Choosing the Best Truck for You: Dodge Ram 1500 vs. Chevy Silverado 1500
When you’re looking for a sizable, heavy-duty truck that can take everything that work life and home life can throw at you, you’re probably wondering: Which is better, the Dodge Ram 1500 or the Chevy Silverado 1500? Here’s how to choose.
Performance and Power
Dodge Ram 1500
In terms of power and performance, the Dodge Ram 1500 offers your choice of V6 and V8 engines, with gas and diesel options as well as turbocharge and even an extreme performance supercharged V8. Get between 260 and 395 horsepower depending on model and up to 480 pound-feet of torque. If better fuel economy is a concern, the eTorque option grants you an additional 2mpg on top of the Ram’s 17 to 26 mpg average consumption.
And if you’ve got a lot to carry, you’ll be able to tow as much as 12,750 lbs with the strongest Ram towing package.
The Chevy Silverado’s available engines include gas and diesel options as well, in a range of possibilities, such as a four-cylinder with turbocharge, as well as V6 and V8 with up to 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. You’ll get slightly better mileage with the Silverado, too — 15mpg at the low end to 27mpg at the high.
And if you’ve got towing to do, Silverado lets you haul up to 11,900 lbs if you choose the Max Trailering package.
Comfort and Space
The Ram 1500 outshines the Chevy—and most other pickups— in interior comfort, with two rows of seating in its Extended Cab, available leather seats, as well as power-adjustable seats, seat heating, and tons of headroom and legroom.
Additionally, the 12-inch touchscreen that accompanies the infotainment system integrates Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a mobile hotspot, too.
While the Silverado 1500 isn’t as plush as the Ram, it still offers plenty of comfort, with standard vegan leather seats and available extended cab seating. Heated and ventilated seats are an available option, too.
For safety, the Ram 1500 offers airbags, traction control, backup cameras and good ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). You can also pick up driver assists such as blind-spot monitoring, cross traffic alerts and adaptive cruise control.
The Silverado 1500 scores similarly well on safety and likewise offers airbags, backup cameras and traction control, plus adds a Teen Driver feature that works like parental controls.
The Bottom Line
No matter which pickup you choose, you’ll be in good hands, but for safety, comfort and performance, we recommend the Ram 1500 vs the Silverado 1500. Stop by Progressive Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram to test one out for yourself and place an order, or contact one of our friendly sales reps to get started.