What’s the Difference Between 1500, 2500, and 3500 Trucks?

July 23rd, 2018 by

2018 Ram 1500 Towing

Anyone looking for a rugged utility vehicle for work instinctively turns toward new trucks. You’ll generally find modern trucks split into these classes:

  • 1500
  • 2500
  • 3500

You’ll see the 1500, 2500, and 3500 designations used across popular manufacturers, including RAM, Chevy, GMC, and Ford, but it’s common not to understand what they may mean. Here’s a rundown on the distinction between these pickup types to help you choose a new truck for work or pleasure in Danville.

Trucks: 1500, 2500, and 3500

Truck designations used to come down to the amount each model could haul in tons. It was a rough estimate, but things generally broke down like this:

  • 1500: Half-Ton
  • 2500: Three-Quarter-Ton
  • 3500: One Ton

You’ll still sometimes see 1500 trucks like the RAM 1500 referred to as half-tons, but these days, those labels don’t really describe the trucks’ true abilities.

Instead, the 1500 is a light-duty truck, while the 2500 and 3500 are heavy-duty trucks. The 1500 is commonly used for light work and general driving – say, general service work around Reidsville, NC – while the 2500 and 3500 are preferred by Ridgeway service workers who need to tow and carry heavy loads.

How it Works with RAM Trucks

It’s probably easier to explain truck designations with an example from Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram:

  • 2019 RAM 1500: Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram’s light-duty truck still commands up to 395 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque, plus up to 12,750 lbs. of towing and a 1,900 lbs. maximum gas payload. With the highest owner loyalty of any truck, it’s ideal for most Ridgeway and Martinsville drivers. Learn more about RAM 1500 towing with Gunter CDJR Martinsville!
  • 2018 RAM 2500: Harnesses up to 410 hp and 429 lb-ft of torque with its gas engine and offers a 17,890 lbs. tow rating with its available 6.7L Cummins Turbo Diesel. The latest Ram 2500 was named 2018 Heavy Duty Pickup Truck of Texas.
  • 2018 RAM 3500: Makes up to 900 lbs-ft of torque while offering a 7,390 lbs. max gas payload and 31,210 lbs. max diesel tow rating. It’s your go-to for heavy-duty work in Martinsville.

Find out more about the differences between these models at Gunter CDJR Martinsville, and be sure to explore the differences between Dodge and RAM or Mega Cab and Crew Cab to help you make your decision!


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