Looking at different trucks on the market is often a numbers game. The price can be one of the most important numbers, of course, but beyond that, as you start digging into specs and details on a truck, you’ll often find lots of different numbers that differentiate them and show why one is a better fit for you than another. The 2020 Ram 1500 is no different, so I thought it might be helpful to take a moment and point out some of those impressive numbers.
No matter what you’re looking for in a full-size, light-duty pickup, the oh-so-improved Ram 1500 delivers and offers tremendous performance and power. Just to keep things confusing, I’m going to throw out these numbers devoid of context, so you’ll have to actually do some reading if you want to know what they all mean. Don’t worry, it’ll be worth your time––in the end, you’ll see why these numbers are so impressive. Besides, you’ll be able to toss them out at your next backyard BBQ or when you’re at the bar with your friends.
Though, you might want to provide some context (only I can get away with vague allusions to numerical superiority).
4 – 395 – 480
These three numbers are all related to each other, so that’s why they’re together (no, those aren’t the Ram 1500’s measurements). Four is the number of engines that you can choose from with the 2020 Ram 1500, starting off with a 3.6L Pentastar V6 that has eTorque and provides up to 305 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque. There’s also an impressive 5.7L HEMI V8 engine available, either with or without eTorque, which delivers up to 395 hp and up to 410 lb-ft of torque for great overall performance and power.
Of course, if you really need to get some serious work done and torque is more important to you, then there’s an available 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 engine, which provides up to 260 hp and up to 480 lb-ft of torque. I didn’t even mention the 8-speed automatic transmission featured on the 2020 Ram 1500 that helps boost efficiency, performance, and the overall fun of driving this beast.
Although towing capacity will depend on which engine you choose and the overall configuration of the 2020 Ram 1500, its maximum towing is up to 12,750 lbs. That gives you a lot of potential for what you can haul behind you and is definitely impressive for a light-duty truck. Even if you don’t choose the most powerful engine available for the Ram 1500 or the ideal configuration for maximum towing, you still get tremendous trailering potential with this truck. It’s a great choice for hauling a boat, lugging a camper around, or hitching up to your trailer.
Meanwhile, 2,300 lbs is the maximum available payload capacity for the 2020 Ram 1500. Of course, payload refers to how much weight you can physically load onto and inside of the truck itself. So whether you’re looking to pile on a bunch of sheets of drywall or load up with camping supplies for a weekend away, the 2020 Ram 1500 is a great choice. Just like with towing, the actual payload limit will depend on the engine and configuration you’re looking at, so keep that in mind when considering a truck.
Most trucks out there in the full-size, light-duty category come with a 7-inch infotainment display standard and typically have an available 8-inch display. That’s cute, but the 2020 Ram 1500 has a massive 12-inch infotainment display available that truly puts those other ones to shame. It’s only one aspect of the incredible interior options on this truck that blow away the standards of “sophistication” and “luxury” that you’ll find on a lot of trucks from other manufacturers. This screen is gorgeous and really helps with backing up, looking at directions and maps, and everything else you use the infotainment system for.
19 – 900
Speaking of that incredible interior, let’s take a moment to appreciate the absolutely stunning 19-speaker Harman Kardon Premium Audio system available on the 2020 Ram 1500. This available 900W sound system is truly incredible and features stainless steel speaker grilles to make an undeniable impression on your senses. Words truly fail to do it justice, and you need to hear it for yourself. When combined with the active noise-cancellation that’s available, you really feel separated from the outside world and enveloped in your music.
The available 7-inch digital driver cluster reinvents what you expect while driving a powerful pickup truck like the 2020 Ram 1500. This display uses full-color 3D graphics to not only provide you with simple information that is easy to read but to make sure you can see everything you need to know, with updates in real-time. All of these interior details and features really come together to create a driving experience that sets itself apart from anything you’ve ever known.
Of course, no amount of flashy screens and speakers mean a thing if a vehicle can’t help keep you safe and protect you when the unexpected occurs. The fact that the frame of the 2020 Ram 1500 is made of 98% high-strength steel to help reinforce it and strengthen it against damage from an impact is definitely an important number in my book. There are also a bunch of other safety features available on the Ram 1500, including a lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control with Stop and Go functionality, a forward collision warning, and advanced brake assist to help you avoid collisions and minimize damage and injuries if one does occur. But these kinds of things are really too important to quantify with simple numbers.
Then again, sometimes numbers do matter when it comes to safety – such as when you consider the massive, 14.9-inch brakes on the 2020 Ram 1500. These are the largest standard brakes for a vehicle of its class, and they help you with stopping your vehicle. Obviously, brakes are always important; when you’re hauling 10,000 lbs of weight behind you, however, then large, powerful brakes become even more vital. The last thing you want is to buy a truck that has brakes only designed for the base weight of the pickup itself. Half the point of owning a truck is the freedom to load up the bed or hook up a trailer and take everything you need with you. But you need powerful brakes that can handle that kind of load and make sure you are able to stop safely, which is why this number is so very important to me.
5 – 100,000
Reliability and durability are the hallmarks of any truly great truck. You want a pickup that can not only handle whatever work you throw at it and keep going for as long as you do, but that will also go the distance for many years to come. Ram’s 5-year/100,000-mile diesel powertrain limited warranty is the perfect example of this kind of reliability and long-term support in simple, straightforward numbers. The duration and mileage limit on that warranty is fantastic and really shows the confidence that Ram has in its diesel engines.
Looking for more numbers? Consider heading to your local Ram dealer and check out the 2020 Ram 1500 for yourself.