2020 Ram 1500 vs Ram 2500


We get it. You have a job to do in the Hamilton, Madison, and Smyrna areas, and you want it done right. That’s why you’re probably looking at hefty pickups like the 2020 Ram 1500 and Ram 2500.

To help you decide which one is going to be better suited to your personal inventory or commercial fleet, our team at University CDJR compared the Ram 1500 and 2500 side-by-side. Check out our comparison to get an idea of what each of these trucks is made of. Then, contact us to come see them in-person.

Ram 1500 vs Ram 2500: Engine Specs and Towing Capability

If you’re looking for a truck with plenty of engine power and an impressive towing capacity, you’re going to be happy whether you choose the Ram 1500 or 2500. The only thing to consider is: how much power do you need?

Those of you with a big job coming up may prefer the additional strength of a heavy-duty model like the Ram 2500. If your truck is for personal use—maybe pulling a boat to the lake or taking a camper into the wilderness—then a light-duty pickup should serve you just fine.

Look at these trucks’ V8 gas engine specs below:

  2020 Ram 1500 2020 Ram 2500
Engine 5.7L HEMI® V8 6.4L HEMI® V8
Horsepower 395 horsepower 410 horsepower
Max towing Capacity 12,750 pounds 17,580 pounds


In addition to their V8 gas engines, both trucks have a diesel engine. The 3.0L EcoDiesel in the Ram 1500 can tow up to 12,560 pounds and the 6.7L Cummins® turbo diesel in the Ram 2500 can tow up to 19,680 pounds.

Plus, the Ram 1500 has a 3.6L Pentastar® V6 gas engine that can tow up to 7,730 pounds.

Something else to consider with the engine specs is efficiency. The Ram 1500 gas engines come with available eTorque technology. This mild hybrid system pairs an electric motor with the engine to add in even more low-end torque.

This also improve efficiency, bumping the V6 engine in the 1500 up to an EPA-estimated 20 MPG city and 25 MPG highway fuel economy.

Ram 1500 vs 2500 Cargo and Payload Capacity

We’ve looked at pulling power, now let’s turn our attention to these trucks’ cargo beds. Take a look at the payload capacities below:

Maximum payload 2020 Ram 1500 2020 Ram 2500
Diesel payload capacity 2,040 pounds 3,160 pounds
V8 gas payload capacity 1,910 pounds 4,010 pounds
V6 gas payload capacity 2,300 pounds N/A


As you can see, both feature a substantial payload capacity, however, the heavy-duty nature of the Ram 2500 equips it with the ability to carry slightly more. The Ram 2500 also has a higher overall cargo volume, with 6-foot, 4-inch and 8-foot bed options. The Ram 1500 bed options are 5-foot, 7-inches and 6-foot, 4-inches.

Otherwise, they both include innovative cargo management tools, like the available RamBox® Cargo Management System. This places two additional cargo boxes in the walls of the bed, where you can store items like tools or audio equipment.

They also include a 115-volt power outlet so that you can power up your drills when you get to the worksite or play some tunes at the tailgate.

The Ram 1500 features a multifunctional tailgate, as well. This gives you even more ways to access the bed by including a 60/40-split swing-gate feature. While you can still open the tailgate downwards, it also gives you the option to swing it out like a door, allowing for easier access to what’s stored in the bed.

Is the Ram 1500 or Ram 2500 Right for You?

We hope that our comparison of the Ram 1500 and Ram 2500 was able to help you have a better idea of which one better suits your needs. If you want to talk it over in more detail, come to University CDJR to work one-on-one with a knowledgeable member of our team.

Drivers near Madison, Hamilton, and Smyrna can contact us to get started today!

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