2020 Dodge RAM 2500 Diesel Release Date – The 2020 RAM 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty are more luxurious, bigger and more capable than ever to set a new bar for the HD pickup truck class. The trucking family gets an overall rating of 6.5 out of 10 for its combination of massive capabilities, premium features and uninterrupted comfort, though safety and fuel economy are not measured in any official way.
2020 Dodge RAM 2500 Diesel Release Date
Available in six trims, three body styles, two chassis configurations, single or double rear axles, two bed lengths, three engines and two gear system that can be a heavy RAM service for all buyers, from durably trimmed work trucks to luxuriously equipped barges.
For 2020, RAM HD gets a Night Edition that includes black styling elements like 20-inch wheels. Active Lane Control is now available at all trim levels as well as blind-spot monitors, and a new tire pressure monitoring system for trailers is included. There are also two new paint colors, and a 50-gallon fuel tank is now standard on crew-cab models with the longer 8-foot bed.
Echoing the smaller RAM 1500, the heavy duty Dons a 39-inch-wide grille that’s massive any way you look at it. Base Tradesman models make heavy use of plastic and steel, while top-grade Limited Trucks get a heavy chrome treatment. The overall look is less overwhelming than in years past, but it is impossible to miss on the road.
Fortunately, the interior is borrowed from as early as 1500, making it instantly our favorite of the bunch. Fine materials like semi-aniline leather, real wood and metal trim are available, which is an impressive 12.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Using a HEMI V-8 as standard, the RAM HD is plenty powerful with 410 horsepower and a smooth 8-speed transmission. For those seeking more torque, a few Cummins with inline-6 engines are available, one with 850 pound-feet of torque and another with a massive 1,000 lb-ft. That’s right, 1000.
2020 Dodge RAM 2500 Diesel styling
2020 RAM 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty smooth out its big rig look with better results than the smaller 1500. It’s the right balance of muscular and sophisticated right trim. We give it 6 out of 10 here. (Read more about how we rate cars.)
Almost every trim level of RAM Heavy Duty looks like a completely different truck, from the plastic-and-steel-trimmed craftsman to the chrome-heavy limited model. The venerable power wagon takes styling signals from the less skilled Rebel 1500, with its large plastic grille, body cladding and two-color paint jobs.
Inside, the big RAM HD is almost indistinguishable from the smaller 1500’s, and that’s a big deal. This is hands-down our favorite truck interior, and has some expensive looking trim at the top of the range, including semi-aniline leather and real wood and metal accents. There are plenty of buttons and knobs for different functions despite which touch screen you choose, but technophiles will have the massive 12.0-inch screen that works with gloves on.
2020 Dodge RAM 2500 Diesel performance
2020 RAM 2500 and 3500 HD are in a new momentum stratosphere, even for heavy duty pickups. We give it 7 out of 10 for its off-road best of a power wagon and 1,000-pound-Foot diesel engine. (Read more about how we rate cars.)
By default, RAM HD gets a 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 with 410 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque. Cylinder deactivation allows this large power plant to close four cylinders under light loads to save fuel. Rear wheel drive is standard, all-wheel drive is optional, and all gas RAM HDs come with a smooth 8-speed automatic transmission.
Buyers have the option of choosing two different Cummins 6.7-liter with inline-6 engines, the less powerful, which makes 370 HP and 850 lb-ft of torque. That’s some serious grunt, but an upgraded engine pushes those numbers to 400 HP and a full 1,000 lb-ft. Both diesel engines use 6-speed automatic gearboxes, the more powerful engine gets a beeper gearbox.
Gas or diesel, the RAM HD is plenty capable of handling heavy loads, but the truck’s 35,100-pound maximum tow rating only applies to the high-output engine and a specific cabin, bed, and gear system setup. That’s enough weight to require a commercial driver’s license, mind you.
Coil Springs is standard at 2500 in all four corners, while Leaf Springs is included in the rear at 3500 for more towing capacity. Driving quality is better than average, and an optional rear air suspension helps mount trailers more easily. Handling is obviously not as remote as a passenger car, so don’t trade that Camry until you’ve spent some time re-learning to drive.
The off-road oriented Power Wagon is the real deal, using 33-inch tires, raised off-road suspension, and other Trail-bashing goodies to provide Go-Anywhere capability. It looks amazing too.
2020 Dodge RAM 2500 Diesel Fuel economy
Like all heavy trucks, the 2020 RAM Heavy Duty lineup is not rated for fuel economy. We can’t give it a rating here, but cautiously suggest if you don’t regularly push this truck to its limits, you might be better off with a more efficient RAM 1500.