RAM 1500 vs. The Competition

2023 RAM 1500 Grille


2023 RAM 1500

2023 Ford F-150

2023 Toyota Tundra


Tradesman, Tradesman HFE, Big Horn, Laramie, Limited Longhorn, Rebel, Limited, TRX

XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum, Limited, Tremor, Raptor

SR, SR5, Limited, Platinum, 1794 Edition, TRD Pro, and Capstone


Standard 3.6L V6

3.3-liter V-6

Twin Turbo iForce V6



290 lb-ft



273 lb-ft

265 lb-ft

406 lb-ft


TorqueFlite® 8 Eight-Speed Automatic

10-Speed Automatic

10-Speed Automatic

Towing Capacity

12,750  lbs

5,000 lbs

6,800 lbs

The new RAM 1500 is a force to be reckoned with. A perennial contender for best in class in multiple categories, if you’re looking for a reliable truck in Pekin to handle all of your towing needs, the RAM 1500 is more than capable of knocking down any task you put in its path. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg – there’s plenty more to be excited about when it comes to this incredible pickup truck. If you’re considering purchasing a truck around the Washington area, we’ve got all the details on the RAM 1500 and its competitors. Hopefully, we’ll help you make the right decision based on your East Peoria driving needs. Remember, we provide low-interest financing to qualified buyers and applying online through our secure portal is easy. 

First, let’s check out the RAM 1500 vs. F150 in a comparison of two of the most popular pickups on the market. 

RAM 1500 vs. F-150

In some areas, these two trucks are close competitors, but in the end, the RAM 1500 outmuscles the F150. 

  • The base model of the RAM 1500 is far more powerful than the base model F150. 
  • If you’re into upgrades, the RAM has attractive, upper-grade trims that come with boosted features and top-tier performance. 
  • Most people wouldn’t think of the RAM 1500 as a “luxury vehicle.” However, when it comes to comfort, higher-grade materials, and advantages like larger seats, the RAM 1500 eclipses the F150 n this category. 
  • The RAM 1500 also delivers more cargo space. 
  • The RAM is equipped with a multifunctional tailgate, so you can easily load and unload any cargo you’re holding in the bed. 
  • Finally, you’ll enjoy a relaxing ride thanks to the additional focus RAM placed on handling and the air suspension. This reduces most of the road noise, allowing you to actually enjoy your longer, highway-bound trips. 


Next, we move along to the 2023 Toyota Tundra, another perennial competitor in this class. 

Toyota Tundra vs. RAM 1500

The Toyota Tundra normally yields a larger engine and has traditionally offered slightly more power than the RAM 1500 at the base model. Can the RAM turn the tides? 

  • The RAM has way more color and trim levels, additional package upgrades, and far more technology and comfort features when compared to the Tundra. 
  • Comparing entry-level RAM 1500 and Tundra engines, the RAM has more power and torque. It eclipses the Tundra in the max payload and towing capacity categories as well. 
  • The RAM 1500 has a roomier cab than the Tundra, along with more tech and convenience features. 
  • The RAM offers better handling thanks to a far superior suspension system. 
  • The RAM also has better safety ratings than the Tundra, making it one of the most secure trucks in its class. 

2021 Ram 1500 Towing Capacity

So, how much can a Ram 1500 tow, exactly? The Ram 1500 towing capacity varies by the engine option you choose. Each engine has its own towing capacity. Let’s take a look at the capabilities of each engine.


3.6L Pentastar® V6 Engine with eTorque

  • Maximum Towing Capacity – 7,730 pounds
  • Horsepower – 305 hp
  • Torque – 269 lb-ft
  • EPA Estimated Gas Mileage (city/highway) – 19/24 mpg

3.0L Ecodiesel V6 Engine

  • Maximum Towing Capacity – 12,560 pounds
  • Horsepower – 260 hp
  • Torque – 480 lb-ft
  • EPA Estimated Gas Mileage (city/highway) – 21/29 mpg
2021 RAM 1500 Towing Boat

5.7L HEMI® V8 Engine

  • Maximum Towing Capacity – 11,610 pounds
  • Horsepower – 395 hp
  • Torque – 410 lb-ft
  • EPA Estimated Gas Mileage (city/highway) – 15/21 mpg

5.7L HEMI® V8 Engine with eTorque

  • Maximum Towing Capacity – 12,750 pounds
  • Horsepower – 395 hp
  • Torque – 410 lb-ft
  • EPA Estimated Gas Mileage (city/highway) – 17/22 mpg

Additional Features in the RAM 1500

There’s a lot more to the Ram 1500 than its towing capacity. This pickup comes jam-packed with features that are bound to make your Pekin commute safer and more enjoyable:

  • Available multifunction tailgate
  • Available RAMBOX Cargo Management System
  • 100% leather seating on 1500 Laramie Longhorn and Limited
  • Over 100 safety and security features
  • 5 year/100,000-mile warranty on diesel engine

2020 RAM 1500 Engines & Capacities

The 2020 RAM 1500 can be customized to fit the automotive needs of any Washington driver. Each powerful RAM 1500 is paired with the standard Class-Exclusive TorqueFlite® 8-speed automatic transmission for unbeatable performance. Depending on which trim catches your eye, payload capacity ranges from 2,100 to 2,300 pounds. The raucous RAM 1500 towing capacity is built upon solid engine options. Explore the engine specs below:

  • 3.6L V6 24V VVT eTorque Engine — expect an impressive 305 hp, 269 lb-ft of torque, and max towing of 7,730 pounds with this engine option.
  • 5.7L V8 HEMI® MDS VVT Engine — this engine can achieve up to 395 hp, 410 lb-ft of torque, and easily tow up to 11,610 pounds.
  • 5.7L V8 HEMI® MDS VVT eTorque Engine — achieves the same figures shown above, but kicks things up a notch by towing to a jaw-dropping 12,750 pounds.
  • 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 Engine — this powerful option is capable of producing up to 260 hp, 480 lb-ft of torque, and is able to haul 12,560 pounds—the highest diesel tow rating in the class.

2020 Ram 1500 Towing a Boat

More Features for Easier Towing

The design of the 2020 RAM 1500 takes the raw power under the hood and combines it with advanced features to produce a light-duty pickup that is ahead of the curve. You can easily trailer what you need for work week success and weekend fun. Discover 2020 RAM 1500 performance features here:

  • TorqueFlite® Transmission: The RAM 1500 can achieve up to 20 mpg city/25 mpg highway when this transmission is coupled with the eTorque mild hybrid system.
  • Largest-in-Class Brakes: With the robust 14.9-inch brakes, RAM 1500 drivers can easily maneuver around work zones and urban areas and stop when needed.
  • Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Path and Trailer Detection: When driving the 2020 RAM 1500, you can have peace of mind knowing the advanced safety features have your back. This system will constantly monitor your surroundings and trailer size to help you avoid blind-spot hazards.
  • Multi-Function Tailgate: Thanks to the 60/40 split gate, you can easily access your truck bed cargo area.

How Much Can a 2019 Ram 1500 Tow?

  • Rebel: 11,540 pounds
  • Laramie Longhorn: 11,540 pounds
  • Limited: 11,540 pounds
  • Big Horn/Lonestar: 11,610 pounds
  • Laramie: 11,610 pounds
  • Tradesman: 12,750 pounds

2019 RAM 1500 Engines and Specs

Each of the RAM 1500 engine options is paired with the standard Class-Exclusive TorqueFlite® eight-speed automatic transmission, and each engine offers both power and efficiency:

  • 3.6L Pentastar® V6 Engine: This engine delivers best-in-class entry-level horsepower of 305, as well as 269 lb-ft of torque. When equipped with the 4X2 drivetrain, it makes an EPA-estimated 17 mpg/city and 25 mpg/highway, and with the 4X4 drivetrain, it makes 16 mpg/city and 23 mpg/highway.
  • 3.6L Pentastar® V6 Engine with eTorque: This engine also delivers 305 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque, as well as best-in-class 4×4 fuel economy of 19 mpg/city and 24 mpg/highway. It also provides a best-in-class 4×4 highway driving range of up to 624 miles. This engine makes 20 mpg/city and 25 mpg/highway with the 4X2 drivetrain.
  • 5.7L HEMI® V8 Engine: With this V8 engine, you get 395 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque. When equipped with the 4X2 drivetrain, this engine makes 22 mpg on the highway near Washington.
  • 5.7L HEMI® V8 Engine with eTorque: This HEMI® engine also delivers 395 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque, but it provides the best-in-class towing capacity of 12,750 pounds. You’ll make 17 mpg/city and 23 mpg/highway with the 4X2 drivetrain and 17 mpg/city and 22 mpg/highway with the 4X4 drivetrain.

If you’d like to learn more about the 2019 RAM 1500 features, check out this brand’s highlights from the 2019 Chicago Auto Show. Need even more towing power? Explore the 2018 RAM 2500 towing capacity.

Silver 2019 RAM 1500 towing a boat

2019 Ram 1500 Towing Capacity Reviews

  • CNET: “On the road, the truck’s integrated trailer brake and sway damping control makes towing easy, even over long distances on the highway. The rear end does squat a bit with the trailer hooked up, only because my test truck doesn’t have the optional four-corner air suspension that can automatically level the pickup’s rear when it detects a heavy load.”
  • J.D. Power: “When you’ve been testing vehicles for 25 years, you know which ones are special because you miss them when they’re gone. I miss the Ram 1500, which is a tour de force of what a modern pickup should be. Ram might not lead in sales in this segment, but it certainly deserves to.”
  • Motor Trend: “A quick rundown of the spec sheet shows that the updated 1500 is still the pickup we know and love. Underneath the sharp (still mostly steel) sheetmetal is a strengthened platform that’s both lighter and stronger than before, helping to boost payload and towing capacity to 2,300 and 12,750 pounds, respectively.”

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When it comes to reliable trucks in the East Peoria area, you’d be hard-pressed to find anything to match up with the RAM 1500. For additional incentives, check out our new vehicle specials, or browse any one of our national offers! If you have questions about the RAM 1500, contact us today so we can help you move forward! 

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