The 2020 RAM Showdown
Most Americans, they know the RAM name is synonymous with quality – it’s been extremely popular in the United States, In 2019 alone, over 700,000 RAM trucks were sold. So, chance are you already know that you want a new 2020 RAM, but maybe you don’t know all the difference between the 1500 & the 2500. If that’s the case you are in the right place – read on, we’re here to give you all the details.
The 2020 RAM 2500
The 2020 RAM 2500 is a heavy-duty pickup, you can choose from 6 different trims and 3 body styles, as well as 2 chassis configurations. The trims available are Tradesman, Big Horn, Power Wagon, Laramie, Laramie Longhorn, and Limited. All these options give you the power to get the perfect truck for you!
The standard engine that comes with the 2020 RAM 2500 is a 6.4L Hemi V8 that’s capable of 410 HP and 429 lb-ft of torque. Your other choices include:
• 6.7L Cummins turbodiesel inline-6 (370 HP and 850 lb-ft of torque)
• Upgraded 6.7L Cummins turbodiesel inline-6 (400 HP and 1,000 lb-ft of torque)
Also, note that the pickup comes standard with 2-wheel drive, but can be upgraded to 4-wheel drive if you wish.
Payload and Towing
The 2020 RAM 2500 has a maximum payload capacity of 4,010 pounds and towing capacity of 17,540 pounds. So, if you’re looking for a truck to handle a rugged lifestyle, then this is it.
Because the EPA doesn’t require heavy-duty trucks to be rated for their fuel economy, there is not an official number for this truck’s MPG. However, many owners agree with Consumer Reports, which has put the 2020 RAM 2500’s MPG at around 14. Considering you need lots of power to tow and carry payloads, it’s not really a surprise that this heavy-duty pickup truck’s fuel economy isn’t the greatest. However, this is pretty standard for this type of vehicle.
The safety features of this vehicle are anti-lock brakes, traction control, stability control, rearview camera, and 6 airbags. If you decide to get the upper trims, you can also enjoy a 360-degree surround-view camera system, forward-collision warnings with automatic braking, blind-spot monitors, active lane control, and parking sensors. At the time of writing, the 2020 RAM 2500 does not have a safety rating yet. However, the 2019 RAM 2500 received “Good” ratings in pretty much all categories from the IIHS (“Good” is the highest rating), except for the child seat anchor latch ease of use; it got a “Marginal.”
Considering that doesn’t affect the overall safety of the pickup truck, we’d say that makes the 2019 RAM 2500 one of the safest trucks in the class. We anticipate a very similar score for the 2020 model.
The 2020 RAM 1500
The 2020 RAM 1500 has a lower MSRP than the RAM 2500’s. So, if you’re on a budget, the 1500 might be a better choice for you than the 2500. The main difference between this truck and the 2500 is that the 1500 is a light-duty truck instead of heavy-duty. Light-duty trucks are made for more “everyday” purposes, such as hauling smaller pieces of furniture or lighter construction equipment. This makes them good for people who live in the suburbs. Heavy-duty pickup trucks on the other hand, usually have diesel engines and better transmissions to tow larger items, such as trailers or boats. This makes them great for bigger construction projects. This truck also has 6 trims available. They are Tradesman, Big Horn, Laramie, Rebel, Laramie Longhorn, and Limited.
The 2020 RAM 1500 gives you 3 engine choices. They are:
• 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 (280 HP and 480 lb-ft of torque)
• 3.6L Pentastar V6 with eTorque (305 HP and 269 lb-ft of torque)
• 5.7L V8 HEMI MDS VVT (395 HP and 410 lb-ft of torque)
Like with the RAM 2500, this pickup truck comes standard with 2-wheel drive. However, you can always upgrade to 4-wheel drive.
Payload and Towing
For this pickup truck, it has a maximum payload of 2,300 and it can tow up to 12,750 pounds. When compared to the 2500, its payload and towing capacity are lower. But in most cases, it’s still enough for everyday usage. So, for most regular drivers, they won’t notice a huge difference in these two trucks.
For the 2020 RAM 1500, its fuel economy is a little better than the 2500. This is probably due to its smaller size and lower capacity for towing and carrying payloads. This pickup truck gets around 20 MPG in the city and 25 MPG on the highway. This is impressive for fuel economy when it comes to this type of vehicle. So, if your concern is fuel efficiency and not power, then the RAM 2500 might be a better choice for you than the RAM 1500.
The safety features that come with the 2020 RAM 1500 are lane departure warning, parallel and perpendicular assist, 360-degree surround-view camera, and 6 standard airbags inside the vehicle. The IIHS has rated the 2020 RAM 1500 as “Good” for practically every category. The only areas it got lower marks were for its headlights and child seat latch ease of use. For those categories, the truck received “Marginal” marks. However, these two things don’t directly impact your safety while on the road, so you can trust in the 2020 RAM 1500 to keep you safe whenever you’re behind the wheel.
Choose the Truck That’s Right for You
Both trucks are amazing; they come from a long line of reliable vehicles, after all. You can’t go wrong with choosing either. But of course, each has its own strengths, depending on your driving habits. If you’re ready to look at some pickup trucks and test drive them, then stop by our dealership today. As a premier Oklahoma Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram dealer, we offer service & parts, an online inventory, and outstanding financing options, making Patriot Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of McAlester a preferred dealer serving McAlester, Muskogee, Eufaula & the Henryetta area. If you have any questions or concerns, then feel free to call us at (918) 221-8705 or fill out this contact form.
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