2021 Ram 1500 vs 2500

2021 RAM 1500 vs. 2021 RAM 2500



12,750 lbs

Max. Towing Capacity

19,780 lbs
2,300 lbs

Max. Payload

4,010 lbs
702 hp

Max. Horsepower

410 hp
650 lb-ft

Max. Torque

850 lb-ft

Max. Seating



Considering the RAM 1500 or RAM 2500? The first thing worth noting is that the RAM 1500 is a light-duty truck, while the RAM 2500 is a heavy-duty (HD) truck. Which one will work best for your unique needs? Compare the price, capability, and power of these two SUVs and more with Ryan Chrysler Jeep Dodge below to find out:

Maximum Towing Capacity

  • 2021 RAM 1500 – 12,750 lbs
  • 2021 RAM 2500 – 19,780 lbs

Maximum Payload Capacity

  • 2021 RAM 1500 – 2,300 lbs
  • 2021 RAM 2500 – 4,010 lbs

RAM 1500 vs. RAM 2500 Engine Options

Considering which pickup offers more power? If you include the RAM 1500 TRX in your RAM 1500 vs. RAM 2500 comparison, the RAM 1500 offers more power. Otherwise, the RAM 2500 delivers a higher available horsepower output at 410 hp vs. 395 hp for the next-most-powerful RAM 1500. Both trucks come with rear-wheel drive standard but offer 4WD for additional assurance and capability on Stanley streets. See below for further details to decide if the RAM 1500 or 2500 engines are right for you:

2021 RAM 1500

  • 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 Engine produces 280 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque
  • 3.6L Pentastar V6 with eTorque delivers 305 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque
  • 5.7L V8 HEMI MDS VVT produces 395 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque
  • Supercharged 6.2L HEMI® V8 (RAM TRX) delivers 702 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque

2021 RAM 2500

  • 6.7L Cummins I6 Turbo Diesel makes 370 hp and 850 lb-ft of torque.
  • Heavy-Duty 6.4L HEMI V8 turns out 410 hp and 429 lb-ft of torque

RAM 1500 vs. RAM 2500: Starting MSRP and More

The RAM 1500 starts at around $1,850 less than the RAM 2500. This makes it a great value, sure, but if you require more power or towing capacity, the RAM 2500 might be worth the added cost. Here are the starting MSRPs for both trucks to easily compare side-by-side:

  • 2021 RAM 1500 – Starting MSRP $32,245
  • 2021 RAM 2500 – Starting MSRP $34,095

So, should you choose the RAM 1500 or 2500? The former truck provides a 6 passenger seating capacity in the base trim model, so it probably has the space you need. Then again, the RAM 1500 can tow 12,750 pounds vs. 19,780 pounds for the RAM 2500, so if you need top-notch towing power, the 2021 RAM 2500 is likely the better choice.The RAM 1500 even beats out the Ford F-150 in many ways!

Both trucks offer a parking assist feature and a 6-speaker sound system, while 1500 has the optional RamBox Cargo Management System for added convenience. The 1500 also comes with standard Bluetooth connectivity, which is an available option in the base level 2500.

Looking to learn more about the standard and available features in both the RAM 1500 and RAM 2500 lineups? Contact us here at Ryan Chrysler Jeep Dodge today!

Find Your Next RAM Truck for Sale at Ryan Chrysler Jeep Dodge

Ready to get behind-the-wheel of a new RAM 1500 or 2500 to see which truck works best for your needs? When convenient and safe, make your way to Ryan Chrysler Jeep Dodge in Williston from Watford City or Dickinson to test-drive both trucks. In the meantime, you can do everything from valuing your trade to applying for financing from the comfort of home.

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