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


Enhance your capabilities for your work on the Berwick jobsite or Des Allmands-area adventures with a RAM truck. Between the full-size RAM 1500 pickup truck or RAM 2500 heavy-duty (HD) truck, which is best for your needs? Follow along with Southland Dodge to compare the pricing and performance of the 1500 and 2500, so you can find the truck that fits your needs. To start, take a look at the powerful towing and payload capabilities of each truck:

Maximum Towing Capacity

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

Maximum Payload Capacity

  • 2021 RAM 1500 – 2,300 pounds
  • 2021 RAM 2500 – 4,010 pounds

RAM 1500 vs. Ram 2500: Performance & Engine Options

There’s no doubt that when choosing between the 2021 RAM 1500 or 2500, drivers are taking robust performance on the streets around Des Allmands. With the three engine options available on the 1500 and two engines available with the 2500, drivers can find the performance that matches their needs. Returning for the 2021 model, the RAM 1500 features the fan-favorite EcoDiesel engine for those seeking fuel-efficient performance and impressive torque. While both models come equipped with standard RWD and available 4WD, take a look at how they differ when it comes to their performance specs: 

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 (only with the 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: Pricing & Interior Amenities

Finding the right truck for Hahnville-area workloads and adventures means that it also has to fit the budget. While they are similarly priced, the RAM 1500 has the more affordable starting MSRP:

  • 2021 RAM 1500 – Starting MSRP $32,795
  • 2021 RAM 2500 – Starting MSRP $34,345

Other considerations that matter when deciding between the 1500 or 2500 is interior space. The base level of the 1500 can accommodate up to six passengers while the 2500 only has room for seating up to three passengers unless drivers are willing to upgrade to the higher trims. 

When it comes to staying connected, both the RAM 1500 and 2500 offer a 6-speaker sound system with standard Bluetooth capabilities on the 1500 and available Bluetooth capabilities on the base trim of the 2500. These powerful trucks also keep safety in mind with a standard parking assist feature and available features like Forward Collision Warning with Active Braking, LaneSense® Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist, and Pedestrian Emergency Braking. 

Learn more about the features offered on each of the 2021 RAM 1500 trim levels

Test the RAM 1500 or 2500 at Southland Dodge! 

Go from work to play in a new RAM truck on Houma roads; but which truck is right for you? Continue comparing the 2021 RAM 1500 vs. RAM 2500 by testing how they handle on the road. Contact us to schedule a test drive today! When you’re ready to take a truck home, the team in our finance center can assist you with all your car-buying questions.


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