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

19,680 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 all-new 2021 RAM 1500 is a full-size pickup truck with impressive towing capacity and horsepower, while the 2500 is a heavy-duty truck with a higher payload and towing capacity. You’ll want to make the most informed decision possible so you can pick out the best truck for your jobsite or lifestyle. We’ve got all the most important comparison points — towing and payload capacity, engine options, price, features, and seating — so read on for our comparison of the RAM 1500 vs. RAM 2500. For even more information, check out our online inventories for the 1500 and 2500.



Here are the maximum payload and towing capabilities for the RAM 1500 and 2500:

Maximum Towing Capacity

  • 2021 RAM 1500 – 12,750 pounds
  • 2021 RAM 2500 – 19,680 pounds

Maximum Payload Capacity

  • 201 RAM 1500 – 2,300 pounds
  • 2021 RAM 2500 – 4,010 pounds

RAM 1500 vs. RAM 2500: Engine Options

You have a choice of engine options when it comes to both the RAM 1500 and 2500. The 1500 comes with three available engine options, while the 2500 offers two. The 1500 also brings back RAM’s popular EcoDiesel engine, a fan favorite among Goldendale, WA drivers. Both the 1500 and 2500 come with standard rear-wheel drive, with an available 4WD upgrade on higher trim levels. Check out the engine specs for the 1500 and 2500 below:

2021 RAM 1500

  • 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
  • Supercharged 6.2L HEMI® V8 (RAM TRX) 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 creates an impressive 410 hp and 429 lb-ft of torque

RAM 1500 vs. RAM 2500: Price & Features

For many Hood River drivers, manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP) is usually one of the major deciding factors when choosing a new truck. Budget-minded buyers may lean towards the RAM 1500’s lower price point, but the 2500 makes up for it with a higher torque output.

  • 2021 RAM 1500 – Starting MSRP $32,765
  • 2021 RAM 2500 – Starting MSRP $34,345

The 2021 RAM 1500 also comes with seating for 6 in its standard model, while the 2500’s standard model can only seat 3 (you can upgrade to a 6-seat model if you want). The 1500 also features Bluetooth connectivity as a standard feature, while it’s an upgraded feature for the 2500. And both trucks feature RAM’s parking assist safety features and an outstanding 6-speaker sound system.

Compare the RAM 1500 vs. RAM 2500 with a Test Drive in The Dalles 

If you’re ready to explore the RAM 1500 or 2500 for yourself, stop by C. H. Urness Motors Co. near Portland and see them up close! You can also take either out for a test drive to see how they handle on the road. As always, you can contact us for more information or with any questions.


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