Which is right for you, the Ram 1500 or Ram 2500? You just have to ask yourself how much truck you actually need. Is a full-size truck enough for your needs? Or do you need the heavy-duty model? Read on to make the best choice for your daily drive.
Redesigned and Ready for Action
Both the 2019 Ram 1500 and the Ram 2500 are newly redesigned, and they’re both kind of a big deal. With stronger frame components and lighter body panels, both trucks are more capable than they’ve ever been. And the new exterior design—including headlights, taillights, and grille work—is guaranteed to turn heads.
With new noise cancellation features, these trucks are also quieter than they’ve ever been. That means it’s easier to hear Ram’s new infotainment options, including a new system with a massive 12-inch touchscreen display, multiple USB ports, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration.
Payload Capacity: Which Truck Is Your Best Bet?
Both of these trucks are supremely capable. The Ram 1500 falls into the full-size truck segment, which means the 1500 moves less weight in general. Depending on body style and equipment, this pickup can haul up to 2,300 pounds. It’s certainly no slouch and a great pick for small businesses that use a lot of heavy equipment, like plumbers, electricians, and gardeners.
The heavy-duty Ram 2500 has a bit more muscle. With the standard gas-powered V8 engine under the hood, the 2500 hauls its best numbers: 4,050 pounds. If you’re hauling bricks or construction supplies across town, this more powerful Ram will give you the means to make fewer trips.
Tow Ratings: Full-Size Ram 1500 vs Heavy-Duty Ram 2500
As you might have guessed, the full-size Ram 1500 pulls impressive loads, but not as much as the heavy-duty Ram 2500. With the right configuration and equipment, the Ram 1500 will tow up to 12,750 pounds. That’s an impressive number in the full-size segment, and it’s equal to some serious machinery or even a huge family camper.If you’ve got bigger fish to tow, the Ram 2500 is ready for action. Choose the optional turbodiesel engine to maximize performance and tow max loads of up to 19,780 pounds.
So Which Is It?
Our advice? Buy the truck you need and no more. Both Rams offer best-in-class comfort and all the latest tech gadgets. In the end, you want the truck that has the capacity to move your payloads and equipment without going overboard.
Choosing the Ram 2500 when the Ram 1500 will do the trick not only costs you extra up front, but it’ll also leave a bigger footprint on your budget going forward. And choosing the Ram 1500 when you actually need the Ram 2500 will force you to make more trips or to buy a smaller boat.
Carefully take your needs into consideration and choose the Ram that complies with your numbers.