Comparing the 2019 Ram 1500, 2500, and 3500

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The recently launched Ram pickups are versatile, offering luxury rides or economy workhorses with great cargo capacity. We're often asked at Landmark CDJR in Independence whether to choose the Ram 1500, 2500, or 3500. A comparison of three great truck models - the 2019 Ram 1500, 2500, and 3500 can be made by studying the important features of each and how they are subtly different.

Take a Look at The 2019 Ram Models

The 2019 Ram 1500

This model is completely redesigned in 2019. Its weight has been reduced and payload and towing capacity have been increased. Debuting the fifth Ram 1500 generation, it is equipped with more rear-seat space and a new mild hybrid power system. Luxury sedan-like comfort is available thanks to the smooth-riding suspension and spacious and quiet cabin. What is more, it has ample towing capacity and off-road capabilities with technology support.

With an overall rating of 8.6/10 from Edmunds, The 2019 Ram 1500 has a unique coil-spring rear suspension, delivering a smooth ride without any reduction in towing or hauling capability.

The latest model is 225 pounds lighter than the earlier one, even though the frame has a strong steel construction. A fine-tuned class-exclusive air suspension gives better ride comfort, off-road capability, and load leveling.

Instead of the previous 3.0-liter diesel V6 engine, it now has a mild hybrid engine, assisted by a technology known as eTorque. This works by storing electricity in a lithium battery, helping the automatic engine stop-start system so that the engine works more smoothly. It also generates additional power in short bursts. An infotainment system with a huge 12-inch touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and multiple USB ports is optional with Ram 1500.

The 2019 Ram 1500 is a full-size pickup that can seat up to six passengers. More seat legroom and full-size rear doors are available with the optional crew cab. The Ram 1500 comes in seven trim levels: Tradesman, HFE, Big Horn, Rebel, Laramie, Longhorn, and Limited. A 3.6-liter V6 (305 horsepower, 269 pound-feet of torque) engine is standard on all trims while a 5.7-liter V8 (395 hp, 410 lb-ft) is optional on all except the HFE. These engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, a 3.21 axle ratio, and rear-wheel drive. The HFE has a four-wheel drive.

The 2019 Ram 2500

This truck boasts an engine with automatic transmission yielding impressive torque, a cabin with an elegant finish, and excellent off-road capability.  The Ram 2500 is unique in heavy-duty trucks, towing up to 17,980 pounds and carrying 3,890 pounds in the bed. It has numerous options for customization.

Of the available trims, the Tradesman is a no-frills work truck, while the Limited is ideal at the work site. The Lone Star a nice all-rounder with a few amenities, called the Big Horn in Texas.

The ride is comfortable due to its coil-spring rear suspension. An excellent all-rounder, the 2500 doubles up both as a basic work truck and a luxury equipment hauler or a trail-conquering pickup. It has a 6.7-liter Cummins diesel engine producing a large amount of torque, so this powertrain is really helpful when climbing, towing or hauling. The acceleration produced at 8.7 seconds to 60 mph, makes the Ram 2500 a little quicker than the lighter Ram 1500 diesel. The 800 pounds per foot of torque is highly helpful in towing, hauling or climbing grades. With efficient steering, brakes, handling, and drivability, it has been picked as one of Edmunds' Best Trucks for this year.

The 2019 Ram 3500

This truck has excellent torque generated by a diesel engine. An elegantly finished cabin, load-leveling air suspension, and quiet ride make it a good choice in the large truck segment.

Varied options are available in all the trims, hence the choice is based on the needs of the buyer. The Tradesman is a modest work truck with low purchasing costs, whereas the top-trim Limited impresses with a luxuriously-equipped cabin. The Big Horn is somewhere between these two.

The 3500 is really a powerhouse as far as towing and hauling is concerned.  With a maximum towing capacity of 31,000 pounds and a max payload capacity of 7,390 pounds, its capability compares favorably with the 2500 Ram but is definitely greater than the light 1500 Ram.

The 3500 is available in six trim levels: Tradesman, SLT, Big Horn/Lone Star, Laramie, Laramie Longhorn, and Limited. A .7-liter V8 gasoline engine (383 horsepower, 400 pounds per foot of torque) paired with six-speed automatic transmission power the 3500. Also optional is a 6.4-liter V8 (410 hp, 429 pounds per foot of torque) paired to a six-speed automatic transmission, and a turbocharged 6.7-liter diesel six-cylinder.

The Laramie adds a standard 6.4-liter V8, alloy wheels for dual-rear-wheel models, more chrome trim (including the bumpers), projector headlights, LED taillights, power-folding and auto-dimming mirrors, front and rear parking sensors, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, driver-seat memory settings, and a six-way power front passenger seat with power lumbar adjustment.

When comparing these models, it should be borne in mind that in the 1500, the common driver assist features are limited to higher trims. In the 2500, the diesel engine delivers lower power with manual transmission and the manual-shift control is in an esoteric spot on the gear shifter.

The capabilities of the Ram 1500, 2500, and 3500 are different. The Ram 1500 has powerful towing and payload capacity, but the 2500 scores more on these counts. The 3500 does even better with a payload capacity of up to 7,390 pounds and a towing capacity of up to 31,210 pounds.

To sum up, if modest payload and towing capacity are required, the more affordable Ram 1500 is recommended. If more luxury and higher payload capabilities are desired, the 2500 or the 3500 are the proper options.


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