2019 Ram 1500 Tradesman 4x2 Crew Cab 5

2019 RAM 1500

2019 Ram 2500 Limited 4x2 Crew Cab 8

2019 RAM 2500

2019 RAM 1500 vs. 2019 RAM 2500

2019 RAM 1500

2019 RAM 2500
$31,795 MSRP

Starting Price

$33,395 MSRP
12,750 pounds

Maximum Towing Capacity

17,980 pounds
2,302 pounds

Maximum Payload Capacity

4,050 pounds
395 hp

Maximum Horsepower

410 hp
410 lb-ft

Maximum Torque

850 lb-ft

Maximum Seating


The 2019 RAM 1500 is a full-size pickup, while the 2019 RAM 2500 is a larger, heavy-duty pickup. Although both RAM pickups are more than capable of putting in work on job sites near Rice Lake, we think it’s a great idea to compare the RAM 1500 vs. RAM 2500 in-depth. The two trucks vary in significant ways, but ultimately, your 1500 or 2500 decision should be based on three factors:

  • Do you need more than 12,750 pounds of towing capacity, or more than 2,302 pounds of payload capacity? If you answered yes to either question, choose the 2500.
  • Do you want access to a diesel engine delivering up to 850 lb-ft of torque? Only the 2500 lets you opt for the 6.7L Cummins® I6.
  • Do you have a family, or do you use your pickup for things other than work? If so, you’ll likely prefer the amenities of the consumer-focused RAM 1500.

Now that you’ve seen what most drivers consider when they’re comparing the RAM 1500 vs. RAM 2500, perhaps you’re interested in taking a deeper look. Get the facts with Don Johnson Motors by reading on.

Utility and Capability: 2019 RAM 1500 vs. RAM 2500

2019 RAM 1500

  • Maximum Towing Capacity: 12,750 pounds
  • Maximum Payload Capacity: 2,302 pounds

2019 RAM 2500

  • Maximum Towing Capacity: 17,980 pounds
  • Maximum Payload Capacity: 4,050 pounds
2019 Ram 2500 towing a boat

Engine Options: 2019 RAM 1500 vs. RAM 2500

2019 RAM 1500

  • 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 with eTorque
    • 305 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque
  • 5.7L V8 HEMI® with Variable Valve Timing
    • 395 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque
2019 RAM 2500

  • 5.7L HEMI® V8 with Variable Valve Timing
    • 383 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque
  • Heavy-Duty 6.4L HEMI® V8
    • 410 hp and 429 lb-ft of torque
  • 6.7L Cummins® I6 Turbo Diesel
    • 370 hp and 850 lb-ft of torque

If you’re still asking yourself, “1500 or 2500?” you should note that both trucks offer standard rear-wheel drive. Those who upgrade to one of the higher-end trims will have the option to upgrade with 4×4, no matter which truck they select.

Pricing, Cabin, and Features: 2019 RAM 1500 vs. RAM 2500

The 2019 RAM 2500 is a bigger truck. For this reason it starts at $33,395 MSRP, where the 2019 RAM 1500 only starts at $31,795 MSRP.

If you’re going to need more than three seats, you’ll appreciate that the 2019 RAM 1500 offers seating for up to six in the base trim. The 2500 only offers seating for up to three without upgrades.

Both trucks many of the same standard features, including parking assist and a 6-speaker sound system. However, only the 1500 includes Bluetooth® as a standard feature, and offers a RamBox Cargo Management System as an upgrade in the base model.

2019 Ram 1500 interior

Our New Ram 1500 Inventory

Our New Ram 2500 Inventory

Get Behind the Wheel at Don Johnson Motors!

Whether you’re out by Hayward or Cumberland, there’s a Don Johnson Motors dealership near you that has exactly what you need! Explore our RAM 1500 or our RAM 2500 inventories today, or check out our full RAM inventory to see everything we have on offer today!

Once you’ve decided between the 1500 or 2500, simply contact us to schedule your test drive! If you’re still doing research, why not see how the 2019 RAM 1500 wins out over the GMC Sierra?

More About the Ram Models

  • 2020 RAM 1500 Trim Levels

    Are you dreaming of driving a new light-duty but tough pickup truck around Rice Lake? If so, check out the 2020 RAM 1500 trim levels. With six trim models starting at only $34,145 MSRP, there’s a vast selection of features, configurations, and prices to choose from. Read more about the 2020 RAM 1500 trim levels below. View…

  • 2020 RAM 1500 Towing Capacity

    If you’re in the market for a new RAM truck, you may have asked yourself, “How much can a 2020 RAM 1500 tow?” Don Johnson Motors has the answer! The RAM 1500 was awarded best-in-class V8 engine towing capacity by industry experts because it has a maximum towing capacity of 12,750 pounds. Read about the 2020 RAM 1500 towing capacity…

  • 2019 RAM 1500 Gas Mileage

    The 2019 RAM 1500 gas mileage tops out at 20 mpg in the city and 25 mpg highway, when properly equipped. If you’re hoping to maximize your RAM 1500 mpg, you’ll need to opt for the rear-wheel drive, the 3.6-liter Pentastar® engine, and eTorque. However, each and every configuration delivers impressive performance and fuel economy…

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Don Johnson Motors
Don Johnson Motors
734 West Avenue
Rice Lake, WI, 54868 US
(715) 475-1473
Don Johnson Motors 45.5080292, -91.7657192.