Everything to Know about the New 2020 RAM 1500 EcoDiesel

2020 RAM EcoDiesel on a Off-Road trail

The new 2020 RAM 1500 EcoDiesel is coming. Is this half-ton diesel truck the right buy for you? Read on to learn more about the price, the specs, and features of this truck and its powerful V6 diesel engine with eTorque.


The EcoDiesel engine is available as an option on all 2020 1500 RAM trucks. The lowest-priced model that will feature the EcoDiesel engine is the Tradesman Quad Cab two-wheel-drive variation, priced at an MSRP of $36,890, plus a $1,695 destination charge. For higher-level models of the RAM 1500—including the Tradesman, the Big Horn, the Laramie, and the off-road Rebel—the EcoDiesel engine comes at a $3,300 premium compared to the standard/base model engine (a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 eTorque). Do note, however, that the RAM 1500 significantly undercuts the prices of other diesel trucks on the market. Most other manufacturers don’t make diesel an option throughout the entire range as RAM has done with the 1500 EcoDiesel line. The result is that the base price for the Tradesman Quad Cab model comes in way below comparable trucks such as the 2020 Chevy Silverado Duramax (base price of $44,540) or the 2019 Ford F-150 Power Stroke (base price $45,775). 

Features and Specs

Perhaps even more impressive than the RAM EcoDiesel undercutting the competition on price is that it does so while also offering significantly superior towing capabilities. Much of the focus around the 2020 RAM 1500 EcoDiesel so far has been about the truck’s power and towing capacity. The EcoDiesel engine offers 260 horsepower, 480 lb-ft of torque, and up to 12,560 pounds of towing. The Chevy Silverado Duramax has a higher horsepower rating (277 HP) but loses slightly in the torque battle (460 lb-ft) and trails significantly behind in towing capacity (9,300 pounds). The Ford F-150 Power Stroke, meanwhile, has a towing capability of up to 11,400 pounds but is lower on horsepower (250 HP) and torque (440 lb-ft). These factors combine to make the RAM 1500 EcoDiesel arguably the best and most versatile half-ton diesel truck on the market this year. As far as fuel economy is concerned, there are still a few question marks. RAM has not yet officially released fuel economy numbers for the truck—likely because there still isn’t an EPA emissions certification in place to stand behind those numbers. However, at this point, automotive publications have taken it upon themselves to put the truck through its paces and run special fuel economy tests. For instance, Car and Driver tested two all-wheel-drive models of the Rebel off-road RAM 1500 EcoDiesel. Those tests, conducted on the highway at 75-mph speeds, returned a highway fuel economy estimate of 24 miles per gallon. In comparison, the version of the RAM 1500 Rebel with the Hemi V8 engine comes in at 18 miles per gallon. For city/non-highway driving, the Rebel EcoDiesel averaged 20 miles per gallon, while the standard Rebel Hemi V8 burned 14 miles to the gallon. In other words, drivers who choose to spring for the EcoDiesel can expect markedly stronger fuel economy than they would get through a standard RAM 1500 truck. What you’ve lost with an EcoDiesel model is a little bit of acceleration capability. In the Car and Driver test, mentioned above, the magazine’s automotive experts also checked how fast the EcoDiesel engine could get the RAM 1500 from 0 to 60. The engine performed respectably in this regard, hitting the 60-miles-per-hour mark in 8.1 seconds. In comparison, though, the Hemi-powered RAM 1500 clocked just 6.4 seconds to hit 60. Since most truck buyers aren’t looking at acceleration as a top, this difference probably won’t be a deal-breaker. Still, if you’re used to the Hemi version of the RAM 1500, know that the EcoDiesel models are going to feel a bit different coming off a stop light.

Finding RAM EcoDiesel Trucks for Sale at Glenn Polk CDJR

Because RAM does not yet have EPA emissions certification for the EcoDiesel models of the 2020 RAM 1500, the vehicle is not officially on the market just yet. RAM has gone on record saying that the truck should go on sale before the end of the year. At this point, though, we are still eagerly awaiting its arrival. If you are interested in exploring other models of the RAM 1500, though, know that we currently have several models of the 2019 RAM EcoDiesel for sale at Glenn Polk CDJR (Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM). We would be happy to show you our fleet and explain the differences in various models, from the Big Horn to the Laramie and the Laramie Longhorn. You can also find out more about these vehicles online by perusing our website. At Glenn Polk CDJR near Gainesville, Tx, we are proud to serve the needs of the many, many drivers who love RAM trucks. Whether you are shopping for a 2019 model or holding out for when the brand-new 2020 RAM EcoDiesel hits the market, we are here to help. Please get in touch if you have any questions for us.
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