2020 RAM 2500

MSRP $33,745

Ranked #2 in Fullsize Pickup-truck

2020 RAM 2500 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 24, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Pickups are work-horses and are used by many business concerns to haul and tow heavy loads. For such heavy-hauling jobs, you need a heavy-duty pickup that is also robust and durable. On that note, the 2020 RAM 2500 comes back stronger than ever with a Monstrous 6.4 Liter HEMI V8 producing 410hp. This RAM has an astonishing 15,040 lbs of towing capacity and a payload capacity of 4,010 lbs. 

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Pros

Spacious interior

Best in Class towing capacity

Driver Selectable Mode

Cons

Lacking active safety features

Sluggish Acceleration

What's New?

6.4 Liter HEMI V8 

Chassis with High-tensile and Aluminum new sandwich

Additional Safety increment


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$33745

bodystyle

2dr Regular Cab

passenger capacity

3

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

392 cu.in.

horsepower

410 hp @ 5600 rpm

torque

429 ft-lb. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

8 speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

Non-independent front multi-link suspension

suspension rear

Rigid axle rear multi-link suspension , Rigid axle rear air ride suspension (optional)

brake rotors (f/r)

14.2/14.1 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

140 in.

length

232 in.

width

83.5 in.

height

78 in.

curb weight

5953 lbs.

ground clearance

13 in.

capacity

passenger volume

62.5 cu ft.

cargo volume

72.2 cu ft.

towing capacity

15040 lbs.

payload capacity

4050 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.3 sec.

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./100,000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Tradesman$33,745 onwards

Colors and Styles

2020 RAM 2500 in Bright White color
Bright 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

Engine and Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

6.0

Exterior

9.0

Safety

7.0

Final Verdict

8.8

8.0

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.0

Overall Rating


And to add to that is an optional big 6.7-Liter Inline-6 Diesel engine from Cummins, which takes the word Heavy-Duty to a whole new level altogether. But does it have what it takes to beat the definitive pickup Ford F-250 Super Duty and similar pickup trucks like the GMC Sierra 2500 HD and Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD? Let’s have a look at that.

2020 RAM 2500 Regular Cab front view
2020 RAM 2500 Regular Cab rear view

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

9.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety

8.8/10
Final Verdict


2020 RAM 2500 Features

The RAM 2500 Regular Cab is available in three trims – Tradesman, Big Horn and Lone Star. There are two engine options on offer – a 6.4L HEMI V8 gasoline and a 6.7L Cummins Inline-6 diesel. Being a pick-up truck, it doesn't offer a lot of creature comforts or customization yet the other segments make up for that. 

The Tradesman is the base trim that has been equipped with the Electronic Stability Control and Trailer Sway Control. Both the aforementioned are simply a must from their dynamics and daily commuting perspective. The Lone Star gets the Heated Front Seats which serve best in cold weather conditions. The Heated Seats and Wheel Group has been kept optional in it.

Trims

Tradesman

Lone Star

Big Horn

MSRP(RWD)

$33,745

$37,895

$39,590

MSRP(4X4)

$36,645

$40,795

$42,490

Key Features

Electronic Stability Control

Remote keyless entry

Trailer Sway Control

 

Power Windows with Front One-Touch-Down Feature(optional)

Heated Seats and Wheel Group(optional)

Remote-Start System(optional)

 

Vehicle Information Center

Heated front seats

ParkSense Rear Park-Assist System(optional)

 

Advanced multistage front airbags

Premium Cloth Bucket Seats

Hydraulic Power-Assist Steering

 

Halogen Quad Headlamps

Premium Speakers

External Memory Control

 

Advanced multistage front airbags

Trailer Brake Control

Roll Stability Control

The Big Horn, as the name suggests, is the horned bull among them with exceptional feedback and control at the driving end. The Roll Stability Control for countering body roll and Hydraulic Power-Assist Steering to react against the uncertainties with ease have been integrated into it. 

The ParkSense Rear Park-Assist System further increases the blue-chip character and puts it in the same ballpark as other top-tier performers in this category. One can have 17” X 7.5” wheels with the LT245/70SR17 tires for it. Therefore, a subscription to so much in one is something one may experience.

Which Trim should you buy?

It is recommended to buy the Lone Star as it is pretty much comparable to the Big Horn in terms of the offer. Name it and it has it, it is as simple as that, and that too at a relatively lower price tag. Simultaneously, it takes a leap over the base Tradesman in that same scaling. The additional safety touch and proper dynamics and controlling character among them make the Lone Star a better pick.

2020 RAM 2500 Engine and Performance

9.0/10

The RAM 2500 Regular Cab gets a 6.4Liter HEMI V8 under the sculpted hood that pumps out 410 horses and 429 lb.-ft. of torque. The figures are great considering pickup truck standards. The engine is mated to an 8-Speed Auto 8HP75-LCV Transmission. There is also an option of a 6.7 Liter Cummins Inline-Six diesel motor which produces 350 HP and a gut-wrenching 850 lb-ft. of torque. 

2020 RAM 2500 Regular Cab side view

The 6.4L HEMI V8 replaces the older 5.7L V8 engine and is much better in refinement. The 8-speed auto is quick shifting and precise yet the truck is sluggish in performance due to its immense weight. It hits 8.3 seconds for the 0-60 mph mark and takes 15.6 seconds for a quarter-mile. 

Models

2020 RAM 2500 Regular Cab

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD Regular Cab

2020 Ford Super Duty F-250 Regular Cab

2020 GMC Sierra 2500 HD Regular Cab

MSRP

$33,895

$34,600

$34,035

$35,800

Engine

6.4L HEMI V8

6.6L V8

6.2L V8

6.6L V8

Drivetrain

2WD

2WD

2WD

2WD

Transmission

8-Speed Automatic

6 Speed automatic

6 Speed automatic

6 Speed automatic

Horsepower

410 hp @5600 rpm

401 hp @ 5200 rpm

385 hp @ 5750 rpm

401 hp @ 5200 rpm

Torque

429 lb-ft @4000rpm

464 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

430 lb-ft @ 3800 rpm

464 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

0-60 mph (secs)

8.3

7.1

8

7.5

Quarter mile (secs)

15.6

NA

15.5

15.9

Top Speed (MPH)

NA

NA

NA

NA

The RAM brags the maximum amount of power, but GM’s 6.6L V8, which powers both the Silverado and the Sierra 2500, produces the maximum torque which is excessively desirable when hauling heavy loads. The Silverado 2500 is the quickest off the line and takes only 7.1 seconds to reach 60 MPH which is surprising as per pick-up truck standards. Ford F-250 comes equipped with a smaller engine and thus it is low on power and torque figures on paper but this is not sufficient to gauge what it represents in reality. 

How well does the 2020 RAM 2500 Regular Cab handle?

The 2020 RAM 2500 Regular Cab is stable on road at high speeds in a straight line. The truck feels rock-solid on the highway and cruises comfortably. The suspension is set up on the softer side; it completely irons out all the road undulations and takes the nastiest of bumps with ease. As a result, the ride quality is supremely comfortable. But there is a fair amount of body leaning that is counteracted by the supplemented techs. 

The RAM gets conventional springs at the front but sophisticated air suspension at the rear.

The overall effort from the driver end is reduced by the Hydraulic Power-Assist Steering. The steering feels light at low speed and weighs up nicely at high speeds. That being said, it feels quite easy to maneuver around tight spots. Therefore, it can be trusted irrespective of the trims. 

2020 RAM 2500 Regular Cab Braking Performance

The 2020 RAM 2500 is a heavy truck, thus it needs large brakes to make it realize its limits. The RAM gets 14.2-inch front rotors and 14.1 inch rear rotors which seem to be working just fine and make it a decent one to be tested on high-speed highways. The 60-0MPH stopping distance of 140 ft. is quite respectable for a pickup truck of this size, but there is a great deal of nose dive on panic braking, which can be a bit unnerving. The bite and feedback from the brakes are good, but lack progression.

Models

2020 RAM 2500 Regular Cab

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD Regular Cab

2020 Ford F-250 Regular Cab

2020 GMC Sierra 2500 HD Regular Cab

Brake Front (in.)

14.2

14

14.3

13

Brake Rear (in.)

14.1

14.1

14.3

13.6

Curb Weight (lbs.)

5,988

5741

5683

6106

60-0 MPH (ft.)

140

134

136

N/A

As per data, the Chevy Silverado 2500 stops in the shortest distance as it is quite lighter than others except one. But the Ford despite having the biggest discs and being the lightest does not offer the expected braking performance. Size-wise the GMC might be the pointed one but the data unavailability expels us from concluding anything either in its favor or against the motion. Therefore, the Ram is nothing more than “just doable” in this parameter and needs to push a bit more to catch up with others.

2020 RAM 2500 Fuel Economy

6.0/10

As the 2020 RAM 2500 gets a new engine, the 6.4L HEMI V8, the fuel economy figures aren’t expected to be welcoming. The reason can be the huge capacity that takes a toll on the swirling effect. On top of that, the huge appetite is further given a hand because of the high weighted mechanical flywheel and crankshaft. In simple terms, some of the energy is wasted to keep the engine running in the form of heat and that is by any means not a desirable scenario. 

Models

2020 RAM 2500 Regular Cab

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD Regular Cab

2020 Ford F-250 Regular Cab

2020 GMC Sierra 2500 HD Regular Cab

MPG (city)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

MPG (highway)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

MPG (combined)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Fuel Tank Capacity (Gal)

32

36

34

36

Range (City/Highway/Combined) (miles)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

The Chevy Silverado 2500 gets the maximum fuel tank capacity, while the RAM gets the smallest one of 32 gallons. Since these are heavy-duty trucks that have a beast hidden under their hood, keep in mind that they will chug fuel like water, and expecting any fancy number will be foolishness at one’s end only. There is nothing much that can be stated as the data for them is not available yet. 

2020 RAM 2500 Interior

In the matter of interior comfort, there is nothing much in the 2020 RAM 2500 Tradesman trim because the Regular Cab is stripped down to the basics, with little to no convenience features. The touch of plastic at the multiple sections makes the interior accent a bit depressing to experience. However, the gear shifter gets the Urethane coating on it and there is a cloth-trimmed headliner which can get some pleasing appeal. The Vinyl Floor Covering and Day-Night Rearview Mirror are probably among the other standard features that you get within it. 

2020 RAM 2500 Regular Cab front seats

Models

2020 RAM 2500 Regular Cab

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD Regular Cab

2020 Ford F-250 Regular Cab

2020 GMC Sierra 2500 HD Regular Cab

Seating Capacity

3

3

3

3

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.8/65.9/40.9

43.1/66.1/44.5

40.8/66.7/43.9

43.1/66.1/44.5

Cargo Volume (cu.-ft.)

74.7

83.5

78.5

83.5

Towing Capacity (pounds)

15040

14500

15000

14500

Payload Capacity (pounds)

4011

3534

4170

3857

All the trucks are capable of seating 3 in a go. The Chevy is the most spacious with maximum headroom, shoulder room, and legroom. The RAM leads in towing capacity while the Ford edges in payload capacity. One can gauge the F-250 as the most practical one which is a blend of all parameters of this segment. Since these trucks are meant to be fleet vehicles for hauling cargo, they don’t offer many interior features and hence should not be a guiding factor in swaying your final call. Standout interior features:

  • Cloth upholstery
  • Front bench seats
  • Power Windows
  • Carpeted floors
  • Air-Conditioning
  • Heated seats and steering wheel in Big Horn Trim

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The base RAM 2500 Tradesman Trim gets an FM/AM/satellite radio player with 4 speakers. The Big Horn trim gets the same system with 6 speakers. Moreover, the UConnect 3 has been kept constant throughout all the trims along with the Radio with Seek-Scan feature. The periphery of the RAM 2500 includes the Voice Activation and Radio Data System. 

2020 RAM 2500 Regular Cab infotainment screen

Once you move forward from there, you would find a 5" Display and an External Memory Control for abusing. On the whole, the narration is somewhat closer to the interior one only. Since the purpose is completely different, there is nothing much to be expecting at one’s end from it and whatever is there at the disposal seems quite sufficient to keep you engaged. Standout infotainment features:

  • FM/AM/satellite radio
  • Vehicle Information Center
  • 6-speaker stereo
  • Voice Activation
  • Radio Data System

2020 RAM 2500 Exterior

9.0/10

The 2020 RAM 2500 Regular Cab has a huge footprint. The front grille is massive, with RAM written proudly in bold. There is a slight quality gap among the trims as the Tradesman is quite a plastic-blotted one while the finish tends to improve for the Lone Star and Big Horn. Not just that they even have different wheel specs with 17” steel rims and 18” chrome clad steel rims as per their status. The overall silhouette remains the same with the steel and aluminum panels around. In the end, the front fascia ruggedness is in flow with the Auto On/Off Aero-Composite Halogen Headlamps which match the curve.

2020 RAM 2500 Regular Cab 

Model

2020 RAM 2500 Regular Cab

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD Regular Cab

2020 Ford F-250 Regular Cab

2020 GMC Sierra 2500 HD Regular Cab

Curb Weight (lbs.)

5,988

5741

5683

6106

Length (in.)

232

235.5

231.8

235.5

Width (in.)

79.4

81.7

80

81.8

Height (in.)

78

79.9

77.9

79.9

Ground Clearance (in.)

7.3

10.2

8.5

10.2

Wheelbase (in.)

140.5

141.5

142

141.5

The GM twins- the Silverado 2500 and the Sierra 2500 get the largest footprint, being the longest, the widest, and the highest of the lot. They also get a stunning 10.2 inches of ground clearance which is again far greater than the competition. At the same time, the one for the RAM does appear to be enough and would cast challenges when fully loaded. Standout exterior features:

  • 17-inch steel Wheels in Tradesman trim
  • 18-inch chrome-clad steel wheels in BigHorn trim
  • Distinctive Chrome Grille Surround and rear bumper in BigHorn trim
  • Quad Halogen Headlamps
  • Integrated trailer brake controller

2020 RAM 2500 Safety

7.0/10

The RAM 2500 gets a serious thrashing when it comes to its rollover crash test as it manages to have 3-stars and that too with a risk percentage of around 30%. This is simply a backlash on its overall picture. The other parameters have yet not been tested yet but the future seems a gloomy one only as of now. It is natural to have a body leaning but a lot could have been done to mitigate that which is certainly not the case here. 

It is not even satisfied with its safety end as it gets the bare minimum possible which includes the airbags system, 4-wheel ABS, and a traction control unit. It does get the Roll Stability Control as a standard and a ParkSense Rear Park-Assist System as an option but these will hardly make any difference. Standout safety features:

  • ParkSense Rear Park-Assist System
  • 4-wheel ABS
  • Roll Stability Control
  • Traction Control

2020 RAM 2500 Competition

2020 RAM 2500 Regular Cab vs 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD Regular Cab

The Chevy offers the highest in everything. It has the largest engine. It is also the longest, widest, tallest, and has the maximum ground clearance. It is the quickest off-the-line and beats the others in the 0-60 run by a great margin. And to top off the icing on the cake, it gets lots of active safety tech, which the RAM lacks completely. Hence, the Chevrolet Silverado 2500 takes the crown here.

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD Regular Cab

2020 RAM 2500 Regular Cab vs 2020 Ford F-250 Regular Cab

The Ford has a very powerful, yet durable and robust engine. It also gets the best off-road ability and the maximum payload capacity. It has a commendable towing capacity and is the lightest truck amongst the competition. It is fun to drive, which remains unmatched to date. The F-250 also gets a host of active safety tech and a comfortable upmarket interior, which makes the Ford a better choice over the RAM.

2020 Ford F-250 Regular Cab

2020 RAM 2500 Regular Cab vs 2020 GMC Sierra 2500 HD Regular Cab

The GMC Sierra 2500 is basically a Silverado in different clothes. They have the same underpinnings, the same engine, and the same transmission under the bodywork. It also gets a more decent and comfortable interior along with a host of active safety features. So, the GMC is the better pick of the two. The pricing has been competitive only. Therefore, one can’t simply argue on that matter.

2020 GMC Sierra 2500 HD Regular Cab

 

2020 RAM 2500 Final Verdict

8.8/10

The RAM 2500 Regular Cab is great value for money considering the refined 6.4L HEMI V8. The RAM is also great in towing capacity and is utilitarian. The Big Horn trim looks stunning, however, its lack of active safety features should not be overlooked. So, considering all the factors the Chevy Silverado puts forward the best proposition, with a better powertrain, active safety features, and a decent upmarket cabin with a proper infotainment system. 

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