Towing Capacity of 2022 RAM Trucks

Shopping for a new or used truck is an exciting experience. And at Performance Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Centerville, we are proud to help our customers find vehicles they love at competitive prices. That’s why we are the place to be for the best new and used trucks in Dayton and surrounding towns. If you’re ready to find your next truck and have questions about towing capability, this guide has vital information about the impressive work outputs of the Ram 1500, Ram 2500, and Ram 3500.

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What to Look for When Choosing a Truck for Towing

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Towing capability is often one of the most important considerations for buyers shopping for a new or used truck. However, if you’re buying a truck for the first time, you may not be sure what you’re looking for. Here’s what to consider as you weigh your options for your next truck in Dayton:

Towing capacity

The first metric you’re likely to examine when considering a truck for towing is the posted towing capacity and with good reason. As the term implies, this tells you how much weight you can attach to the back of your vehicle and safely pull around, so it is a critical metric for any truck used for towing purposes.

Payload capacity

Your vehicle’s payload capacity doesn’t directly contribute to your towing capability, but it does work in concert to determine your work capability. A truck’s payload capacity represents how much weight it can carry in its interior and truck bed and can work with its towing capacity to determine the total weight you can transport from one location to another.

Drive system

The type of drive system in your vehicle is also important to consider if you intend to use your vehicle for towing. Front-wheel drive trucks can struggle with control when towing large loads, so you should look for an option that features rear-wheel drive, four-wheel drive, or all-wheel drive for maximum safety and capability.


The distance between your front and rear axles is also an important consideration. A longer wheelbase reduces the chance of a heavy load lifting your front tires, helping you control your tow-rig more effectively.

Body type

While all truck body types are fit for towing, an extended bed can be beneficial and provide you with more control as you pull your loads.

Towing With Ram Trucks

Every truck that Ram produces is capable of outstanding performance in towing, but select models come with different engines, and each has unique capabilities and strengths.

Ram 1500 Towing Capacity

Although the Ram 1500 is the entry-level option for the Ram line of trucks, it can put in a long day’s work. The Ram 1500 is available with five different engine options, each with unique towing capabilities.

At the low end, choose a model with the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine that generates 269 horsepower and 305 pound-feet of torque and allows you to tow up to 7,730 pounds. At the high end, you will have a model with a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 with eTorque. The engine generates 395 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque and gives you a towing capability of up to 12,750 pounds.

For truck drivers who want a greener truck, you may consider the eco diesel engine. The eco diesel option offers improved fuel economy, which lowers your carbon impact and helps you save money. It also can produce an impressive 260 horsepower, 480 pound-feet of torque, and it can tow up to 12,560 pounds.

Ram 2500 Towing Capacity

While the Ram 1500 can provide more than enough power for many truck drivers, you may be interested in the Ram 2500 if you’re in the market for a heavy-duty work option. The Ram 2500 takes the already impressive performance of its Ram 1500 sibling and increases the power, payload, and towing capabilities. The Ram 2500 is available with two different engine choices.

The 6.4-liter B8 HEMI provides high power and performance numbers, including 410 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque. The Ram 2500 has a payload capacity of 4,010 pounds and a towing capacity of 17,540 pounds, so it can handle heavy loads with ease. For even more towing power, you can choose the 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel engine instead. With 370 horses under the hood generating 850 pound-feet of torque, it comes with a payload capacity of 3,160 pounds and a towing capacity of 20,000 pounds to help you safely move massive payloads.

Ram 3500 Towing Capacity

When it comes to towing the heaviest load, there’s only one option, not just for Ram trucks, but for any pickup trucks on the market — the Ram 3500. Simply put, the Ram 3500 offers unparalleled towing capabilities, including engine options with industry best marks for horsepower, torque, and towing capacity. Even the most basic engine option, the 6.4-liter HEMI V8, still offers best-in-class 410 horsepower, 429 pound-feet of torque, 7,680 pounds of payload capacity, and 18,210 pounds of towing.

The 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel I6 improves to 370 horsepower, 850 pound-feet of torque, 6,840 pounds of payload capacity, and 22,670 pounds of towing. However, the real star is the 6.7-liter High-Output Cummins Turbo Diesel I6. It has an impressive 420 horsepower and 6,570 pounds of payload capacity. Also, the High-Output Cummins Turbo Diesel I6 is ahead of two best of class marks, the first being its 1,075 pound-feet of torque generation. The showstopper is its towing capability, which tops out at up to 37,090 pounds. There’s no job too big when you have a Ram 3500.

How Performance CJDR Can Help With Your Towing Needs

Now that you know about the outstanding towing options available from Ram, it’s time to find your next truck. The experienced staff of Performance Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Centerville are excited to meet with you, help you find a truck you love with the towing capacity you need. Our staff can also help you get pre-approved for credit and handle your trade-in to get you behind the wheel as quickly and inexpensively as possible.

If you have any questions, call our Ram dealership at (937) 434-9500 or come out to meet us in person. You’ll love the way it feels when you get behind the wheel of a Ram.

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