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What are the Differences Between the 2020 RAM 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty Models?

2020 RAM 2500 Vs. 2020 RAM 3500

When getting into the heavy-duty truck arena, it can be tough to determine just how heavy you want to go. How much power is necessary? How much do the capabilities between these beasts differ? Does anything else set them apart?

One would assume that the bigger the job you need to do, the higher the model you should go for. And generally, that’s a good rule to follow. However, there are some interesting nuances to acknowledge. Read on to educate your mind on the differences (and similarities) between the 2020 RAM 2500 and 2020 RAM 3500.

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2020 RAM 2500


2020 RAM 3500

Starting MSRP

370 to 410 hp

Max Horsepower

370 to 410 hp
429 to 850 lb-ft

Max Torque

429 to 1,000 lb-ft
10,350 to 15,040 pounds

Towing Capacity

13,490 to 14,970 pounds
1,510 to 4,012 pounds


3,745 to 4,644 pounds
232 – 261” L x 79 – 80” W x 78 – 81” H


232 – 261” L x 79” W x 78 – 80” H

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Two rams stand regally against a deep blue sky.What’s the same?

Both the 2020 RAM 2500 and 2020 RAM 3500 offer the same two engine options: a 6.7-liter 6-cylinder diesel, and a 6.4-liter V8. As such, horsepower ratings are the same, though the 2020 3500 can reach greater echelons of torque.

Fuel economy figures for heavy-duty trucks are hard to come by, but rest-assured that they are not great. Such is the nature of the heavy-duty truck beast.

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What’s different?

As one would figure, the 2020 RAM 3500 has a higher starting MSRP than the 2020 2500, which corresponds to greater torque and payload capabilities (especially when comparing the standard offerings). Interestingly though, the 2020 2500 is listed as boasting a greater max towing capacity by 70 pounds.

The 2020 2500 can also stretch to being an inch wider and taller than the 2020 3500. Though there may not be any grand meaning to this, it’s different from what most people expect. But then, truth is often complicated, isn’t it?