Trucks & SUVs

The Best Luxury Car of 2020 Is a Pickup Truck

Yes, we know. This definitely shakes things up a bit. According to Cars.com, the best luxury car of 2020 is a pickup truck. The 2020 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn and Limited trim took home the win for this year’s best luxury car.

So how does this happen? It’s simple. The honor of best luxury car of 2020 is bestowed upon a model based on its representation against others in its class. For example, the 2020 Ram 1500 isn’t in direct competition with the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Still, according to Cars.com, the Ram 1500 does display “general excellence” among all vehicles.

The new S-Class at its world premiere at the "Factory 56"
The 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class | Silas Stein/picture alliance via Getty Images

In fact, the criteria for this award is that the best models are chosen because they “represent ultimate luxury in their class and/or are exceptionally well-rounded, providing their luxury along with above-average usability and drivability.” Basically, the winner ticks all the boxes generally speaking. Then it also outshines every other option in its own class in terms of luxury, user-friendly features, and driving dynamics.

Is the 2020 Ram 1500 a good truck?

Yes, the 2020 Ram 1500 is a great truck. It performs well as a pickup truck in terms of hauling and towing. However, it also offers a new standard of luxury appointments. The 2020 Ram 1500 in the Laramie Longhorn and Limited trims are stunning. No matter how best-selling the Ford F-150 is, no one is calling it the Rolls-Royce of pickup trucks.

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But now the 2020 Ram 1500 in the Laramie Longhorn and Limited trims isn’t just the most luxurious pickup truck. It’s officially the best luxury car of 2020 ––at least as far as Cars.com is concerned. If you want a premium luxury workhorse, look no further than this pickup truck model.

The best luxury car of 2020 didn’t win on looks alone

The 2020 Ram 1500 pickup truck in its Laramie Longhorn or Limited trims isn’t just plush and luxurious. It doesn’t just stand out for its rich interior color options and roomy cabin. The best luxury car of 2020 isn’t a pickup truck just because it’s pretty.

A burgundy Ram 1500 Laramie sits in the curve or a dirt road.
2020 Ram 1500 Laramie | FCA

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The 2020 Ram 1500 provides luxury in the form of a quiet ride and a soft suspension as well. Using the best engineering and modern technology, Ram has done everything it can to produce the most state-of-the-art American Luxury car that it can. All that without sacrificing in terms of brute strength.

“It has frame-mounted, active-tuned mass modules that work in conjunction with active noise cancellation technology on V-8 models to create a truly hushed cabin environment.”

Cars.com

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Damping shock absorbers and elevated technology make the 2020 Ram 1500 a picture of modern luxury––even if it is a pickup truck. Two-tone leather options, attention to detail, and a sleek appealing exterior aren’t the only things the Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn and Limited trims are good for. These trucks are cool and quiet, with a wealth of driver assistance and safety tech. Plus, the Ram 1500 has a massive and easy-to-use infotainment display.

Is the Laramie or Limited trim the most expensive Ram 1500 pickup truck?

The 2020 Ram 1500 pickup truck is really just the whole package. But which is more expensive, the Laramie Longhorn or Limited trim? The Limited trim is the Ram 1500 range-topper. This model starts at around $45 grand. The Limited trim starts at $56,250. So while neither of these is cheap, they do offer great value when compared with the pricing of other luxury cars.

2020 Ram Heavy Duty Limited Black Interior view
2020 Ram pickup truck Limited trim interior | Ram

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While it’s unexpected, the 2020 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn and Limited trims have taken the win for Ram Trucks. This pickup truck is named the best luxury car of 2020 by Cars.com. While not everyone will agree with this judgment, it does seem to be the general consensus that the Ram 1500 does offer a new level of luxury when it comes to trucks.