Start configuring your Dodge Ram, and your first decision will be how much power and capability you need. The Ram 1500 fits in the light-duty category while the 2500 and 3500 models are heavy-duty trucks. Traditionally, the Ram 1500 was referred to as a “half-ton” pickup while the 2500 was a “three-quarter ton” and the 3500 was a “full ton,” but these labels no longer accurately describe their abilities.
There is actually plenty of engine overlap between the various Ram pickups. The Ram 1500 lets you choose a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, a 5.7-liter HEMI V8, or a 3-liter EcoDiesel V6. The Ram 2500 and the 3500 have the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 as their base engine with the option of a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 or 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel.
The biggest difference between the Ram 1500, 2500, and 3500 is their capabilities. The Ram 1500 has an impressive towing and payload capacity, but the 2500 improves on these numbers and the 3500 does even better. Depending on how you configure it, the Ram 1500 can tow up to 10,650 pounds and haul 1,810 pounds, which is enough for most Texas drivers. The Ram 2500 can give you up to 3,990 pounds of payload capacity and 17,980 pounds of towing capacity. The Ram 3500 has a payload capacity of up to 7,390 pounds and a towing capacity of up to 31,210 pounds.
The experts at James Hodge Dodge in Paris, Texas, will suggest you only buy as much truck as you need. If you don’t ever tow or haul more than the Ram 1500 can handle, you will save money by picking this pickup, both initially and on gas. Upgrade to the Ram 2500 if necessary or the Ram 3500 for truly heavy-duty needs.