2021 Ram 1500 vs Ram 1500 Classic


When you’re on the hunt for a powerful pickup truck for your commutes all around the Hamilton, Madison, and Smyrna, New York, area, Ram is never a bad choice. We know you’re probably looking for something highly capable with advanced performance features, as well as a comfortable interior cabin. Two models that are worth considering are the Ram 1500 and the Ram 1500 Classic, but ultimately which is going to be the right choice for you?

Here at Friendly CDJR of Hamilton, we’re dedicated to helping our drivers every step of the way through their truck-buying journey, and that starts right here with the research process. In our 2021 Ram 1500 vs. Ram 1500 Classic comparison below, you will see how these two Ram pickups stack up against one another and find out which is the best model for your needs!

Ram 1500 vs Ram 1500 Classic: Performance Features & Engine Specs

There’s no doubt about it. If you’re looking for a pickup truck, you want power, strength, and capability. So, to get started, we’ll head right under the hood and check out what these two beasts can really do on the road.

Both trucks offer multiple engine options for you to choose from and even share some engine options. For example, each is standardly powered by the tried-and-true 3.6L Pentastar® V6 engine that boasts up to 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque, the perfect amount of oomph for commanding presence on and off the road.

Additionally, you’ll also find the available 5.7L HEMI® V8 powertrain in both the Ram 1500 and Ram 1500 Classic. This hard hitter produces an impressive 395 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque if you really want to show off behind the wheel.

The Ram 1500 also offers three more engines to choose from, allowing you to customize your drive to suit your needs and duties. They include:




3.0L EcoDiesel V6

260 HP

480 lb-ft

5.7L HEMI® V8 with eTorque

395 HP

410 lb-ft

Super Charged 6.2L HEMI® V8

650 HP

702 lb-ft

To easily control such power in both Ram pickups, you’ll also have the Class-Exclusive TorqueFlite® 8-speed automatic transmission. Using next-gen technology, this drivetrain automatically optimizes gear changes for maximum performance and efficiency. The result? A smooth and powerful ride.

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Towing & Payload of the Ram 1500 & Ram 1500 Classic

Trucks are made to tow, and no one showcases this better than Ram. Whether you choose the 2021 Ram 1500 Classic or the Ram 1500, you can expect some high towing ratings that help you on and off the worksite.

For the Ram 1500 Classic, you’ll have a max towing rating of up to 10,610 pounds when equipped with the available 5.7L HEMI® V8. This will allow you to pull everything from large trailers to RV campers with ease, bringing capability to work and play. Plus, this model also boasts a max payload of up to 1,810 pounds, so you can fill the bed of your truck with supplies as well.

If you’re looking to tow a bit more weight, the Ram 1500 is the way to go. With its available 5.7L HEMI® V8 with eTorque, you can move up to 12,750 pounds when properly equipped. Add that to a max payload of up to 2,300 pounds, and you’ll be ready for just about anything.

Additionally, both of these Ram trucks also make available a suite of high-end and innovative trailering technologies. These make towing and hauling a breeze, not to mention much safer. Some towing features you’ll find in both models include:

  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Trailer-Sway Control
  • Integrated trailer tow wiring
  • Class IV Hitch Receiver

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Ram Truck Exterior Styling

Though these models are quite the lookers on the outside, they’re not just all about style. The Ram 1500 and the Ram 1500 Classic both provide you with the ability to customize your truck’s exterior, adding fashion and functionality to your everyday commutes.

The Ram 1500 offers a whopping nine different exterior appearance packages. One of them is the Sport Appearance Package which adds an edgy aesthetic allowing you to choose an available color and apply it to front and back.

You can also opt for the Chrome Appearance Package, a real stunner with chrome accents on your grille, bumpers, wheels, and more. Other packages include:

  • Built to Serve Edition
  • Laramie Southwest Edition
  • Limited Longhorn 10th Anniversary Edition
  • Night Edition Package
  • Ram Rebel® Graphics Package

2021 Ram 1500 Rebel Silver

The Ram 1500 Classic offers a few different bed and cab options for you to mix and match, allowing you to create the truck of your dreams. Some options include:

  • Crew Cab with 5-foot, 7-inch Bed
  • Crew Cab with 6-foot, 4-inch Bed
  • Quad Cab with 6-foot, 4-inch Bed
  • Regular Cab with 6-foot, 4-inch Bed
  • Regular Cab with 8-foot Bed

Both the Quad Cab and the Regular Cab have two rows of seats while the Regular Cab has just one row of seating. If you’d prefer more room for cargo back in the truck bed than passenger room inside, the Regular Cab is going to be the choice for you.

Plus, the Classic also offers exterior packages like the New Tradesman Black Appearance Package, giving you a jet-black truck, and the Express Value Package with 20-inch aluminum wheels.

2021 Ram 1500 Classic Blue

The Verdict: 2021 Ram 1500 vs Ram 1500 Classic

It is clear both the Ram 1500 and the Ram 1500 Classic are great choices for your travels around the Hamilton, Madison, and Smyrna, NY, area. To ultimately decide which one is the right choice for you, you’re going to need to come down to Friendly CDJR of Hamilton to get behind the wheel and try them for yourself.

We’re dedicated to providing our drivers with a fun and informative car-buying experience whether you choose the Ram 1500, Ram 1500 Classic, or any of our other Ram pickup trucks. For more information or to schedule your next test drive, reach out to us! We’d love to help you elevate your commutes with a hard-hitting model today.

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