2016 RAM 1500 vs 2016 RAM 2500

RAM 1500
RAM 2500
2016 RAM 1500 Express
VS
2016 RAM 2500 Tradesman
$27,425
MSRP
$31,780
3.6L PENSTAR® V6
Engine
5.7L HEMI® V8

2016 RAM 1500 vs 2016 RAM 2500. What’s The Difference?

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If you are considering RAM, it may help to know the difference between the 1500 and the 2500. Discover more about these two great trucks and see which one is best for you. Both RAM trucks have powerful engines. The RAM 1500 can claim the best fuel economy of any full-size pickup. It earns 21 mpg city and 29 mpg highway. It offers an exclusive TorqueFlite 8-speed automatic. That’s two more than almost every other pickup truck out there. The 1500 comes with either a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 or a 5.7-liter Hemi V8. The standard gas-powered 2500 takes it up a notch. It cranks out 383 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. The 6.4-liter V-8 kicks it up to 410 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque. Both are matched to heavy-duty six-speed automatic transmissions.

The 1500 EcoDiesel has won awards for its class-exclusive capabilities. The 2500 offers a 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel that produces 800 pound-feet of torque. Both the 2500 turbo diesel and the RAM 1500 EcoDiesel come with a 5-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty that’s best in class.

RAM 1500 interior

What Are the Capabilities of the RAM 1500 and 2500?

The RAM 1500 has a maximum tow rating of 10,450 pounds, while the 2500 maximum is 17,950 pounds and has a maximum payload of 1,880 pounds, while the 2500 tops out at 3,610 pounds. Both trucks feature trailer sway control, which improves stability by braking individual truck wheels. Hill Start Assist keeps the truck from sliding backward when the driver is trying to move forward from a stop. An integrated hitch is always standard, making it easy to connect your trailer to either the 1500 or 2500. Since the RAM 2500 is built for the bigger hauls, the truck comes with a factory-installed rear axle cross member that’s ready for fifth-wheel or gooseneck hitch customization.

Both trucks offer award-winning, class-exclusive air suspension. This four-corner system can level the load automatically. It also allows the driver to pick one of five ride heights. This is excellent for adjusting clearance. At highway speeds, the air suspension will lower the truck, reducing drag and improving efficiency. Both trucks offer the RAMBox cargo management system. This adds bedside storage compartments that are lockable and weatherproof. It also includes an adjustable bed divider and tie-downs.

What Are The Trim Options?

The RAM 1500 comes in 11 trims and several sub-trims. Favorites include the Sport, the Outdoorsman, and the four-wheeling Rebel. The RAM 2500 comes in seven trims and several sub-trims. The 2500’s most exciting edition is the adventure machine known as the Power Wagon. Like the 1500, the 2500 offers the luxurious Laramie and Laramie Longhorn editions. In either truck, drivers will enjoy cabins that are filled with high-quality materials and soft-touch surfaces. Edmunds calls the 1500 cabin ‘as good as it gets. Edmunds has also written that the 2500 has the nicest interior in the heavy-duty full-size pickup kingdom. The auto critic has given an A rating to the 1500 and the 2500. Both are top recommended picks in the Edmunds 2016 Buying Guide.

RAM 1500 Interior

MSRP excludes destination, taxes, title and registration fees. Starting at MSRP refers to the base model, optional equipment not included. Pricing and offers may change at any time without notification. To get full pricing details, see your dealer.

All figures are EPA estimates. Actual mileage may vary.

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