2020 Ram 1500 vs. 2019 Chevrolet Silverado LD

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The Ram 1500 Laramie/Longhorn/Limited offers optional Automatic Emergency Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Silverado LD doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Ram 1500 (except Tradesman/HFE) offers optional Reverse Stop that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Silverado LD doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Ram 1500 Laramie/Longhorn/Limited’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Silverado LD doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Ram 1500 Laramie/Longhorn/Limited offers an optional Surround View Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Silverado LD only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

To help make backing safer, the Ram 1500 (except Tradesman/HFE)’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Silverado LD doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Ram 1500 and the Silverado LD 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available four-wheel drive and blind spot warning systems.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Ram 1500 its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 55 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Silverado LD has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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The Ram 1500’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Silverado LD’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability

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To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Ram 1500 has a standard 160-amp alternator (180-amp - Ram 1500 optional and 220 optional). The Silverado LD’s 150-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Ram 1500 has a standard 730-amp battery. The Silverado LD’s 720-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

Engine

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The Ram 1500’s optional 5.7 V8 produces 40 more horsepower (395 vs. 355) and 27 lbs.-ft. more torque (410 vs. 383) than the Silverado LD’s 5.3 V8.

The Ram 1500’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 97 lbs.-ft. more torque (480 vs. 383) than the Silverado LD’s 5.3 V8.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ram 1500 V8 is faster than the Chevrolet Silverado LD:

1500

Silverado LD

Zero to 60 MPH

6.3 sec

7.1 sec

Quarter Mile

14.8 sec

15.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94.4 MPH

90.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

1500

Silverado LD

RWD

3.0 V6 turbo diesel/8-spd. Auto

22 city/32 hwy

15 city/22 hwy

5.7 V8/Auto

4x4

3.0 V6 turbo diesel/8-spd. Auto

21 city/29 hwy

15 city/21 hwy

5.7 V8/Auto

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

1500

Silverado LD

4x2

3.6 V6 hybrid/8-spd. Auto

20 city/26 hwy

n/a

3.6 V6 hybrid/8-spd. Auto

20 city/25 hwy

n/a

5.7 V8 hybrid/8-spd. Auto

17 city/23 hwy

n/a

5.7 V8/8-spd. Auto

15 city/22 hwy

15 city/22 hwy

5.7 V8/Auto

4x4

3.6 V6 hybrid/8-spd. Auto

19 city/24 hwy

n/a

5.7 V8 hybrid/8-spd. Auto

17 city/22 hwy

n/a

5.7 V8/8-spd. Auto

15 city/21 hwy

15 city/21 hwy

5.7 V8/Auto

Regenerative brakes improve the Ram 1500 eTORQUE’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Silverado LD doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Ram 1500 eTORQUE’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Silverado LD doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Ram 1500’s optional fuel tank has 7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Silverado LD (33 vs. 26 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Ram 1500’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Silverado LD:

1500

Silverado LD

Front Rotors

14.9 inches

13 inches

Rear Rotors

14.8 inches

13.6 inches

The Ram 1500’s brakes have 72% more swept area (the area covered by the brake pads) than the Silverado LD (861.2 vs. 502 square inches), so the Ram 1500 has more braking power available.

The Ram 1500 stops shorter than the Silverado LD:

Ram 1500

Silverado LD

60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

131 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Ram 1500 has larger standard tires than the Silverado LD (275/65R18 vs. 255/70R17).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Ram 1500 has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Silverado LD.

Suspension and Handling

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The Ram 1500 has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Ram 1500 flat and controlled during cornering. The Silverado LD’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The front and rear suspension of the Ram 1500 uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the Silverado LD, which uses leaf springs in the rear. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.

The Ram 1500 has a standard automatic load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Silverado LD doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

The Ram 1500’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions that would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Silverado LD doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Ram 1500 standard bed Rebel Quad Cab 4x4 handles at .76 G’s, while the Silverado LD 1500 Standard Box Double Cab 4x4 pulls only .74 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Ram 1500’s turning circle is tighter than the Silverado LD’s:

Ram 1500

Silverado LD

Extended Cab Standard Bed

46.2 feet

46.9 feet

Crew Cab Short Bed

46.2 feet

n/a

Extended Cab Standard Bed 4x4

46.2 feet

46.9 feet

Crew Cab Short Bed 4x4

46.2 feet

n/a

Crew Cab Standard Bed 4x4

48.7 feet

n/a

For greater off-road capability the Ram 1500 short bed Crew Cab Pickup w/Air Suspension has a 1.9 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Silverado LD (10.8 vs. 8.9 inches), allowing the Ram 1500 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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

The Ram 1500 offers available computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Silverado LD doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The Ram 1500 Quad Cab has 2.7 inches more front hip room, .1 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom, 1 inch more rear legroom and 3.2 inches more rear hip room than the Silverado LD Double Cab.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Ram 1500 Crew Cab’s available rear seats recline. The Silverado LD’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The Ram 1500 Quad Cab has a larger cargo box than the Silverado LD Double Cab shortbed (61.5 vs. 61 cubic feet).

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

1500 Quad Cab

1500 Crew Cab Pickup

Silverado LD

Length (short/long)

76.3”

67.4”/76.3”

78.9”

Max Width

66.4”

66.4”

64.9”

Min Width

51”

51”

51”

Height

21.5”

21.5”

21.1”

Payload and Towing

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Maximum trailer towing in the Chevrolet Silverado LD is limited to 9400 pounds. The Ram 1500 standard bed Quad Cab offers up to a 12750 lbs. towing capacity.

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

Ram 1500

Silverado LD

Extended Cab 1500

2040 lbs.

1860 lbs.

Crew Cab 1500

2000 lbs.

n/a

Extended Cab 1500 4x4

1810 lbs.

1810 lbs.

Crew Cab 1500 4x4

1810 lbs.

n/a

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

Ram 1500

Silverado LD

Extended Cab 1500

2300 lbs.

1860 lbs.

Extended Cab 1500 4x4

1910 lbs.

1810 lbs.

Crew Cab 1500 4x4

1840 lbs.

n/a

Ergonomics

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When different drivers share the Ram 1500 Laramie/Longhorn/Limited, the memory system makes it convenient. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, foot pedal distance, outside mirror angle and radio stations. The Silverado LD doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Ram 1500’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Silverado LD’s parking brake has to released manually.

The Ram 1500’s front power windows open or close 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 Silverado LD’s front passenger window doesn’t close automatically.

Keyless Go standard on the Ram 1500 allows you to start the engine without removing a key from pocket or purse (optional Keyless Enter ‘n Go will also allow unlocking the driver’s door and tailgate without taking your keys out). The Chevrolet Silverado LD doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The Ram 1500’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Silverado LD’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The Ram 1500’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Ram 1500 detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Silverado LD doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn/Limited has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Silverado LD doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The Ram 1500 has standard power remote mirrors. The Silverado LD only comes with remote mirrors at extra cost. Without them the driver will have to roll down the windows and reach across the car to adjust the mirrors.

The Ram 1500’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Chevrolet only offers heated mirrors on the Silverado LD LT.

When the Ram 1500 Laramie/Longhorn/Limited is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Silverado LD’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Ram 1500’s optional rear and side view mirrors have an automatic dimming feature. These mirrors can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Silverado LD doesn’t offer the luxury of automatic dimming mirrors.

Both the Ram 1500 and the Silverado LD offer available heated front seats. The Ram 1500 Laramie/Longhorn/Limited also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Silverado LD.

The Ram 1500 Laramie/Longhorn/Limited has standard front air conditioned seats and the Ram 1500 Longhorn/Limited offers them optionally in the rear. This keeps the passengers comfortable and takes the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Silverado LD doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the Ram 1500’s optional (except Tradesman/HFE) heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Silverado LD doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Both the Ram 1500 and the Silverado LD offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Ram 1500 has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Silverado LD doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Ram 1500 Laramie/Longhorn/Limited offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Silverado LD doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Ram 1500 (except Tradesman/HFE/Rebel/Big Horn/Lone Star) offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Silverado LD doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

The Ram 1500 Laramie/Longhorn/Limited’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Silverado LD doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Model Availability

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

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Ram 1500 is less expensive to operate than the Silverado LD because it costs $618 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Ram 1500 than the Silverado LD, including $331 less for a muffler, $100 less for front brake pads, $148 less for a starter, $253 less for fuel injection, $208 less for a fuel pump, $727 less for a timing belt/chain and $175 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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

The Ram 1500 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” in 2019. The Silverado hasn’t been picked since 2008.

Motor Trend selected the Ram 1500 as their 2019 Truck of the Year. The Silverado was Truck of the Year in 2011.

The Ram 1500 was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 4 of the last 10 years. The Silverado hasn’t been picked since 2002.

The Ram Pickup outsold the Chevrolet Silverado by 9% during the 2019 model year.

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