RAM 2500 vs. RAM 3500

RAM 2500 vs RAM 3500 

RAM 2500 or RAM 3500?

If you've had your eye on a new RAM truck, chances are that you've considered owning the RAM 2500 or the RAM 3500. Even though these models are similar in many ways, they do have a few differences worth considering. Once you've decided which model is right for you, come by Victory Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM of Ottawa in Ottawa, KS near Kansas City

Standard and Available Engines

One of the most important components to consider when comparing two vehicles is the engine. At first glance, the RAM 2500 and the RAM 3500 seem quite similar under the hood. For example, they have the same standard engine. Their standard 6.4L HEMI® V8 Engine with 410 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque is extremely powerful. Next, we have the 6.7L Cummins® Turbo Diesel I6 Engine. This impressive engine provides 370 horsepower and 850 lb-ft of torque and is an available option with both the RAM 2500 and the RAM 3500. What makes these two RAM trucks different when it comes to engines is the 6.7L Cummins® High-Output Turbo Diesel I6 Engine. This available engine supplies 420 horsepower and best-in-class 1,075 lb-ft of torque and is only available with the RAM 3500. So, the main difference under the hood between the 2500 and the 3500 is the 3500's available high-output turbo diesel engine option.

Differences in Towing and Payload

Whichever engine you choose in your RAM 2500 or RAM 3500 will determine its payload and towing capacity. With each engine, the RAM 3500 can tow more than the RAM 2500. However, some drivers may find that the 2500's impressive towing capacity is more than enough to get the job done. If your job or lifestyle requires carrying or towing a huge amount of weight, then the 3500 might be the right choice for you. So, let's go over the details of each truck's towing capacity with each available engine.

Standard 6.4L HEMI V8 Engine

The RAM 2500 paired with its standard engine has a max towing capacity of 17,540 pounds. As for the 3500, the towing capacity with its standard engine is 18,210 pounds. As you can see, the difference is less than a thousand pounds. The biggest difference between the two models with this engine is the payload. It gives the RAM 2500 a max payload of 4,010 pounds and the RAM 3500 a max payload of 7,680 pounds.

6.7L Cummins Turbo Diesel I6 Engine

This available diesel engine gives the RAM 2500 a max towing capacity of 19,680 pounds and the RAM 3500 a max towing capacity of 22,670 pounds. As for payload, the RAM 2500 can carry up to 3,160 pounds while the RAM 3500 can haul up to 6,840 pounds. So, the difference is more significant with this engine.

6.7L Cummins High-Output Turbo Diesel I6 Engine

As stated above, this engine is only available in the RAM 3500. It provides an incredible towing capacity of 37,100 pounds and a payload of 6,570 pounds in the RAM 3500.