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2021 RAM 1500 vs. 2500

2021 RAM 1500 vs. 2021 RAM 2500
2021 RAM 1500


2021 RAM 2500
$32,795 MSRP


$35,270 MSRP
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


Whether you’re putting in the hours at the Rice Lake job site or gearing up for an adventure around town, RAM trucks are up to task, but which truck is right for your needs? Compare the difference between the 2021 RAM 1500 and RAM 2500 with the team at Don Johnson Motors as we cover engine performance and features, so you choose the truck that best matches your driving style. One of the first differences you’ll notice is that the 1500 is a full-size pickup truck and the 2500 is a heavy-duty (HD) truck, and as a result, you’ll get different towing and payload capacities around Hayward:

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

2021 RAM 1500 vs. 2500: Performance Specs

There’s no doubt that when deciding between the 2021 RAM 1500 vs. 2500, you’re getting gripping performance for any task you take on. However, another notable difference between the RAM 1500 and 2500 is the three engine options of the 1500, including the fan-favorite EcoDiesel engine, compared to the two available engines on the 2500.

As you find the performance that matches your style, each truck comes standard with rear-wheel drive and an available 4WD system on the higher configurations. Let’s see if the 1500 or 2500 engine options meets your needs:

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 generates 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

2021 RAM 1500 vs. 2500: Starting Price

Consider your budget when deciding between the RAM 1500 vs. 2500. You’ll find the 1500 is the more affordable option with a lower starting MSRP:

  • 2021 RAM 1500: Starting MSRP $32,795
  • 2021 RAM 2500: Starting MSRP $35,270

2021 RAM 1500 vs. 2500: Interior Amenities

Whether you choose the 1500 or 2500, there are plenty of interior amenities and passenger space to be had. There are some differences between the RAM 1500 and 2500 interior features that compliment the strengths of each truck. For example, Bluetooth connectivity comes standard on the 1500 where it is offered as an available option in the base level 2500, and the 1500 has the optional RamBox Cargo Management System.

That said, both trucks come equipped with a parking assist feature, a 6-speaker sound system, and a range of other safety and infotainment options to accompany you on your trips around Cumberland. Give us a call at (715) 475-1473 to learn more about the standard and available features for each truck.

Discover RAM Trucks with Don Johnson Motors!

Now that you have a better understanding of the differences of the 2021 RAM 1500 vs. 2500, reach out to our team at Don Johnson Motors to see how these trucks perform on Rice Lake roads. Looking for information on how pre-owned Dodge RAM 1500 vs. 2500 models cmoprae? We can help you find the used truck of your dreams, too. Meanwhile, continue exploring the features of the RAM truck lineup by learning more about the 1500 towing capabilities, or comparing the RAM 1500 to other top trucks like the Chevy Silverado or the GMC Sierra.

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