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2020 Ram 1500 vs Ram 2500

From the worksite to the campsite, it’s hard to think of somewhere a capable truck can’t go. That’s probably why you’re looking at popular models like the Ram 1500 and Ram 2500 for your personal or commercial use around Winter Haven, Lakeland, and Bartow.

To help you decide which of these pickups will be the best fit for your unique needs, our team at Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram of Winter Haven set them side-by-side in this Ram 1500 vs. 2500 comparison. Give it a read and then let us know which one you like best!

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Payload and Cargo Capacity in the Ram 1500 and Ram 2500

Whether you decide to add the Ram 1500 or Ram 2500 to your personal or business inventory, you can expect an impressive payload capacity and innovative cargo management tools.

For example, both pickups have the available RamBox® Cargo Management System. This builds two cargo compartments into either wall of the bed, above the wheels. It’s an ideal place to store items like tools or audio equipment without taking away for the truck bed’s total cargo volume.

Plus, the RamBox® Cargo Management System includes a 115-volt power outlet you can use to power up tools at the worksite or play music during your next tailgate.

Now for their differences.

If you need more cargo volume or a higher payload capacity, you may find that the heavy-duty nature of the Ram 2500 allows it to carry more than the Ram 1500. The 1500 still boasts a high payload capacity for its class, though. Look at the table below:

Maximum Payload

2020 Ram 1500

2020 Ram 2500

Max. diesel payload capacity

2,040 pounds

3,260 pounds

Max. V8 gas payload capacity

1,910 pounds

4,050 pounds

Max. V6 gas payload capacity

2,300 pounds



The 2500 also has bigger bed options, with an 8-foot bed and a 6-foot 4-inch bed. The 1500 has a 5-foot 7-inch bed and a 6-foot 4-inch bed.

However, the Ram 1500 provides additional functionality with the tailgate. The available multifunctional tailgate provides even easier access to your cargo thanks to its swing-gate feature opening out like a door. It has the option to fold down, too, like a more traditional tailgate, if that suits your needs.


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Ram 1500 vs 2500 Capability: Engines and Towing

Jumping under the hood, we see the Ram 1500 and 2500 give us plenty of engine options. In fact, they both have available V8 engine power producing the following specs:

Engine Specs

2020 Ram 1500

2020 Ram 2500


5.7L HEMI® V8

6.4L HEMI® V8


395 horsepower

410 horsepower

Max towing Capacity

12,750 pounds

17,580 pounds


They also both have a diesel engine option. The 3.0L EcoDiesel in the Ram 1500 can tow up to 12,560 pounds and the 6.7L Cummins® turbo diesel in the Ram 2500 can tow up to 19,680 pounds. The Ram 1500 also has a 3.6L Pentastar® V6 gas engine towing up to 7,730 pounds.

If you’re going to be traveling long distances, it’s also important to note the Ram 1500 has available eTorque technology. This mild hybrid system can get the V6 gas engine in the 1500 up to an EPA-estimated 20 MPG city and 25 MPG highway fuel economy.

The pros and cons here depend on your specific needs. If you have a fleet needing some heavy-duty towing capabilities, you may prefer the Ram 2500.

However, if you’re using your truck for personal use like towing a boat to the ocean on a family getaway, then the light-duty pickup like the Ram 1500 may be all you need.

Should You Pick the Ram 1500 or Ram 2500?

Only you can know whether you should pick the Ram 1500 or Ram 2500 and we hope our comparison helped to clear things up for you.

If you want to get a first-hand look at these capable trucks, come to DCJR of Winter Haven to work one-on-one with someone from our team of knowledgeable automotive experts.

Drivers around Winter Haven, Bartow, and Lakeland can contact us to schedule a test drive today!