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Both the Silverado HD and Ram HD have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Silverado HD has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Ram HD’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.
In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Silverado HD are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Ram HD doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.
The Silverado HD (except Work Truck/LT)’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Ram HD doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.
Both the Silverado HD and the Ram HD have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available four-wheel drive, collision warning systems and front and rear parking sensors.
The Silverado HD’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Ram HD’s (6 vs. 5 years).
Chevrolet pays for the first scheduled maintenance on the Silverado HD. Chevrolet will pay for the first oil change, lubrication and any other required maintenance in the first year. Ram doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the HD.
There are over 25 percent more Chevrolet dealers than there are Ram dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Silverado HD’s warranty.
The Silverado HD Gas has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Ram HD doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.
J.D. Power and Associates rated the Silverado HD first among large heavy duty pickups in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The Ram HD isn’t in the top three in its category.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Ram vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ram is ranked 8th.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Ram vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 43 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ram is ranked 24th.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Ram vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Chevrolet 3 places higher in reliability than Ram.
The Silverado HD’s 6.6 turbo V8 diesel produces 75 more horsepower (445 vs. 370) and 60 lbs.-ft. more torque (910 vs. 850) than the Ram HD 2500’s optional 6.7 turbo diesel. The Silverado HD’s 6.6 turbo V8 diesel produces 45 more horsepower (445 vs. 400) than the Ram HD 3500’s optional 6.7 turbo diesel.
The Chevrolet Silverado HD’s independent front suspension is much lighter than the Ram HD’s solid front axle, which allows the Silverado HD’s wheels to react more quickly and accurately to the road’s surface, improving both ride and handling.
The Silverado HD LT/LTZ/High Country Double Cab/Crew Cab has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Ram HD doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.
The Silverado HD LT/LTZ/High Country Double Cab/Crew Cab’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Ram HD doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Silverado 2500 Standard Box Crew Cab’s wheelbase is 4.7 inches longer than on the Ram HD 2500 Short Box Crew Cab (153.7 inches vs. 149 inches).
For greater off-road capability the Silverado 3500 Standard Box Crew Cab has a 1.12 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Ram HD 3500 Long Box Crew Cab (8.42 vs. 7.3 inches), allowing the Silverado HD to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.
The Silverado HD Crew Cab has 1.9 inches more front headroom, 4.4 inches more front legroom, .7 inches more rear headroom and .7 inches more rear legroom than the Ram HD Crew Cab.
The Silverado HD Crew Cab shortbed has a much larger cargo box than the Ram HD Crew Cab shortbed (61 vs. 57.5 cubic feet). The Silverado HD Crew Cab longbed has a much larger cargo box than the Ram HD Crew Cab longbed (76.3 vs. 74.7 cubic feet).
The Chevrolet Silverado HD has a standard CornerStep, which allows for much easier access to the cargo area. A rear cargo step costs extra on the Ram HD.
The Silverado HD has stake post holes, to allow the containment of tall, light loads. The Ram HD doesn’t offer stake post holes.
The Silverado HD’s minimum standard towing capacity is higher than the Ram HD’s (13900 vs. 13660 pounds).
The Silverado HD’s front and rear power windows all lower with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Ram HD’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open them fully.
Motor Trend selected the Silverado as their 2011 Truck of the Year. The Ram HD has never been chosen.
A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the Silverado as the 2014 North American Truck of the Year. The Ram HD has never been chosen.
The Chevrolet Silverado outsold the Ram Pickup by 9% during 2018.
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