When you’ve had the chance to drive just about every pickup truck on the market, you’d think choosing the one you’d like to buy would be easy. But it’s not. See, every manufacturer has a good looking truck. And each one has some kind of feature that sets it apart and makes it desirable. But when it’s time to sign the papers, a decision has to be made. Here are five reasons why I chose the 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel for our next family car.
1. A personality that matches mine
To me, the Ram 1500 has a very commanding presence. It appears ready to work and just dressed up enough for a night on the town. Like my favorite super dark-wash skinny jeans. I can wear them with work-worn riding boots and a flannel shirt or patent leather heels and a sequined top.
My 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Lone Star edition is a perfect example of this. Its metallic Patriotic Blue paint lends a very glamorous look, while the truck’s capabilities and more basic and rugged interior make me feel like I can really use this truck for hauling lumber for DIY projects or hay and feed for our farm animals.
2. Fuel economy rules
When you live in a rural area like I do and you’re 25 miles from the nearest town and more than 90 miles to a bonafide city, you put a lot of miles on a vehicle. And while all of the Detroit Three truck makers offer light-duty trucks with fuel-efficient diesel engines, the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is the one I’ve been most impressed with.
I’ve driven all three and put them to weeklong tests on the roads I drive every day, and from my personal experience, the Ram wins out. That’s not to say a professional wouldn’t get different results, but hey, I’m the one paying the fuel bill around here, so Ram it is!
By the way, I was averaging 36 MPG this evening. That’s better than my Camry gets!
3. Awards mean something, so does reputation
I don’t usually pay a whole lot of attention when a truck company flashes some award their truck has won, but when the same truck wins almost every single industry award in the same year, that’s something to consider.
And after a full year, the 2020 Ram 1500 still has one of the best reputations for being a quality pickup truck with the 2021 model well on its way to inherit its older sibling’s spotlight.
4. More luxury on cheaper appearance packages
I chose to shop for and ultimately purchase a Lone Star edition. This isn’t the base model, but it’s less than half-way to the Limited edition, which means things like cloth seats, a smaller infotainment screen, and fewer trinkets come standard. But, it is still very nice and doesn’t have that plastic interior that some lower-end models of other brands have. My premium cloth seats are very comfortable, won’t scorch my skin on a Texas summer day, and look pretty easy to clean. Personally, I prefer cloth over leather for these reasons. And I like tactile knobs and switches.
The available 12-inch infotainment screen with the latest version of Uconnect is a thing of beauty, but I’m really happy with my 8.4-inch screen because it leaves room under it for climate controls that I can operate without having to navigate to that page on a screen and look at what I’m selecting. Knobs and switches I can operate by feel without taking my eyes off the road, just like I can type or play the piano without looking at the keys. This package is both very nice, and practical for our daily lives with three kids, two dogs, three cats and a menagerie of backyard poultry.
It also fit our budget perfectly.
5. A Lone Star truck for the girl from the Lone Star State
Ok, so this one is just a coincidence, but I’m totally going to claim it as a good reason for me to buy this Patriotic Blue truck with its red-white-and-blue Lone Star emblems. You just can’t get more Texan than a big ol’ pickup truck that is just as at home on the highway as it is on the farm.