Is Ram 1500 a Good Truck?

Welcome to one of the 2020 model year’s best pickups: the new Ram 1500. When you need a truck that can handle your jobs both big and small and then let you make the most of your weekend warrior trips, the 2020 Ram 1500 may be just the pickup for you.

Trim Level and Customization

Is Ram 1500 a Good Truck by Freedom Chevrolet CDJR Car and Truck BlogImage via Flickr by denniselzinga

The 2020 Ram 1500 is offered in a variety of trim levels that allow you to find the perfect balance between your budget and the features you want in your truck. Start with the entry-level Tradesman, and then work your way up through the Big Horn, Laramie, Rebel, Laramie Longhorn, and Limited to find the best truck for your needs and wants.

In addition to trim levels, you’ll also have the option between various cab sizes and truck bed lengths. You have a choice between the crew cab or the quad cab. With the crew cab, you can select between the 5-foot-7-inch box or the 6-foot-4-inch box, while the quad cab only comes with the long box option.

Choose Your Powerhouse

This year’s Ram 1500 gives you the option between three engines, each more impressive than the last. The Ram 1500 starts with a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine that produces 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque, a powerful starting point. If you need more gasoline-powered strength, upgrade your truck with the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine that pumps out 395 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque. This engine comes standard with the Laramie, Longhorn, and Limited trim levels.

Those looking for a diesel truck may be interested in the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 engine that delivers 260 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque. Each of these three engines is paired with a smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission.

Towing and Payload

Properly equipped with the HEMI V-8 engine and eTorque mild hybrid system, the 2020 Ram 1500 can tow up to 12,750 pounds. Without the eTorque feature, the V-8 can pull 11,610 pounds. The Pentastar V-6 comes standard with eTorque, which allows it the tow up to 7,730 pounds. If you opt for the EcoDiesel engine, you’ll be able to take advantage of a 12,560-pound towing capacity.

The new Ram 1500 makes towing easier than it’s ever been with smart towing features. Equip your truck with the class-exclusive Active-Level four-corner air suspension that adjusts the Ram’s height when you’re on the highway to improve efficiency. Keep an eye on your haul with the blind-spot monitoring system with rear-cross path detection and automatic trailer detection system. These advanced technologies make taking on the long haul with a trailer less stressful by letting you stay more aware of what’s happening on the road around you.

When you need to pack your load in the box, your Ram 1500 is good for up to 2,300 pounds of it. Thanks to the high-strength steel used in the Ram’s frame, it’s a more durable truck that can handle its own on the worksite.

High-End Luxury

As you move up those trim levels, the Ram 1500’s interior becomes more luxurious. At the top trim level, you’ll find the best-in-class luxury that leaves other pickups in the dust when it comes to providing truck drivers with the first-class treatment.

You begin to see leather seats on the Ram 1500 at the Rebel trim level. At the Laramie level, you’ll get heated and ventilated front seats that keep you comfortable throughout the year’s weather. The available dual-pane sunroof opens up the cabin to the great outdoors. An available reconfigurable center console provides you with multiple levels and storage space that let you stash items as large as a 15-inch laptop.

The Ram 1500 seats up to five passengers with room to stretch out and relax. Extend the luxury experience to your backseat riders by opting for a model equipped with the reclining driver’s seat and fold-down center console. You can stash smaller items in the available under-seat storage area and the rear cabin floor with the rear seats folded up. The cabin can be customized to meet the trip’s demands, whether it’s more passengers or more adventuring gear.

Multifunction Tailgate

Another feature of the 2020 Ram 1500 that drivers are excited about is the available multifunction tailgate. Rather than having to lean over a conventional drop-down tailgate, this tailgate has a 60/40 split that lets you swing it open like swinging doors, allowing you to load and unload your truck more easily. The tailgate can still drop down in its conventional style, but now you have more options when you’re loading your truck.

Throw in the available RamBox cargo management system to add a lockable, sealed storage area with a drain directly into the wall of your bed. Whether you use it to stash small tools or ice for your drinks, this smart storage solution sets the 2020 Ram 1500 apart from the rest.

Smart Tech

The 2020 Ram 1500 isn’t just strong and exceedingly useful, it’s also loaded with more smart technology to enhance your driving experience every time you get behind the wheel.

Each new Ram 1500 comes equipped with a user-friendly touch screen mounted on the center stack. This screen is 5 inches at the Tradesman level, 8.4 inches at the Laramie level, and an amazing largest-in-class 12 inches at the Limited level, though the larger screens are available to lower trims.

Starting with the Big Horn, these screens are compatible with the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay programs, which allow you to connect your phone to your Ram 1500. You can use many of your favorite apps and phone features using only your voice. You can also look up directions, make phone calls, respond to text messages, and play your favorite albums without ever picking up your device.

When you’re ready to get behind the wheel of a 2020 Ram 1500 pickup, see our team at Freedom Chevrolet Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Virden, Illinois. It’s time to experience what it feels like to drive a truck that can work and play as hard as you do.

Posted in Vehicles