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Any way they’re configured, RAM trucks are some of the best trucks on the market. They can tow a lot, haul a lot, and offer enough space and technology to ensure you never have to backtrack from the worksite to the warehouse 

Choosing RAM is easy. Choosing the right RAM to buy in Birmingham might be more complicated. The team at our truck dealership near Hoover is here to help you decide between the legendary RAM 1500, 2500, and 3500. Let’s see how these pickups compare. 

 

Which RAM is the Best Truck for You to Buy?

Various Engine Options

As a half-ton, light-duty truck, the RAM 1500 doesn’t offer as much power as its heavy-duty RAM truck counterparts. However, it is fitted with the most powerful factory-installed engine in its class, the supercharged 6.2L HEMI V8, which is only available on the 2021 RAM 1500 TRX. Here’s a breakdown of that HEMI V8, as well as specs for the other four RAM 1500 engines:

2021 RAM 1500 Engines

  • Supercharged 6.2L HEMI V8 – RAM 1500 TRX trims come available with the legendary Supercharged HEMI V8, which can get to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds, reaches a top speed of 118 mph, and makes 702 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque.  
  • 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 – Achieves best-in-class 480 lb-ft of diesel torque and makes 260 horsepower.
  • 3.6L Pentastar V6 with eTorque – The best-in-class Pentastar V6 engine offers the class-exclusive eTorque and a variety of advanced hybrid-like technologies to make 305 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque.
  • 5.7L HEMI V8 – This available HEMI V8 produces 395 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque.
  • 5.7L HEMI V8 with eTorque – Take advantage of eTorque’s Mild Hybrid Technology System in the 5.7L HEMI V8 for over a 1,000 pounds of extra towing capability.

How do the engines in the 1500 compare to the RAM 2500 vs. 3500? 

2021 RAM 2500 Engines

  • 6.4L HEMI V8 – Standard on every 2021 RAM 2500 truck is a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 that makes best-in-class 410 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque.
  • 6.7L Cummins Turbo Diesel I6 – The available Cummins Turbo Diesel pairs with a 6-speed transmission to make 850 lb-ft of torque and 370 hp. 

2021 RAM 3500 Engines

  • 6.4L HEMI V8 – The 2021 RAM 3500 utilizes the standard 6.4-liter HEMI V8 found in the 2500HD, with extra towing capability.
  • 6.7L Cummins Turbo Diesel I6 – Towing ability of the 6.7L Turbo Diesel is increased.
  • 6.7L High-Output Cummins Turbo Diesel I6 – For best-in-class diesel torque and towing capability, go with the RAM 3500 and its available High-Output Turbo Diesel engine. You get 420 hp, 1,075 lb-ft of torque.

Payload and Towing Differences

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Now that you know which engines can be found it the RAM 1500, 2500 and 3500, you probably want to know which RAM truck can tow and haul the most. 

Max Payload Capacity

  • 2021 RAM 1500 – 2,300 lbs. (3.6L Pentastar V6 eTorque)
  • 2021 RAM 2500 – 4,010 lbs. (6.4L HEMI V8)
  • 2021 RAM 3500 – 7,680 lbs. (6.4L HEMI V8)

Max Towing Capacity

  • 2021 RAM 1500 – 12,750 lbs. (5.7L HEMI V8 eTorque)
  • 2021 RAM 2500 – 20,000 lbs. (6.7L Turbo Diesel)
  • 2021 RAM 3500 – 37,100 lbs. (6.7L High-Output Turbo Diesel)

 

RAM 1500 vs. 2500 vs. 3500: Specs

What’s the difference between RAM 1500 and 2500 specs? What about the difference between RAM 2500 and 3500? Use the chart below to quickly compare specs for these 2021 RAM truck trim levels and models.

 

2021 RAM 1500 

2021 RAM 2500 

2021 RAM 3500 

Max Towing (lbs.) 

12,750 

20,000 

37,100 

Max Payload (lbs.) 

2,300 

4,010 

7,680 

Max Horsepower 

702 

410 

420 

Max Torque (lb.-ft.) 

650 

850 

1,075 

5’7” Box  

(67.4” Length) 

X

 N/A

 N/A

6’4” Box  

(76.3” Length) 

X

X

X

8’0” Box  

(98.3” Length) 

N/A

X

X

Max Cargo Volume  

(cu. ft.) 

61.5 

74.7 

74.7 

Max Bed Width  

(in.) 

66.4 

66.4 

66.4 

Headroom  

(in., front/rear) 

40.9/39.8 

40.9/40.3 

40.9/40.3 

Legroom  

(in., front/rear) 

40.9/45.2 

40.9/43.1 

40.9/43.1 

Shoulder Room  

(in., front/rear) 

66.0/65.7 

65.9/65.6 

65.9/65.6 

Hiproom  

(in., front/rear) 

63.4/63.4 

62.9/62.8 

62.9/62.8 

MSRP 

$32,795 

$35,020 

$36,470 

 

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If you’d like to compare the features, ride handling or capability of any new RAM truck in Birmingham, come to Jim Burke Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM today. Stop by our Birmingham car dealership anytime to take a test drive or get a price quote on a RAM for sale. You’d be surprised by how affordable it can be to lease or finance a RAM 1500, especially when you take advantage of our numerous vehicle offers and incentives!