2020 RAM 3500

MSRP $35,195 - $42,245

Ranked #8 in Midsize Pickup-truck

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2020 RAM 3500 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 3, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The RAM 3500 has been the company’s most reliable pick-up truck. It is a performance-driven build ready to be driven in any terrain. 2020 marks the 2nd year of the 5th generation RAM 3500 and is available in 5 trim levels. The RAM 3500 possesses a rugged character both in looks as well as engine performance. It is a very robust truck to withstand the toughest terrains. 

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Pros

Outstanding interior quality

Great ride quality, thanks to a mature suspension setup

Best-in-class performance

Cons

High tech features are add-ons, and not standard

The driving position feels a bit upright and high.

What's New?

TBDSome important safety and driver-assist features as lane keep assist, Blind-spot monitoring system, and adaptive steering and trailer tire-pressure-monitoring system are now available.

A 50-gallon fuel tank comes as an option.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$35195

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 leaf suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

14.2/14.1 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

140 in.

length

232 in.

width

79.4 in.

height

77.8 in.

curb weight

6056 lbs.

ground clearance

11.2 in.

capacity

passenger volume

62.5 cu ft.

cargo volume

41 cu ft.

towing capacity

14970 lbs.

payload capacity

4640 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.2 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.2 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


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Trims

Tradesman$35,195 onwards

Big Horn/Lone Star$39,445 onwards

Colors and Styles

2020 RAM 3500 in Hydro Blue Pearl Coat color
Hydro Blue Pearl Coat

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

Pricing and Features

7.2

Engine and Performance

5.6

Fuel Economy

6.7

Interior

8.1

Exterior

5.6

Safety

6.0

Competition

7.9

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Furthermore, its towing capacity doesn’t need any introduction as it is one of the best in its class. The interior is also very comfortable and the cabin is quite refined and quiet. With a base price of $35,345, RAM offers affordability and performance which is a combination seldom seen. It competes with other worthy pick trucks like the Ford F-350 SuperDuty Regular Cab, GMC Sierra 3500HD Regular Cab, and Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD Regular Cab.


5.6/10
Engine and Performance

6.7/10
Fuel Economy

8.1/10
Interior

5.6/10
Exterior

6.0/10
Safety

7.9/10
Competition


2020 RAM 3500 Features

The 2020 RAM 3500 Regular Cab is limited to only 2 trims, the Tradesman and the Big Horn. Both these trims are available in 2 different engines, RWD and 4WD options. RAM has offered only a single rear wheel option on both of these trims.Tradesman being the entry-level trim is priced at $35,345 and is equipped with features like a 5.0-inch touchscreen display with a 4-speaker audio system, 17-inch steel wheels, Vinyl bench seats which are 4-way manual adjustable, Auto On/Off Halogen DRLs, chrome interior accents, and voice-activated radio. 

It is a well-equipped package with an affordable price tag to it.Spending a little more will get you the Big Horn trim which starts from $39,345. It differs from the Tradesman by adding on features like Cloth upholstered seats, 18-inch chrome wheels, Chrome bumpers, Trailer brake controller, 6-speaker audio system, etc.

Trim

Tradesman

Big Horn

MSRP (RWD)

$35,345

$39,345

MSRP (AWD)

$38,145

$42,145

Key Features

Brake Assist

Adds to Tradesman features

 

Black w/chrome surround grille

Remote activated perimeter/approach lights

 

Cruise control with steering wheel controls

Black w/chrome surround grille

 

Voice-activated radio

Keyfob (all doors) remote keyless entry

 

Chrome interior accents

6 Speakers

 

4 Speakers

Cloth front seat upholstery

 

Brake Assist

Adds to Tradesman features

Which trim should you buy?

There’s not a lot of options in the Regular Cab configuration but our recommendation leans more towards the refined Big Horn trim. The Big Horn not only adds more amenities but also provides a better cabin experience and also offers you the opportunity to opt for the Night Shade package.

2020 RAM 3500 Engine and Performance

5.6/10

Both trims of the 2020 RAM 3500 Regular Cab are available with two incredibly powerful engines. The standard engine option is a 6.4L HEMI V8 capable enough to produce 429 hp @ 4,000 RPM and it has a peak torque of 410 lb-ft @ 5,600 RPM. This engine is coupled with 8-speed automatic transmission. This combination has been one of the key selling points for the RAM over the years. The other option for its engine is a 6.7L Cummins turbocharged inline-six which is furthermore available in two versions. 

The first version produces 370 hp and has a torque output of 850 lb-ft, but the second version produces 400 hp and a whopping 1000 lb-ft of torque. These 2 versions are hooked up to a 6-speed automatic transmission.Both these engine and transmission options can drive power to either the Rear wheels or All four wheels. The Cummins engine is 490 lbs lighter than the HEMI V8 and is best suited for hauling and towing purposes because of its tremendous torque output. It's noisier than the V8 as well, but we don’t mind that.

Models

2020 RAM 3500 Regular Cab

2020 Ford F-350 SuperDuty Regular Cab

2020 GMC Sierra 3500HD Regular Cab

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD Regular Cab

MSRP

$35,345

$35,550

$36,800

$35,300

Engine

6.4L V8

6.2L V8

6.6L V8

6.6L V8

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic

10-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

Power

410 hp @ 5,600 RPM

385 hp @ 5,750 RPM

401 hp @ 5,200 RPM

401 hp @ 5,200 RPM

Torque

429 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM

430 lb-ft @ 3,800 RPM

464 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM

464 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM

0-60 MPH (seconds)

7.2

7.3

7.5

7.4

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

15.2

N/A

15.3

N/A

Top-Speed (MPH)

120

96

100

N/A

The RAM 3500 with the HEMI V8, is the fastest to 60 from 0 MPH and certainly has a respectable top speed. Surprisingly the RAM has the lowest torque figures when compared to its rivals. Opting for the Cummins engine will definitely change the game because it has the best torque figures in the class. The Ram also has the lowest price tag as well which is a key aspect to consider.

How well does the 2020 RAM 3500 Regular Cab handle?

For towing and hauling purposes, the 2020 RAM 3500 Regular Cab is an absolute beast. With its extremely torquey engine, it can haul big loads with ease. The handing, however, will vary according to the engine you opt for. The standard V8 doesn’t struggle at all and the 8-speed automatic transmission is intelligent and knows when to upshift and downshift.

The Cummins engine and 6-speed automatic transmission work in perfect harmony and offer a much better driving experience behind the wheel than the standard HEMI V8. Regardless of the engine, the steering is fairly weighted and the wheels respond to the maneuver quickly. The multi-link front suspension and leaf-type rear suspension carry the weights responsibly and don’t hamper the driving experience of the driver.

2020 RAM 3500 Regular Cab Braking Performance

Braking is a very important aspect when it comes to pick-up trucks. Hauling heavy loads might bring some stressful conditions and RAM has made sure that you stop the vehicle safely. The Front and rear rotor sizes remain unknown and the braking distance as well. However, it is one of the lightest cars in its segment which would allow it to stop at a decent distance.

Models

2020 RAM 3500 Regular Cab

2020 Ford F-350 SuperDuty Regular Cab

2020 GMC Sierra 3500HD Regular Cab

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD Regular Cab

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

N/A

14.3

14.0

14.0

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

N/A

14.3

14.1

14.1

Curb Weight (lbs)

6056

5909

6231

6231

60-0 MPH (feet)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

The 2020 Ford F-350 SuperDuty Regular Cab has the biggest brake rotors both in the front as well as in the rear measuring 14.3 and 14 inches. It also weighs the least which acts as a catalyst in the braking process. Both the GM twins sport the same-sized rotors measuring 14 inches in the front and 14.1 inches in the rear respectively which also appear to be the smallest in its class.

2020 RAM 3500 Fuel Economy

6.7/10

Having two enormous engines which are performance-driven, is conclusive that they are fuel-thirsty. With a city economy of 13 MPG and a highway economy of 17 MPG, it gives a combined 15 MPG economy which is outperformed by its rivals. The standard fuel tank has a 32-gallon capacity but RAM offers an optional 50-gallon fuel tank which improves the range by a big margin.

Models

2020 RAM 3500 Regular Cab

2020 Ford F-350 SuperDuty Regular Cab

2020 GMC Sierra 3500HD Regular Cab

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD Regular Cab

MPG (City)

13

14

15

N/A

MPG (Highway)

17

18

19

N/A

MPG (Combined)

15

16

17

N/A

Fuel Tank Capacity (Gallons)

32

34.0

36

36.0

Range (City/Highway/Combined; Miles)

416/544/480

476/612/544

540/684/612

N/A

The figures with the 50-gallon tank are 650/850/750 (city/highway/combined) which are much more than its competition too. With the standard fuel tank, the 2020 GMC Sierra 3500HD Regular Cab has the best range and even has the best fuel economy among the 4 cars returning a fuel economy of 540 in the city and 684 miles while cruising down the highway.

2020 RAM 3500 Interior

8.1/10

Thanks to RAM, the interior is a much nicer place to be than the rest of the cars in this class. It is much more contemporary and luxurious than its rivals. Starting with the seats, you get vinyl seats in the Tradesman trim and cloth upholstered bucket seats in the Big Horn trim. The interior nevertheless is not as spacious as its rivals. That being said, it has seats for 3 passengers.

Regardless of the trim, the driver and passenger seats both are 4-way manually adjustable. The driving position is fairly on the higher side and it is rather inconvenient. The dashboard and center console design is nothing too fancy but it is functional. The center console is equipped with a 5-inch touchscreen display and a number of buttons and knobs below to manipulate the same. This setup isn’t exactly high tech but it is sufficient.

Models

2020 RAM 3500 Regular Cab

2020 Ford F-350 SuperDuty Regular Cab

2020 GMC Sierra 3500HD Regular Cab

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD Regular Cab

Seating Capacity

3

3

3

3

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

39.8/65.9/40.9

40.8/66.7/43.9

43.1/66/44.5

43.1/66.0/44.5

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

74.7

78.5

83.5

83.5

The numbers clearly suggest that all the rivals offer more headroom, shoulder room, and legroom than the 2020 RAM 3500 Regular Cab. It has the least cargo space as well. The GM twins offer the segment leasing interior spacing and cargo volume of 83.5 inches. On the other hand, the Ford F-350 takes a sweet spot in terms of interior dimensions and cargo volume as well. Some of the standout interior features are as follows:

  • Driver and passenger vanity mirrors
  • 5.0-inch touchscreen display
  • 4-way manually adjustable driver and passenger seats
  • Cloth upholstered bucket seats
  • Armrest with storage

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The infotainment system in the 2020 RAM 3500 Regular Cab is a 5-inch Uconnect touchscreen display. This is reserved only for the Tradesman and BigHorn trims. The 5-inch screen is too small for the driver to manipulate while driving. This 5-inch screen isn’t packed with a lot. 

Some basic features like Bluetooth, a rearview camera, an AM/FM Radio are standard. It has a friendly user interface but it takes time to get used to it.The Tradesman comes with a 4-speaker audio system while the Big Horn is equipped with a 6-speaker audio system. The latter is more refined and offers a better surround sound quality. Both the trims have 2 USB charging ports as well. Some of the highlights of the infotainment system are as follows:

  • Voice-activated AM/FM Radio
  • 6-speaker audio system
  • 2 USB charging ports
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • An external digital memory control
  • Voice Activation

2020 RAM 3500 Exterior

5.6/10

The looks of the 2020 RAM 3500 Regular Cab have been subpar before, lacking aggression and elegance. Since the new generation launch made its debut in 2018, things changed. For the year 2020, the RAM 3500 follows the same roots from the 2018 version with a few minor changes. The front fascia with its mammoth hood and DRLs means business! The Tradesman is a pretty straightforward truck with no extraordinary features whatsoever. The Big Horn trim adds a little bling to it by putting on chrome bumpers.

The side profile of the car isn’t attractive as such. Nobody's lines and contours give it a bland look. The Tradesman is equipped with 18-inch steel wheels while the Big Horn adds chrome to those wheels and to the door handles as well. The Big Horn trim offers black heated side mirrors with convex spotters while the Tradesman offers plain black side mirrors. The ground clearance of the 2020 RAM 3500 Regular Cab is one of the highest among its rivals which is a mere 11.2 inches. The rear end of the car comprises incandescent taillights and the Big Horn adds a rear chrome bumper. A big RAM badge boasts in the middle of the tailgate which adds to its character.

Models

2020 RAM 3500 Regular Cab

2020 Ford F-350 SuperDuty Regular Cab

2020 GMC Sierra 3500HD Regular Cab

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD Regular Cab

Curb Weight (lbs)

6056

5909

6231

6231

Length (inches)

232.0

231.8

235.5

235.5

Width (inches)

79.4

80.0

81.75

81.75

Height (inches)

77.8

77.8

80.94

80.94

Ground Clearance (inches)

11.2

8.5

11.2

11.2

Wheelbase (inches)

140.0

141.6

141.6

141.6

In terms of numbers, the 2020 RAM 3500 Regular Cab has the least ground clearance, the shortest wheelbase, and the least width as well. The car with the biggest exterior dimensions is the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD Regular Cab with best in class ground clearance of 11.2 inches. Some of the standout exterior features are as follows:

  • Black power heated side mirrors with a convex spotter (Big Horn)
  • Variable intermittent wipers
  • 18-inch steel wheels (chrome wheels for Big Horn trim)
  • Light Tinted Glass

2020 RAM 3500 Safety

6.0/10

Unfortunately, the 2020 RAM 3500 Regular Cab isn’t tested by the federal authorities which are NHTSA and the IIHS but the number of safety features offered on it should get rid of the concern associated with it. Handling such a big car is challenging hence driver assistance and safety features are definitely a necessity. The Tradesman and the Big Horn are the lower two trims hence all the safety features are not available on them but the ones which are available are as follows:

  • Automatic emergency braking (available)
  • Forward collision warning (available)
  • ABS with traction control
  • Electronic brake distribution
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • Convex spotter OVRMs
  • Adaptive cruise control (available)

2020 RAM 3500 Competition

7.9/10

2020 RAM 3500 Regular Cab vs 2020 Ford F-350 SuperDuty Regular Cab

The long-lasting rivalry of these two cars is because of similar driving experience and pricing. The class in which the RAM clearly performs better than the Ford is engine performance, towing capacity, interior, braking performance, etc. As you go towards the higher trims, the Ford offers better utility options but when it comes to the base trims and Regular Cab configuration, the RAM is the better option out of the two.

2020 RAM 3500 Regular Cab vs 2020 GMC Sierra 3500HD Regular Cab

The GMC Sierra 3500HD Regular Cab is a hardcore pickup truck but the car fails to deliver an all-around package of performance and amenities which would have helped it stand out in this class. Although the GMC offers more cabin space, has best in class fuel economy, and is the better-looking car out of the two, the RAM scores higher in terms of performance and has the upper hand in this comparison.

2020 RAM 3500 Regular Cab vs 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD Regular Cab

The Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD Regular Cab is the best all-rounder in this class. It is a very close competition between these two cars. Although the RAM has smaller dimensions both inside and outside. It offers more options in the engine and transmission section, has best in class towing capacity, and has better braking performance. The Chevy has been a favorite for American buyers and it’s the RAM’s closest competitor.

2020 RAM 3500 Final Verdict

The 2020 RAM 3500 has the best performance in this class, period! Both its engine options perform exceptionally well. The cabin amenities and interior looks of the RAM are also better than its rivals. It is also the most affordable pick-up truck at the entry-level. The sections where it falls short are fuel economy and cargo space but these can be overlooked without hesitation. Although this RAM hasn’t been tested by the federal authorities, the abundant safety and driver-assist features ensure its safety. In conclusion, the RAM delivers where it matters and it has definitely taken the pick-up truck market by storm.

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