Toyota may have been the first to adopt the Society of Automotive Engineers’ J2807 towing protocol standards in 2011, but Ram is showing its commitment to adopting the new standards by certifying all of its Ram Truck line to be compliant with the new standards, from the Ram 1500, all the way up to the Ram 3500. Also, while many other companies are showing a slight decrease in capacity with the adoption of the J2807 standards, the ratings on most Ram truck models are unchanged or slightly higher than 2014.

Among the 1500 series trucks, the Pentastar V-6 gets a maximum J2807 tow rating of up to 7,600 pounds, the EcoDiesel model has a maximum towing capacity of up to 9,200 pounds, and the 5.7L Hemi V-8 has a maximum towing capacity of up to 10,650 pounds. The Ram 2500 has a maximum towing capacity of up to 17,970 pounds with a payload of 3,970 pounds. At the top of the heap, the Ram 3500 dualie’s class-leading rating of 30,000 pounds is unchanged under the J2807 standards.

General Motors tests and reports its towing and payload capacity in accordance with the J2807 standards for its 1500-series trucks but not for the HD models. Ford has not yet released final towing and payload figures for the 2015 F-150 but promises the truck will be in compliance with J2807. Likewise, Ford has not yet publicly committed to reporting towing and payload standards on its Super Duty line for 2015.

Source: Ram Trucks