2025 RAM 1500 vs. 2024 RAM 3500 Review

Picture of the 2025 RAM 1500

2025 RAM
1500

MSRP*: $40,275 to $87,075
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Picture of the 2024 RAM 3500

2024 RAM
3500

MSRP*: $46,255 to $79,140
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MPG - City 15 - 20 MPG Info not available
MPG - Hwy 21 - 26 MPG Info not available
Seating Capacity 5 - 6 seats 2 - 6 seats
Cargo Space 40.6 - 61.5 ft3 57.5 - 74.9 ft3
Engine
  • 305-hp, 3.6-liter, V6 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline/Mild Electric Hybrid)
  • 420-hp, 3.0-liter, Straight 6 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
  • 540-hp, 3.0-liter, Straight 6 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
  • 370-hp, 6.7-liter, Straight 6 Cylinder Engine (Diesel Fuel)
  • 410-hp, 6.4-liter, 8 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
Transmission Automatic Automatic
Drivetrain Four Wheel Drive, Rear Wheel Drive Four Wheel Drive, Rear Wheel Drive
Horsepower 305 - 540 hp 370 - 410 hp
Towing Capacity 6,450 - 7,760 lbs 14,290 - 23,000 lbs
Exterior Length 228.9 - 241.8 in 232.0 - 260.8 in
Exterior Width 82.1 in 79.4 in
Leg Room Front 40.9 in
Rear 35.6 - 45.2 in
Front 40.9 in
Rear 40.2 - 43.1 in
Head Room Front 40.9 in
Rear 39.2 - 39.8 in
Front 39.8 - 40.9 in
Rear 39.8 - 40.3 in

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Passengers in the extended cab will be able to stretch out a lot more with the RAM 1500 than the RAM 3500. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between the RAM 1500 and the RAM 3500.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). When looking only at MSRP, the RAM 1500 will have less of an impact on your bank account than the RAM 3500.

Dimensions
Since the RAM 1500 is much wider than the RAM 3500, finding a wide enough spot in a parking lot may be a bit more challenging. When looking at overall length, the RAM 1500 takes up about the same amount of space in your garage as the RAM 3500.

Handling
The RAM 1500 has a larger turning radius than the RAM 3500, making it slightly more difficult to maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
In terms of horsepower, it's a virtual tie between the RAM 1500 and the RAM 3500.

Powertrain
With somewhat higher torque, the engine of the RAM 1500 transmits a bit more power to the wheels than the RAM 3500.

Utility
In terms of seating, you'll be able to fit the same number of people in the RAM 1500 as you will the RAM 3500. The RAM 1500 has a slightly greater cargo capacity for your lumber or other material than the RAM 3500.