2020 Ram 1500 Classic

What’s new

  • Trim levels pared down to Tradesman, Express and Warlock
  • Part of the fourth Ram 1500 generation introduced for 2009

Pros & Cons

  • Smooth-riding suspension provides plenty of comfort
  • Quiet and attractive cabin
  • Smooth and efficient eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Limited availability of features compared to current 2020 Ram
  • Missing many of the latest driver assist technologies
  • Limited selection of trim levels
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2020
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2020 Ram 1500 Classic Review

You probably know that the 2020 Ram 1500 is a full-size light-duty pickup truck. But what's this 1500 Classic all about? Well, when Ram introduced its fully redesigned 1500 last year it decided to keep building the previous-generation truck at the same time. That means you're going to find the old truck, now called the Classic, alongside the new Ram 1500 on dealer lots.

Why bother with the 1500 Classic? Well, it's sort of a budget model. It has a lower base price than any version of the new model, but it's also unavailable with many of the new truck's features and equipment. Compared to the latest offerings from Ford and Chevrolet, the Ram 1500 Classic looks and feels dated. That said, if you're in the market for a relatively affordable utility vehicle and don't mind the lack of bells and whistles, the 1500 Classic is definitely worth a look.

Which 1500 Classic does Edmunds recommend?

While you could step up to the Express or Warlock model, we suggest going with the base-level Tradesman. It packs in a ton of utility for the price and is offered in the widest array of cab and bed configurations. You can get it with nearly as many optional features as the other two trims too.

Ram 1500 Classic models

The 2020 Ram 1500 Classic is available in three trim levels: Tradesman, Express and Warlock. There are three cab configurations (Regular, Crew Cab and Quad Cab) and three bed lengths (5 feet 7 inches, 6 feet 4 inches, and 8 feet) available, though certain combinations are limited to specific trims.

Each 1500 Classic is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 (305 horsepower, 269 lb-ft) paired to an eight-speed automatic. A 5.7-liter V8 (395 hp, 410 lb-ft) is optional on all three trims. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and four-wheel drive is optional.

Tradesman
The base comes standard with features such as:

  • A 40/20/40-split vinyl bench front seat (cloth is optional)
  • Vinyl floors
  • A Class IV receiver hitch with integrated trailer wiring
  • Power heated mirrors
  • 2 USB ports

Express
The midlevel trim adds on:

  • Body-colored exterior trim
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Tinted glass windows
  • Carpeted floors

Warlock
Going with this top-grade trim gets you:

  • 20-inch black-gloss alloy wheels
  • Black trim with Ram logo grille
  • Rear sliding window
  • Projector headlights with LED foglights
  • A 5-inch touchscreen display

Notable options for the Ram 1500 Classic include:

  • A limited-slip differential to help improve traction
  • Various axle gear ratios
  • Cargo bins in the bed sides (RamBox)
  • An 8.4-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • A tow package with tow mirrors and a trailer brake control

Consumer reviews

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5 out of 5 stars, 2020 Big Horn (all new trim) 5.7 V8
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SLT Fleet 4dr Quad Cab 4WD SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A)

I usually only drive Chevy. I decided to switch up and I have no regrets. Beautiful truck inside and out. The drive is smooth as well as the steering and breaks. Interior is better than it's competitors no doubt. The amount of space and the center console size is perfect.

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Features & Specs

Tradesman 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB features & specs
Tradesman 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB
3.6L 6cyl 8A
MSRP$32,800
MPG 16 city / 23 hwy
SeatingSeats 3
Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower305 hp @ 6400 rpm
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Tradesman 2dr Regular Cab LB features & specs
Tradesman 2dr Regular Cab LB
3.6L 6cyl 8A
MSRP$28,200
MPG 17 city / 25 hwy
SeatingSeats 3
Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower305 hp @ 6400 rpm
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Tradesman 2dr Regular Cab SB features & specs
Tradesman 2dr Regular Cab SB
3.6L 6cyl 8A
MSRP$28,200
MPG 17 city / 25 hwy
SeatingSeats 3
Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower305 hp @ 6400 rpm
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Express 2dr Regular Cab SB features & specs
Express 2dr Regular Cab SB
3.6L 6cyl 8A
MSRP$29,700
MPG 17 city / 25 hwy
SeatingSeats 3
Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower305 hp @ 6400 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite 1500 Classic safety features:

Electronic Stability Control
Helps maintain control of the truck in low-traction conditions. Uses the brakes to mitigate wheelslip and trailer sway.
Side Curtain Airbags
Helps mitigate side-impact injury to the driver and passengers by deploying from the area above the windows.
ParkView and ParkSense
Warns the driver through visual and audible cues when the truck is getting close enough to potentially impact an object.

Ram 1500 Classic vs. the competition

Ram 1500 Classic vs. Chevrolet Silverado 1500

The Silverado underwent a full redesign last year and steps things up in 2020 with a new optional diesel engine. The Silverado is available with all the latest and greatest tech Chevy has to offer including adaptive cruise control and a trailering system that supports up to 15 camera angles.

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Ram 1500 Classic vs. Ford F-150

The Ford F-150 comes in a wider variety of cab and bed configurations than the Ram 1500 Classic. You also have more engine choices and can equip features and driver aids that are simply unavailable on the Ram. For a basic work truck, however, the Ram is just as appealing. Read Edmunds' long-term road test of the Ford F-150.

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Ram 1500 Classic vs. Ram 1500

The new version of Ram's light-duty pickup debuted for 2019. Ram is selling it alongside the legacy Ram 1500 Classic. In addition to an all-new interior and exterior design, the new Ram 1500 offers a wide array of features and tech unavailable on the Classic model. We think it's the best full-size truck on sale today. Read Edmunds' long-term road test of the Ram 1500.

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FAQ

Is the Ram 1500 Classic a good car?
The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 1500 Classic both on the road and at the track. You probably care about Ram 1500 Classic fuel economy, so it's important to know that the 1500 Classic gets an EPA-estimated 19 mpg to 20 mpg, depending on the configuration. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Ram 1500 Classic. Learn more
What's new in the 2020 Ram 1500 Classic?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 Ram 1500 Classic:

  • Trim levels pared down to Tradesman, Express and Warlock
  • Part of the fourth Ram 1500 generation introduced for 2009
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Is the Ram 1500 Classic reliable?
To determine whether the Ram 1500 Classic is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the 1500 Classic. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the 1500 Classic's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
Is the 2020 Ram 1500 Classic a good car?
There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2020 Ram 1500 Classic is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2020 1500 Classic is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more
How much should I pay for a 2020 Ram 1500 Classic?

The least-expensive 2020 Ram 1500 Classic is the 2020 Ram 1500 Classic Tradesman 2dr Regular Cab LB (3.6L 6cyl 8A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $28,200.

Other versions include:

  • Tradesman 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $32,800
  • Tradesman 2dr Regular Cab LB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $28,200
  • Tradesman 2dr Regular Cab SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $28,200
  • Express 2dr Regular Cab SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $29,700
  • Express 2dr Regular Cab 4WD SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $34,300
  • Tradesman 2dr Regular Cab 4WD SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $32,800
  • SLT Fleet 2dr Regular Cab SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $32,145
  • SLT Fleet 2dr Regular Cab LB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $32,445
  • SLT Fleet 2dr Regular Cab 4WD SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $36,645
  • SLT Fleet 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $36,945
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What are the different models of Ram 1500 Classic?
If you're interested in the Ram 1500 Classic, the next question is, which 1500 Classic model is right for you? 1500 Classic variants include Tradesman 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB (3.6L 6cyl 8A), Tradesman 2dr Regular Cab LB (3.6L 6cyl 8A), Tradesman 2dr Regular Cab SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A), and Express 2dr Regular Cab SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A). For a full list of 1500 Classic models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2020 Ram 1500 Classic

2020 Ram 1500 Classic Overview

The 2020 Ram 1500 Classic is offered in the following submodels: 1500 Classic Crew Cab, 1500 Classic Regular Cab, 1500 Classic Quad Cab. Available styles include Warlock 4dr Quad Cab 4WD SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A), Tradesman 4dr Quad Cab SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A), Tradesman 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.6 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A), Warlock 4dr Quad Cab SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A), Tradesman 4dr Crew Cab 5.6 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A), Tradesman 4dr Quad Cab 4WD SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A), Warlock 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.6 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A), Tradesman 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB (3.6L 6cyl 8A), Tradesman 2dr Regular Cab LB (3.6L 6cyl 8A), Tradesman 2dr Regular Cab SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A), Tradesman 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 6.3 ft SB (5.7L 8cyl 8A), Express 2dr Regular Cab SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A), Express 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.6 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A), Tradesman 4dr Crew Cab 6.3 ft SB (5.7L 8cyl 8A), Express 4dr Quad Cab SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A), Express 4dr Crew Cab 5.6 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A), Express 2dr Regular Cab 4WD SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A), Express 4dr Quad Cab 4WD SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A), Warlock 4dr Crew Cab 5.6 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A), Tradesman 2dr Regular Cab 4WD SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A), SLT Fleet 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.6 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A), SLT Fleet 2dr Regular Cab SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A), SLT Fleet 4dr Quad Cab SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A), SLT Fleet 2dr Regular Cab LB (3.6L 6cyl 8A), SLT Fleet 4dr Quad Cab 4WD SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A), SLT Fleet 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 6.3 ft SB (5.7L 8cyl 8A), SLT Fleet 4dr Crew Cab 5.6 ft SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A), SLT Fleet 2dr Regular Cab 4WD SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A), SLT Fleet 4dr Crew Cab 6.3 ft SB (5.7L 8cyl 8A), and SLT Fleet 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB (3.6L 6cyl 8A).

What do people think of the 2020 Ram 1500 Classic?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 Ram 1500 Classic and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2020 1500 Classic 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2020 1500 Classic.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2020 Ram 1500 Classic and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2020 1500 Classic featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2020 Ram 1500 Classic?

2020 Ram 1500 Classic Tradesman 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB (3.6L 6cyl 8A)

The 2020 Ram 1500 Classic Tradesman 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $36,080. The average price paid for a new 2020 Ram 1500 Classic Tradesman 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) is trending $3,838 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,838 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $32,242.

The average savings for the 2020 Ram 1500 Classic Tradesman 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) is 10.6% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 2 2020 Ram 1500 Classic Tradesman 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

2020 Ram 1500 Classic Express 2dr Regular Cab SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A)

The 2020 Ram 1500 Classic Express 2dr Regular Cab SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $32,520. The average price paid for a new 2020 Ram 1500 Classic Express 2dr Regular Cab SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) is trending $4,689 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $4,689 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $27,831.

The average savings for the 2020 Ram 1500 Classic Express 2dr Regular Cab SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) is 14.4% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 2 2020 Ram 1500 Classic Express 2dr Regular Cab SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

2020 Ram 1500 Classic Tradesman 2dr Regular Cab LB (3.6L 6cyl 8A)

The 2020 Ram 1500 Classic Tradesman 2dr Regular Cab LB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $30,090. The average price paid for a new 2020 Ram 1500 Classic Tradesman 2dr Regular Cab LB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) is trending $3,421 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,421 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $26,669.

The average savings for the 2020 Ram 1500 Classic Tradesman 2dr Regular Cab LB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) is 11.4% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 3 2020 Ram 1500 Classic Tradesman 2dr Regular Cab LB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

Which 2020 Ram 1500 Classics are available in my area?

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Should I lease or buy a 2020 Ram 1500 Classic?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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