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 RAM 2500 can tow almost 7,000 pounds more than the RAM 1500, but is the larger model the right choice for you? Our 2021 RAM 1500 vs. RAM 2500 comparison covers every angle, but for many of our customers, nothing is more important than capability. On this point, the heavy-duty RAM 2500 has more to offer than its light-duty sibling:

Maximum Towing Capacity

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

Maximum Payload Capacity

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

Pricing and Value: 1500 or 2500?

If you’re like most of the Simi Valley and Thousand Oaks drivers we know, capability won’t be the be-all, end-all of your comparison. After all, there are plenty of reason to prefer the RAM 1500, especially if you’re hoping to spend less on your next truck:

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

It’s also important to note that the two models are intended for different types of drivers. The RAM 1500 comes standard with seating for six, and although it’s certainly at home on the job site, it’s comfortable in almost any usage or setting. The RAM 2500 comes with seating for three, and as a heavy-duty pickup, it’s primarily intended for independent contractors and businesses.

Both models come standard with parking assistance and a six-speaker audio system, but only the RAM 1500 comes standard with Bluetooth connectivity and the innovative RamBox Cargo Management System.

Engine Options: 1500 or 2500?

If it’s torque you’re after, you can rest assured that the 2021 RAM 2500 has you covered. On the other hand, if you’re looking for something efficient or something with a high-performance focus, you just might be happier with the more customizable RAM 1500. The latter offers four engines, compared to two for the RAM 2500:

2021 RAM 1500

  • 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 Engine – 280 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque
  • 3.6L Pentastar V6 with eTorque – 305 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque
  • 5.7L V8 HEMI MDS VVT – 395 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque
  • Supercharged 6.2L HEMI® V8 (RAM TRX) – 702 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque

2021 RAM 2500

  • 6.7L Cummins I6 Turbo Diesel – 370 hp and 850 lb-ft of torque.
  • Heavy-Duty 6.4L HEMI V8 – 410 hp and 429 lb-ft of torque

Both models include rear-wheel drive as standard and offer all-wheel drive on upper-level trims.

Continue Your RAM 1500 vs. RAM 2500 Comparison in Person!

Whether you’re leaning toward the RAM 1500 or 2500, you’ll find that it’s easy to take the next steps with confidence at Dependable Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. Start exploring our new vehicle specials and value your trade-in at home in San Fernando Valley or Van Nuys!


More from Dependable Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

  • How Much Can a 2022 RAM 1500 Tow?

    Simi Valley workers have relied on the 2022 RAM 1500 for all of their needs on the jobsite for years. The latest generation of all-new RAM 1500 trucks is just as reliable as those passed, and you’ll know you can tackle any tough task and enjoy the latest technology to keep you comfortable on your way…

  • Is the Grand Wagoneer Price Worth It?

      The luxury Wagoneer models are designed for sophisticated Simi Valley drivers with refined tastes, and are priced accordingly. Are the Wagoneers worth the price, though? Are Grand Wagoneers reliable? We go into detail below why we think these remarkable automobiles are well worth the price. We also break out the 2022 Grand Wagoneer price by trim, and…

  • The Impressive 2022 Wagoneer Interior

      The 2022 Wagoneer is one sleek SUV that would make a beautiful addition to any Simi Valley driveway. But just wait until you see the beautiful 2022 Wagoneer interior. Not only does this car look great on the inside, but there’s plenty of room, and you can fit the whole family and the dog, thanks…

Dependable Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram 34.219479, -118.598495.