2018 RAM 1500 vs 2500

Specs at a Glance

2018 RAM 1500

2018 RAM 1500

  • Standard Engine3.6L V6
  • Horsepower305hp
  • Towing Capacity10,620 LB
  • Transmission8-Speed Shifatble Automatic

2018 RAM 2500

2018 RAM 2500

  • Standard Engine5.7L V8
  • Horsepower410hp
  • Towing Capacity17,980 LB
  • Transmission6-Speed Shiftable Automatic

2018 RAM 1500 vs 2018 RAM 2500

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The 2018 Ram 1500 is a tough truck that shares many traits with it’s even tougher sibling, the Ram 2500. If shoppers think of them as a continuum, they've got so many choices in this lineup that they are sure to find a good match for their business or personal needs.

Top Ram 2500 numbers are 3,890 pounds of payload and 17,980-pound tows at its strongest.

The 2018 Ram 2500 has a tougher build to help it handle bigger loads. Of course it offers some serious engine power. It too has a hard-working HEMI V8. This standard engine can be switched out for a 6.4-liter V8. This engine generates 410 horsepower and 429 lb.-ft. of torque. Ram uses a five-link coil spring rear suspension on the 1500 and 2500 models. This helps both of them achieve a best-in-class ride smoothness that benefits passengers and helps drivers feel in control. If you want more help with handling, the Ram-exclusive air suspension is offered on both trucks. Regulating the load's weight or lowering an empty bed improves the truck's aerodynamics. Drivers can increase ground clearance for debris-strewn trails, campsites or worksite. They can decrease height to make loading and unloading easier.


Of course, the first job of any truck is to move a load. The Ram 1500 starts out with a highly capable V6. It earns 306 horsepower, which is more than rivals such as the F-150 V6, which earns only 290 horsepower. That's more than the Silverado V6 which earns just 285 horsepower. Beyond that, this light duty truck has a HEMI V8. It generates a healthy 395 horsepower and is ready for heavier payloads and bigger tows. Since the torque rate is 410 lb.-ft., it has the Ford F-150 V8 beat by 10 lb.-ft. Ram 1500 Turbo Diesel drivers command 240 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque. This helps the Ram 1500 handle loads that might have been assigned to the Ram 2500. At its best, the Ram 1500 payload rating is 1,880 pounds, and tow rating is 10,620 pounds.


The two trucks are built to be tough, but Ram makes sure the interiors are welcoming. The designs are rendered in high quality materials. Whether you pick the 1500 or 2500 Tradesman or climb the ladder to one of the top models, such as the Limited. Tradesman do have minimal frills, but Ram makes sure everyone gets a rearview camera to make life easier when the trucks in reverse. SLT models are a bit nicer, offering you more amenities. The Big Horn, Laramie, Laramie Longhorn and Limited may make you forget you are in a light duty or medium duty truck. These pamper riders as well as any SUV. You can get leather seats, heated/ventilated chairs, and the award-winning UConnect touchscreen. It now offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The 1500 and 2500 are now offered in Ram Harvest editions which are offered in exclusive colors to match certain brands of farm equipment. These have Ram's first rear bed step to help farmers with their chores.


Both trucks have a big blanket of airbags. Drivers benefit from extensive traction controls designed to keep the vehicle out of harm's way. Four-wheel drive adds even more traction tools to the driver's toolbox. The standard rearview camera can be complemented by a cargo view camera, helping drivers keep an eye on their load. Skid plates are standard on the Harvest models and certain off-roaders to protect the vehicle from debris.

You can find your next truck at our Cass Burch Ram dealer. Climb aboard and take a test drive.

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