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2020 Ram 1500: The good-looking cowboy diesel

In Laramie Longhorn trim, the full-size truck is full of Western-themed design goodies.

Emme Hall
I love two-seater, RWD convertibles and own a 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata for pavement fun and a lifted 2001 Miata for pre-running. I race air-cooled Volkswagens in desert races like the Mint 400 and the Baja 1000. I have won the Rebelle Rally, seven-day navigational challenge, twice and I am the only driver to compete in an EV, the Rivian R1T.
Emme Hall
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The EcoDiesel engine is available on every single trim, including the off-road-ready Rebel. 

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The 2020 Ram 1500 full-size truck has excellent onboard technology, good looks both inside and out, lots of utility and a comfortable ride. And now, it comes with diesel power.

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The Ram EcoDiesel can haul 2,040 pounds in its bed or tow 12,560 pounds behind it.

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This 3.0-liter V6 produces 260 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque -- 8% and 14% gains, respectively, over the outgoing engine.

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But really, this Laramie Longhorn trim is all about the cowboy-themed design aesthetic. Buckles on the seat-back pockets? Check.

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Faux hot-iron branding on the dash? Check.

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Our tester features Ram's new multifunction tailgate, which folds down like usual, but has barn-door, side-opening functionality, as well. It's not quite the origami master that GMC's MultiPro tailgate is, however.

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The diesel's torque comes on at just 1,600 rpm, which is 400 rpm sooner than before. 

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There's more low-end grunt upon initial acceleration, and the retuned eight-speed automatic transmission manages the power smoothly.

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The Ram 1500's interior is dominated by the optional 12-inch touchscreen running the excellent Uconnect infotainment system.

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The 2020 Ram 1500 diesel starts as low as $36,890, plus $1,695 for destination. However, expect to pay a $4,995 premium over a 3.6-liter V6 model. 

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Keep scrolling for more photos of the 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel.

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