Status: Turbo-diesel returns for 2020 - The 2019 model-year redesign of the Ram 1500 included plenty of features, performance and greater towing-and-hauling capabilities. Maximum payload and towing capacities increased to 2,300 and 12,750 pounds, respectively (previously 1,880 and 10,620). An optional air-suspension system can raise or lower ride height and keep the truck level when loaded. The extended-length Quad Cab and four-full-door Crew Cab bodies are the primary offerings, but Ram offers a regular-cab version for fleet customers. Engine availability consists of a 305-horsepower V-6 and a 395-horsepower V-8. Both use eight-speed automatic transmissions. The V-6's torque temporarily increases by up to 90 pound-feet with a belt-drive 48-volt "eTorque" motor/generator. This mild-hybrid system replaces the traditional alternator and uses a lithium-ion battery to add power under hard acceleration. The same system adds up to 130 pound-feet of torque for the V-8, but it's optional. The 2020 model year sees the return of the turbo-diesel V-6 (called EcoDiesel). Available in all trim lines, the Italy-built engine is rated at 260 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque, and provides a max towing capacity of 12,560 pounds.
Base price (incl. destination): $33,600
Type: Two- /four-door pickup
Engines (h.p.): 3.6-liter V-6 (305); 5.7-liter V-8 (395); 3.0-liter V-6, turbo-diesel (260)
Transmission: Eight-speed automatic
Layout: Rear- /four-wheel-drive
Base mpg (city/highway/combined): 19/26/22 (3.6, 4x2)
Base weight (lb.): 5,300