The Ram 1500 is my favourite truck within the extremely aggressive full-size pickup section. With wonderful onboard know-how, attractiveness each in and out, numerous utility and a snug experience, it is onerous to beat this well-rounded package deal. For 2020, the story solely will get higher with the addition of a brand new diesel engine.

Ram’s new three.Zero-liter V6 might have the identical displacement as the corporate’s outgoing EcoDiesel engine, however 80% of its elements are new. For 2020, the engine has a brand-new turbocharger, consumption ports and combustion system. The pistons have been redesigned and have thinner rings for much less friction. A brand new, low-pressure exhaust gasoline recirculation system reduces energy loss from the turbo. The tip result’s an engine that gives extra energy and torque than its predecessor, whereas providing reductions in noise, vibration and harshness.

This three.Zero-liter V6 produces 260 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque — eight% and 14% positive aspects, respectively, over the outgoing engine. What’s extra, that class-leading torque comes on at simply 1,600rpm, which is 400rpm prior to earlier than. Meaning there’s extra low-end grunt upon preliminary acceleration, and the retuned, eight-speed automated transmission manages the facility so easily I can barely inform it is there in any respect.

You possibly can hear a little bit of attribute diesel rattle below onerous acceleration, however as soon as I am up to the mark, it is quiet as could be. With none weight within the mattress or a trailer behind me, the diesel engine makes the Ram fairly fast, with numerous midrange punch for straightforward passing. EPA numbers haven’t been finalized simply but, however Ram claims the 1500 EcoDiesel might drive from Duluth, Minnesota, to Dallas, Texas, with no need to cease for gasoline. That is a distance of over 1,000 miles, in response to Google Maps. With a 33-gallon tank, which means the Ram 1500 might theoretically see freeway gasoline economic system numbers of 33 miles per gallon, however we’ll await the EPA to chime in quickly sufficient.

The Ram EcoDiesel can haul 2,040 kilos in its mattress or tow 12,560 kilos behind it — the latter a best-in-class quantity. The Ram’s optionally available air suspension has a self-leveling characteristic to maintain the experience easy whereas towing, and the blind-spot monitoring characteristic covers the size of the trailer. In fact, the very best towing tech within the pickup truck section proper now nonetheless comes from Ford, with its Professional Trailer Again-Up tech, which makes reversing as simple as turning a dial. You’ll want to try our information to all issues towing for extra on that.

Oh, and remember about Ram’s new multifunction tailgate, which folds down like common, however has barn-door, side-opening performance, as nicely. It isn’t fairly the origami grasp that GMC’s MultiPro tailgate is, nevertheless.

With the EcoDiesel engine, the Ram 1500 can tow as a lot as 12,560 kilos.

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What I like greatest in regards to the 2020 Ram 1500 is you could get the EcoDiesel engine on each single trim, together with the off-road-ready Insurgent. The low-end torque is nice for slowly traversing an off-road course, but when desert working is in your future, the Ram’s extra highly effective 5.7-liter V8 is probably going the powertrain for you.

As for the remainder of the 2020 Ram 1500, it carries over unchanged from final yr, when the truck was model new. This truck could be actually luxurious inside, and due to the aforementioned air suspension, gives a soft, steady experience. The rear seats recline for added passenger consolation; full-speed adaptive cruise management is accessible; and an enormous, 12-inch Uconnect infotainment display comes normal with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a Wi-Fi hotspot.

Ram would not supply the one diesel engine within the full-size pickup section, after all. The 2019 Ford F-150 Energy Stroke is a strong choice, however cannot greatest the Ram in energy, torque, payload or towing. The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra supply an inline-six diesel engine, with a wholesome 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, and whereas its 2,302-pound payload ranking bests the Ram 1500, these vans can solely tow 9,300 kilos. Lastly, there’s the Nissan Titan XD, which is extra of a heavy-duty pickup than anything, what with its Cummins V8 engine 555 pound-feet of torque. In fact, the Titan XD is not lengthy for this world, so…

So far as I am involved, the Ram 1500 gives the very best diesel package deal within the section. Nevertheless it will not come cheaply — anticipate to pay a $four,995 premium over a three.6-liter V6 mannequin. Nonetheless, which means a two-wheel-drive Ram 1500 Tradesman Quad Cab EcoDiesel is available in at $36,890, plus $1,695 for vacation spot, which is not a ton of coin. This EcoDiesel engine solely makes the super-good Ram 1500 even higher.

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