Specs at a Glance

2018 Ram 1500

2018 Ram 1500

  • Standard Engine3.6L I-6
  • Horsepower305 hp
  • MPG (city/hwy) *17 / 25
  • Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic

2018 Ram 2500

2018 Ram 2500

  • Standard Engine5.7L I-8
  • Horsepower383 hp
  • MPG (city/hwy) *Not Available / Not Available
  • Transmission6-speed shiftable automatic

2018 Ram 1500 vs 2018 Ram 2500

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When it comes to dependability and class-leading performance, nothing beats a Ram truck. The 2018 Ram 1500 has the only four corner air suspension system in the half-ton category and the Laramie Longhorn Southfork Edition was awarded Luxury Pickup Truck of Texas by the Texas Auto Writers Association. The Ram 2500 is a heavy duty truck that makes a big impression with its Cummins diesel engine and best in class towing capacity. It's capable of handling all types of jobs- both big and small. So, let's take a closer look at both trucks to see how they stack up against each other.


When considering a light or heavy duty truck, one of the first features most people look at is capability. The Ram 1500 can really haul for its small size. It has a maximum payload on the gasoline versions of 1,800 lbs and a maximum towing capacity of 10,620 lbs. Diesel versions of the 2500 perform better as work horses. The Ram 2500 Powerwagon model comes with electronically locking front and rear axles and a 12,000 lb. electronic winch. The Ram 2500 Laramie Longhorn can manage a 3,250 payload and has a towing capacity of 12,680 lbs.

Safety Features

Both the 1500 and 2500 Ram trucks have similar safety features that graduate across the various model trims. The base model 2018 Ram 1500 Tradesman comes with a rearview camera, a full complement of cabin airbags and a tire pressure monitoring system. Front and rear parking sensors can be found on the Big Horn model and higher trims. Like the base model 1500, the Ram 2500 Tradesman comes with rearview camera and the same safety features mentioned above. The higher trims move in lock step with the 1500 by offering the same level of advanced safety features.

Exterior and Style

The 2018 Ram 1500 and the Ram 2500 have many similarities across the different model trims. The Special Edition trucks include a Limited Edition Tungsten model with luxurious leather and tungsten chrome accents. The Harvest Edition exterior comes in the same colors as most farm equipment and comes with off-road tires and a spray-on bedliner. The Ram 1500 does have smaller dimensions which might be ideal for city slickers and people who only need light cargo capacity. The maximum bed length is eight feet on the regular cab models and has a total length of 237.9 inches on the crew cab variant. The Ram 2500 sprawls long and wide. It has an overall length of 259.4 inches on the large crew cab trucks, but keeps the maximum eight foot box length of the 1500.

In the end, it all boils down to personal preference. If you're not hauling large loads or just enjoy the satisfaction of driving a Ram truck, then the 2018 Ram 1500 is an ideal fit. It's surprisingly capable when you need it to be and it has most of the same amenities as its larger cousin. If you're a workman with heavy duty needs, then nothing beats the reliability of the 2018 Ram 2500. You can have the best of both worlds with luxurious style and rugged capabilities all in one. To get closer to both of these Ram trucks, head over to Christopher's Dodge World and you can book a test drive today. Judge for yourself which Ram truck is right for you.

* * MSRP excludes destination, taxes, title and registration fees. Starting at price refers to the base model, optional equipment not included. A more expensive model may be shown. Pricing and offers may change at any time without notification. To get full pricing details, see your dealer. ** Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.