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2.4 (Fair)

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2020 Tradesman 4x2 Regular Cab 6.3 ft. box 120 in. WB
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Price:   -  From $28,200
2020 Tradesman 4x2 Regular Cab 8 ft. box 140 in. WB Price:   -  From $28,200
2020 Tradesman 4x2 Quad Cab 6.3 ft. box 140 in. WB Price:   -  From $32,105
2020 Tradesman 4x4 Regular Cab 6.3 ft. box 120 in. WB Price:   -  From $32,800
2020 Tradesman 4x4 Regular Cab 8 ft. box 140 in. WB Price:   -  From $32,800
2020 Tradesman 4x2 Crew Cab 5.6 ft. box 140 in. WB Price:   -  From $34,775
2020 Tradesman 4x2 Crew Cab 6.3 ft. box 149 in. WB Price:   -  From $35,145
2020 Tradesman 4x4 Quad Cab 6.3 ft. box 140 in. WB Price:   -  From $35,605
2020 SLT 4x2 Quad Cab 6.3 ft. box 140 in. WB Price:   -  From $36,145
2020 Tradesman 4x4 Crew Cab 5.6 ft. box 140 in. WB Price:   -  From $38,405
2020 SLT 4x2 Crew Cab 5.6 ft. box 140 in. WB Price:   -  From $38,795
2020 Tradesman 4x4 Crew Cab 6.3 ft. box 149 in. WB Price:   -  From $38,980
2020 SLT 4x4 Quad Cab 6.3 ft. box 140 in. WB Price:   -  From $39,745
2020 SLT 4x4 Crew Cab 5.6 ft. box 140 in. WB Price:   -  From $42,395

Overview

What's New

Aptly named, the 2020 Ram 1500 Classic is the previous generation of the pickup that continues to be sold alongside the newer generation. Last year’s Big Horn and Laramie trims are no longer available, leaving the Warlock as the range-topping model.

If you aren’t interested in the new Ram 1500, the 1500 Classic is an interesting proposition. While the truck doesn’t have the same powertrains or high-tech features as the newer gen-model, it’s still immensely capable and comfortable to live with. The 1500 Classic’s price tag makes it a better option for consumers on a budget, too.

Choosing Your Ram 1500 Classic

The Ram 1500 Classic is offered in three trims: Tradesman, Express, and Warlock. Prices start at $29,640 including destination for the Tradesman and can go up to $37,590 for the Warlock.

The Tradesman and Express come standard with a Regular Cab and optionally offer a Quad Cab and a Crew Cab. The Warlock comes standard with the Quad Cab while the Crew Cab is available.

The Regular Cab is available with a 6-foot-4-inch bed, or an 8-foot bed on the Tradesman; the Quad Cab comes exclusively with the 6-foot-4-inch box; the Crew Cab comes with either a 5-foot-7-inch or 6-foot-4-inch bed.

Engine Choices

All 1500 Classic get a 3.6-liter V6 engine as standard. A 5.7-liter V8 is available across the lineup for $1,450.

Engine TypeHorsepowerTorqueMax Towing CapacityFuel Economy (Combined)
3.6L V6305 hp269 lb-ft7,600 pounds20 mpg
5.7L V8395 hp410 lb-ft10,680 pounds17 mpg

Both engines are paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard; four-wheel drive is available for an additional $4,600 on the Tradesman and Express, or an extra $3,700 on the Warlock.

The 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine is the more impressive motor of the two. It brings nearly 100 more horsepower, can tow 3,080 more pounds, and only loses three miles per gallon combined compared to the V6.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The 1500 Classic can seat three passengers with the Regular Cab, and up to six with the Quad or Crew Cab. The 5-foot-7-inch bed offers 50.3 cubic feet of cargo space, the 6-foot-4-inch bed brings 57.5 cubic feet, and the 8-footer has 74.7 cubic feet.

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Safety Features

The 1500 Classic doesn’t come with any active safety features outside of the federally-mandated rearview camera, but the Warlock trim does get rear parking sensors. Ram doesn’t offer any other available safety features, either.

The 1500 Classic carries a four-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA.

Connectivity

There isn’t much in the form of connectivity features for the 1500 Classic. The base pickup truck comes with a six-speaker audio system, a couple of USB ports, an auxiliary input jack, a 3.5-inch display in the instrument cluster, and a 12-volt power outlet.

Moving up to the Warlock brings a 5-inch touchscreen, the Uconnect 3 infotainment system, Bluetooth, and satellite radio.

The available $695 Electronics Group package brings an 8.4-inch touchscreen, Uconnect 4, Apple CarPlay, voice command, HD radio, and satellite radio. It costs $795 on the Warlock trim. We’d say it’s a mandatory package for the 1500 Classic.

RAM 1500 Classic

Tradesman - From $29,640

The Tradesman is a work-first truck. It doesn’t come with many creature comforts as standard. Things like 17-inch steel wheels, automatic headlights, vinyl upholstery, air conditioning, manual door locks, and manual windows are standard.

The Power and Remote Entry Group ($735) comes with heated and power exterior mirrors, power door locks and windows, and remote keyless entry. Cloth upholstery is part of the Popular Equipment Group that costs $825, while trailer brake control and trailer-tow mirrors are included with the Trailer-Tow Mirrors and Brake Group that'll set you back an additional $480.

Express - From $31,140

The Express doesn’t add that many features over the base Tradesman, but it does bring 17-inch aluminum wheels and a body-color front fascia, rear bumper, and grille. You’ll still have to lock the doors and roll up the windows yourself.

Warlock - From $37,590

Black exterior accents, 20-inch black aluminum wheels, rear parking sensors, and LED fog lights are standard on the Warlock. Power-heated exterior mirrors, power door locks, and power windows are also included.

Heated front seats and a heated steering wheel are an additional $595. The Luxury Group costs $795 and brings auto-dimming exterior mirrors, LED bed lighting, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, power exterior mirrors, and a universal garage door opener.

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CarsDirect Tip

The whole reason for going with the 2020 Ram 1500 Classic over the regular Ram 1500 is affordability. With that in mind, the base Tradesman trim is where we'd look since the Express barely adds any features over it and the Warlock is almost $8,000 more expensive.

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Expert Review

Pros
  • Cost-effective
  • Robust warranty
  • Good available infotainment system
Cons
  • Aged styling
  • Limited models
  • No turbodiesel engine
Expert Rating
2.4 (Fair)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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An oldie, but a goodie. The 2020 Ram 1500 Classic is based entirely on the previous-generation model of the Ram 1500. Ram is keeping the old model around long enough to keep up with increased demand for its 1500 Series. Although we think the latest 1500 is the best one yet, the 1500 Classic has its merits.

You won’t find nearly as many build choices with the 1500 Classic as you would with the latest model. Ram offers the truck in Regular, Quad, and Crew cabs. You’ll find 6-foot-4-inch and 5-foot-7-inch beds, depending on the configuration. You have a pick of three trims and standard rear-wheel drive or available four-wheel drive.

Two gas engines, no diesel. Ram offers a 3.6-liter V6 and a 5.7-liter V8, which are the gas engines found in the current-generation 1500 model (the latest V6, however, is a partial hybrid). The trusty V6 delivers 305 horsepower, while the proven V8 serves up 395 hp. The V6 has a maximum towing capacity of 7,730 pounds to the 10,630 pounds of the V8.

The missing ingredient is the available 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 offered in the regular Ram 1500. It’s a fantastic engine boasting 260 hp and 480 pound-feet of torque, the latter rivaling the big V8. It also earns an EPA-estimated 26 miles per gallon combined and is the towing leader of the three, rated as high as 12,560 pounds.


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Lacks base infotainment, available upgrades. Depending on the trim and configuration chosen, the Ram 1500 Classic supplies a basic infotainment setup with a radio, a six-speaker audio system, an aux input jack, and two USB ports.

Thankfully, the range-topping Warlock trim improves upon this with its standard 5-inch touchscreen with the brand's Uconnect 3 infotainment system, Bluetooth, and satellite radio. You can also upgrade to an 8.4-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Uconnect 4, and more through the $695 Electronics Group package.

Safety and security. Large pickup trucks don’t have nearly as many advanced driver assist safety features as most car models, but newer versions are making a headway. The Ram 1500 Classic is an example of a truck with just a few offerings, but they’re something to consider.

Beyond the standard rearview camera, Ram offers a rear park assist system that makes backing up a drama-free event. This is only available on the Warlock trim, however. The 1500 Classic does carry a four-star overall safety rating with the NHTSA.

On the security front, Ram supplies a keyless “enter and go” fob with central locking and a panic button. The remote vehicle start function is a welcome assistant on chilly mornings.

Final thoughts. The 2020 Ram 1500 Classic exists to help fulfill orders as well as to supply a low-cost entry point to this pickup truck lineup. Unless you’re a budget-minded shopper, the new model simply offers a better choice with its handsome styling, more trims and packages, and an excellent turbodiesel engine.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
Standard: 3.6L V-6 / 305 HP / 269 ft.lbs.
Available: 5.7L V-8 / 395 HP / 410 ft.lbs.
Transmission
Standard: 8-spd sequential shift control auto w/OD
Available: 8-spd auto w/OD
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
17 / 25 / 21 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
3
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
Standard: 3.6L V-6 / 305 HP / 269 ft.lbs.
Available: 5.7L V-8 / 395 HP / 410 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
17 / 25 / 21 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Short And Long Arm
Rear Suspension
Rigid Axle Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Full-size Steel / Full-size
Fuel Tank
26.0 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$100
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
Passenger Volume
63 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
209.0 "
Exterior Width
79.4 "
Exterior Height
74.6 "
Front Headroom
39.9 "
Rear Headroom
Front Legroom
41.0 "
Rear Legroom
Front Shoulder Room
66.0 "
Rear Shoulder Room
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
4,520 Lbs. / 4,538 Lbs. / 4,523 Lbs. / 4,665 Lbs. / 4,526 Lbs. / 4,547 Lbs. / 4,564 Lbs. / 4,574 Lbs. / 4,528 Lbs. / 4,517 Lbs. / 4,527 Lbs. / 4,506 Lbs. / 4,519 Lbs. / 4,534 Lbs. / 4,730 Lbs. / 4,522 Lbs. / 4,530 Lbs. / 4,521 Lbs. / 4,532 Lbs.
Wheel Base
120 "
Turning Radius
19.7 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
2 Doors
Wheels
17.0 " Argent Styled Steel / 17.0 " Silver Aluminum / 20.0 " Aluminum / 20.0 " Silver Aluminum / 20.0 " Black Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone / Pearlcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Manual / Dual Power Remote Heated Convex Spotter / Dual Power Remote Heated / Dual Manual Heated
Bumpers
Black / Front Body-colored / Front Black / Front Chrome
Grille Moldings
Black / Chrome / Body-colored
Rear Spoiler
Exhaust
Stainless Steel / Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
3
Seat Trim
Vinyl / Cloth / Premium Cloth
Front Seat Type
40-20-40 Split-bench
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
4-way / (8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
4-way
Front Armrests
4-way / (8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Am/fm, Clock, Seek-scan / Am/fm, Seek-scan / Siriusxm Am/fm/satellite, Seek-scan / Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan / Clock
Speakers
6
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Tilt
Climate Control
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver And Passenger
Tinted Windows
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
2 / 3
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Parksense Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Sentry Key
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months

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