What is the Difference Between the All-New RAM 1500 and the RAM 1500 Classic?

December 21st, 2018 by

RAM Truck parked in snowy landscape
RAM 1500 Classic shown

You might have noticed there are now two current models of one of America’s most popular half-ton pickups, but what is the difference between the All-New RAM 1500 and the RAM 1500 Classic? We’re here to help you out, so read on to compare:

  • Power and MPG
  • Towing and Payload
  • Price and Features

Power and MPG

When you’re comparing two pickups, it makes sense to start with engine power.

All-new RAM 1500 options include:

  • 5.7L HEMI® V8 Engine: Makes up to 295 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque.
  • 3.6L Pentastar® V6 Engine with eTorque: Makes up to 305 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque, plus up to 20 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.
  • 5.7L HEMI® V8 Engine with eTorque: Makes up to 395 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque, plus up to 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway.

Current RAM 1500 Classic options include:

  • 3.6L Pentastar® V6: Makes up to 305 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque, plus 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.
  • 5.7L HEMI® V8 Engine: Makes up to 395 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque, plus 15 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway.

The All-New RAM 1500 uses the same engines, but its innovative eTorque system boasts efficiency.

Towing and Payload

While both models offer outstanding capability, the all-new RAM 1500 certainly pulls ahead:

  • Max Tow Rating: Up to 12,750 lbs. with the all-new RAM 1500 vs. 10,710 with the RAM 1500 Classic.
  • Max Payload Rating: Up to 2,300 lbs. with the all-new RAM 1500 vs. 1,920 with the RAM 1500 Classic.

Price and Features

The RAM 1500 Classic only offers three model options, while the All-New RAM 1500 offers six. However, the Classic does have a lower starting price:

  • RAM 1500 Classic MSRP: $27,295
  • All-New RAM 1500 MSRP: $34,595

That said, the All-New RAM model does offer several features unavailable with the Classic, including:

  • Largest-In-Class12-Inch Uconnect Touchscreen
  • 900-watt, 19-Speaker Harman Kardon® Premium Audio System
  • 10-Square-Foot Dual-Pane Panoramic Sunroof

It’s also longer and wider, so you can expect a little more interior space.

Visit Key CDJR to Take a Closer Look at Our Latest Pickups

Whatever flavor of RAM 1500 takes your fancy, you’ll find a full lineup in our showroom. To find out more or arrange a test drive, feel free to contact us today.

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