Those who are considering a standard size truck but want some of the performance features found in bigger vehicles should be sure look into the fifth generation Ram 1500 series trucks. The reason? The engine selection. Let’s take a quick look at some of the drivetrain features that the Ram 1500 trucks offer for 2020.
Ram 1500 engines
According to the sales staff at Winter Haven Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, there are four engines available for the 2020 Ram 1500 truck line
The base engine is a 3.6-liter V-6. Generating 305 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque, this engine makes use of Ram’s eTorque hybrid system and is rated at 20/26 mpg city/highway for standard rear-wheel drive models.
The next two engines as we move up the line are V-8 engines, each of which is rated at 395 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque. The first is the 5.7L V8 Hemi with multi-displacement operation and variable valve timing. This engine offers 15/21 mpg in 4WD configuration. Its bigger brother is also 5.7L V8 Hemi engine but it is coupled with the eTorque mild hybrid setup and is rated at 15/22 mpg.
For those who need big torque, the 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 model puts out 260 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque, and offers up 22/32 mpg in 2WD and 21/29 mpg for 4WD models.
Ram 1500 Transmissions
All the engines available in the fifth generation Ram 1500 are mated with the 850RE 8-speed transmission. Manufactured by Germany’s ZF Corporation, the 850RE is a brand new transmission design with just four planetary gear sets and five shift elements. To insure quick shifting, the 850RE has a completely integrated electronic transmission control unit. According to ZF Corporation, the 850RE was designed from the start for full hybrid compatibility for parallel hybrid configurations. This allows the transmissions to easily be coupled with the Ram V-6 and Hemi V8 power plants.
The 2020 Ram 1500 trucks come equipped with an anti-spin rear differential. What this means is that if a rear wheel starts to slip, the other rear wheel will engage and deliver traction. This is a great option not only in snow and ice, but in wet weather as well. This is an especially good option for front-engined trucks, like the Ram 1500, since the backs of pickup trucks can be light and therefore tougher to manage on slippery surfaces.
Ram 1500 Rear Axle Ratios
The standard 3.21 axle ratio for the Ram 1500 truck is chosen to maximize fuel economy. By selecting a “low” final drive ratio such as this, engine rpm is lowered when on the road. For those who are towing, two optional “higher” axle ratios are available. These 3.55 and 3.92 rear axle ratios provide more towing capability by increasing the amount of available torque delivered to the axles. Which is the best for you? The folks at Ram recommend that shoppers look at the towing and payload tables on the official Ram website.