Comparing the various styles of the RAM truck to find your best fit
Known not only for their toughness and brute strength, the RAM line of pickups also has a reputation for performance, style and dominance on the streets. Whether the workload is heavy, light or somewhere in between, there is a RAM truck suited for the job.
Aside from the various trim levels and appearance and equipment packages, the RAM pickup is available in 3 main flavors: the 1500, 2500 and 3500.
While all 3 varieties are built for hard work, the 2500 and the 3500 are made for jobs that require a little extra pulling power. All 3 feature some of the toughest engines and drivetrains on the market along with spacious and comfortable interiors with the latest in safety and comfort tech.
However, the 2500 and 3500 models add beefed up frames, suspension and engine packages for more payload, but at the expense of some street agility and off-road capability. Regardless of your needs and preferences, each RAM model has a lot to offer.
The RAM 1500 pickup is the most popular series of RAM trucks. Classified as a full-size pickup, it is one of the most powerful trucks in its class and, when properly equipped, is one of the most luxurious options in the segment. The RAM 1500 is available with 4 different engines.
Standard on all trim levels is the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine. The Pentastar is highly regarded for its impressive power density and bulletproof reputation.
Unique to the RAM line of Pentastar engines is the eTorque feature. This feature is a mild hybrid technology that replaces the traditional alternator with a 48V electric motor. Not only does this configuration reduce the standing load on the motor, but it also provides a power boost to the engine in high load scenarios. This feature, along with variable valve timing and variable valve lift, helps to make the RAM’s Pentastar V6 the most powerful V6 engine in its class at 305 horsepower.
The most popular engine choice for the RAM 1500 is the 5.7-liter Hemi V8 engine. This legendary engine lives up to its heritage, producing 395 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque. This kind of power is more than enough to pull your favorite toys and tools in addition to snapping your head back when the light turns green.
The third engine option is the 5.7-liter Hemi equipped with eTorque. The eTorque V8 makes the same impressive horsepower, but with improved efficiency giving the RAM best in class 4×4 V8 fuel economy.
A new engine choice for 2020 is the EcoDiesel V6. This 3.0-liter compact diesel engine is very efficient, yet produces a surprising 260 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque. As most truck lovers know, torque is where the grunt is, and this package has grunt to spare with a towing capacity of 12,560 pounds.
Where the RAM 1500 really shines is in the styling and comfort. It has been ranked the most appealing full-size pickup by JD Power.
The exterior styling is the perfect blend of workhorse and muscle car, with wrap-around LED headlights and smooth muscular lines with bold and aggressive wheel and tire packages. The interior is spacious and comfortable with premium finishes paired with convenient features that make the transition from work to play even easier.
The available 12-inch vertical touchscreen is the largest in the segment and neatly places the various entertainment, comfort and camera features close at hand. The available full-length panoramic roof brings an open-air feel to the trucking world that is a welcome amenity on the trail or the job site.
The RAM 1500 is the perfect balance of fun and business for the truck-loving weekend warriors to the hard-working tradesman with refined taste.
The RAM 2500 is all about strength. The frame is constructed of nearly 99 percent high-strength steel with the remainder being lightweight aluminum. This helps the RAM 2500 accommodate a 4,000-pound payload and towing capacity of over 17,000 pounds.
Whether your choice is gas or diesel, the RAM 2500 has 2 of the strongest options available. A 6.4-liter V8 Hemi engine is the standard powerplant that produces 410 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque.
Also available is a 6.7-liter Cummins turbo diesel 6 cylinder engine. The Cummins has a reputation even stronger than the Hemi and produces some earth-shaking numbers. The Cummins diesel produces 370 horsepower and 850 lb-ft of torque.
The RAM 2500 is built on a strong frame and beefed-up suspension but shares the same award-winning styling and interior appointments as the RAM 1500.
The RAM 2500 also is the base for the Power Wagon trim, which has been touted as the most capable off-road truck in production.
The RAM 3500 is the pinnacle of the RAM truck lineup. Its high-strength frame and bulletproof driveline are bolstered by the same impressive engine choices as the RAM 2500 with the added option of a high-output 6.7-liter Cummins. This engine produces over 1000 lb-ft of torque and 400 horsepower with a towing capacity of up to 35,000 pounds.
The RAM 3500 body and interior follow the same design philosophy as the 1500 and 2500, but the massive size of the frame requires a different body and interior layout.
The 3500 is a serious truck for serious work, but it has the same stylish and street-smart DNA as its stablemates.
The full lineup of RAM trucks is powerful, attractive and built to do the job. From the RAM 1500 to the RAM 3500, RAM pickups are the strongest and toughest around. As the saying goes, there’s a right tool for every job.