When I was a child, I always dreamed of having a big pickup truck to drive on a rough road or for various purposes. I am an adult, yet I am crazy about truck, Chevy Silverado, but the Ram 1500 is my favorite. They both are top-selling trucks, and their capabilities are almost the same. However, it is better to know which truck is better to purchase.
Here I will tell you the comparison between their base model to decide which one meets your needs.
2017 Ram 1500 VS Chevy Silverado
They both are incredibly familiar and refreshed in 2016. Both have a v6 engine and can upgrade it into a v8 engine. Yet ram 1500 and Chevy Silverado has some differences in power and type like,
Engine Power and Features
The Performance of these full-size trucks is outstanding. Chevy Silverado has a 4.3-liter v6 engine option, and dodge ram has a 3.6-liter v6 engine but no diesel engine available. The Chevy Silverado engine generates 285 to 420 horsepower with 305 to 410-pound feet of torque. They both have an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Dodge ram generates 240 to 395 horsepower with 269 pound-feet of torque to 305-pound feet of torque. Silverado has better towing and hauling ability than dodge ram, but ram has better speed.
If you update the v6 engine to a 5.3-liter v8 engine, the Silverado gets more power than dodge ram. Silverado is best for heavy lifting and with using a good quality Chevy lift kit, you can have perfect lift.
Towing and Hauling Abilities and High-tech Features
Payload and towing capacities are an essential part and another standard feature of buying a truck. Silverado has up to 12,000 pounds of maximum towing and 2,250 hauling ability, and Dodge ram has 8000 towing and 1,900 hauling abilities.
If you use a perfect shocks for Chevy 2500hd models or any other models, then the towing performance will boost a lot.
When the ram engine is adequately equipped, the towing capacity increas3d to 11,000 pounds with a 2000 pound max payload capacity. However, both trucks can haul the payload at 1,800 pounds.
Handling Power of Chevrolet Silverado Vs. 2017 Ram 1500
Chevy Silverado and dodge ram 1500 are equipped with 4*4 drives so that you can drive them in rough terrains like mud, gravel, or rocks.
Chevrolet Silverado has e rotary shifter, so it is easy to change the gear at any time. However, dodge ram has better traction on a rough surface. If you can use a programmer for 5.3 Silverado engine and other engine model as well, it will thrust even more power. The front axle is different in RAM than Silverado.
Style and Amenities
The style and amenities of Chevrolet Silverado and dodge ram are pretty the same. Thus, the different trim level has a slightly different design. They can be either 3 or 6 seaters with vinyl seating and various trims, packages, and cruise control.
The front seat of Silverado is 40/30/40-split, and the ram has 40/20/40-split. The electrical ports are rated at 115 volts with 12-volt hubs. Silverado 1500 has 17-inch steel wheels, LED lights, a 4.2-inch audio display, a jack, a USB port, rear backlight, etc.
The RAM also has an adjustable air conditioning system, six-speaker sound system, and other available packages. It has an 8.4-inch touch screen with various data services. They both have seat storage under the rear floor.
The latest version of Silverado redesigned their headlights with a rugged look. However, Silverado is still a lighter truck. RAM dodge designed a semi-truck look and softened the headlights.
The wheelbase of the Chevy Silverado is 126.5 to 157.1 inches, and RAM 1500 has a 140.5 to 153.5 inches steel wheel. They both provide 3-bed lengths and the same trim level.
The headroom of Chevy is 43.1 inches, legroom is 44.5 inches, shoulder room is 66.1 inches. It makes the truck more comfortable than RAM as RAM has 39.1 inches of headroom, 35.6 inches legroom, and 65.7 inches shoulder room. The rear seats have more room than Silverado.
Fuel Economy and Service
If your Chevy Silverado has a v6 engine, the fuel economy is 18 mpg in the city, and on the highway, it gets 24 mpg.
Ram has better fuel economy (25 mpg) on the road than Silverado. If you are using a proper mileage tuner for Chevy, it will benefits even more, but without it ram performs better.
Yet the mpg in the city is lower. (17 mpg). The differences are not substantial enough. So, the actual mileage is different.
Trucks are expensive. The updated Chevy Silverado has 8 trim levels, and the price range of this type of truck is $29,790 to $54,490. RAM 1500 has 7 trims, and the price range is $34,790 to $44,190.
Which is Better Ram 1500 or Chevy Silverado
Trucks are the unique vehicle that gives you character and style. Both ram and Silverado offer creative customization, yet the Chevy Silverado 1500 is perfect for you if you want the most options and customizable options like tuner, chip, cold air intake kits etc.
When you need higher capacity, Ram 1500 meets your needs and has much better safety features.
Is Dodge More Reliable than Chevy
Both brands have the highest possible marks when it comes to reliability as they have the same legacy of longevity and working capabilities.
It is fair to give them a tie for their reliability. However, most people agree that Chevy works harder than ram. So the reliable option depends on the person’s needs.