Best Cars for 2020 - 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel review

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Competition is fierce among full-size pickup trucks these days. But if we're forced to pick a favorite, it's the 2020 Ram 1500. With its impressive onboard technology, handsome design, great capability, and comfortable ride quality, this truck is really hard to beat.

It's torque-tastic

Ram's new 3.0-liter V6 may have the same displacement as the company's outgoing EcoDiesel engine, but 80% of its parts are new. For 2020, the engine has a brand-new turbocharger, intake ports, and combustion system. The pistons have been redesigned and feature thinner rings for less friction. A new, low-pressure exhaust gas recirculation system reduces power loss from the turbo. The end result is an engine that offers more power and torque than its predecessor while offering reductions in noise, vibration, and harshness.
Image result for Best Cars for 2020 - 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel reviewThis 3.0-liter V6 produces 260 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque -- 8% and 14% gains, respectively, over the outgoing engine. What's more, that class-leading torque comes on at just 1,600 rpm, which is 400 rpm sooner than before. That means there's more low-end grunt upon initial acceleration, and the retuned, eight-speed automatic transmission manages the power so smoothly you can barely tell it's there at all.
You'll notice some audible diesel clatter under hard acceleration, or when initially pulling away from a stoplight. But overall, this engine is free of the noise, vibration and harshness characteristics a lot of people associate with diesel powertrains. You won't get the same immediate response as you would in a Ram 1500 with its naturally aspirated V6 or V8 options -- especially now that they have 48-volt mild-hybrid systems for the added electric boost. But roll into the throttle and the Ram rewards you with smooth torque power. Both around town and on the highway, this engine's refinement is greatly appreciated.

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