2021 RAM 1500 vs. 2021 RAM 2500

2021 Ram 1500 vs. 2021 Ram 2500
2021 RAM 1500


2021 RAM 2500


12,750 lbs

Max. Towing Capacity

19,780 lbs
2,300 lbs

Max. Payload

4,010 lbs
702 hp

Max. Horsepower

410 hp
650 lb-ft

Max. Torque

850 lb-ft

Max. Seating




Looking for a new truck to get you through tough jobs in Phoenix or go on adventures outside South Phoenix and Glendale? You’ve probably considered RAM trucks and wondered about the 2021 RAM 1500 or 2500. Which is best for you? Bill Luke Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram covers the RAM 1500 vs. 2500 comparison below! 

2021 RAM 1500 vs. 2021 RAM 2500: Towing 

One of the first things that Glendale truck drivers think about when comparing a RAM 1500 to its Heavy-Duty (HD) upgrade, the 2500, is the towing capacity. With either the 1500 or 2500, you’re getting a competitive towing machine, but the 2500 is the more powerful option. 

2021 RAM 1500 Capacities: 

  • Max Towing Capacity: 12,750 lbs
  • Max Payload Capacity: 2,300 lbs 

2021 RAM 2500 Capacities:

  • Max Towing Capacity: 19,780 lbs 
  • Max Payload Capacity: 4,010 lbs 

RAM 1500 vs. Ram 2500 Engines

Laveen and North Mountain drivers have a lot of choices with their engines on the 1500 or 2500. The 1500 includes a revived EcoDiesel Engine, one reason why people prefer it over the Ford F-150. See how each engine compares on horsepower and torque to find out which one best suits your needs:

2021 RAM 1500

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

2021 RAM 2500

  • 6.7L Cummins I6 Turbo Diesel, which comes with 370 hp and 850 lb-ft of torque
  • Heavy-Duty 6.4L HEMI V8 with 410 hp and 429 lb-ft of torque

Even in harsh driving conditions, a 4WD system is available on both of these trucks! 

1500 or 2500? Prices and Features 

The RAM 1500 starts at $1,850 less than the 2500 while providing more seating and some exclusive standard features. Still, the 2500 features make its cabin comfortable. Here are some of the distinguishing amenities on each: 

2021 RAM 1500, Starting at $32,245 MSRP:

  • 6-passenger seating on the base trim 
  • Parking Assist 
  • 6-speaker Sound System 
  • Standard Bluetooth connectivity 
  • Optional RamBox Cargo Management System. 

2021 RAM 2500 Starting at $34,095 MSRP:

  • 3-passenger seating on the base trim 
  • Parking Assist 
  • 6-speaker Sound System 
  • Available Bluetooth connectivity 

The RAM 1500 and 2500 are for Sale at Bill Luke Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram

At Bill Luke Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, we’re proud to include the RAM 1500 and 2500 among our inventory of new RAM vehicles! We’re ready to help truck drivers from all around the Anthem area with a parts center that can outfit your truck with the proper equipment and OEM parts. Contact us today to test drive either of these trucks!

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