Comparing the Ram 1500 and Ram 2500 - Which Is the Best for You

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Choosing the right Dodge Ram for your needs is a choice with lasting consequences so it's one you want to get right. The Dodge Ram 1500 and the Dodge Ram 2500 both offer a solution to a unique set of needs. With a price difference starting at $4,000 between the Ram 1500 and Ram 2500, the 2500 may still be worth the extra cost depending on how much heavy lifting you'll be doing. The Dodge Ram 1500 starts at $31,695 while the Dodge Ram 2500 starts at $35,090. Here is exactly what you get with each so you can decide which truck is best for you.

Dodge Ram 1500

The Dodge Ram 1500 was recently chosen as Truck Trend's 2019 Pickup of the Year after it was put through an intense 1,300-mile performance test. It has stylish colors from which to choose from such as the classy Granite Crystal Metallic and Billet Silver Metallic. It also offers an available Natura Plus leather interior. The Dodge Ram 1500 is a serious rival to Ford F-150.

Size

The Dodge Ram 1500 has a wheelbase of 120.5 inches, a full 20 inches slimmer than its Ram 2500 counterpart. The length of the Ram 1500 is 209 inches with the bed making up 76 inches of that.

Engine

Powering the Dodge Ram 1500 are three available engines including a 3.6 Pentastar V6, a 5.7L HEMI V8, and a 5.7L HEMI V8 with eTorque. These engines pump out 305 horsepower to 395 horsepower and produce from 269 pounds per foot to 410 pounds per foot of torque.

Towing

The Dodge Ram 1500 is tow rated for 10,640 pounds, making it a powerful working force to be reckoned with. You will be able to haul some serious weight with the Ram 1500.

Payload

The Dodge Ram 1500 also has an enormous payload capacity of 1,900 pounds, which is almost the weight of a small car. This means you'll be able to fit both your snowmobiles or two motorcycles in the bed with ease.  However, the Ram 2500 has it beat in this regard.

Trim Packages

Dodge offers its own special trim packages that include Limited, Laramie Longhorn Edition, and the Rebel. Each of these trim packages adds chrome trim to the body as well as improved lighting. The Rebel trim package replaces the chrome trim with a matte black trim package that gives the Rebel a tough off-road look.

Dodge Ram 2500

While the Dodge Ram 1500 is a great truck, the Dodge Ram 2500 offers significantly more options and far more power. Nearly double the payload capacity, larger dimensions, and more than twice the trim packages, the Dodge Ram 2500 sells itself for those who need a heavy-duty truck. Here is a look at all of the features of the Dodge Ram 2500 and how they stack up against the Dodge Ram 1500.

Once you see how these two trucks both have unique advantages in size, power, and towing capacity, you'll be able to make a more informed decision. You can always test drive the 2019 Ram 1500 and 2019 Ram 2500 around Kansas City and Gladstone, MO.

Size

Now that you have seen what the Dodge Ram 1500 has to offer, here is a look at the Dodge Ram 2500 in comparison. The Dodge Ram 2500 has a wheelbase of 140.5 inches compared to the 120.5-inch wheelbase of the Ram 1500. The length of the Dodge Ram 2500 is 231 inches, a full 22 inches longer than the Ram 1500.

Engine

The Dodge Ram 2500 can pack a significantly more powerful punch under the hood than the Ram 1500 with either a 6.4-liter V8 or a Cummins 6.7-liter turbodiesel. This gives the Dodge Ram 2500 a whopping 370 horsepower with nearly 1,000 pounds per foot of torque. Now that is some serious power.

Towing

The Dodge Ram 2500 offers the ability to tow up to 16,320 pounds, which is the equivalent of four very large cars or one massive trailer. Hitch a trailer to the back to travel the country in style or do heavy duty towing from the comfort of your own cab.

Payload

When it comes to how much the Dodge Ram 2500 can carry, it's no laughing matter. The Ram 2500 has a payload capacity of 3,990 pounds compared to the Ram 1500 towing capacity of 1,900 pounds. The Ram 2500 can carry a load nearly twice as heavy as the Ram 1500.

Trim Packages

The Dodge Ram 2500 has a total of seven possible trim packages, which include the Tradesman, SLT, Big Horn, Laramie, Laramie Longhorn, Power Wagon, and Limited.

The Tradesman offers a 3.5-inch information digital cluster display, vinyl split-bench seats, and an in-floor cargo compartment.

The SLT trim package offers chrome front and rear bumpers, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, mini trip computer, and temperature and compass display.

The Big Horn offers a 10-way power driver seat, premium cloth seats, Uconnect touchscreen with SiriusXM Guardian, fold-flat load floor, and 18-inch aluminum wheels.

The next step up is the Laramie trim package which also offers a 10-way power driver seat, premium cloth seats, Uconnect touchscreen with SiriusXM Guardian, fold-flat load floor, 18-inch aluminum wheels, wood grain instrument cluster accent, and ParkSense front and rear park assist.

The Laramie Longhorn brings premium leather seats with ventilated Natura Plus leather front bucket seats and laser etching to the Ram 2500. It also has the features included with the previous trim models as well as Wood Tambour doors and Longhorn badging.

The Power Wagon trip package for the Ram 2500 includes 33-inch Goodyear all-terrain tires, electronically locking front and rear axles, electronically disconnecting front stabilizer bar, 12,000-pound electronic WARN Winch with a 90-foot cable, hill descent control, and Bilstein gas-charged monotube shocks.

Finally, the Dodge Ram 2500 offers the cream of the crop with the Limited trim package. The Limited trim package includes a class-exclusive RamBox cargo management system, 20-inch aluminum wheels with chrome pockets, double stacked center console with leather, premium Natura Plus black leather heated and ventilated front bucket seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, real wood accents, limited badging, and wood tambour doors. It also offers remote keyless entry, and Enter 'n' Go Start/Stop button.

The Ram 1500 is an incredible award-winning truck. The Ram 2500 has a stiffer ride but can haul more with its more powerful engine designed for towing. The choice, as always, is yours. Whether you choose a new Ram 1500 for sale or new Ram 2500 for sale, choose Landmark DCJR to lock in your warehouse pricing. Test drive a 2019 Ram 1500 today, or peruse our wide range of used Ram 1500s for sale in Independence, MO.


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