2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD vs. 2020 Ram HD

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Safety

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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.

Full-time four-wheel drive is optional on the Silverado HD. Full-time four-wheel drive gives added traction for safety in all conditions, not just off-road, like the only system available on the Ram HD.

Both the Silverado HD and the Ram HD have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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

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.

Reliability

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The Silverado HD 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 run on only half of its cylinders at a time, 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’ 2019 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 20 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ram is ranked 21st, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 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 fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 56 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ram is ranked 26th.

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.

Engine

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The Silverado HD’s 6.6 V8 produces 35 lbs.-ft. more torque (464 vs. 429) than the Ram HD’s 6.4 V8.

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’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.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

The Silverado HD 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 HD doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

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A ten-speed automatic is standard on the Chevrolet Silverado HD, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Ram HD.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Silverado HD has larger standard tires than the Ram HD (245/70R17 vs. 235/80R17).

The Silverado HD’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 70 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Ram HD DRW’s standard 80 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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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 LTZ/High Country 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.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Silverado HD’s wheelbase is longer than on the Ram HD:

Silverado HD

Ram HD

Extended Cab Standard Bed

149.4 inches

n/a

Extended Cab Long Bed

162.5 inches

n/a

Crew Cab Standard Bed

158.9 inches

149 inches

Crew Cab Long Bed

172 inches

169 inches

For greater off-road capability the Silverado 2500HD Standard Bed Crew Cab has a 2.8 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Ram HD 3500 Long Box Crew Cab (10.1 vs. 7.3 inches), allowing the Silverado HD to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space

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The Silverado HD Regular Cab has 3.3 inches more front headroom, 3.6 inches more front legroom and .2 inches more front shoulder room than the Ram HD Regular Cab.

The Silverado HD Crew Cab has 2.1 inches more front headroom, 3.6 inches more front legroom, .1 inches more front shoulder room, .3 inches more rear headroom and 3.2 inches more rear legroom than the Ram HD Crew Cab.

Cargo Capacity

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The Silverado HD Regular Cab has a much larger cargo box than the Ram HD Regular Cab shortbed (83.5 vs. 74.7 cubic feet).

The Silverado HD Crew Cab shortbed has a much larger cargo box than the Ram HD Crew Cab shortbed (69.5 vs. 57.5 cubic feet). The Silverado HD Crew Cab longbed has a much larger cargo box than the Ram HD Crew Cab longbed (83.5 vs. 74.7 cubic feet).

The Silverado HD’s cargo box is larger than the Ram HD’s in almost every dimension:

Silverado HD

Regular Cab

Silverado HD Crew Cab

Ram HD

Mega Cab

Ram HD

Crew Cab

Length (short/long)

96”

82.3”/96”

76.3”

76.3”/98.3”

Max Width

71.4”

71.4”

66.4”

66.4”

Min Width

51.9”

51.9”

51”

51”

Height

21”

21”

20.1”

20.1”

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.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the Silverado HD (except Work Truck/Custom/LT) offers an optional power cargo door, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The Ram HD doesn’t offer a power cargo door.

Payload and Towing

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The Silverado HD’s minimum standard towing capacity is much higher than the Ram HD’s (16400 vs. 13660 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Ram HD 3500 Long Box Regular Cab is only 35100 pounds. The Silverado 3500HD Regular Cab offers up to a 35500 lbs. towing capacity.

The Silverado HD has a higher standard payload capacity than the Ram HD:

Silverado HD

Ram HD

Extended Cab 3500HD

4373 lbs.

n/a

Crew Cab 3500HD

4316 lbs.

4300 lbs.

Regular Cab 2500HD 4x4

3794 lbs.

3680 lbs.

Extended Cab 2500HD 4x4

3576 lbs.

n/a

Extended Cab 3500HD 4x4

4391 lbs.

n/a

Crew Cab 2500HD 4x4

3589 lbs.

3380 lbs.

Crew Cab 3500HD 4x4

4365 lbs.

4270 lbs.

The Silverado HD has higher optional payload capacities than the Ram HD:

Silverado HD

Ram HD

Extended Cab 2500HD

3792 lbs.

n/a

Extended Cab 3500HD

6985 lbs.

n/a

Crew Cab 2500HD

3800 lbs.

3650 lbs.

Regular Cab 2500HD 4x4

3965 lbs.

3680 lbs.

Extended Cab 2500HD 4x4

3792 lbs.

n/a

Extended Cab 3500HD 4x4

6703 lbs.

n/a

Ergonomics

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The Silverado HD LTZ/High Country offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Ram HD doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Silverado HD’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Ram HD’s parking brake has to released manually.

The Silverado HD’s basic optional 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 HD’s basic optional power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its front windows open automatically.

On a hot day the Silverado HD’s driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote (optional feature). The driver of the Ram HD can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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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.

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