2019 Ram 1500 Tradesman 4x2 Crew Cab

2019 RAM 1500

2018 Ram 2500 Tradesman 4x2 Reg Cab

2018 RAM 2500

2019 RAM 1500 vs. 2018 RAM 2500

When comparing the 2019 RAM 1500 vs. the 2018 RAM 2500, the demands of your job will play a primary role in determining which option you choose. As a full-size pickup, the RAM 1500 is capable of tackling an extraordinary range of tasks, but when it comes time to do the real lifting, the heavy-duty (HD) 2500 will have a significant edge.

RAM 1500 and 2500 Towing Power

A quick glance at each model’s towing power and payload capacity can give a clear indication of whether the 1500 or 2500 is right for you:

Max. Towing Capacity

Max Payload Capacity

  • 2019 Ram 1500 Payload Capacity – 2,302 lbs
  • 2018 Ram 2500 Payload Capacity – 3,497 lbs
2019 ram 1500 towing comp

Engine Specs: RAM 1500 vs Ram 2500

The 2019 RAM 1500 is available with two engine options, a 3.6-Liter V6 Pentastar and a 5.7-Liter V8 HEMI. Although the 2500 is also offered with this HEMI engine, it’s the smallest available option here. Just as crucially, the 1500 does not offer a diesel engine comparable to the 2500’s Cummins I6. We’ve laid out the horsepower and torque for each of these trucks’ available engines:

2019 RAM 1500

  • 3.6L Pentastar V6 with eTorque
    • Horsepower: 305 hp
    • Torque: 269 lb-ft
  • 5.7L V8 HEMI MDS VVT
    • Horsepower: 395 hp
    • Torque: 410 lb-ft

2018 RAM 2500

  • 6.7L Cummins I6 Turbo Diesel
    • Horsepower: 370 hp
    • Torque: 800 lb-ft
  • Heavy-Duty 6.4L HEMI V8
    • Horsepower: 410 hp
    • Torque: 429 lb-ft
  • 5.7L HEMI V8 VVT
    • Horsepower: 383 hp
    • Torque: 400 lb-ft
2019 ram 1500 engine comp

Rear-Wheel Drive is standard on both trucks, and no matter which pickup you choose, you’ll have the option to equip Four-Wheel Drive on upgraded trims.

Starting MSRP, Seating, and Standard Features: 1500 or 2500?

Six-passenger seating is standard in the 1500, but you’ll need to pay extra to enjoy similar capacity in the 2500. With either option, however, you’ll be able to take advantage of a parking assist feature, a 6-speaker sound system, and much more. The 2019 RAM 1500 also offers the optional RAMBox Cargo Management SystemAlthough the 2500 offers standard LED Taillights and a standard Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror, both optional in the 1500, the latter offers a wider array of starting features. The 1500 offers standard features like Bluetooth connectivity, USB ports, and more. The starting price of each model is as follows:

  • 2019 RAM 1500 – Starting MSRP $31,795
  • 2018 RAM 2500 – Starting MSRP $33,045

Even with the extra standard features, the RAM 1500 is a less-expensive option. The standard 1500 features can be found in the RAM 1500, for an additional cost. If you want more power, the 2500 is best for you, but if you want more passenger space and standard features, opt for the 1500.

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Find the RAM 1500 and 2500 for Sale at Vande Hey Brantmeier

Now that you’ve got a sense of what each pickup has to offer, it’s time for you to compare the RAM 1500 vs. the RAM 2500 in person. At our showroom, drivers from Appleton to Sheboygan will have the opportunity to test drive any of the new RAM 1500 or RAM 2500 models on our lot! Start a conversation today to apply for financing or schedule your turn behind the wheel.

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