The major differences between the main Dodge trucks, the Dodge Ram 1500, Dodge Ram 2500 and Dodge Ram 3500, are their prices and maximum towing limits. The Dodge Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks have V8 HEMI engines for heavy-duty towing, but the Dodge Ram 1500 has better fuel economy.
The Dodge Ram 1500 starts at around $30,000, as of 2015. The truck is about $10,000 cheaper than the Dodge Ram 2500 and 3500, but the lower price comes with limitations. With a standard 3.6-liter V6 engine, the truck can only tow a maximum of 10,650 pounds and carry a load of 1,900 pounds. However, the lower towing capacity gives the Dodge Ram 1500 its 17 miles per gallon to 25 miles per gallon city-to-highway ratio.
The Dodge Ram 2500 starts at around $40,000, but the extra cost corresponds to a towing capacity of 17,440 pounds and load capacity of 3,510 pounds. The truck handles this increase with a 5.7-liter V8 HEMI engine. The Dodge Ram 3500 has a 6.4-liter V8 HEMI engine, which enables it to tow up to 29,260 pounds and carry loads as heavy as 7,000 pounds. The engine upgrade increases the price of the 3500 to over $41,000.