Car Review: Ram 1500 Limited mixes luxury and brawn, adds better MPG with new diesel engine

Pickup trucks are as popular as ever, and now the big three have added diesel engines to the mix. The Ram 1500 has been a very popular truck since its recent redesign. Now, the six-cylinder turbo diesel makes its appearance for 2020 in the newer Ram 1500 trucks.

There is some of that diesel clatter, but it’s muted and just enough to let you know this isn’t a normal gas engine. It pulls the Ram 1500 nicely around town, with a big dose of torque even from very low RPMs. Where this optional engine pays off is with some serious MPG for a large four-door luxury pickup. I drove 700+ miles on one tank with a bunch of highway driving.

The success of the Ram 1500, especially in the higher trim levels like the limited model I drove, is its class-leading interior. Ram is ahead of the competition with well-thought-out and luxurious surroundings. From comfortable leather-covered, heated and ventilated-power seats to tons of space and nifty storage areas, this is a well-planned and executed design.

Cost:  $56,965; as tested $74,910

MPG: 21 MPG City; and 29 MPG Highway. I managed 26.7 mpg in 823 miles of driving.

Options: $100 Diamond black crystal pearl paint; $3,995 black appearance package; $545 bed utility group; $2,295 Limited Level 1 equipment group; $95 3.92 rear axle ratio; $4,995 3.0L V6 Turbo Diesel; $1,495 dual-pane panoramic sunroof; $995 multifunction tailgate; $445 33-gallon fuel tank; $995 RamBox cargo management system; $295 trailer brake control

Safety:  Ready-alert braking; full speed forward collision warn plus; adaptive cruise control with stop & go; lane departure alert warning plus; automatic high beams; parallel & perpendicular park assist with stop; ParkSense front and rear with stop; advanced brake assist; lane keep assist; blind spot and cross path detection

Things to know: The Ram 1500 makes strides in the most popular segment in auto sales. With big capability from its new diesel engine and class-leading interior, the RAM 1500 is a serious contender.

Pros:

  • Optional diesel engine helps with much better MPG
  • Interior is more like a luxury car than a hard working pickup
  • Looks tough and ready to work

 Cons:

  • Pricey in higher trim levels with added options
  • Feels big and heavy in the corners
  • The optional diesel engine sets you back $5,000

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