January 26

2023 RAM 1500: Tow Capacity, Engine Specs


The new 2023 RAM 1500 is one of the most powerful pickup trucks available. This makes it an excellent option if you need a truck with great towing capabilities. Below, we’ll highlight the engine options available on the 2023 RAM 1500, how these impact its overall towing capabilities, and how to figure out which 2023 RAM truck is best for you.

2023 RAM 1500 Engine Options

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With the 2023 RAM 1500, there are four different engine options to choose from. Which engine you select will play a big part in determining how powerful your truck is and how much you can ultimately tow. The first option is a 5.7L V-8 engine with eTorque. This engine option produces 395 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque, making it one of the most powerful engines in its class.

The second engine option is a 3.6L Pentastar V-6 engine with eTorque. With this engine, you’ll get 305 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. The third engine is a 3.0L EcoDiesel V-6 option. This engine offers the longest four-wheel drive highway driving range in its class, with over 950 miles on a single tank. With this engine, you can also expect to get 260 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque.

Finally, there’s the most powerful factory-installed engine in its class. This is a 6.2L supercharged Hemi V-8 engine that’s only available in the RAM 1500 TRX. With this incredible engine, you’ll get 702 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque, along with a maximum top speed of 118 mph.

2023 RAM 1500 Towing Capacity

Which engine and powertrain you select determines how much you’ll be able to tow with the 2023 RAM 1500. The maximum towing capacity is 12,750 lbs, which you can get with the 5.7L Hemi V-8 engine. The other engine options deliver less towing capacity but still provide a significant amount.

With the 3.6L Pentastar, you’ll be able to tow up to 7,730 lbs. Opting for the third engine, the 3.0L EcoDiesel, allows you to tow up to 9,600 lbs. Finally, the fourth engine, the 6.2L supercharged Hemi, delivers a towing capacity of up to 8,100 lbs.

By offering different engine options, RAM makes it easy to find one that best fits your needs. For example, you may need the maximum towing capacity available, leading you to the 5.7L Hemi option. On the other hand, you may prefer an engine with more horsepower and speed, even if it means less towing capacity. In this case, you might prefer the 6.2L supercharged engine.

2023 RAM 1500 Hauling Capacity

In addition to the towing capacity of RAM trucks, you may want to know about the hauling or payload capacity. This is the amount you can safely store in the bed of the truck. The maximum payload amount is determined by a few factors, such as the engine you select, the drivetrain, and whether you opt for the towing package.

When optimally equipped, the maximum payload of the 2023 RAM 1500 is 2,300 lbs. This is with the 3.6L V-6 engine and rear-wheel drive. If you decide to get the 5.7L V-8 engine instead, along with four-wheel drive, then the maximum payload drops to 1,940 lbs. As you’re browsing through RAM truck options, pay close attention to how the different options you select impact the hauling capacity.

Other RAM 1500 Towing Features

Besides a high maximum towing capacity, other features make the RAM 1500 an excellent truck for towing. For example, an available towing package adds features like a Class IV receiver hitch, a 4/7-pin trailer wiring harness, and a trailer brake controller. All of this makes it easy to start towing as soon as you get your new truck.

With the RAM 1500, you can also get trailer reverse steering control. This system makes it much simpler to drive in reverse while you’re towing. It allows you to steer the trailer with the trailer steering knob while the system controls the truck’s steering wheel. If you’ve ever tried backing into a spot with a trailer, you know how difficult it can sometimes be. This feature removes a lot of this frustration and makes navigating with a trailer much easier and safer.

Finally, you can equip your 2023 RAM 1500 with various safety features like rear cross path and trailer detection. This feature scans the area behind and next to your vehicle, alerting you if there’s anything within the vicinity. It also scans your blind spot, accounting for the size of your trailer, to help you avoid accidents while driving. With these features installed, driving with your trailer becomes much safer for you and others on the road.

How Much Towing Capacity Do You Need?

Knowing how much towing capacity you need can help you select the right options on your 2023 RAM 1500. While everyone’s needs are different, and weights of similar objects will vary, below are some average weights of typical items to help to gauge how much towing capacity you might need:

  • Kayak trailer: 200 to 800 lbs.
  • Motorcycle trailer: 800 to 3,000 lbs.
  • Open utility trailer: 2,000 to 7,000 lbs.
  • Large travel trailer: 6,500 to 11,000 lbs.

When towing, remember that you need to account for the weight of your object and the weight of the trailer. If you’re unsure of the weight of your object, you may be able to find this information online or in an owner’s manual.

Learn More About the 2023 RAM 1500 at Huffines in Plano, Texas

The 2023 RAM 1500 is an excellent choice whether you need a large towing capacity or you’re just looking for a great overall pickup truck. If you’re in the Plano area and want to learn more about the 2023 RAM 1500, Huffines Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram is here to help. We can answer any questions you have about this truck and help you select the best options for your towing needs.

Take a look at our new inventory to get started, or contact our Finance Department to learn more about your payment options. You can also stop by our dealership any time to talk with one of our sales representatives.


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