RAM 2500 vs RAM 3500
RAM 2500 or RAM 3500?
RAM trucks are one of the most popular truck lines nationwide, and it’s no surprise considering everything that each truck offers. The RAM truck line has primarily been separated into three different options, the 1500, the 2500, and the 3500, each available in multiple configurations. While the 1500 remains a popular option among consumers, those looking for high power often turn to the 2500 and 3500 models. When deciding between these two options, many people turn to raw numbers to make the best determination to fit their needs. While several factors do remain the same between the two trucks, there are a few substantial differences.
RAM Towing and Hauling Capability
While there are other variations between the two truck models, the 2500 and the 3500 see their towing capability as the most determining factor for many consumers. Both have become popular for commercial use among several different industries, but depending on your needs the towing power will decide which truck you buy. The RAM 2500 maxes out at roughly 19,000 pounds of towing capacity with the option for the 400-horsepower engine, which also allows for a maximum payload of 2,380 pounds. While that is a lot of towing power to the average person, it may have shortcomings when used for heavier duty towing. In comparison, the RAM 3500 has a maximum capability of 37,000 pounds with a maximum payload weight of 7,000 pounds. For many, the ability to tow those massive trailers or farm equipment is a must-have and aims towards the heft of the RAM 3500.
Raw Power of RAM Trucks
The engine options on each truck help determine the towing and hauling power, and each one makes a massive difference. The 6.4L V8 engine on the RAM 2500 provides 410 horsepower but lowers its towing capacity to 14,370 pounds, but can still be a great fit for everyday hauling or towing. The 2500 and 3500 both offer a 6.7 Cummins diesel engine, which provides the heaviest duty option for the 2500, but a mid-range engine for the 3500. The ultimate workhorse comes with the 3500’s 400 horsepower high-output diesel engine, which in addition to its performance statistics also comes with over 1000 lb-ft of torque, giving the truck its highest power ever.
RAM takes power seriously when it comes to their vehicles, but also takes into account the driver’s need for high comfort and utility when it comes to the truck’s interior. Multiple trims are available with each model including Tradesman, Big Horn, Laramie, Laramie Longhorn, and Limited Editions. The 2500 has an additional mid-range trim called the Power Wagon. Each interior features up-to-date technology and safety features, along with optional towing and trailering packages to help manage the high towing power of each truck. Pricing is determined by each configuration and additional features, but given the power difference between the 2500 and the 3500, you can expect a higher price tag with the bigger truck.
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