2020 RAM 3500 vs. 2020 RAM 1500 Classic | NewCars.com

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2020 RAM 3500 vs. 2020 RAM 1500 Classic Review

New 2020 RAM 3500

2020 RAM
3500

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New 2020 RAM 1500 Classic

2020 RAM
1500 Classic

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MSRP*
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$35,345 to $67,500
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$28,200 to $42,395
Invoice* $33,427 to $62,968 $27,024 to $39,875
MPG - City N/A 15 - 17
MPG - Hwy N/A 21 - 25
Engine(s) V-8 V-6, V-8
Seating Capacity 3 - 6 3 - 6
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** Not Tested ****
Frontal Crash Rating** Not Tested ****
Side Crash Rating** Not Tested *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*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 3500 than the RAM 1500 Classic. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between the RAM 3500 and the RAM 1500 Classic.

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). The RAM 3500 will definitely make more of a dent in your wallet than the RAM 1500 Classic, which has a much lower MSRP. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. Both the RAM 3500 and the RAM 1500 Classic have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
The RAM 3500 is about the same width as the RAM 1500 Classic. If you go with the RAM 3500, you may be circling the block looking for a space large enough to park more often than with the RAM 1500 Classic.

Drivetrain
Due to its much higher torque, the RAM 3500 does a much better job of transmitting the horsepower of the engine to the wheels than the RAM 1500 Classic.

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

Performance
When considering towing capacity, the RAM 3500 is clearly the choice over the RAM 1500 Classic for pulling heavy loads. The RAM 3500 has a little more horsepower than the RAM 1500 Classic.

Utility
In terms of seating, you'll be able to fit the same number of people in the RAM 3500 as you will the RAM 1500 Classic. You'll be able to haul more material in the RAM 3500 than the RAM 1500 Classic, due to its significantly greater cargo capacity.

Warranty
The RAM 3500 comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the RAM 1500 Classic.