2017 Ram 1500 vs. 2017 Ram 2500 – Which Is Right For You? | Milwaukee, WI

How much truck do you need? Does a light-duty pickup have what it takes to help you through your day, or do you need to upgrade to a heavy-duty model for even greater capability? Our Ram dealership in Milwaukee, WI maintains a select inventory of the Ram 1500 light-duty pickup truck and Ram 2500 heavy-duty model. Find a transportation solution with a Ram 2500 or 1500 with Griffin's Hub add greater power and versatility to your daily drive. Learn more about capability, performance, and design elements of both models below, and then discover your next new pickup truck in our new inventory.


How Capable Are the 2017 Ram 1500 and 2017 Ram 2500?

Extremely. Built to provide greater towing and hauling than the competition, the Ram 1500 and Ram 2500 lineups deliver the advanced capability that is designed for your jobsite, but functions just as well for daily adventures. Key towing and hauling capacities for Ram pickup trucks include:


2017 Ram
Pickup Truck

Ram 1500

Ram 2500

Max. Towing

10,390 lbs.

17,980 lbs.

Max. Hauling

1,860 lbs.

6,580 lbs.


4X2 or 4X4

4X2 or 4X4

Cab Sizes

Regular, Quad, Crew

Regular, Crew, Mega

Bed Sizes

5-ft. 7-in., 6-ft. 4-in., 8-ft.

6-ft. 4-in., 8-ft.


What Are The Differences in Performance?

Both the Ram 1500 and Ram 2500 have three engine options available, only one overlaps between the two pickup trucks. The 5.7L HEMI® V8 can be found in both models, but the rest of the engine options for both are quite different. Performance specs and engine availability for the Ram 1500 and Ram 2500 are as follows:



6.7L Cummins®
Turbo Diesel I6

6.4L HEMI® V8

5.7L HEMI® V8

3.0L EcoDiesel V6

3.6L Pentastar® V6


370 HP

410 HP

383 HP

240 HP

305 HP


800 lb.-ft.

429 lb.-ft.

400 lb.-ft.

420 lb.-ft.

269 lb.-ft.

Fuel Efficiency



15 MPG city
22 MPG highway

21 MPG city
29 MPG highway

17 MPG city
25 MPG highway


2500 Only

2500 Only

1500 & 2500

1500 Only

1500 Only


Are There Differences In Design?

Both models offer similar aesthetics and features when it comes to design, but there are several key differences in size that drivers may want to consider when choosing between the 2017 Ram 1500 and 2017 Ram 2500 pickup trucks.


2017 Ram Pickup Truck

Ram 1500 Crew Cab, 6-ft. 4-in. Box

Ram 2500 Crew Cab 6-ft. 4-in. Box




Overall Length



Overall Height



Seating Capacity




6.950 lbs.

9,000 lbs.


Despite a few subtle differences in size and weight, the Ram 1500 and Ram 2500 offer several similar design features to provide greater convenience.


  • Available RamBox® Cargo Management System
  • Optional ParkView® Rear Back Up Camera System
  • Multiple storage solutions throughout the interior cabin
  • Underseat storage available with select configurations
  • Factory-installed fifth-wheel/gooseneck prep package for both models
  • Multiple seating options including work-grade vinyl, premium cloth, and leather


Why Choose Griffin's Hub For Ram Trucks?

With dozens of new Ram pickup trucks available for personal or commercial uses, our dealership in Milwaukee is your preferred choice for capable vehicles. Find your transportation solution in the inventory of new Ram 1500 and Ram 2500 models at Griffin's Hub, and then pay us a visit to get behind the wheel and learn what makes our dealership different. From the moment you visit our showroom to the second you drive away in a new pickup truck, our team will work to deliver a truly fantastic buying experience.

Schedule a test drive through our appointment form or contact our team by phone at (888) 378-5237 to get behind the wheel of a new Ram truck and see what sets Griffin apart from the competition.