2020 Ram 1500 review: eTorque truck is a road-trip star

The Ram 1500 is certainly the finest-seeking fifty percent-ton pickup. Steven Ewing/Roadshow Earlier this summer months, I resolved that in purchase to are living my finest quarantine daily life I essential to invest in a car or truck. And due to the fact I have needed a smaller convertible ever […]

The Ram 1500 is certainly the finest-seeking fifty percent-ton pickup.


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Earlier this summer months, I resolved that in purchase to are living my finest quarantine daily life I essential to invest in a car or truck. And due to the fact I have needed a smaller convertible ever considering that I moved to Los Angeles in 2017, I went with the noticeable decision: a Mazda Miata, although mine is a 1999 tenth Anniversary Edition. It has much less than 27,000 miles, it truly is in great issue and none of the preceding proprietors built any silly modifications. I adore it.

What does that have to do with the 2020 Ram 1500? Well, I uncovered the Miata on Craigslist in Phoenix, and considering that it wasn’t registered or plated, I figured the most straightforward way to get it again to LA was on a trailer. Pretty substantially any total-sizing pickup truck would’ve performed this lengthy-distance tow excursion without breaking a sweat, but none would have been as awesome as the Ram.

Like

  • Ideal total-sizing truck inside in the company
  • Potent V8 electricity with moderate-hybrid aid
  • Top rated-notch infotainment tech

Never Like

  • Guy, can these vans get high priced
  • All the excellent driver-guidance tech expenses extra

The towing wasn’t the tough component. Even the weakest 2020 Ram 1500 can pull 6,390 lbs and the truck’s utmost towing capacity is 12,750 lbs. The combo of my Miata and a lightweight car or truck trailer was just over 3,000 lbs — a thing our lengthy-expression Honda Passport could’ve managed, experienced it carried a tow hitch — so for the Ram, it was a piece of cake. The 2020 Ram 1500 Laramie Crew Taxi 4×4 pictured listed here with the 5.7-liter eTorque V8 and optional 3.ninety two rear axle is rated to tow 11,one hundred ninety lbs. In other words, if I needed to pick up 3 extra Miatas on the way again to LA, it would not have been a difficulty (theoretically).

This rather mild load didn’t even faze the Ram. The moderate-hybrid Hemi V8 will make 395 horsepower and 410 pound-toes of torque, with a 48-volt starter-generator that supplies an extra 16 hp and one hundred thirty lb-ft of initial acceleration aid. Even on uphill begins, the Ram effortlessly and confidently pulled absent from stoplights, and on a fast detour up to Prescott Valley, Arizona — about 5,000 toes higher than sea degree — the moderate-hybrid’s supplemental electricity assisted compensate for the obviously aspirated V8’s loss of significant-altitude oomph.

I was at first kind of bummed my exam truck didn’t have Ram’s 3.-liter EcoDiesel V6, only due to the fact I adore towing with torquey turbodiesels. But the eTorque Hemi actually grew on me. On the highway, there was hardly ever a shortage of electricity for making my way close to gradual-relocating semi vans, not that I ever did any kind of aggressive acceleration with the important cargo in tow. I’m also joyful to report that regardless of the elevation variations and my notoriously major correct foot, my noticed gasoline economic climate wasn’t completely horrific. The EPA rates the eTorque V8-outfitted Ram at seventeen miles for each gallon town and 23 mpg highway, and I noticed seventeen mpg. That may possibly not feel spectacular, but contemplate that I experienced a 3,000-pound penalty hooked up to the tow hitch at all periods, and the route included a bunch of uphill climbs.

I employed the truck’s tow/haul mode a several periods in the mountains, mainly to keep the eight-speed automated transmission from upshifting also early, but I mostly remaining this off on flat streets, considering that the Miata and trailer only accounted for about a quarter of the Ram’s full towing capacity. The most useful towing support was actually the blind-spot monitoring, which quickly calculated the duration of the trailer and tailored the sensors appropriately, so I hardly ever ran the danger of slicing a person off when I essential to improve lanes.

I could’ve stacked 3 extra Miatas on best of this a single and the Ram would’ve been equipped to tow them just fine.


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None of the truck’s towing feats are distinctive to the Ram 1500. And in actuality, some competition give extra tech that will make hauling even easier. The Ford F-150 has the Professional Trailer Back again-Up Help in which you can steer the truck with a dial, turning it just the way you want the trailer to go with the electronics sorting out the relaxation. GMC offers as lots of as fifteen cameras that can even give you x-ray vision by means of a trailer, which is freaking incredible.

But that’s not to say the Ram isn’t going to have a several tips up its sleeve. I adore the RamBox bed cubbies, which were great for storing the trailer tie-down straps when I unloaded the Miata for a temporary stint in Prescott Valley, and they’re lockable, so I could go away matters in them exterior right away without stressing.

The other big ace in the Ram 1500’s hand is an optional load-leveling air suspension that smooths out the ride when you’ve got obtained a major trailer bogging the truck down. But that’s about all I can say about this option, as my truck wasn’t outfitted with it.

Ideal fifty percent-ton truck inside, no dilemma.


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Why I’m glad I took the Ram actually experienced very little to do with its towing abilities. Instead, it truly is how great this truck was as a lengthy-distance cruiser — a silent, comfortable, roomy, tech-rich barge that ate up hundreds on hundreds of miles with relieve. Even without the aforementioned air suspension, the Ram was beautifully smooth together the 10 freeway concerning Los Angeles and Phoenix, although it would’ve been improved on more compact wheels with thicker-sidewall tires, not the 22-inch monsters that came as component of this truck’s Night Edition look offer.

50 %-ton pickup vans rival total-sizing luxury sedans in the range of convenience, usefulness and multimedia attributes they give, and this is completely in which the Ram 1500 sets itself apart in the class. My truck’s heated, cooled, leather-trimmed seats were as plush and supportive as La-Z-Boy chairs. And though I hardly ever rode in the again myself, a passenger hopped again there to make use of the Ram’s onboard Wi-Fi hotspot and took a convention phone with lots of area to sprawl out. You can find an absolute ton of legroom, and the panoramic sunroof saved mild flowing in the cabin. With myriad storage compartments, wireless cellular phone charging and extra than plenty of USB stores, I could conveniently bring all my electronics and keep them all charged.

I might be remiss not to point out the Ram’s stellar onboard infotainment tech: Fiat-Chrysler’s Uconnect 4C computer software, exhibited on the 1500’s 12-inch portrait-oriented screen. I cherished the way I could keep the map on the best fifty percent and audio controls on the base, or run Apple CarPlay seamlessly without acquiring it take over the overall screen. Truth of the matter be advised, I uncovered the screen in my exam truck to be uncharacteristically laggy when responding to inputs, from time to time necessitating 3 or 4 presses before a command would actually take. But I’m going to chalk this up as an anomaly specific to this truck, considering that I have hardly ever, ever experienced that sort of poor conduct from other FCA solutions.

2020 Ram 1500

The 22-inch Night Edition wheels look great, but I might most likely stick with a thing more compact.


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On best of the infotainment excellence, a range of driver guidance attributes built the excursion easier. I mentioned the trailer-duration blind-spot monitoring, but it was great to have adaptive cruise manage, entrance and rear parking sensors, lane-maintaining aid and a 360-diploma digicam, which built parking this thing a cinch.

A large amount of modern day vans have these attributes, also, but taken as a complete, the Ram is my beloved fifty percent-ton. It has a improved on-highway ride than any of its competition, the inside is extra comfortable, the elements are nicer and the tech is best-notch. The 2021 Ford F-150 is going to give the Ram a serious run for its cash when it launches, but for now, at minimum, the Ram 1500 is king.

That crown will price tag you, although. The 2020 Ram 1500 begins in the low $thirty,000 variety, but the Laramie Crew Taxi 4×4 will come in at $48,435 like $1,695 for location. With all the driver guidance add-ons, the Night Edition look offer, the 12-inch Uconnect screen, the eTorque engine and extra, the out-the-door price of this truck is a staggering $sixty eight,815. But it truly is not like any of the Ram’s domestic competition are any much less high priced when they’re all loaded up. And contemplating how substantially extra deluxe, tech-rich and interesting the Ram 1500 is, it certainly feels really worth each penny.

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