The Car Guide’s 2020 Best Buys: Ram 1500

Published on May 26, 2020 in News by Guillaume Rivard

Every year, The Car Guide publishes its Best Buys in nearly 30 different vehicle categories. Today we continue our review of the 2020 winners with a look at full-size pickups.

Despite a few changes and new technologies making their debut this year, we didn’t modify our top 3, meaning the Ram 1500 (MSRP from $44,245) is our Best Buy for 2020.

FCA’s star shines with sleeker looks than rivals, a spacious and refined cabin, beautiful road manners as a daily driver and a user-friendly infotainment system on a big centre display up to 12 inches in size.

Photo: FCA

Of course, it also impresses in the towing department, while the new multi-function tailgate proves quite handy. And don’t forget the lockable Ram Box compartments on each side of the cargo bed.

Furthermore, the Ram 1500 benefits from a mild hybrid system called eTorque that lowers fuel consumption and provides an extra dose of torque with both the 3.6-litre V6 and the 5.7-litre HEMI V8). The 2020 model year also brings a 3.0-litre EcoDiesel V6 with 260 horsepower, 480 pound-feet of torque and a combined fuel rating as low as 9.0 L/100 km.

Photo: FCA

Sharing second place are the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 (MSRP from $31,298) and GMC Sierra 1500 (MSRP from $32,498). These two feel solid on the road, offer many advanced towing gadgets and deliver plenty of smooth power with their available 6.2-litre V8.

Ranking third once again, the Ford F-150 (MSRP from $32,339) boasts a tremendous array of configurations and powertrains, including powerful twin-turbo V6 engines that provide great towing capabilities, while the drive is balanced and pleasant.

The Car Guide’s 2020 Scores

  1. Ram 1500 – 80%
  2. Chevrolet Silverado 1500/GMC Sierra 1500 – 77%
  3. Ford F-150 – 76%
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