Talking about trucks, of course, you cannot forget about the RAM Truck. This powerhouse in the world of trucks is known for its amazing line-up. The manufacturer itself is specialized for pickup and vans cars. The most well-known product is the RAM 1500/2500/3500. But what are they? what is the difference? Those frequently asked questions are very common for the new truck enthusiast or those who are interested to buy. If you are one of them, here are the answers.
The RAM 1500
Starting with the first and the possible the most affordable of the series, the RAM 1500. This tier has some different models and types, which you can choose basing on the performance and appearance. The 1500 body styles are Quad cab or crew cab. Worth noting, that in this tier you got some models such as Laramie, Laramie longhorn, Bighorn, Tradesman, limited, and rebels. All have different specifications and highly possible diverse pricing too.
For the engine specification, you can say that these vehicles are very impressive. There are two engine choices, the 3.6 L V-6 and the 5.7 L Hemi V-8. In this case, you can say that the V-6 that equipped with eTorque can make 269 lb-ft of torque with 305 horsepower. From the RAM 1500/2500/3500 series, this lowest tier car with V-8 comes with a powerful punch. Whether with or without optional eTorque, it can generate 410 lb-ft torque and 395 horsepower.
What more impressive is the function as a pickup truck. An obvious idea that this lowest tier is still known as a beast truck that can handle up to 12,500-pound towing capacity. This number is depending on the model and engine. Nevertheless, the minimum towing capacity is still around 6,280 lbs which are great in the pickup car realm. For the payload itself, the car is quite outstanding with a maximum load of 2,320 lbs or around 1,000 kg+.
All the engine mated to eight-speed automatic transmission options. The fuel economy for these vehicles is stated around 11.9 L/100 km for the city model, while the hybrid system will take around 9.4 L/100 km. If you are interested to get this model, there is a high probability that the diesel Regular cab will eventually return. The price of 2020 RAM 1500 is starting from $32,200 which makes it the most affordable option from RAM 1500/2500/3500 beastly pickup lineup.
The RAM 2500
It can be said that the 2500 series are the upgraded version of RAM 1500. It has a stouter structure, stronger powertrains, new styling, and an updated interior. Just as the previous tier, 2500 comes in a vast variety of configurations. You got the regular cab, crew, and the 4×4 mega cab bodies. All of them are formed in different trims ranging from the regular Tradesman to the most luxurious limited model like the 1500 models.
In this case, you shouldn’t be surprised by the truck capability. As a full-sized large pickup truck, the rig was bumped up with a heavy-duty powerful turbo diesel engine. There are two options here, the regular 6.4-liter Hemi gasoline V-8 or the 6.7 L Cummins I-6. The gasoline engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, while the diesel Cummins paired with a six-speed automatic gearbox. This engine makes a great 370 horsepower with 850 lb-ft torque.
From the RAM 1500/2500/3500 series, the middle tier also comes with monstrous power. When equipped with Cummins diesel engine along with two-wheel drive, the heavy-duty RAM 2500 can tow up to 19,680-pound weight. For the payload itself, the car can handle around 4,380 pounds in total when it runs using Hemi V-8, the regular cab, and use the two-wheel drive. The car also has an optional power wagon, which unfortunately lower the payload and towing rating.
However, the power wagon was very useful for off-road optimization and better suspension articulation. With the Hemi engine, the power wagon can only handle towing around 9,470 pounds and the payload around 1,420 pounds. With the fuel economy around 11 / 6 mpg, this car is not the worst investment. If you are interested to get this RAM 2500 model, the fair market price for this tier started around $36,653 for the heavy-duty tradesman trim.
The RAM 3500
The last, the highest, and probably the most beastly of the series is the RAM 3500. With the price starting at the number of $38,330, it secures its position of the RAM 1500/2500/3500 series as the heaviest duty vehicle. The engine options are the standard Hemi V-8 or the Cummins Diesel 6.7L with I-6 powerplants. The turbodiesel engine can generate 850 lb-ft and 370 horsepower. Even more, there is an additional high-output Cummins engine to bump up the performance.
With the output, you can get extra power to reach 400 hp and the limit of 1,000 lb-ft torque. In this matter, the transmissions are available in three options. Eight-speed auto for Hemi engine, Ram-designed six-speed auto for standard Cummins, and the Aisins-built with six-speed auto for the high-output mill. The engine and the transmission line up just boost the performance, whether for the payload or the towing rating. So how good is this RAM 3500?
Don’t be surprised, the regular Hemi V-8 with the dual rear wheel and regular cab configuration can hold up the maximum payload of 7,860 pounds. While the towing rate come around 18,210 pounds. A beast among the RAM 1500/2500/3500 series. But, if you properly equipped the car the result is jaw-dropping. The towing rate can fly high up to 35,100 pounds with a maximum payload of 6,570 pounds. All can be done with the Cummins engine plus two-wheel drive.
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It can be said that the main difference between the models is the engine and the payload. Just as the name says, the higher number it named the more beastly the vehicle is. You can expect different engine options, bigger torque, and higher tow which up to 35.000 pounds. These vehicles are absolute beast which not only fierce but also beauty. With different specs for exterior and interior, you can choose base on your preferences, needs, and obviously – your budget.
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