2020 RAM 2500

2020 MODEL
$33,745 - $40,795
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2020 RAM 2500 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: July 10, 2020
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Rishabh Mehra

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Big macho trucks are the go-to choice of wheels if someone wants to hail people in comfort and at the same time lug around all of their luggage without breaking a sweat. The RAM 2500 is one step above the regular 1500 mid-size pick-up. It's bigger in size, can tow more, has more power in the base model and is more suited for heavy-duty stuff. 

The 2020 RAM 2500 comes in numerous specs and packages, big or small bed, high towing capacity, rear-wheel drive or the capable 4X4 system and so on. High levels of customization are possible due to multiple trims on offer, so there’s a RAM 2500 for every kind of buyer out there. 

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Pros

Torquey diesel engine

Spacious on the inside

Class-leading towing capacity

Cons

Lack of active safety features

High driving position

What's New?

A new 6.4L HEMI V8 replaces the old 5.7L

Heavy use of aluminum and high strength steel 


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$33745

bodystyle

2dr Regular Cab

passenger capacity

3

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

392 cu.in.

horsepower

410 hp @ 5600 rpm

torque

429 lbs.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

8-speed automatic

chassis

frame type

Ladder Frame

suspension front

Non-independent front multi-link suspension

suspension rear

Rigid axle rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

14.2/14.2

dimensions

wheelbase

140 in.

length

232 in.

width

83.5 in.

height

78 in.

curb weight

5953 lbs.

ground clearance

13 in.

capacity

passenger volume

62.5 cu ft.

cargo volume

72.2 cu ft.

towing capacity

19680 lbs.

payload capacity

4050 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.3 sec.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr. /100000 mi.

roadside assistance

5 yr. / 100000 mi.


Pictures

Exterior
Interior

Styles

2020 RAM 2500 in Flame Red Clear Coat color 2020 RAM 2500 in Hydro Blue Pearl Coat color 2020 RAM 2500 in Black Clear Coat color
Flame Red Clear Coat

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

9.9

Engine And Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

9.9

Exterior

9.0

Safety

7.0

Final Verdict

8.8

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OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 RAM 2500 Tradesman

Tradesman

power
410 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
TBD

$33,745 - $36,645


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Tradesman 2dr Regular Cab 8 ft. LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A) Starting at $33,745 MSRP TBD 410 hp @ 5600 rpm, 6.4 L, V-8, regular unleaded
8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 3
Tradesman 2dr Regular Cab 8 ft. LB 4WD (6.4L 8cyl 8A) Starting at $36,645 MSRP TBD 410 hp @ 5600 rpm, 6.4 L, V-8, regular unleaded
8-speed automatic four wheel drive 3
Tradesman 2dr Regular Cab 8 ft. LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A) Starting at $33,745 MSRP TBD 410 hp @ 5600 rpm, 6.4 L, V-8, regular unleaded
8-Speed Auto (8HP75-LCV) rear wheel drive 3
Tradesman 2dr Regular Cab 8 ft. LB 4WD (6.4L 8cyl 8A) Starting at $36,645 MSRP TBD 410 hp @ 5600 rpm, 6.4 L, V-8, regular unleaded
8-Speed Auto (8HP75-LCV) four wheel drive 3

2020 RAM 2500 Big Horn/Lone Star

Big Horn/Lone Star

power
410 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
TBD

$37,895 - $40,795


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Big Horn/Lone Star 2dr Regular Cab 8 ft. LB (6.4L 8cyl 8A) Starting at $37,895 MSRP TBD 410 hp @ 5600 rpm, 6.4 L, V-8, regular unleaded
8-Speed Auto (8HP75-LCV) rear wheel drive 3
Big Horn/Lone Star 2dr Regular Cab 8 ft. LB 4WD (6.4L 8cyl 8A) Starting at $40,795 MSRP TBD 410 hp @ 5600 rpm, 6.4 L, V-8, regular unleaded
8-Speed Auto (8HP75-LCV) four wheel drive 3

Expert Review

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Compared to the last generation of RAM 2500, the new interaction is merely a facelift with minor changes on the interior front and subtle tweaks on the outside. Mechanically, the truck remains exactly the same. Powered by a torquey V8 as standard, it also gets an option of a meaty straight-six diesel engine developed by Cummins which should be the pick of the lot for someone who’s looking for massive towing duties. 

The regular cab is the stripped-out version of the RAM 2500 pick-up truck. In the name of features and creature comforts it only gets essentials. Major upgrades are not visible to the eyes. Under the body, engineers have upgraded the metal and now more high strength steel is used in the frame and chassis and aluminum make way into the body panels for a reduced curb weight and increases the efficiency by that much. 


9.9/10
Features

 

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

 

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

9.9/10
Interior

 

9.0/10
Exterior

 

7.0/10
Safety

 
 

8.8/10
Final Verdict

 

2020 RAM 2500 Features

9.9/10

The 2020 RAM 2500 regular cab is offered in three trims and the range kicks off from $36,545 for the Tradesman and goes all the way up to $40,895 for the Longhorn trim which is offered with a bit more tech and creature comforts. 

Trims

Tradesman

Bighorn

MSRP(RWD)

$33,645

$37,995

MSRP(4X4)

$36,545

$40,895

Features

Bluetooth connectivity

Adds/upgrades over Base trim

 

Power Windows with Front One-Touch-Down Feature(optional)

Heated Seats and Wheel Group(optional)

 

Vehicle Information Center

heated front seats

 

steering wheel mounted audio controls

Premium Cloth Bucket Seats

 

Halogen Quad Headlamps

Premium Speakers

 

tire pressure monitoring display

Trailer Brake Control

 

advanced multistage front airbags

Tow Hooks(optional)

 

Electronic Stability Control

remote keyless entry

  Push-Button Start

Remote-Start System(optional)

  ParkView® Rear Back-Up Camera

ParkSense® Rear Park-Assist System(optional)

 

Sentry Key® Theft Deterrent System

 

What do we recommend?

2020 RAM 2500 comes with a ton of configurations and customizations. That being said, the Bighorn trim makes the most sense in the cheaper and more affordable side of the story. Over the base Tradesman trim, the Bighorn comes with plenty of additional features for not a huge price jump. 

2020 RAM 2500 Engine and Performance

9.0/10

Mechanically, both the trims are identical to one another. Under the big sculpted hood sits a 6.4L HEMI V8 engine. The engine powers all of the models starting from the base to all the way up to the top-spec trim. With that said, there’s also an option of speccing a Cummins designed straight-six diesel engine which is an absolute beast of a motor.

But for regular towing needs, the base V8 should be up for the job. It belts out a handy 429 lb-ft of twisting force and a just of 400 hp which should do the trick for normal day-to-day driving and occasional towing needs. The 6.4L HEMI replaces the old 5.7L motor which used to power the older models. It’s quieter than before and feels more refined and efficient than older engines.

Models

RAM 2500 Regular Cab

Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD Regular Cab

Ford F-250 Regular Cab

GMC Sierra 2500 HD Regular Cab

MSRP

$33,645

$34,100

$33,705

$35,600

Engine

6.4L HEMI V8

6.6L V8

6.2L V8

6.6L V8

Transmission

8-Spd Auto 8HP75-LCV Transmission

6 Speed automatic

6 Speed automatic

6 Speed automatic

Horsepower

410 hp

401 hp @ 5200 rpm

385 hp @ 5750 rpm

401 hp @ 5200 rpm

Torque

429 lb-ft

464 ft-lbs. @ 4000 rpm

430 ft-lbs. @ 3800 rpm

464 ft-lbs. @ 4000 rpm

The engine is paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission sourced from ZF. The ZF gearbox communicates better with the truck now thanks to the upgraded software on the truck. It shifts seamlessly and offers great driving experience, be it in the city or out on the highway. 

This gearbox is tuned specifically for this truck so that it can handle all the hauling duties without going kaput. As standard, the power is transferred to the rear wheels exclusively but the good old 4X4 system is available as an option right from the base model. 

How fast is the RAM 2500 off the line?

There is no getting away from the fact that the 2020 RAM 2500 is one heavy truck. For the amount of heft, this thing has to lug around, it accelerates fairly swiftly. From a standstill, the truck picks up the pace in a linear fashion with the gearbox assisting the engine all the way. 

The gearbox is quick to react and the power comes in clean. 

Models

RAM 2500 Regular Cab

Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD Regular Cab

Ford F-250 Regular Cab

GMC Sierra 2500 HD Regular Cab

0-60 mph

8.3 seconds*

6.1 Seconds

8 seconds

6.5 seconds

Quarter mile

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Engine

6.4L HEMI V8

6.6L V8

6.2L V8

6.6L V8

Emission (Tons/yr. of CO2 Emissions @ 15k mi/year)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

All of these trucks are heavy and big beasts and possess similar acceleration abilities. That being said, the GMC flies off the line even though it's one of the heaviest pick-up trucks of the lot. 

What’s the handling like?

On a wide stretch of tarmac, the 2020 RAM 2500 feels planted and drives like a medium-size SUV rather than a full-on truck. The suspension is set-up in such a way that it can sit comfortably cruising at 70 mph and can soak up the harshest and the nastiest of bumps without hampering the comfort inside the cabin. At the rear, sophisticated air-suspension can be found which works in harmony with traditional springs at the front. That being said, push this massive beast a bit too hard and the inert truck personality steps out and it rolls all over the place which is something which is expected from a giant like the 2020 RAM 2500.

The steering feels light and easy to operate which makes this massive truck a breeze to drive in the city and in and out of tight spots. 

What about the braking performance?

For such a humongous truck to stop from high speeds to a complete halt, a good and reliable set of brakes is a must. The brakes on the 2020 RAM 2500 feel extremely solid and sure-footed and one can trust on these brakes. The pedal has a nice feel to it and the travel is not too long. Braking is quite linear and the ABS and other electronic nannies make sure that the truck maintains its line and composure. 

Models

RAM 2500 Regular Cab

Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD Regular Cab

Ford F-250 Regular Cab

GMC Sierra 2500 HD Regular Cab

Brake Front (in.)

14.2

14

14.3

13

Brake Rear (in.)

14.1

14.1

14.3

13.6

Curb Weight (lbs.)

5,988

5741

5683

6106

60-0 MPH (ft.)

140

134

166

N/A

 The Ford F-250 continues to fall behind the class, with a panic stopping distance of 166 feet. Despite being the lightest in the class, it got one-upped by the Silverado, which is heavier. RAM felt quite strong under heavy braking and inspired a lot of confidence in the driver. 

How much towing power does the RAM 2500 Regular Cab have?

The 2020 RAM 2500 regular cab can haul massive amounts of cargo behind and is also packing a serious payload capacity. The 6.4L V8 upfront generates some seriously impressive numbers coupled with the amazing 8-speed transmission, this truck can haul all day without breaking a sweat.  

Models

RAM 2500 Regular Cab

Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD Regular Cab

Ford F-250 Regular Cab

GMC Sierra 2500 HD Regular Cab

Towing Capacity(pounds)

15040

14500

15000

14500

Payload Capacity (pounds)

4011

3534

4170

3857

The RAM 2500 is an absolute beast when it comes to towing. For even better-towing capacity, the Cummins designed 6.7L straight-six diesel engine can be specced as well which produces an insane 1000 lb-ft of torque which leaps and bounds ahead of the base HEMI V8. 

2020 RAM 2500 Fuel Economy

6.0/10

The old 5.7L V8 is out and is replaced with a new 6.4L HEMI V8 which is supposed to be more efficient and at the same time, more powerful than the older motor. Official fuel economy figures are not out yet but might just be somewhat similar to the last year’s figures. 

Models

RAM 2500 Regular Cab

Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD Regular Cab

Ford F-250 Regular Cab

GMC Sierra 2500 HD Regular Cab

MPG (city)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

MPG (highway)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

MPG (combined)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Fuel Tank Capacity (Gal)

32

36

34

36

Range (City/Highway)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

In terms of outright fuel economy, all of these trucks perform in a more or less similar fashion as all of these trucks are powered by big V8 gasoline engines and all of them tip the scales well over 5500 pounds. Be it the range or fuel-economy numbers, it's not going to be a deciding factor for any prospective buyer.

2020 RAM 2500 Interior

9.9/10

The regular cab is the most stripped out form of the RAM 2500. In its cheapest form, ie, the Tradesman, not much is included as it is positioned as a rough and tough workhorse and thus not much thought is given to the luxurious side of the things. That being said, the basics are all covered. It gets a square-ish looking dashboard, it’s upright and sports equally big air-con vents which match the whole vibe of the pickup truck. Most parts of the dashboard and the doors are covered with hard plastics and feel downright cheap which is expected from a base regular cab truck.

Model

RAM 2500 Regular Cab

Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD Regular Cab

Ford F-250 Regular Cab

GMC Sierra 2500 HD Regular Cab

Passenger Capacity

3

3

3

3

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

39.8/65.9/40.9

43.1/66/44.5

40.8/66.7/43.9

43.1/66/44.5

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Stepping up to the Bighorn trim, things do get better. A better looking and feeling cloth upholstery is a part of the package along with heated seats and steering wheel, which is a must option if someone lives in the colder part of the country. In-car entertainment in the form of Bluetooth and music system is a part of the package as well. 

The seats are nice and big coupled with easy ingress and egress makes it a comfortable truck to be in and live with. That being said, the seating position takes a hit as a lot of drivers complain about the seats being set up too high. All in all, 2020 RAM 2500 has a nice and spacious cabin.

How big is the cargo bed in the RAM 2500 Regular Cab?

As expected from such a massive truck, the cargo capacity behind the cab is absolutely gigantic and cavernous. It takes up more than 4000 pounds worth of cargo and gets nifty tow hooks to tie it all down securely. Inside the cabin, there’s plenty of room and the storage cubbies all over, be it in the middle of the dash or the door pads, it's super utilitarian on the inside.

Models

RAM 2500 Regular Cab

Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD Regular Cab

Ford F-250 Regular Cab

GMC Sierra 2500 HD Regular Cab

Cargo Volume with rear seats up (ft.3)

74.7

83.5

78.5

83.5

Both the Chevy Silverado and the GMC Sierra 2500 has the biggest cargo space behind the seats as they both share the underpinnings as well as the powertrain. Underneath the flesh, both these pick-up trucks are identical. 

What about the infotainment features?

The base RAM 2500 regular cab any kind of infotainment system. It’s totally bare bones and a 100% utilitarian. For vital information, a vehicle information center comes as standard. That being said, Bluetooth is part of the package. On top of the line RAM 2500, a big 12.3-inch portrait touchscreen dominated the dash which comes with the latest iteration of the Uconnect system, Apple Carplay, and Android Auto are standard here. 

2020 RAM 2500 Exterior

9.0/10

The RAM 2500 is an absolute giant with an equally big personality. It has a massive footprint and is one of the better looking full-size trucks out there. Upfront, that big grille totally dominates the look of the truck with a huge RAM logo sitting proudly in the middle.

In the regular cab, the grille gets a matte black plasticky finish but the top of the line variants get a more dazzling, chrome-infused grille which looks much more premium and upmarket. The grille stretches all the way to the sides to meet the headlamps. 

At the side, the regular cab gets steel rims that look retro and have an old-school charm to them and feels like a breath of fresh air in the sea of similar-looking diamond cut alloys. These wheels do look rugged and can actually go anywhere. The RAM 2500 is a total workhorse and that’s exactly what it looks like on the outside. 

Model

RAM 2500 Regular Cab

Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD Regular Cab

Ford F-250 Regular Cab

GMC Sierra 2500 HD Regular Cab

Curb Weight (lbs.)

5,988

5741

5683

6106

Length (in.)

 

232

235.5

231.8

235.5

Width (in.)

79.4

81.7

80

81.8

Height (in.)

78

79.9

77.9

79.9

Ground Clearance (in.)

7.3

10.2

8.5

10.2

Wheelbase (in.)

 

140.5

141.5

141.6

141.5

Track Width (in.) F/R

68.6/68.2

N/A

N/A

N/A

2020 RAM 2500 Safety

7.0/10

The RAM 2500 regular cab has not been crash-tested by any major crash-testing agencies yet. The set of standard safety features includes dual-stage frontal airbags, remote keyless entry and tire pressure monitoring system amongst others. There is definitely a lack of active safety features on the RAM 2500. Some other safety features are as follows:

  • Electronic Stability Control
  • advanced multistage front airbags
  • ParkView® Rear Back-Up Camera
  • ParkSense® Rear Park-Assist System

2020 RAM 2500 Competition

RAM 2500 Regular Cab vs Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD

The chevy is a great amalgamation of power and usability. It is the quickest truck in this comparison and by quite a long shot. The engine upfront packs in a lot of heat and the towing capacity is as good as the RAM 2500. In terms of safety, it trumps the RAM 2500 which feels like an ill-planned product in terms of safety features on offer. 

RAM 2500 Regular Cab vs Ford F-250 

The Ford F-250 is the lighter of the two and feels much better to drive on the road. The cabin is big and cavernous. It has a superb towing capacity along with a usable bed at the back. If its smaller brother, the F-150 is to go by, the F-250 should keep its occupants happy. It's as easy to drive and as comfortable as the RAM 2500. 

RAM 2500 Regular Cab vs GMC Sierra 2500 HD

The GMC Sierra and the Chevy Silverado, both are more or less the same trucks. Underneath the bodywork, both the trucks are based on the same platform and are powered by the same engine as well. That being said, the GMC feels that much more polished and better put together than the two and feels as good as the RAM 2500. 

2020 RAM 2500 Final Verdict

8.8/10

The RAM 2500 is a great value for money package. It is powered by a refined HEMI V8 as standard and also gives an option of a diesel engine that offers a never-ending amount of torque supply right from the word get-go which makes it a towing king. It looks absolutely smashing, be it the base variant or the top-spec trim packed with all the bells and whistles. On the inside, it's super comfy and can take up loads of cargo behind the seats. It's a great buy for the price.