The Chevrolet Silverado vs RAM 1500
We're nearing a century of pickup truck tradition in the USA. Ever since farmers strapped wooden crates unto their model Ts, Americans have had a continuous love affair with these beasts. Traditionally built to get things done, in the past few years, pickup trucks have gone through major upgrades in terms of comfort, exterior design, and standard or optional features.
Today we’ll compare two of the best trucks on the market, Chevrolet’s Silverado, and Ram’s 1500. Both trucks were upgraded and restyled for the 2019 model year, and we’re here to see if we can pick a “best choice” among the two or conclude that they’re equally impressive.
The best that Chevrolet has to offer in terms of pickup trucks is also GM’s best-selling vehicle, regardless of car class or price tag. The Silverado is for the third year in a row the giant car manufacturer’s champion, outselling every other model in their portfolio. It’s so successful that for last year it reached the second spot as the most sold vehicle in all America.
Looking at the exterior design of the two trucks, you can see the car class has come a long way. Sharp, almost stylish lines and a subdued sense of raw power are a lot better than the obvious, boxy look of yesterday. The Silverado edges its opponent to claim the best-looking car for the attention to detail and the overall more luxurious look and feel it exudes.
In terms of engine choices, again, the Silverado impresses with its wide range of choices plus the impressive V8s put on offer. Two smaller powertrains are available in the form of a 4.3-liter V6 that will produce 285 horsepower and 305 pound-feet of torque, and a daring 2.7-liter turbo-4 that produces an impressive 310 horsepower and 348 pound-feet of torque.
The real jewels are the V8s though. Three options in all with two identical 5.3-liter that will both produce 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque, but one version is coupled with Active Fuel Management that’s able to shut down four cylinders under light load conditions, while the other with the Dynamic Fuel Management system that can shut down one to six cylinders.
The third, and most impressive V8 is a massive 6.2-liter that will give out a whopping 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, which is probably the most power you’ll find on a pickup truck on the market today.
Ram’s engine choices are also impressive, but they don’t quite match the Chevrolet’s, as the most powerful option is a 5.7-liter V8 that will produce 395 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque, which is 25 horsepower and almost 60 pound-feet of torque short of the Silverado.
As far as standard options are concerned, the Silverado comes in front as well. Both cars come equipped with impressive features like complete smartphone connectivity through both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but the Ram made an uninspired choice in setting a mere 5.0-inch touchscreen on their vehicle, which is unimpressive even for an entry-level sedan. By comparison, the Silverado has a 7.0-inch touchscreen.
You can't say either of the two pickups is a bad choice, but the Silverado's superiority is evident. More power, much better exterior design, better standard features, all for a lower price. It's clear why so many prospective buyers choose the Chevrolet over any other competitor.