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

Determining whether you need a full-size pickup truck or a heavy-duty truck isn’t a decision to be taken lightly. The all-new 2019 RAM 1500 is the truck giant’s most up-to-date full-size pickup, and the next largest in the truck line is the RAM 2500. The demands of your Orland Park jobsite will determine which of these pickups is the best choice for you. Start by comparing these performance specs, towing capabilities, and prices to make the right decision.

Towing and Payload

2019 RAM 1500

2018 RAM 2500
12,750 lbs

Max. Towing Capacity

17,980 lbs
2,302 lbs

Max. Payload Capacity

3,497 lbs

RAM 1500 vs. RAM 2500 Engine Options

You’ll find two well-powered engine options for the 2019 RAM 1500, but when you need more horsepower and torque, look to the three aptly-classified heavy-duty options on the 2500. Both of these pickup trucks come with rear-wheel drive standard, but you can upgrade to 4WD. See how each engine compares in horsepower and torque to find out which one best suits your needs:

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

2018 RAM 2500 6.7L Cummins Turbo Diesel

2018 RAM 2500 with 6.7L Cummins® Turbo Diesel engine

Starting MSRP, Features, and Seating

Every Mokena truck buyer has a budget, and at Bettenhausen CDJR’s financing department, we know how important this is. When you’re shopping for a truck to get the job done, it helps to know that the 2500 is only $1,250 more than the smaller 1500.

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

Need to haul the whole crew? The base trim of the 2019 RAM 1500 will seat 6 people comfortably in the tech-savvy redesigned interior, and comes with a 5-inch touchscreen display powered by Uconnect® 3. Being a true workhorse, the entry-level configuration of the 2500 is definitely more powerful but can only seat 3 in its cabin, and you’ll need to upgrade for the same tech features. Whichever truck you choose, you’ll have 6 speakers surrounding the cabin, USB ports for media and charging, and a 40/20/40 Split Bench Seat for maximizing your cargo options.

RAM 1500 Interior

2019 RAM 1500 Limited Interior shown

Find the RAM 1500 and 2500 for Sale at Bettenhausen CDJR

Explore the RAM 1500 vs. 2500 at our showroom, located just a short drive from New Lenox, we offer the full line of new pickup trucks, from the all-new RAM 1500, the RAM 1500 Classic, as well as the heavy-duty RAM 2500 to choose from. Save time by applying for financing online, then get ready to join America’s Most Loyal Half-Ton Pickup Owners* by contacting us for a test drive. For more like this, compare the Ram 1500 vs. GMC Sierra 1500.

Disclaimers: *According to IHS Market U.S. owner loyalty analysis of the Non-Luxury Full-Size Half-Ton Pickup segment, Ram 1500 had the greatest percentage of owners who returned to market and purchased or leased another Ram 1500 in the 2016 model year.


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