2023 Dodge RAM 1500 vs. 3500

2023 Ram 3500 Towing a Bulldozer
2023 RAM 1500


2023 RAM 3500





Engine Options

305 hp / 273 lb-ft

Standard Specs

410 hp / 439 lb-ft
12,750 pounds

Max Towing

37,090 pounds
2,300 pounds

Max Payload

7,680 pounds

If you’re looking for a powerful new pickup truck in the Omaha, NE area, Woodhouse is here to help! We offer a full lineup of new and preowned vehicles from all the most popular automakers, designed to cater to a broad range of budgets and lifestyles. Whatever your unique driving needs may be, we’re confident we can find you something to love in our inventory! Our flagship pickup truck is the iconic RAM 1500, but if you’re looking for an extra boost of power you might be more interested in its heavy-duty counterpart, the RAM 3500. There are some important differences between these two trucks, so we’ve outlined everything you need to know in the guide below. Check it out, then head to our inventory to see what we have available!



Dodge RAM 1500 vs. 3500: Pricing & Trims

Let’s start our guide by seeing how the RAM 1500 and 3500 compare in terms of price. They both have plenty of trims to choose from, with the RAM 1500 offering eight and the RAM 3500 offering five. The RAM 1500 is naturally the more cost-effective option since it is a light-duty truck, with pricing starting at $37,905 MSRP. The RAM 3500 is a bit pricier, starting at $48,155 MSRP, but it compensates with more powerful specs and capabilities. Here are all the trims for both trucks:

RAM 1500​ Trim Levels

  • Tradesman®: $37,905 MSRP
  • Tradesman HFE: $39,545 MSRP
  • Big Horn®: $43,220 MSRP
  • Laramie®: $53,320 MSRP
  • Rebel®: $53,935 MSRP
  • Limited Longhorn™: $60,675 MSRP
  • Limited: $64,050 MSRP
  • TRX: $84,555 MSRP

RAM 3500 Trim Levels

  • Tradesman®: $48,155 MSRP
  • Big Horn®: $52,435 MSRP
  • Laramie®: $65,700 MSRP
  • Limited Longhorn™: $85,940 MSRP
  • Limited: $80,145 MSRP

Dodge RAM 1500 vs. 3500: Performance Specs

Now let’s look at the difference between the Dodge RAM 1500 and 3500 under the hood. The RAM 1500 comes with four available powertrains including an exclusive supercharged 6.2L V8 found only on the TRX trim, and the RAM 3500 comes with three available engines. Discounting the TRX-exclusive HEMI V8 on the RAM 1500, the RAM 3500 has the advantage when it comes to horsepower and torque, and offers more towing and payload power. If you’re looking for a heavy-duty truck that can take on the toughest jobs around Lincoln, NE, the RAM 3500 is probably your best bet, while the RAM 1500 is better for daily driving and lighter-duty work. Compare performance specs below:

2023 RAM 1500

3.0L EcoDiesel V6 Engine:

  • 260 hp
  • 480 lb-ft of torque

3.6L Pentastar® V6 with eTorque:

  • 305 hp
  • 273 lb-ft of torque

5.7L V8 HEMI® with eTorque:

  • 395 hp
  • 410 lb-ft of torque

Supercharged 6.2L HEMI® V8 (TRX):

  • 702 hp 
  • 650 lb-ft of torque
  • Maximum towing capacity – 12,750 pounds
  • Maximum payload capacity – 2,300 pounds

2023 RAM 3500

6.4L HEMI® V8 Engine: 

  • 410 horsepower
  • 429 lb-ft of torque

6.7L Cummins® Turbo Diesel I6 Engine: 

  • 370 horsepower
  • 850 lb-ft of torque

6.7L High-Output Cummins® Turbo Diesel I6 Engine:

  • 420 horsepower 
  • 1,075 lb-ft of torque
  • Maximum towing capacity: 37,090 pounds
  • Maximum payload capacity: 7,680 pounds

Find Your Next Pickup Truck at Woodhouse!

Now that we’ve compared the RAM 1500 and 3500 on paper, you might be interested in seeing how these trucks stack up on the road for yourself! To set up a test drive around the Council Bluffs, IA area, just contact our office to see what we have available and we’ll get you behind the wheel in no time. You can also check out our blog for the latest industry news and service tips, as well as information on the other vehicles in our current lineup.


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