2021 RAM 1500 vs. 2021 RAM 2500

2021 Ram 1500 vs. 2021 Ram 2500
2021 RAM 1500


2021 RAM 2500


12,750 pounds

Max. Towing Capacity

20,000 pounds
2,300 pounds

Max. Payload

4,010 pounds
702 hp (RAM 1500 TRX)

Max. Horsepower

410 hp
650 lb-ft (RAM 1500 TRX)

Max. Torque

850 lb-ft

Max. Seating


The first thing you need to know when comparing the all-new RAM 1500 vs. RAM 2500 is that the RAM 1500 is a full-size light-duty truck, while the RAM 2500 is a heavy-duty (HD) truck. What does this mean for your Ruston-area commutes and on-the-job towing and hauling tasks? Let’s dive into how the RAM 1500 vs. 2500 compare to see if the 1500, or in fact, the 2500, is the better truck for your needs.


Compare Maximum Towing Capacity

  • 2021 RAM 1500: 12,750 pounds
  • 2021 RAM 2500: 20,000 pounds

Compare Maximum Payload Capacity

  • 2021 RAM 1500: 2,300 pounds
  • 2021 RAM 2500: 4,010 pounds

Learn more about the RAM 2500 towing capacity and RAM 1500 towing capacity and other performance features of these two trucks in more detail by checking out our comparison below.

RAM 1500 vs. RAM 2500 Engine Options

There are two unique engine options in the RAM 2500 lineup. That’s plenty for many Monroe truck shoppers. Still, the RAM 1500 offers more unique engine options. Either truck you choose, you can opt for either a gas engine or diesel engine, plus either 2WD or 4WD.

Take a look at how each truck compares to the other with regard to horsepower and torque to select the best option for your performance needs:

2021 RAM 1500

  • 3.6L Pentastar V6 with eTorque which delivers 305 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque
  • 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 Engine which produces 260 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque
  • 5.7L V8 HEMI V8 which produces 395 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque
  • Supercharged 6.2L HEMI® V8 (RAM TRX) which delivers 702 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque

2021 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 that creates an impressive 410 hp and 429 lb-ft of torque

Starting MSRP, Features, and Seating

The RAM 1500 is a light-duty truck, so you’d expect it to start at a price that’s much less than the RAM 2500, and you’d be right about that:

  • 2021 RAM 1500 – Starting MSRP $32,795
  • 2021 RAM 2500 – Starting MSRP $35,425

For the price, both the RAM 1500 and 2500 come with a parking assist feature and a 6-speaker sound system, while 1500 also boasts available RamBox Cargo Management, which is useful when fishing, tailgating, or spending a long day at the jobsite in Bossier City. The 1500 also comes with standard Bluetooth connectivity, which is an available feature in the entry-level RAM 2500. 

Your Next RAM Truck Awaits at Landers Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM!

Now that you’ve compared the RAM 1500 vs. 2500, do you know if the 1500 or 2500 is the better pick for your needs? We encourage you to contact us at Landers Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM if not! Our knowledgeable RAM specialists will be happy to help you compare RAM trucks from across the lineup. Be sure to also check out our payment calculator to compare ownership or leasing costs of the RAM 1500 vs. 2500.


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