What is the difference between a Ram 1500 and a Ram 2500? First off, traditionally a Ram 1500 is known as a half-ton truck, while the Ram 2500 is a three-quarter-ton truck. This refers to the truck’s payload capacity. Although, nowadays, these terms have become a bit outdated with heavy duty trucks like the Ram 2500 being able to hold more than the traditional weight for what was originally known for a three-quarter-ton truck. Put simply, the Ram 2500 is a more capable truck, with the ability to tow and hold heavier loads. Follow us at Southtown Chrysler to discover the differences between the two trucks.
Both the Ram 1500 and the Ram 2500 are high-powered trucks, but with the upper model you get even more powerful engines. The 2018 Ram 1500 has the option of a 3.6L Pentastar VVT V6, 5.7 HEMI VVT V8 and a 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 engine. The 2018 Ram 2500 shares the 5.7 HEMI engine, but instead of the others adds a 6.4 HEMI VVT V8 option, as well as a top-level 6.7 Cummins Turbo Diesel I-6 engine. The horsepower on the 1500 tops out at 395 with the 5.7 HEMI, while the 2500 gets 410 out of the 6.4 HEMI. A major difference is with the torque capacity, the most you’ll be able to get out of the 1500 is 420 lb-ft with the 3.0L EcoDiesel, while the 2500 gives you a staggering 800 lb-ft of torque, almost double what the lesser model can provide. If you need that consistent bit of extra power, the 2500 clearly outperforms the lower option.
Of course, with your Ram 1500 or Ram 2500 you’ll want to tow trailers and haul loads, but how does each one stack up? The 2018 Ram 1500 offers 10,640 lbs (4,826 kg) of towing capacity with a payload capacity of 1,880 lbs (853 kg). Capability is bumped up in the 2018 Ram 2500, giving you towing power up to 16,320 lbs (7,403 kg) with the 6.4L HEMI VVT V8 engine and 17,980 lb (8,156 kg) on the Class V receiver hitch. As well, from the Power Wagon trim level under the 6.4L HEMI engine, its WARN front bumper winch can take up to 12,000 lb (5,443 kg) of capacity. The suspension on the 2500 is a 3-link front suspension, which aides in both great handling and in the smoothness of your ride, even on rugged terrain. For towing trailers and hauling gear, the 2500 can take on a great deal more than the 1500.
While both exceptionally capable trucks in the performance and capability ring, as to be expected, the 2500 is your next step-up model if you need more dedicated and powerful utility out of your truck. If you’re a casual tower, or just use your truck for decent-sized loads every now and again, the Ram 1500 is great for you, but if you’re constantly hauling heavy loads, the Ram 2500 is a worthy investment for all its added strengths.