2019 Chevrolet Silverado LD vs. 2018 Ram 1500 Classic

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Silverado LD and Ram 1500 Classic Quad/Crew Cab have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Silverado LD 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 1500 Classic’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 LD are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Ram 1500 Classic doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 1 point, IIHS rates the frontal crash prevention system optional in the Silverado LD as “Basic.” The Ram 1500 Classic scores zero, and is rated by the IIHS as having no effective frontal crash prevention.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Silverado LD Z71’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Ram 1500 Classic doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

The Chevrolet Silverado LD has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Ram 1500 Classic doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

Both the Silverado LD and the Ram 1500 Classic have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available four-wheel drive and rear parking sensors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Chevrolet Silverado LD is safer than the Ram 1500 Classic:

 

Silverado LD

Ram 1500 Classic

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

221

254

Leg Forces (l/r)

271/343 lbs.

751/404 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

184

306

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.4 inches

Neck Injury Risk

29%

44%

Neck Stress

174 lbs.

224 lbs.

Neck Compression

24 lbs.

93 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

106/166 lbs.

597/346 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Chevrolet Silverado LD Double Cab is safer than the Ram 1500 Classic Crew Cab:

 

Silverado LD

1500 Classic

Overall Evaluation

ACCEPTABLE

MARGINAL

Restraints

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Head injury index

95

139

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

2 cm

27 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Max Chest Compression

20 cm

26 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Femur Force R/L

2.1/1 kN

4.6/1.8 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

2%/0%

Tibia index R/L

1.14/.48

1.33/.59

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH, results indicate that the Chevrolet Silverado LD is safer than the Ram 1500 Classic:

 

Silverado LD

Ram 1500 Classic

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.6 inches

1 inches

Abdominal Force

83 G’s

147 G’s

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) performs roof strength tests. In that test the Silverado LD earned the top rating of “Good” because its roof supported over four times the Silverado LD’s weight before being crushed five inches. The Ram 1500 Classic was rated two rankings lower at “Marginal.”

The Chevrolet Silverado LD has a better fatality history. The Silverado LD was involved in fatal accidents at a rate 20.3% lower per vehicle registered than the Ram 1500 Classic, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Warranty

The Silverado LD’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Ram 1500 Classic’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Chevrolet pays for the first scheduled maintenance on the Silverado LD. 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 1500 Classic.

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 LD’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Silverado LD first among large light duty pickups in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The Ram 1500 Classic isn’t in the top three.

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’ April 2018 Auto Issue reports that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Ram vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Chevrolet 7 places higher in reliability than Ram.

Engine

The Silverado LD’s 5.3 V8 produces 50 more horsepower (355 vs. 305) and 114 lbs.-ft. more torque (383 vs. 269) than the Ram 1500 Classic’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Chevrolet Silverado LD is faster than the Ram 1500 Classic V6:

 

Silverado LD

1500 Classic

Zero to 60 MPH

7.1 sec

7.6 sec

Quarter Mile

15.5 sec

15.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

90.8 MPH

86.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Chevrolet Silverado LD uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Ram 1500 Classic with the 5.7 V8 engine requires mid-grade for maximum efficiency, which can cost 5 to 40 cents more per gallon.

The Silverado LD has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Ram 1500 Classic doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

The Silverado LD stops much shorter than the Ram 1500 Classic:

 

Silverado LD

Ram 1500 Classic

 

60 to 0 MPH

127 feet

138 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The Chevrolet Silverado LD’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Ram 1500 Classic only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

The Silverado LD has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Ram 1500 Classic doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Silverado LD’s wheelbase is 3 inches longer than on the Ram 1500 Classic standard bed Quad Cab (143.5 inches vs. 140.5 inches).

The Silverado LD 1500 Standard Box Double Cab 4x4 handles at .74 G’s, while the Ram 1500 Classic short bed Laramie Longhorn Crew Cab 4x4 pulls only .69 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For greater off-road capability the Silverado LD has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Ram 1500 Classic standard bed Regular Cab (8.9 vs. 8.6 inches), allowing the Silverado LD to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space

The Silverado LD Double Cab has 1.8 inches more front headroom, 4.3 inches more front legroom and .1 inches more rear shoulder room than the Ram 1500 Classic Quad Cab.

Cargo Capacity

The Silverado LD Double Cab has a much larger cargo box than the Ram 1500 Classic Quad Cab shortbed (61 vs. 57.5 cubic feet).

A standard locking glovebox and standard locking center console keeps your small valuables safer in the Silverado LD. The Ram 1500 Classic doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

The Chevrolet Silverado LD has a standard CornerStep, which allows for much easier access to the cargo area. A Fold-Out Bumper Step costs extra on the Ram 1500 Classic.

Payload and Towing

The Silverado LD’s minimum standard towing capacity is much higher than the Ram 1500 Classic’s (9000 vs. 4210 pounds).

The Silverado LD 1500 Standard Box Double Cab 4x4 has a higher standard payload capacity than the Ram 1500 Classic standard bed Quad Cab 4x4 (1810 vs. 1710 lbs.).

Ergonomics

The Silverado LD’s standard power windows allow the driver or passenger to lower and raise the windows without leaning over or being distracted. Power windows cost extra on the Ram 1500 Classic.

The Silverado LD’s front and rear power windows all open fully with one touch of the switches and its driver’s window also automatically closes, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Ram 1500 Classic’s basic optional power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens automatically.

The Silverado LD’s standard power locks allow the driver or passenger to lock or unlock all the doors at a touch without leaning over. Power locks cost extra on the Ram 1500 Classic.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Silverado LD, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Bluetooth costs extra on the Ram 1500 Classic.

Economic Advantages

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Chevrolet Silverado LD will be $2558 to $10574 less than for the Ram 1500 Classic.

Recommendations

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Silverado LD third among large light duty pickups in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Ram 1500 Classic isn’t in the top three.

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the Silverado LD as the 2014 North American Truck of the Year. The Ram 1500 Classic was Truck of the Year in 2013.

The Chevrolet Silverado LD outsold the Ram Pickup by 17% during 2017.

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