Is the new 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel 2WD Fast? [Video]

Is it quicker than a Ford F-150 Diesel?

FCA loaned us a 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel with two-wheel drive (2WD), a six and a half-foot bed and the smaller quad cab. It is the base model Tradesman with a few options. All in all, it is one of the less expensive vehicles in its class offering a diesel.

Under the hood

According to FCA, their 3.0-liter V6 turbo-diesel is 80-percent new. The output is 260 horsepower and 480 lbs-feet of torque. While the horsepower numbers are not class-leading, the torque numbers are. On top of that, it’s hooked up to an “updated” eight-speed automatic transmission.

You can get up to a 33-gallon fuel tank in this configuration. Unfortunately, the EPA has not released the mpg numbers yet. Fortunately, TFLtruck will be doing their own mpg tests in real-world environments and towing. An “Ike Gauntlet” challenge is not too far off as well.


In this configuration, our tester has a maximum payload of 2,055 lbs. FCA says the 2020 1500 Ram EcoDiesel 2WD’s maximum towing capacity will be 12,560 pounds. That’s class leading. It weighs around 5,200 lbs, which is fairly light for a vehicle in this class. Our tester is equipped with a 3.55 rear axle.

The 2020 Ram 1500 just scored a IIHS Top Safety + designation. The first in its class to do so. Click (here) to see the IIHS’ scores.

Despite being quite a bit lighter than our Ford F-150 Diesel 4X4, and having more torque, we were surprised at how quick the 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel 2WD was. Or, perhaps – how quick we expected it to be. It wasn’t disappointing, but it was a bit of a overall surprise.

We can’t wait to get our hands on the new GM half-ton diesel.


Our tester is priced at about $41,000 – as equipped. While some debate the term, “affordable” when describing our tester, it’s less expensive than many comparably equipped competitors. Considering the fact that you’re paying nearly $5,000 for the EcoDiesel alone, that’s a very competitive price.

In this video, our truck whisperer Andre gives you a concise, comprehensive look at this 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel 2WD Tradesman along with a little track time. Keep in mind, we do all of our track testing at over a mile above sea level at IMI Motorsports raceway in Dacono, Colorado.

Easily amused by anything with four wheels, Nathan Adlen reviews vehicles from the cheapest to the most prestigious. Wrecking yards, dealer lots, garages, racetracks, professional automotive testing and automotive journalism - Nathan has experienced a wide range of the automotive spectrum. Brought up in the California car culture and educated in theater, childhood education, film, journalism and history, Nathan now lives with his family in Denver, CO. His words, good humor and video are enjoyed worldwide.