2020 Ram 1500 vs. 2020 Chevrolet Silverado

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Ram 1500 are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Chevrolet Silverado doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 6 points, IIHS rates the Automatic Emergency Braking optional in the Ram 1500 as “Superior.” The Silverado scores only 1 point and is rated only “Basic.”

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 doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the Ram 1500 and the Silverado 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, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

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 was last qualified as only a “Top Pick” in 2016.

Warranty

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

Engine

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The Ram 1500 has more powerful engines than the Silverado:

Horsepower

Ram 1500 3.6 DOHC V6 hybrid

305 HP

Ram 1500 5.7 V8

395 HP

Silverado 4.3 V6

285 HP

Silverado 2.7 turbo 4 cyl.

310 HP

Silverado 5.3 V8

355 HP

The Ram 1500’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 20 lbs.-ft. more torque (480 vs. 460) than the Silverado’s 3.0 turbo diesel.

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

1500

Silverado

Zero to 30 MPH

2.1 sec

2.3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.3 sec

6.6 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

10.5 sec

10.7 sec

Quarter Mile

14.8 sec

14.9 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

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

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ram 1500 uses regular unleaded gasoline (mid-grade octane recommended with the 5.7 V8 engine for maximum performance). The Silverado LTZ/High Country requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 5 to 40 cents more per gallon.

The Ram 1500’s optional fuel tank has 2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Silverado Double/Crew Cab’s standard fuel tank (26 vs. 24 gallons). The Ram 1500’s optional fuel tank has 5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Silverado Regular Cab’s standard fuel tank (33 vs. 28 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:

1500

Silverado

Front Rotors

14.9 inches

13.5 inches

Rear Rotors

14.8 inches

14.1 inches

The Ram 1500 stops much shorter than the Silverado:

Ram 1500

Silverado

70 to 0 MPH

184 feet

186 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

134 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Ram 1500 has larger standard tires than the Silverado (275/65R18 vs. 255/70R17). The Ram 1500’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Silverado (285/45R22 vs. 275/60R20).

The Ram 1500’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Silverado’s optional 50 series tires.

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

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’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, 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 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 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Ram 1500 standard bed Rebel Quad Cab 4x4 handles at .76 G’s, while the Silverado Short Bed LT Trail Boss Crew Cab pulls only .69 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Ram 1500 standard bed Rebel Quad Cab 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.3 seconds quicker than the Silverado Short Bed LT Trail Boss Crew Cab (27.7 seconds @ .73 average G’s vs. 30 seconds @ .55 average G’s).

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

Ram 1500

Silverado

Extended Cab Standard Bed

46.2 feet

46.3 feet

Crew Cab Short Bed

46.2 feet

46.3 feet

Extended Cab Standard Bed 4x4

46.2 feet

46.3 feet

Crew Cab Short Bed 4x4

46.2 feet

46.3 feet

Crew Cab Standard Bed 4x4

48.7 feet

49.5 feet

For greater off-road capability the Ram 1500 standard bed Crew Cab Pickup has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Silverado Standard Bed Crew Cab (8.6 vs. 8 inches), allowing the Ram 1500 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The front grille of the Ram 1500 uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Silverado doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

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 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Ram 1500 short bed Limited Crew Cab Pickup 4x4 is quieter than the Silverado Short Bed High Country Crew Cab 4x4:

1500

Silverado

Full-Throttle

72 dB

76 dB

70 MPH Cruising

65 dB

66 dB

Passenger Space

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The Ram 1500 Quad Cab has 2.2 inches more front hip room, .4 inches more rear legroom, 3.2 inches more rear hip room and .8 inches more rear shoulder room than the Silverado Double Cab.

The Ram 1500 Crew Cab Pickup has 2.2 inches more front hip room, 1.8 inches more rear legroom, 3.2 inches more rear hip room and .5 inches more rear shoulder room than the Silverado Crew Cab.

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

Cargo Capacity

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A low lift-over bed design makes loading and unloading the Ram 1500 easier. The Ram 1500’s bed lift-over height is 34.6 inches, while the Silverado’s liftover is 36.1 inches.

Both the Ram 1500 and Silverado have bed indentations that accommodate 2x4’s for two-tiered loading, but the Ram 1500 also has indentations to separate the cargo box into three different sections length-wise.

Payload

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The Ram 1500 standard bed Quad Cab has a higher optional payload capacity than the Silverado 1500 Standard Bed Double Cab (2300 vs. 2190 lbs.).

Ergonomics

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The Ram 1500’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 Silverado.

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’s basic optional power windows’ front passenger window doesn’t close automatically.

The Ram 1500’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 Silverado.

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’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.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Ram 1500’s available headlights were rated “Good” by the IIHS, while the Silverado’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

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 doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The Ram 1500 has standard power remote mirrors. The Silverado 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 charges extra for heated mirrors on the Silverado.

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 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats in the rear.

The Ram 1500 has a standard center folding armrest for the driver and front passenger. A center armrest helps combat driver fatigue. The Silverado Work Truck doesn’t offer a front seat center armrest.

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 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

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Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its June 2019 issue and the Ram 1500 short bed Tradesman Crew Cab Pickup 4x4 won out over the Chevrolet Silverado Standard Bed Work Truck Crew Cab 4x4.

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 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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