2021 RAM 1500 vs. RAM 2500

2021 RAM 1500 vs. 2021 RAM 2500
2021 RAM 1500


2021 RAM 2500


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


Finding the right truck for the job is important, no matter what that job might be in Birmingham, which is why it’s important to know how the 2021 RAM 1500 vs RAM 2500 stack up against each other. The primary difference between the two vehicles is that the RAM 1500 is a full-size pickup, while the 2500 is classified as a heavy-duty truck. This means that the RAM 2500 has higher towing capacities and payloads. Depending on how much you need to tow or haul, both trucks have their benefits, but in terms of raw towing power:

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

RAM 1500 or 2500: Engine Options

You should also consider the different engines that are available on either one of these trucks. Both have standard rear-wheel drive, and 4WD is available on higher trim-levels for each. You can compare their engine options below to see which has the horsepower and torque you need for your drives around Hoover: 

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 churns out 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

1500 or 2500: Starting MSRP, Features, and Seating

With the extra power offered on the 2500, there is also a bit of extra cost. When comparing the RAM 1500 vs. RAM 2500 prices, you’ll see that the 2500 costs Tuscaloosa drivers slightly more starting out: 

  • 2021 RAM 1500 – Starting MSRP $32,795
  • 2021 RAM 2500 – Starting MSRP $35,425

Decide Between the RAM 1500 or 2500 at Brady Kilmury CDJR

Now that you’ve been able to compare the RAM 1500 vs. RAM 2500 for yourself, the next step is to contact us to schedule a test drive, so you can see how each truck handles, or compare the 2021 Ram 1500 against the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado! Our finance department is also ready to help you no matter which truck you end up selecting, you’ll be driving off the lot happy. 


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