2023 RAM 1500 vs. 2023 RAM 2500: What’s the Difference?

2022 Ram 1500 vs. 2022 Ram 2500
2023 RAM 1500


2023 RAM 2500
$37,410 MSRP


$44,205 MSRP
12,750 pounds

Max. Towing Capacity

19,990 pounds
2,300 pounds

Max. Payload

4,000 pounds
702 hp (RAM 1500 TRX)

Max. Horsepower

410 hp
650 lb-ft (RAM 1500 TRX)

Max. Torque

850 lb-ft

Max. Seating


Coweta County and Douglas County drivers know that RAM trucks are tough, rugged, and capable of handling a multitude of difficult jobs. But which one is right for the way you drive? When we look at the difference between the 2023 RAM 1500 and 2500, we’re mainly looking at the difference between a light-duty truck and a more powerful heavy-duty truck. The best way to decide is to compare RAM trucks and see which one fits your driving style. Take a look at differences between the 2023 RAM 1500 and 2500 with Scott Evans Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, then shop our RAM truck inventory to select your next truck.



RAM 1500 vs. 2500: Towing and Payload Capacities

Let’s begin with two of the features Villa Rica drivers want to learn about when they compare RAM trucks: towing and payload capacities. Of course, the heavy duty RAM 2500 is going to have higher capacities than the RAM 1500. If you don’t need the higher capacity, you’ll save money by choosing a RAM 1500. Here’s how they compare:

Maximum Towing Capacity

  • 2023 RAM 1500 – 12,750 pounds
  • 2023 RAM 2500 – 19,990 pounds

Maximum Payload Capacity

  • 2023 RAM 1500 – 2,300 pounds
  • 2023 RAM 2500 – 4,000 pounds

RAM 1500 vs. RAM 2500: Engine Options

The RAM 1500 offers a bit more versatility with its five engine options compared to the RAM 2500’s two options. No matter if your choose the 2023 RAM 1500 or 2500 you’ll get standard rear-wheel drive with the option of upgrading to a four-wheel drive system. Here’s how all the engines stack up:

2023 RAM 1500

  • 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 Engine: 260 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque
  • 3.6L Pentastar® V6 with eTorque: 305 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque
  • 5.7L V8 HEMI® with eTorque: 395 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque
  • Supercharged 6.2L HEMI® V8 (TRX): 702 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque

2023 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

Starting MSRP, Features, and Seating

As mentioned, the more powerful heavy duty RAM 2500 costs more than the light duty RAM 1500 with these starting MSRPs:

  • 2023 RAM 1500 – $37,410 MSRP
  • 2023 RAM 2500 – $44,205 MSRP

You’ll find similar features whether you choose the 2023 RAM 1500 or 2500. Both lineups offer high-tech features like parking assist feature and a 6-speaker sound system, the RAM 1500 also offers some unique perks like standard Bluetooth connectivity and optional RamBox Cargo Management System. Each trim level of the RAM 1500 seats six, while the entry-level RAM 2500 only seats three.

Find the RAM 1500 and 2500 for Sale at Scott Evans Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

Which is right for you: the light duty RAM 1500 or 2500’s heavy-duty power? You can learn more, and even revisit last year’s RAM 1500 or 2500 comparison when you visit our RAM information hub.


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