What 2021 RAM 1500 configurations deliver the most towing capacity?

Towing and payload capacities of the 2021 RAM 1500

When you want a truck, you want a truck that can haul and tow, and the 2021 RAM 1500 is that truck. Let Frank Boucher Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM of Janesville walk you through the towing and payload capacities of the 2021 RAM 1500. You can also check out our inventory of new RAM 1500 trucks in Janesville, WI by clicking the link below.

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Why do trucks have multiple towing and payload ratings?

You may have noticed that most trucks, the 2021 RAM 1500 included, offer up multiple towing and payload ratings. This is because they offer multiple configurations that both change vehicle power (different engines) and vehicle weight (different cabs and beds).

Perhaps counterintuitively, 4×2 versions of trucks usually offer the higher ratings. This is partially because they weigh less and also partially because the systems are simpler and therefore can handle more strain. However, most people will want four-wheel drive for different reasons, and because of that, we will give you max towing and payload capacities for 4×2 and 4×4 versions of the 2021 RAM 1500.

Maximum towing capacity for the 2021 RAM 1500

Towing is an important figure for a truck, and the max towing of the 2021 RAM 1500 is nothing short of impressive coming in at 12,750 pounds. The configuration that delivers this towing figure is a 4×2 of course. It’s a quad cab with a 6’4” bed but with a 5.7-liter V8 HEMI eTorque engine.

If you want the most 4×4 towing capacity possible with the RAM 1500, you’ll want the regular 5.7-liter HEMI engine with the quad cab and a 6’4” bed and you’ll end up with 11,440 pounds of towing capacity to play around with.

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Maximum payload capacity for the 2021 RAM 1500

The max payload capacity for this impressive truck comes in at 2,300 pounds when properly equipped. To get this payload capacity, you want the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 eTorque engine under the hood with a quad cab, a 6’4’ bed, and a 4×2 drivetrain.

The 4×4 version with the highest payload capacity offers up a whole different configuration. The max 4×4 payload capacity is 1,940 pounds, and you’ll get that with the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 eTorque again with a quad cab and a 6’4’ bed.

Read More: Engine specs of the 2021 Gladiator

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