2021 RAM 1500 vs. 2021 RAM 2500

2021 Ram 1500 vs. 2021 Ram 2500
2021 RAM 1500


2021 RAM 2500


12,750 lbs

Max. Towing Capacity

19,680 lbs
2,300 lbs

Max. Payload

4,010 lbs
702 hp

Max. Horsepower

410 hp
650 lb-ft

Max. Torque

850 lb-ft

Max. Seating


2021 RAM 1500 vs. 2021 RAM 2500

When comparing the 2021 Ram 1500 vs 2021 Ram 2500, the first thing you should consider is that the 1500 is a full-size pickup truck, while the 2500 is a heavy-duty (HD) truck. Depending on the demands of your Pekin job site, you may see the 1500 or 2500 as the best choice for you. Comparing the performance specs and pricing is a good way to begin making an informed decision. To start, here are the towing and payload capacities:

Maximum Towing Capacity

  • 2021 RAM 1500 – 12,750 lbs
  • 2021 RAM 2500 – 19,680 lbs

Maximum Payload Capacity

  • 201 RAM 1500 – 2,300 lbs
  • 2021 RAM 2500 – 4,010 lbs

Ram 1500 vs. Ram 2500: Engine Choices

Each 2021 Ram truck offers a variety of engine choices: The 2021 RAM 1500 offers drivers three engine options, and the RAM 2500 offers drivers two engine options. It’s also important to note that the 2021 Ram 1500 has brought back the fan-favorite EcoDiesel engine. Also, both the 1500 and 2500 come with standard rear-wheel drive, and an optional 4WD system is available for upper trim levels. Read below to see how each engine compares on horsepower and torque:

2021 RAM 1500

  • The 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

Ram 1500 vs. Ram 2500: Starting MSRP

The MSRP is also an important consideration for Washington truck drivers. If you look at the differences in price between the two trucks, you’ll see that the 1500 starts at a lower price than the 2500:

  • 2021 RAM 1500 – Starting MSRP $32,245
  • 2021 RAM 2500 – Starting MSRP $33,895

Ram 1500 or 2500: Features & Amenities

Even though the 2021 Ram 1500 can’t match the torque output of the 2500, it instead offers 6 passenger seating in the base trim model. The 2021 2500 base model can only seat up to 3. For those who need the extra passenger space, the loss in torque may be worth it. Both trucks have a standard parking assist feature, and 6-speaker sound systems, and the 1500 has an optional RamBox Cargo Management System. 

The 1500 also has standard Bluetooth connectivity, which is an available option for the 2500. This gives consumers a choice between a truck that can haul but is more passenger-oriented, the 1500, and one that is more specialized for work, the 2500. If you have more questions about the standard and available features of the 2021 Ram 1500 or 2500, we’re always happy to answer any and all questions if you contact us.

Visit Sam Leman Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram FIAT Morton to Explore the RAM Lineup

Want more info on either of these great trucks? Come down to our showroom and compare the Ram 1500 vs. Ram 2500 in person, located just a short drive from East Peoria. Maybe even take one of our powerful Ram models for a test drive! You can also apply for financing to get pre-approved for a low-interest loan before you visit us! Come by today!

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