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The RAM 2500 vs. 3500: Which One is Right for Your Towing, Hauling, and Performance Needs?

When you need to get your gear and supplies to the worksite, you don't want to second-guess how much you can tow and haul. It's challenging to pick out the right truck for your needs, but the team here at Key Chrysler Dodge RAM of Portsmouth wants to help take some of the stress out of the situation. We'll walk you through our heavy-duty truck options, the RAM 2500 and RAM 3500, and ensure you get the one that works best for you.

Performance: Both lineups offer a 6.4-liter HEMI® V8 or an available 6.7-liter Cummins® Turbo Diesel I6 engine. However, the RAM 3500 can also equip a 6.7-liter High-Output Cummins® Turbo Diesel I6, producing 420 horsepower and best-in-class 1,075 pound-feet of torque. The RAM 3500 can tow a maximum of 37,100, while the smaller RAM 2500 manages 20,000 pounds.

Exterior: While neither model sets itself apart from the other, both the RAM 2500 and 3500 offer some neat features. With options that include power running boards, a kick-out bed step, and a dampened tailgate and power release, you can access your truck's interior and cargo bed with ease. However, the RAM 2500 also offers the RAM 2500 Power Wagon® trim. This model offers a hardy Off-Road Equipment Group package that includes beadlock-capable wheels and rock rails/side steps. The RAM 3500 doesn't offer this trim level.

Interior: Again, both lineups are fairly similarly equipped inside, with available leather seating, extra storage space with the class-exclusive forward-fold-flat rear seats, and the class-exclusive available RAM Bins for in-floor storage. The RAM 2500 Power Wagon®, not available to the RAM 3500 lineup, sports exclusive anniversary badging on the seats, center console, and glove box and enjoys luxuries like premium bucket seats in black/mountain brown leather trim.

Technology: The RAM 2500 and RAM 3500 offer numerous technology features to help your drive. They each offer an available 12-inch touchscreen with the Uconnect® infotainment system and navigation, smartphone connectivity, a 7-inch Driver Information Digital Cluster Display, and the new Digital Rearview Mirror. With safety features, both models are the same, with the small exception of the RAM 3500 offering class-exclusive dual rear-wheel lower valances for the ParkSense® Front and Rear Park Assist feature - the RAM 2500 doesn't offer that.

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