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Ram 1500 vs. Ram 2500

Ram 1500 vs. Ram 2500

The Ram 1500 is a full-size pickup truck, and the Ram 2500 is a heavy-duty pickup truck. These trucks are both powerful and capable, but there are some key differences between them. If you are looking to upgrade to a Ram truck, but you aren’t sure which one is for you, check out the comparison below. We are going to take a look at the key features of both of these trucks and tell you what the differences are so you can decide which might be best for your next upgrade.

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Performance and Engine Options

The performance and engine options in these two trucks will be a key difference and an important thing to note. You will want to think about the type of towing and hauling you are doing on a regular basis and determine which of these trucks can give you the ideal type of performance you are looking for.

The Ram 1500 offers you a few different V6 and V8 engine options. Check them out right here:

  • A 3.6-liter V6 engine that gives you 305-horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque can be found on many base models.
  • Another engine is the 5.7-liter V8 engine that can produce 395-horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque. This can be equipped with an eTorque mild hybrid system to increase the torque further.
  • You also have a 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine option. This diesel option can give you 260-horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque.
  • Finally, you can find a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine that can give you 702-horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque.

All of these engine options are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. In terms of towing and hauling, this truck can tow up to almost 13,000 pounds when it is properly equipped. The payload capacity of the Ram 1500 can get above 2,000 pounds, depending on the model.

The Ram 2500 truck is a more heavy-duty option and can step it up when it comes to power and capability. This truck has two different engine options for you.

  • The first engine option in the Ram 2500 is a 6.4-liter V8 engine. This engine offers you 410-horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque, and it is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
  • Your second engine option is a diesel engine. This 6.7-liter Cummins diesel offers you 370-horsepower and 850 pound-feet of torque. This engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.

The Ram 2500 can offer you a max towing capacity of just over 19,000 pounds. For payload capacity, this truck can offer you up to almost 3,200 pounds when it is properly equipped. This is more capable than the Ram 1500, so if you are looking for a more heavy-duty performance, the Ram 2500 might be the right option for you.

However, there are plenty of other features and capabilities to look at with these two trucks. Check out the rest of the comparison below.


The exterior of these trucks are also different. The Ram 2500 is a bigger vehicle. The exterior dimensions of the Ram 1500 range from 229 to 242 inches in length, 82 to 88 inches in width, and 77 to 81 inches in height. The Ram 2500 has a length ranging from 232 to 261 inches, a width ranging from 79 to 80 inches, and a height ranging from 78 to 81 inches.

As for the cargo bed options, both of these trucks can be found with the 6-foot-4-inch bed or the 8-foot bed, depending on the cab option you use.

Interior and Technology

On the inside of both of these vehicles, you can find comfortable seating and a nice interior. Newer Ram 1500 models are only available in a Crew Cab or Quad Cab. Both of these options have seating for up to six, but the Crew Cab has a more spacious rear seating option. The Ram 2500 is available in the Crew Cab or Quad Cab option, as well, but it also offers you a one-row Single Cab with seating for three people.

When it comes to technology, these vehicles have similar offerings. They both offer you Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, as well as USB ports, and a Wi-Fi hotspot. The Ram 1500 comes standard with a 5-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system, with an 8.4-inch or 12-inch touchscreen available. The Ram 2500 comes standard with a larger 8-inch touchscreen, with a 12-inch touchscreen available. The Ram 2500 also gives you up to three different 115-volt power outlets.

The interior and technology features of these two trucks are similar, but they are not exactly the same. If you want specific features on your truck, you can reach out to us at Tim’s Truck to discuss which of these options is the better fit for you.


These trucks are built to be safer for you on the road, but they can also be found with some great active safety technologies. Check out some of these below.

  • Automatic Emergency Braking – This safety feature can alert you of a potential front-end collision and apply the brakes if you fail to do so.
  • Blind Spot Monitoring – This feature watches out for vehicles in your blind spot and can alert you if there is a vehicle there.
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert – When you are going in reverse, this feature detects vehicles crossing behind you that you may not be able to see.
  • Adaptive Cruise Control

Both of these trucks can be equipped with the features listed above, as well as a few other options, such as forward collision warning and lane keep assist. Both of these trucks can offer you a safe driving option.

Which truck is right for you: the Ram 1500 or the Ram 2500? Ultimately, you need to think about your needs in terms of performance and features. The performance is the biggest difference between these trucks, but they can also offer slightly different interior features. If you have any questions about either one of these trucks, reach out to us at Tim’s Truck today.

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