The 2020 Ram 1500 is a great choice when it comes to towing and payload capacities, but exactly how much can it tow? Our team at Petersen CDJR in Waupaca, WI, created this Ram 1500 towing capacity guide to give you all the need-to-know information. Keep reading to learn more. If you have any questions, give a Petersen CDJR representative a call at (715) 602-4629 or send us a message online.

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Factors That Affect Your Truck's Towing Capability

The way your truck is built can greatly affect what it can do. There are many factors to take into consideration, such as cab size, box length, and wheel drive system.

2020 Ram 1500 towing ATVs in the mountians

Cab Size

Essentially, the smaller the cab size, the more weight you can haul. By limiting the number of passengers, more of your truck's gross combined vehicle weight rating can be devoted to towing and payload.

Box Length

The same goes for box length - the shorter the box length, the higher the towing capacity. This is because shorter box lengths generally have a lower curb weight.

Wheel Drive System

There are many benefits to having 2WD and 4WD. Because 2WD sends power to only two of the four wheels, the curb weight is typically lighter, which translates to a slightly higher towing and payload capability. 4WD vehicles are slightly heavier, so they offer greater control while driving on slick or uneven surfaces.

Towing Capacity by Engine

Each engine available on the 2020 Ram 1500 provide different towing specs.

2020 Ram 1500 in red parking in a forest

5.7L HEMI® V8 Engine with eTorque

This monstrous engine, available on all 2020 Ram 1500 trims, boasts up to 395 HP and 410 lb.-ft. of torque. If you're looking for maximum towing capacity, you'll want to equip your Ram 1500 with this engine, as it touts a maximum towing capacity of 12,750 lbs.

5.7L HEMI® V8 Engine

The 5.7L HEMI® V8 engine without eTorque provides the same horsepower and torque specs as the engine with eTorque, however the towing and payload capacities are changed. The HEMI® without eTorque delivers a slightly smaller maximum towing capacity of 11,610 lbs.

3.6L Pentastar® V6 Engine with eTorque

Command the road ahead of you with the 3.6L Pentastar® V6 engine with eTorque. This engine comes standard on each 2020 Ram 1500 trim and delivers 305 horsepower and 269 lb.-ft. of torque. The maximum towing capacity is 7,730 lbs.

3.0L EcoDiesel V6 Engine

Available on the 2020 Ram 1500, the 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 features 260 horsepower and 480 lb.-ft. of torque. If you're looking to maximize both towing and payload capacities, consider equipping your Ram 1500 with this engine - it touts a maximum towing capacity of 12,560 lbs.

Payload Capacity

Payload capacity is the amount of weight your vehicle can safely carry within the cabin and truck bed. That said, if you're looking to get maximum payload capacity, you'll enjoy the standard 3.6L Pentastar® V6 engine with eTorque as it has a maximum payload of 2,300 lbs.


Payload Capacity

3.6L Pentastar® V6 with eTorque

(Standard on all trims)

2,300 lbs.

5.7L HEMI® V8

(Available on all trims)

1,970 lbs.

5.7L HEMI® V8 w/ eTorque 

(Available on all trims)

1,830 lbs.

3.0L EcoDiesel V6*

(Available on all trims)

2,040 lbs.

2020 Ram 1500 in red parked on top of cliff in the mountians

Cab & Bed Options

Choose between three different cab and bed options on the 2020 Ram 1500: Quad Cab with 6'4" box, Crew Cab with 5'7" box, and Crew Cab with 6'4" box.

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