Ram 1500 was recently named 2020 Luxury Car of the Year by Cars.com, being the first truck that has ever won the title. The editors of Cars.com searched for a vehicle that not only represents ultimate luxury in its class but is also exceptionally well-rounded with outstanding usability and drivability.
Reid Bigland, Head of Ram Brand said, “This award validates Ram’s unrelenting efforts to deliver more comfort, refinement and value to our customers. — The Ram 1500 Longhorn and Limited are examples of how we deliver the most luxurious pickups in the industry. It is immensely satisfying to have Cars.com recognize the Ram 1500 as Luxury Car of the Year.”
With the Ram 1500 truck you are not only getting a superb truck that comfortably carries passengers with added best hauling and towing power but you also get to have the best of entertainment when hitting the road. As a segment headturner, the Ram 1500’s Uconnect 4C with an over the top 12-inch touchscreen leads the pickup world in technology. It features split-screen capability with 360-degree camera views and exclusive content from SiriusXM which has Personalized Stations Powered by Pandora which delivers ad-free personalization that cannot be found on other entertainment services. That being said, let us take a closer look at the best entertainment features offered for Ram 1500.
Standard Entertainment System for Ram 1500
For the 2020 Ram 1500 Tradesman, which is the base trim level for the 2020 model, the standard specs has many entertainment features and amenities to enjoy like the AM/FM stereo, six speakers, voice activated audio control and wireless phone connectivity, which are basic tools to help you enjoy the music of your choice and get entertained while on the road.
Available Entertainment Specs for Upper Trims
The more upscale trim levels of the 2020 Ram 1500 even have more in store to help keep passengers entertained, like the Ram 1500 has HD Radio and SiriusXM® satellite radio. With those added features you are able to adjust the sound system with steering wheel controls. There are also ten speakers in the advanced sound system for an even better sound quality. You have the option which sound system you can get so you can best listen to music with high quality sound. As described by Ram, “THERE’S SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE.”
With the HD RADIO you can tune in to available HD RadioTM and access digital signals transmitted over traditional radio frequencies. The feature allows you to gain access to even more local AM/FM channels with digital sound.
All certified pre owned satellite radio-equipped vehicles are qualified for a 3-month trial of the SiriusXM All Access Package. With the said feature you have access to the widest variety of entertainment anywhere including the best variety of music you can think of and it’s ad-free. You also have access to more sports coverage than anywhere (like every NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL Games, among others), exclusive talk channels including Howard Stern, every kind of comedy of your choice (with 24/7 comedy channels) and the most complete news coverage (like up-to-the-minute weather and traffic updates for 8 major metropolitan areas).
You also get to keep yourself entertained with the 300+ channels available online and every channel of satellite radio on the go. You can also make the most out of SiriusXM online on the app and even at home on connected devices. You have the option to create your very own Personalized Stations ad free as Powered by Pandora and hear over a hundred ad-free extra music channels that suit your every mood. You also have access to thousands of hours of shows and performances ON DEMAND with personalized recommendations.
The available Uconnect ® system for Ram 1500 provides you the opportunity to play the soundtrack of the day. You can also listen to local radio stations, and if you’re feeling particularly up for a mind enriching session pull up your favorite podcasts and playlists.
Uconnect® is an award-winning connected vehicle platform built into Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep®, Ram and FIAT® Brand vehicles to deliver advanced connectivity, entertainment, Navigation and communication features that are said to be “as powerful as they are easy to use.” You can also opt for the SiriusX100 and enjoy the widest variety of ad-free channels with topics ranging from news, sports, music, talk and more.
This Uconnect Smartphone Integration Feature is available for iPhone and Android users. It lets you stay in touch with the apps you rely on, wherever you go. With Apple CarPlay you are only able to play your favorite music, but also send and receive calls, get Navigation guidance that you need and access iPhone apps at your fingertips. The Android Auto integration also lets you access your favorite apps and make calls in addition to pulling up your playlists among many other activities you just got to do while on the go.
12-inch Uconnect® Touchscreen
The 2020 RAM 1500 is packed with entertainment features and technology with an available largest-in-class 12-inch touchscreen. It has full-screen navigation, split-screen capability, pinch-and-zoom technology, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. The RAM 1500 also comes with an available 7-inch Driver Information Digital Cluster Display that reflects RPMs, speed and more driver information behind the steering wheel.
This beautiful and intuitive piece of technology is another kind of luxury you’ll find in the entertainment system starting at the 2019 Ram 1500 model. The optional 12-inch touchscreen display features the look and delivers the feel of a high-end tablet. It’s just that this gadget is always charged and ready on the go paired with the rest of the Ram’s systems, providing you any information you need at your fingertips.
From the crisp and clear map display you can enjoy to the responsive buttons, the Uconnect® system screen is a mixture of perfection with its user-friendliness and class-leading capabilities making your truck unlike any other on the market. You have the option to set the oversized screen to show a single application, such as navigation only, or divide it in half to reflect two apps, like your navigation tool and audio, all at the same time.
SIRIUSXM WITH 360L 4G WI-F1 HOTSPOT
If you have the Uconnect 12.0 with Navigation, then you have the opportunity to enjoy SiriusXM® with 360L which is exclusive to it. The said feature also makes it easier than ever to find and enjoy listening to ad-free entertainment from sports to music, wherever and however you may want it to be.
You have the freedom to customize your listening experience with up to five different listener profiles. The personalized content will be based on your listening history and 5,000+ hours of On Demand content. You can search for programs, artists and channels using your voice. And with smartphone integration it only means that you can continue listening through your smartphone even after you leave your vehicle.
4G Wi-Fi Hotspot
With the built-in available 4G Wi-Fi Hotspot you can turn your vehicle into a powerful hotspot, connect up to 10 devices and stream videos, check social media and get real-time email access using your vehicle’s antenna while on the open road. You can have connectivity up to 50 feet from your truck. With that you are able to enjoy reliable connection with your car antenna within areas with wireless coverage. There’s a 3-month trial (including 1 GB of data) for the service within your first year of new vehicle ownership. You can also purchase a day pass of up to 250 MB or get a monthly subscription with unlimited data.
Harman Kardon Premium Audio System
Another feature that could make the most of the driver and passenger’s experience is the audio system everyone is talking about, the 900-watt Harman Kardon Premium Audio System that features 19 speakers (the most in its class) and is available for the Laramie, Laramie Longhorn and Limited Crew Cab models.
Whatever genre of music you listen to, everything sounds better when played through this Ram’s optional audio system powered by a 900-watt Class-D amplifier. This combination makes it the most powerful audio system ever offered for a pickup truck.
The 19 speakers aren’t there just for show of its numbers either for each has been strategically placed to provide the most genuine sound reproduction possible. The six speakers on the dash create the most perfect soundstage, while three speakers in each front door adds a fullness that you’ll be able to feel as well as hear.
The rear passengers have their own setup as well as the rear doors have one speaker each. Four speakers are also mounted in the ceiling, for a full 360-degree surround-sound experience. And to cap it off is the 10-inch subwoofer behind the seat for a complete audiophile-quality system that’s as modern as anything you’ll ever find even on a European luxury sedan, let alone the competitors’ trucks.
Harman Kardon speakers are topnotch! Harman Kardon supplies audio equipment to several auto makes like BMW, Audi, Land Rover, MG Rover, Mercedes-Benz, Buick, Volvo, Kia, Ssangyong, MINI, Saab, Chrysler, Harley-Davidson, Alfa Romeo, Dodge, Jeep, Daihatsu, Honda, Toyota, Suzuki, Jaguar, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Tata Motors, Subaru and of course, Ram.
Whatever audio equipment you’re buying, like speakers, if the name Harman Kardon is printed on it then you can be assured that it’s above average in the market when it comes to sound quality. They tend to belong in the high to mid-range prices but it’s totally worth the price. It is available with genuine stainless steel speaker grilles.
Standard for the Tradesman, Big Horn and Rebel trim is a Base Audio System with six-speakers, which consists of two 3.5-inch instrument panel speakers, two 6×9-inch front door speakers and two 6×9-inch rear door speakers. The Alpine Premium Audio System on the other hand comes standard for the Laramie, Laramie Longhorn and Limited trim and is optional for the Big Horn and Rebel trim. This 506-watt, 10-speaker audio system provides a more immersive listening experience. The 10 speakers consist of 3 instrument panel speakers, 2 front door speakers, 2 rear door speakers, 2 headliner speakers and a 10-inch subwoofer located behind the passenger-side rear seat.
Active Noise Cancellation with Acoustic Glass
To help you make the most of the audio system, the 2020 RAM 1500 is packed with an Active Noise Cancellation feature that hushes the noise of the engine and other outside sounds because sometimes luxury isn’t about what you add, but what disadvantages you take out.
Starting with the 2019 Ram 1500 model, Ram has brought that idea to a new level through using both passive and active sound-suppression systems. The acoustic glass is the first filtering element against the unwanted outside noise like wind and road rumble as well as any additional auditory disturbances that could disrupt the tranquil atmosphere of the vehicle.
If the glass isn’t enough any unwanted noise that makes it past is then met with another piece of ingenious technology, which is the Active Noise Cancellation. In the Ram truck, that is the purpose of four separate microphones found in the cabin that detect undesirable sound and then actively broadcast sound waves through the speakers to mask out the offending sounds. You might never hear it working, but you’ll certainly know the difference.
Some frame-mounted active tuned mass modules work hand in hand with the available active noise cancellation system in the truck’s interior. That helps reduce ambient noise to maintain an interior quietness in real world conditions of 57.6 decibels adjusted.
BLUETOOTH’ STREAMING AUDIO
You can go wireless and skip the cables in streaming your compatible smartphone’s music with the Bluetooth® Streaming Audio feature. You can do just that with up to ten smartphones with Bluetooth so multiple drivers are able to connect and call.
The new RAM truck also has Connectivity on the Go with a media center with auxiliary ports of up to three 115-volt outlets and up to four ultra-fast charging ports helping passengers stay connected.
With all these entertainment features and system Ram has made available for the Ram 1500 truck you can be assured that you’ll always stay connected and there’ll never be a dull moment especially on long haul trips.