Edition introduced for the Big Horn and Laramie trims 

Tweaks made to the Rebel trim 

Special “Built to serve” edition for the Big Horn


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$34945

bodystyle

4dr Crew Cab

passenger capacity

6

top speed

130 mph

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

220 cu.in.

horsepower

305 hp @ 6400 rpm

torque

269 ft-lb. @ 4800 rpm

transmission

8 speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front short and long arm suspension

suspension rear

Rigid axle rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

14.9/14.8 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

144.5 in.

length

232.9 in.

width

82.1 in.

height

77.5 in.

curb weight

4971 lbs.

ground clearance

8.5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

132.4 cu ft.

cargo volume

50.3 cu ft.

towing capacity

6520 lbs.

payload capacity

1930 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.6 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

14.7 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

20/22/25 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36,000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Tradesman$34,945 onwards

Big Horn/Lone Star$36,640 onwards

Rebel$40,240 onwards

Laramie Longhorn$42,235 onwards

Laramie$43,240 onwards

Limited$45,735 onwards

Colors and Styles

2020 RAM 1500 in Polar White color
Polar White

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

8.5

Engine and Performance

6.0

Fuel Economy

3.0

Interior

7.8

Exterior

6.0

6.7

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

6.7

Overall Rating


But jokes apart it is really the Victorian Palace of pickup trucks. And the 2020 RAM 1500 Crew Cab has been thoroughly updated to suit your needs even perfectly and RAM has also worked on resolving the few niggles it had in the past.  Being in the segment isn’t easy, especially when the competition is always lurking at the doors, especially from heavy hitters like the Chevrolet Silverado, the GMC Sierra, and the Ford F-150. Let’s see how well the RAM 1500 is against its rivals. 


8.5/10
Features

6.0/10
Engine and Performance

3.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.8/10
Interior

6.0/10
Exterior


2020 RAM 1500 Features

8.5/10

The RAM 1500 Crew Cab comes in essentially a lot of trims to suit your work needs in the utmost way possible. It all starts with the Tradesman spec which comes for $31,145 and goes all the way up to Limited trim priced at $53,665. The base spec Tradesman is not essentially a feature-loaded trim and gets basic functionality like automatic headlamps and a basic 5-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system. After this, all the trims bring in incremental upgrades to the interior, comfort amenities, and also, hauling capacity. some of the highlighting features on offer have been highlighted in the table below:

Trim

Tradesman

Big Horn

Laramie

Rebel

Longhorn

Limited

MSRP (RWD)

$32,145

$36,540

$40,640

$44,490

$51,390

$53,665

MSRP (4WD)

$35,645

$40,040

$44,140

$45,190

$54,890

$57,165

Key Features

18-inch steel wheels

In addition to or replaces Tradesman features with:

In addition to or replaces Big Horn features with:

Is based on the Big Horn and adds:

In addition to or replaces Laramie features with:

In addition to or replaces Longhorn features with:

 

5-inch touchscreen

18-inch aluminum wheels

20-inch wheels

Aggressive styling

Standard premium-leather bucket seats

Chrome trim

 

4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot

Fog lights

Power mirrors 

Electronic locking rear axle

Leather-wrapped wood steering wheel

Standard four-corner air suspension

 

Push-button start

60/40-split rear seat

Power rear window

Four skid plates

Spray-in Bedliner

 
 

Trailer sway damping

8.4-inch touchscreen

Power-adjustable and leather-trimmed front seats

     
 

6-speaker stereo

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility

Heated front seats

     
 

Second-row in-floor storage.

 

Ventilated front seats

     

RAM also offers certain packages and equipment groups, the most famous of which is the Limited Level 1 Equipment Group that adds in features such as adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, parallel park assist, a 19-speaker Harman Kardon system, along with a surround-view camera. 

Which trim should you buy?

Every trim of the RAM 1500 has a purpose and is built for some special class of the market. That being said, the best buy if you want one for yourself is the Laramie trim as it is not absurdly priced like some of the top-spec trims and also gets you a lot of features like keyless entry, heated seats, and steering wheel, leather upholstery, an 8.0-inch infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and a lot more. 

2020 RAM 1500 Engine and Performance

6.0/10

The 2020 RAM 1500 Crew Cab comes with a lot of engine and drivetrain options starting with a base 3.6L V6 with “eTorque” mild-hybrid technology. The mind hybrid setup includes a 48V electric motor and a 0.4kwh lithium-ion battery supplementing the powertrain by reducing the engine load. It basically allows the accessories to run off the engine so the engine can focus on its task of driving the car. The 3.6L V6 is rated for 305 hp @ 6,400 RPM and 269 lb-ft @ 4,800 RPM. Now though the power figures are quite adequate for hauling the big truck around, it is more or less suited for smaller workloads only. 

The motor is though quite refined and smooth and refined and rarely gets vocal at higher RPMs. For those who want a more duty-friendly engine, the 5.7L V8 is the option to go for as it produces quite a healthy 395hp and 410 lb-ft. This is a very tried and tested powertrain and has enough grunt for all the daily jobs. It is also supported by the hybrid system which further helps the engine to work in a fuss-free manner.Lastly, for the year 2020, a new 3.0L turbodiesel V6 has been introduced which pushes 260 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque to the crank. 

Now the power figure might not be very exciting but if you ask anyone who drives a truck, they will tell you how much that torque figure helps. With a tow rating of up to 12,560 pounds, the turbo-diesel loses 190 pounds of towing capacity, compared to the V8, which rates 12,750 pounds.All the engines come mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission and as we have experienced in the past as well where it hadn’t been a very efficient transmission. But things have changed since and now it is quite an athletic and responsive unit. Power is sent to the rear wheels as standard while 4WD comes as an optional extra.

Models

2020 RAM 1500 Crew Cab

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab

2020 GMC Sierra 1500 Crew Cab

2020 Ford F-150 SuperCrew

MSRP

$32,145

$34,600

$35,900

$35,035

Engine

3.6L V6

4.3L V6

4.3L V6

3.3L V6

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

Power

305 hp @ 6,400 RPM

285 hp @ 5,300 RPM

285 hp @ 5,300 RPM

290 hp @ 6,500 RPM

Torque

269 lb-ft @ 4,800 RPM

305 lb-ft @ 3,900 RPM

305 lb-ft @ 3,900 RPM

265 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM

0-60 MPH (seconds)

6.6 

7.1 

7.0

7.2 

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

14.7 

15.3

15.0

15.7 

The RAM is among the most powerful pickup trucks in the bunch but the 3.6L engine is not very torque friendly. RAM 1500 is also the fastest to hit 60 MPH from a standstill thanks to the linear power delivery of the motor and super responsive gearbox.

How well does the 2020 RAM 1500 Crew Cab handle?

After all, the 2020 RAM 1500 Crew Cab is a pickup truck and certainly, they are not designed to handle well. The car comes with a standard coil spring suspension setup and though it is stiffly sprung, it is not a corner carver. You can drive the car comfortably at highway speeds without any problems but the corners are meant to be taken in a slow and soft manner. 

There is also an option to upgrade to the adjustable air suspension but it is also too firm for our liking. Though for serious off-road enthusiasts, there is RAM Rebel which comes with raised suspension, 4WD, Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac tires, and an electronic locking rear differential.

2020 RAM 1500 Crew Cab Braking Performance

The 2020 RAM 1500 is a very very heavy vehicle and that is why the manufacturer decided to give it some serious braking hardware. The RAM comes with 14.9-inch rotors at the front and 14.8-inch rotors at the back which are the largest in the class and offer exceptional braking power. 

Models

2020 RAM 1500 Crew Cab

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab

2020 GMC Sierra 1500 Crew Cab

2020 Ford F-150 SuperCrew

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

14.9

13.5

13.5

13.8

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

14.8

13.6

13.6

13.7

Curb Weight (lbs)

5160

4920

4950

4529

60-0 MPH (feet)

125

129

130

127

The RAM comes fit with the biggest rotors in the competition which do a very impressive job of stopping the heavy 5,000 lbs truck in a mere 125 feet and is followed by the Ford F-150. The others do a good job too, but the RAM’s brakes stop well with all the excess weight it carries. 

2020 RAM 1500 Fuel Economy

3.0/10

The 2020 RAM 1500 is also a hybrid pickup truck, however, that hybrid system is more to fulfill the power needs than making the drivetrain efficient. Also in any case the V8 engines are more popular than the V6 cousins. The smallest 3.0L V6 turbodiesel is the most efficient engine with a rating of 22 miles of the city, 32 miles for the highway, and 26 miles for the combined scenarios which are actually quite good figures. 

The Base V6 with a mild-hybrid system earned an EPA rating of 20/26/23 miles to the gallon for the RWD High Fuel Efficiency models and 20/25/22 MPG for the standard versions. 4WD further drops those figures to 19/24/21 MPG for city, highway, and combined scenarios respectively.Lastly, the most famous engine, the 5.7L V8 is the least fuel-efficient as expected with fuel efficiency figures of 15/22/17 MPG and 15/21/17 MPG for the two and 4WD models respectively. If you opt for mild-hybrid powertrains then the figures go slightly up to 17/23/19 and 17/22/19 for two and 4WD models respectively.

Models

2020 RAM 1500 Crew Cab

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab

2020 GMC Sierra 1500 Crew Cab

2020 Ford F-150 SuperCrew

MPG (City)

20

16

16

20

MPG (Highway)

26

21

21

25

MPG (Combined)

23

17

17

22

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

23.0

24.0

24.0

26.0

Range (City/Highway/Combined; Miles)

460/575/529

384/504/408

384/504/408

494/650/572

The RAM has the smallest fuel tank capacity but because of the better fuel efficiency than the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra, it can go more miles on a full fuel tank than them. But in terms of range, the Ford takes the victory with the biggest fuel tank, which also plays a very important role since a truck is meant to do long distances.  

2020 RAM 1500 Interior

7.8/10

The RAM 1500 Crew Cab is easily the most luxurious pickup truck of the bunch. It is the true definition of luxury everyday motoring if we talk about pickup trucks only. The RAM 1500 Crew Cab comes with four proper front-hinged doors and seating for 6 people on board. The cabin is extremely spacious and practical and easily the best laid out among the competition. 

The whole dashboard is very well laid out with the more premium trims getting completely leather-wrapped one with impeccable fit and finish. We really loved the way Dodge has designed the interior of the RAM 1500 and also the quality of material used is quite premium. The cabin is also packed with features like wooden inlays on the dashboard, panoramic sunroof, dual-zone climate control, and a lot.

Most of the RAM 1500 come with bucket seats at the front which are massively supportive and accommodating. They hold you quite well and have a plethora of adjustability available to get you comfortable. They also come with heated and ventilated functionality in upper trims for added convenience. 

Models

2020 RAM 1500 Crew Cab

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab

2020 GMC Sierra 1500 Crew Cab

2020 Ford F-150 SuperCrew

Seating Capacity

6

6

6

6

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

40.9/66.0/40.9

43.0/66.0/44.5

43.0/66.0/44.5

40.8/66.7/43.9

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

39.8/65.7/45.2

40.1/65.2/43.4

40.1/66.2/43.4

40.4/65.9/43.6

Bed Capacity (cubic feet)

61.5

89.1

89.1

52.8

Rear seat space is also one of the strong points of the RAM 1500. The rear seats are super wide and can easily accommodate even three adults abreast which is quite a rare sight. The legroom is class-leading and the backrest can also be adjusted to suit your liking. The seats can also be slid forward and backward in case you want some additional space to stretch. Some of the highlighting features in the interior of the RAM 1500 are:

  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Carpeted floor
  • Leather-trimmed front seats
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Power-adjustable front seats
  • Leather-wrapped wood steering wheel

What’s there to keep you entertained?

There are multiple infotainment units for multiple trims. The base trim gets a 5-inch infotainment system which is pretty basic and certainly not a very nice system to use. The Bighorn and upwards trim levels get an 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment display which also comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. This is easily the best system in the class with a very easy to navigate through menu and loads of connectivity options. 

The display is also super responsive and slick to use and rarely lags. If you want something even bigger than a 12.0-inch display comes as an optional extra which takes things to one notch higher and that looks just glorious. Some of the highlights of the infotainment system are as follows:

  • 19 speaker 900 watts Harman/Kardon Premium Audio system
  • Four ultra-fast USB charging ports
  • Auxiliary audio input
  • Bluetooth connection
  • SiriusXM satellite radio
  • 4G Wifi hotspot
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

2020 RAM 1500 Exterior

6.0/10

The 2020 RAM 1500 Crew Cab has recently been redesigned and though it has lost its big daddy look now, it certainly looks quite understated now. They have completely changed the design of the truck by lowering the bumper and giving it this lazy look. It feels like the truck badly needs a day off to sleep. Never mind we still quite like this look. 

The base spec Tradesman is a non-expensive affair and gets all your basic utilitarian functionality to get you going. It is a good option if you want a no-nonsense abuse friendly truck that you can use for the rough work. The upper trims though get a lot of blingy stuff in front of the large chrome front grille and DRL daytime running light. This makes the overall styling of the truck look chiseled out and less dramatic.

Models

2020 RAM 1500 Crew Cab

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab

2020 GMC Sierra 1500 Crew Cab

2020 Ford F-150 SuperCrew

Curb Weight (lbs)

5,160

4,920

4,950

4,529

Length (inches)

232.9

231.7

231.7

231.9

Width (inches)

82.1

81.2

81.2

79.9

Height (inches)

77.6

75.5

75.5

75.6

Ground Clearance (inches)

8.1

7.9

7.9

8.7

Wheelbase (inches)

144.5

147.4

147.4

145.0

RAM is the heaviest here and the only one with a weight of more than 5000 pounds which frankly is a lot. It is also the longest, widest, and tallest of the bunch which very much justifies its additional weight.Some of the standout exterior features are as follows:

  • 22-inch painted/polished aluminum wheels
  • Power release tailgate assist
  • Active grille shutter
  • RAMbox Cargo Management system
  • Sleek headlamps with LED lights

2020 RAM 1500 Safety

Safety is not a very strong talking point of the pickup trucks because they are not what you exactly call very safe. They have a reputation of being quite easy to lose control of and also for not having a rigid structure. Well, thankfully that’s not the case with the RAM 1500 Crew Cab as it is among the safest pickup trucks in its class. It has received an overall five-star safety rating from the NHTSA and IIHS also awarded the car with a “Good” rating in all the categories. 

Only the headlights just like any other truck in the class get a “Marginal” and “Poor” rating depending on the trim. Also for the first time, IIHS has awarded a truck with the “Top Safety Pick+” award and that is a real achievement for the RAM 1500 Crew Cab. Some of the standout safety features are as follows:

  • Six advanced airbags protection system
  • Blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-path and trailer detection
  • Lane departure warning plus
  • Adaptive cruise control with Stop and Go
  • Active parallel and perpendicular park assist
  • Electronic stability control with roll stability control
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • Driveline traction control 

2020 RAM 1500 Competition

2020 RAM 1500 Crew Cab vs 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 Crew Cab

The GMC Sierra 1500 is undoubtedly the best-looking pickup truck right now in the market without any second thought. Its engine is also more powerful than the RAM and the optional list is long and has some really mouth-watering options. On the other hand, this all does come for a price as the Sierra is considerably more expensive than the RAM 1500 and also the RAM comes with a very fuel-efficient hybrid powertrain which makes the Sierra feel like an ancient dinosaur.  

2020 RAM 1500 Crew Cab vs 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab

The Chevrolet Silverado is like the less rich cousin of the Sierra. It essentially has the same underpinnings as the Sierra, just misses out on some of the luxury bits on the inside. The car is well built like a pickup truck but just misses out on the wow factor. And considering it is also more expensive than the RAM 1500 Crew Cab, it loses the competition hands down.

2020 RAM 1500 Crew Cab vs 2020 Ford F-150 SuperCrew

The Ford F-150 is the best-selling pickup truck in the States and that is for a reason. It comes with a lot of powertrain options, is lighter which makes it quite a lot fuel-efficient, is very abuse friendly, and obviously, Ford’s better after-sales is also one of the key reasons why F-150 is so big of a successful name in the trucking industry. But the RAM is also not far behind as it offers better value for money than Ford and is considerably spacious and premium inside. Honestly, both are very well built and you won’t go wrong in picking any one of the two.

2020 RAM 1500 Final Verdict

The RAM 1500 Crew Cab is undoubtedly a very well-built car with quite a long list of creature comfort and safety features and also very good at doing the pickup truck duties. It comes with a bunch of different drivetrain options and also has an option to choose from two-bed sizes. These small things make it quite versatile and purposeful. We genuinely think it is a very good buy for the money it demands and you can not go wrong if you buy this truck.

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