December 15

2023 Ram 1500 vs 2500 vs 3500. Which is right for you?


The 2023 Ram range is a force on its own, nearly untouchable by its rivals, thanks to its driving capabilities, comfort, and technological advancements. While opting for Ram is a no-brainer, the difficulty lies in choosing between the 1500, 2500, or 3500 models. Sure, there’ll be an obligatory price jump between the models, but knowing Ram, there should also be some welcoming surprises regarding performance, trims, and features.

What the Engines Have To Offer

The 2023 RAM engines are pure power. The 1500 range offers four engine options starting with the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine with a towing capacity of 12,750 lbs. The 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine with eTorque gets you 7,730 lbs. of towing capacity, and the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 engine with its 12,560 lbs. towing capacity. Finally, the 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI V-8 doesn’t list its maximum towing capacity, but it’s important to note that the Ram 1500 frame can only support 12,750 lbs.

On the 2500 model, the options include a 6.7-liter Cummins turbo diesel I-6 engine with a towing capacity of 14,920 lbs. It also sports the 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 with a towing capacity of 16,870 lbs.

But it’s the 3500 that’s the real workhorse here. There are two engine options here too. The first is a 6.7-liter Cummins standard output turbo diesel, and the other is a 6.7-liter Cummins high output turbo diesel featuring a stellar 37,090 lbs. towing capacity.

Smoother Ride

The 2023 Ram 1500 is known for sheer driving pleasure thanks to the active air dams that reduce drag once the truck reaches 30 mph. The air suspension system further reduces drag, and the aerodynamic design is the final piece in this smooth-riding puzzle.

With the outdoors in mind, the Ram 2500 has a long list of handy features to take on those extra bumps on the roads less traveled, such as the Bilstein gas-charged monotube shocks with the five-link rear coil system, which makes those bumpy roads feel smooth. Skid plates protect the undercarriage on rocky terrain, and the 6.7-liter Cummins turbo diesel I-6 also features fuel tank brush guards.

The wheels offer an 11.1-inch ground clearance to navigate rocky crevasses easier. Pair that with the limited-slip differential to boost traction and maintain engine output. There are also lower gear ratios with the four-wheel drive low function. For trail enthusiasts, the 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 comes with a WARN ZEON 12 winch.

While the 3500 is set for release in late 2022 or early 2023, there are still a few surprises in terms of features. What’s known, however, is that the 3500 will offer optional rear suspension on top of the air suspension on the other models.

The Technology

Ram ensures that the technology throughout the line is of the highest quality. Even the 1500 model has a few additions, such as the 12-inch digital cluster that offers full-screen navigation. You still have the Uconnect SNAV with its 12-inch touch screen that features pinch-and-zoom technology and superb 3D graphics. The head-up display gives the truck a futuristic spin and shows bite-sized information such as your mph and the speed limit for the area.

A digital rearview mirror uses a real-time video stream. There’s an onboard voice recognition system that you can use for directions, to change media, and even to play music from your connected device. You can also download the Ram App, which offers Ram Connect, a service that includes a vehicle finder and remote vehicle start. Of course, there’s remote keyless entry for added convenience.

On those long road trips, all your devices are sorted with the Ram Power Station, which features wireless charging, four ultra-fast Type-C USB charging ports, and three 115-volt outlets. You can also stay connected with the 4G Wi-Fi hotspot capability.

The 2500 sports all the tech options of the 1500 plus a trailer reverse steering control system that kicks in at the push of a button. The digital rearview mirror also features a side mirror integration for better peace of mind during tight parking situations.

Not much has been released about the technological prowess of the 3500, but it’ll be hard to beat the 1500 and 2500.

Safety Features

Ram models abound with safety features across all trims and models. Electronic stability control assists with over-and-under steering, and the electronic roll mitigation system is designed to keep the wheels on the ground as much as possible. These trims include a 360-degree surround view camera to increase visibility, and as an optional extra, there’s also the 360-degree trailer surround view camera.

Enhanced safety features include forward collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-path detection. There’s also pedestrian emergency braking and an interior trailer light check, so you’ll know all your lights are in good working order. The parallel and perpendicular park assist goes a long way for those not used to parking a big truck.

Which One To Choose: 1500, 2500, or 3500?

There’s no denying that the 1500 is a strong start to these Ram trucks that can easily transition from work to play. When deciding which model is best for you, it comes down to capabilities, power, and whichever additional technological and safety features the brand puts out there. If you’re looking for a truck that’ll haul your favorite toys, such as a boat, and it’s under the 12,750 lbs. towing capacity, the 1500 will be a good fit.

The 2500 is ideal for those who want to explore off the beaten path. Traction control, a winch, and higher clearance are part of the package. Don’t forget all those standard and optional trailer features that make towing so much easier, especially when it’s time to find a parking spot.

However, if you’re looking for maximum payload and towing capacity, you’ll want to consider the best-in-class Ram 3500. It’s pure power and can carry everything you’ll need to that seaside destination.

If you’re in the market for a Ram truck, have a look at our inventory to find your best fit. Our on-site finance department can assist you with your finance application too.


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