2020 RAM 1500*


2020 RAM 2500*

2020 RAM 1500 vs. 2020 RAM 2500

2020 RAM 1500


2020 RAM 2500


12,750 pounds

Maximum Towing Capacity

19,780 pounds
2,300 pounds

Maximum Payload Capacity

4,050 pounds
395 hp


410 hp
410 lb-ft of torque

Maximum Torque

850 lb-ft of torque



Shopping for a new RAM truck and don’t know the difference between the RAM 1500 vs. RAM 2500? Both trucks are ahead of its class – the RAM 1500 is considered a light-duty truck while 2500 is a heavy-duty truck. Depending on whether you require maximum towing capacity often, like for hauling equipment to the job site, the 1500 or 2500 could fit your needs. Learn more about the match-up between RAM 1500 vs. RAM 2500 and discover the RAM truck for you, and be sure to check out our new vehicle specials!

RAM 1500 vs. RAM 2500: Towing & Payload Capacity

When trying to deduce, which is the RAM truck for you, the 1500 or 2500, most truck drivers need to know the towing and payload capacities. Explore the RAM 1500 vs. RAM 2500 towing and payload capabilities below:

Maximum Towing Capacity

  • 2020 RAM 1500 – 12,750 lbs
  • 2020 Ram 2500 – 19,780 lbs

Maximum Payload Capacity

  • 2020 RAM 1500 – 2,300 lbs
  • 2020 Ram 2500 – 4,050 lbs

RAM 1500 vs. RAM 2500: Engine Options

Both RAM trucks provide engine options so you can find the configuration that you need. The 1500 offers three engine options, while the 2500 offers two choices. The RAM 1500 offers the fuel-efficient EcoDiesel engine, a great choice for saving money at the gas pump. The 1500 and 2500 come standard in rear-wheel drive, with 4WD available on higher trim levels. Explore the RAM 1500 vs. RAM 2500 engine options below:

2020 RAM 1500

  • The newest generation of the 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 Engine which produces 280 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque
  • 3.6L Pentastar V6 with eTorque which delivers 305 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque
  • 5.7L V8 HEMI MDS VVT which produces 395 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque

2020 RAM 2500

  • 6.7L Cummins I6 Turbo Diesel, which churns out 370 hp and 850 lb-ft of torque
  • Heavy-Duty 6.4L HEMI V8 creates an impressive 410 hp and 429 lb-ft of torque

RAM 1500 vs RAM 2500: Starting MSRP & Interior Features

Both RAM trucks base levels are offered at reasonable MSRP; however, the 2500 is a bit more costly, but you’re rewarded with more powerful performance:

  • 2020 RAM 1500 – Starting MSRP $31,895
  • 2020 RAM 2500 – Starting MSRP $35,895

Even though 2500 pulls ahead, the 1500 offers seating for six at the base trim level while the base 2500 model can only seat 3. Standard safety and interior features for both RAM trucks include parking assist feature and 6-speaker sound system. Bluetooth connectivity is available with models, but only comes standard with the RAM 1500.

Explore the RAM 1500 vs. 2500 at Don Franklin Auto

Decide on whether the 1500 or 2500 is the RAM truck for you at Don Franklin Auto! Contact us with any questions about our extensive RAM truck inventory! Apply for financing today! Our finance team can explain the pros and cons of leasing or buying.

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