2020 Chevrolet Silverado vs. 2020 Ram 1500

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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 are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Ram 1500 doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

Both the Silverado and the Ram 1500 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 four-wheel drive, 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’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Ram 1500’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’s warranty.

Reliability

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The Silverado 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 1500 doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Silverado has larger alternators than the Ram 1500:

Silverado

1500

Standard Alternator

170 amps

160 amps

Optional Alternator

220 amps

180 amps

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 LTZ/High Country’s optional 6.2 V8 produces 25 more horsepower (420 vs. 395) and 50 lbs.-ft. more torque (460 vs. 410) than the Ram 1500’s optional 5.7 V8.

The Silverado’s 3.0 turbo diesel produces 17 more horsepower (277 vs. 260) than the Ram 1500’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel.

As tested in Motor Trend the Chevrolet Silverado V6 is faster than the Ram 1500 V6 hybrid gas:

Silverado

1500

Zero to 30 MPH

2.4 sec

2.9 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.2 sec

8.5 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

12.8 sec

14.6 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

3.9 sec

4.6 sec

Quarter Mile

15.6 sec

16.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

88.7 MPH

84.5 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Silverado turbo diesel gets better fuel mileage than the Ram 1500 turbo diesel:

Silverado

1500

RWD

3.0 turbo V6/10-spd. Auto

23 city/33 hwy

22 city/32 hwy

3.0 turbo V6/Auto

4x4

3.0 turbo V6/10-spd. Auto

23 city/29 hwy

21 city/29 hwy

3.0 turbo V6/Auto

On the EPA test cycle the Silverado gets better fuel mileage than the Ram 1500:

Silverado

Ram 1500

4x2

5.3 V8/8-spd. Auto

17 city/24 hwy

15 city/22 hwy

5.7 V8/Auto

5.3 V8/8-spd. Auto

17 city/23 hwy

n/a

4x4

5.3 V8/10-spd. Auto

16 city/22 hwy

15 city/21 hwy

5.7 V8/Auto

5.3 V8/8-spd. Auto

16 city/22 hwy

n/a

5.3 V8/10-spd. Auto

16 city/21 hwy

n/a

5.3 V8/8-spd. Auto

16 city/21 hwy

n/a

The Silverado Double/Crew Cab’s standard fuel tank has a gallon more fuel capacity than the Ram 1500’s standard fuel tank (24 vs. 23 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Chevrolet Silverado higher (5 to 6 out of 10) than the Ram 1500 (3 to 5). This means the Silverado produces up to 23.4 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Ram 1500 every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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A ten-speed automatic is available on the Chevrolet Silverado, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Ram 1500.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Silverado stops much shorter than the Ram 1500:

Silverado

Ram 1500

70 to 0 MPH

175 feet

184 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

123 feet

135 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

148 feet

150 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Silverado’s wheelbase is longer than on the Ram 1500:

Silverado

Ram 1500

Extended Cab Standard Bed

147.5 inches

140.5 inches

Crew Cab Short Bed

147.4 inches

144.6 inches

Crew Cab Standard Bed

157 inches

153.5 inches

The Silverado Short Bed High Country Crew Cab 4x4 handles at .77 G’s, while the Ram 1500 short bed Big Horn Crew Cab Pickup 4x4 pulls only .71 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Silverado Short Bed High Country Crew Cab 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.2 seconds quicker than the Ram 1500 short bed Big Horn Crew Cab Pickup 4x4 (27.5 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 29.7 seconds @ .54 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Silverado 1500 Long Bed Regular Cab’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the Ram 1500 standard bed Quad Cab’s (44.6 feet vs. 46.2 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Silverado Short Bed Crew Cab Lifted has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Ram 1500 short bed Crew Cab Pickup w/Air Suspension (10.9 vs. 10.8 inches), allowing the Silverado to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The Chevrolet Silverado may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 300 pounds less than the Ram 1500.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Silverado Short Bed High Country Crew Cab 4x4 is quieter than the Ram 1500 short bed Limited Crew Cab Pickup 4x4 (37 vs. 38 dB).

Passenger Space

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The Silverado Double Cab has 2.1 inches more front headroom, 3.6 inches more front legroom and .7 inches more rear headroom than the Ram 1500 Quad Cab.

The Silverado Crew Cab has 2.1 inches more front headroom, 3.6 inches more front legroom and .3 inches more rear headroom than the Ram 1500 Crew Cab Pickup.

Cargo Capacity

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The Silverado Double Cab has a much larger cargo box than the Ram 1500 Quad Cab shortbed (72.7 vs. 61.5 cubic feet).

The Silverado Crew Cab shortbed has a much larger cargo box than the Ram 1500 Crew Cab Pickup shortbed (62.9 vs. 53.9 cubic feet). The Silverado Crew Cab longbed has a much larger cargo box than the Ram 1500 Crew Cab Pickup longbed (71.7 vs. 61.5 cubic feet).

The Silverado’s cargo box is larger than the Ram 1500’s in almost every dimension:

Silverado

Double Cab

Silverado

Regular Cab

Ram 1500

Quad Cab

Ram 1500

Crew Cab

Length (short/long)

79.4”

98.2”

76.3”

67.4”/76.3”

Max Width

71.4”

71.4”

66.4”

66.4”

Min Width

50.63”

50.63”

51”

51”

Height

22.4”

22.4”

21.5”

21.5”

The Chevrolet Silverado has a standard CornerStep, which allows for much easier access to the cargo area. A rear cargo step costs extra on the Ram 1500.

The Silverado has stake post holes, to allow the containment of tall, light loads. The Ram 1500 doesn’t offer stake post holes.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the Silverado LTZ Texas/LTZ Convenience/LTZ Plus/High Country has a standard power cargo door, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The Ram 1500 doesn’t offer a power cargo door.

Payload and Towing

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The Silverado’s minimum standard towing capacity is much higher than the Ram 1500’s (7400 vs. 6390 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Ram 1500 standard bed Quad Cab is only 12750 pounds. The Silverado 1500 Standard Bed Double Cab 4x4 offers up to a 13400 lbs. towing capacity.

The Silverado has a higher standard payload capacity than the Ram 1500:

Silverado

Ram 1500

Extended Cab 1500

2040 lbs.

2040 lbs.

Crew Cab 1500

2040 lbs.

2000 lbs.

Regular Cab 1500 4x4

2130 lbs.

n/a

Extended Cab 1500 4x4

2020 lbs.

1810 lbs.

Crew Cab 1500 4x4

2020 lbs.

1810 lbs.

The Silverado has higher optional payload capacities than the Ram 1500:

Silverado

Ram 1500

Crew Cab 1500

2180 lbs.

2000 lbs.

Extended Cab 1500 4x4

2180 lbs.

1910 lbs.

Crew Cab 1500 4x4

2170 lbs.

1840 lbs.

Ergonomics

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The Silverado LTZ/High Country’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Ram 1500 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Silverado 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 1500 doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Silverado’s basic available 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 1500’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open them fully.

On a hot day the Silverado’s driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote (optional feature). The driver of the Ram 1500 can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Consumer Reports rated the Silverado’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Ram 1500’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

Model Availability

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The Chevrolet Silverado comes in regular cab, extended cab and crew cab bodystyles; the Ram 1500 isn’t available as a regular cab.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Silverado owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Silverado will cost $165 less than the Ram 1500 over a five-year period.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Chevrolet Silverado will be $3425 to $5041 less than for the Ram 1500.

Recommendations

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

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