What is the Difference Between RAM 2500 and RAM 3500?


The Dodge Ram 2500 and 3500 are full size pickup trucks that are available in several different configurations. There is no difference in the size of the two models, and both models are available with a standard two-door cab, a four-door "crew cab," and an extended four-door "mega-cab." The beds of both models are available in standard lengths or extended lengths. Both models are available in 2-wheel drive or 4-wheel drive. The main difference between the Ram 2500 and the Ram 3500 is the engine and the suspension. The Ram 3500 has a more powerful engine, a stronger rear axle, and stronger rear suspension. These features enable the Ram 3500 to carry a heavier load and tow more weight than the Ram 2500.


  • The Ram 2500 comes equipped with a 5.7 liter V-8 that produces 383 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque. The Ram 3500 is equipped with a turbocharged 6-cylinder diesel engine that has 350 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque.

Payload Capacity

  • The payload capacity of the trucks is determined by the engine, suspension, size of the cab, and whether the truck has two-wheel or four-wheel drive. The maximum payload capacity of the Ram 2500 is between 2,450 pounds and 3,160 pounds, depending upon the model. The maximum Payload of the Ram 3500 is between 3,050 pounds and 5,050 pounds.

Towing Capacity

  • The factors that affect payload capacity also effect towing capacity. The Ram 2500 has a maximum towing capacity of 8,400 pounds to 13,450 pounds depending upon the options selected. The Ram 3500 has a maximum towing capacity of 11,350 pounds to 17,600 pounds.

Curb Weight

  • The curb weight of the Ram 2500 ranges from 5,492 pounds to 7,280 pounds. The curb weight of the Ram 3500 ranges from 6,635 pounds to 7,525 pounds.

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR)

  • The GVWR of the Ram 2500 is 8,650 pounds to 9,000 pounds. The GVWR of the Ram 3500 is 10,100 pounds to 12,200 pounds.

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