Comparison: Ram 2500 and 3500

December 18th, 2017 by

Sometimes consumers can get a little confused by the Ram lineup. Ram’s two heavy-duty trucks are the Ram 2500 and Ram 3500 and though they have some similarities and they are in the same class, they are both different models. Here is a quick look at the similarities and differences between both of Ram’s heavy-duty models.

Cab Sizes

The Ram 2500 and Ram 3500 are both available in three cab sizes, the two-door regular cab, the four-door crew cab and the four-door mega cab. Of the three cabs, the mega cab is the largest. The crew cab offers front passengers 41 inches of legroom and backseat passengers 42.9 inches of legroom. The mega cab offers front passengers 41 inches of legroom and backseat passengers. 43.3 inches of legroom.

Axle Ratio

When equipped with the 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel engine, Ram 3500 4×2 models are available with a 4.10, 3.73 or 3.42 axle ratio, but when equipped with a 4×4 drivetrain, the Ram 3500 is only available with a 3.42 drivetrain. The Ram 3500 with a 6.7L Cummins Turbo Diesel engine with a 4×2 or 4×4 drivetrain are only available with a 3.42 axle ratio When the Ram 3500 or Ram 2500 is equipped with any other engine (5.7L or 6.4L engine), the Ram 2500 and Ram 3500 are available with a 4.10 or 3.73 axle ratio.

The Ram 2500 and Ram 3500 are both available with three engine options, the 5.7L HEMI V8, the 6.4L HEMI V8 engine and the 6.7L Cummins Turbo Diesel engine. However, the Ram 3500 is the only model that is available with an improved 6.7L Cummins Turbo Diesel engine that can produce up to 930 lb-ft of torque. The max that the Ram 2500 with a 6.7L Cummins Turbo Diesel engine can produce is 800 lb-ft of torque.

Towing Capacity

Although the Ram 2500 and 3500 are both available with the same engine options (with the exception of the new 930 lb-ft of torque engine), the Ram 3500 is available with a larger axle ratio so it has the ability to tow more. The Ram 2500 has a maximum towing capacity of 17,590 pounds and the Ram 3500 has a maximum towing capacity of 31,210 pounds.

Chassis Cab

The Ram 3500 is available with as a commercial-grade truck and with a chassis cab, which means the truck doesn’t have a truck bed behind the cab. The Ram 2500 is not available with a chassis cab.

Want to see whether the Ram 3500 or the Ram 2500 is right for you and your needs? Come by Kendall Ram to test drive our available Ram models. If you need something bigger or smaller than both of the heavy-duty Ram trucks, we also have the Ram 1500 as well as the Ram 3500, 4500 and 5500 chassis cab models.

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