We’ve previously gone over the differences between the Ram 1500 and the Ram 2500, but what differentiates the Ram 2500 from the Ram 3500? The three-quarter ton and one ton trucks, respectively, are both heavy duty pickup options that will excel on for both work sites and city driving. As you can assume from the number designation of the trucks, the 3500 reigns dominant over the 2500, but in what ways can you expect to see the advantages? Learn from us at Southtown Chrysler what differences lie between these two Ram trucks.
Both the Ram 2500 and the Ram 3500 come with the same three engine types. The 5.7L HEMI VVT V8, 6.4L HEMI VVT V8 and 6.7L Cummins Turbo Diesel I-6 are all available depending on your trim level. However, the 3500 is the only of the two options with the advanced 6.7L Cummins engine, which produces 930 lb-ft of torque with 385 horsepower, while this top level engine on the 2500 can only get to 800 lb-ft of torque and 370 horsepower. While both enjoying the same engines, the Ram 3500 boosts up the top tier option for even more power.
The 2500 and 3500 are both excellent machines for towing, but which one is best for you depends on the size of the weight you will be carrying or towing on your pickup. The Ram 2500 enjoys best-in-class three-quarter ton towing, with the ability to haul up to 16,320 lb (7,403 kg) on a 6.4 HEMI VVT V8 engine. A Class V receiver hitch will bump it up to 17,890 lb (8,156 kg). The 3500, by comparison, bumps the towing capacity way up with a 30,000 lb (13,608 kg) capacity, as well as maintaining a payload of 7,350 lb (3,334 kg), thanks to its high strength rear suspension. Whether you need basic job site towing, or more advanced industrial capabilities, the Ram 2500 and 3500 are both capable pickups.
Another major difference between the 2500 and the 3500 is the availability of the chassis cab option. A chassis cab is when a truck doesn’t have a box in the rear, instead it just has the factory-made flat framework. This allows them to be further modified to suit whichever professional job they are needed for, such as tow trucks, construction trucks and landscaping trucks. Only the 3500 is made to be available with a chassis cab. That’s why the 3500 is the preeminent work truck over the 2500, a great truck to be customized with a conversion package to more suitably fulfill industrial needs, along with its performance capabilities, over the lesser 2500.
The Ram 3500 is clearly the more powerful and capable truck more fit for industrial job sites, but the Ram 2500 is no slouch either, it just depends on what you need. Come to Southtown Chrysler and browse our Ram inventory to find what works for you!