2020 Ram HD vs. 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Ram HD 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 HD doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

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

Both the Ram HD and the Silverado 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 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 Ram HD’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Silverado HD’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability

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The Ram HD has a solid front axle with a floating power axle for durability that the Silverado HD 4x4’s independent front suspension and exposed front driveshafts don’t offer.

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Ram HD has a standard 180-amp alternator. The Silverado HD’s standard 170-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Ram HD has a standard 730-amp battery. The Silverado HD only offers a standard 720-amp battery.

Engine

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The Ram HD’s 6.4 V8 produces 9 more horsepower (410 vs. 401) than the Silverado HD’s 6.6 V8.

The Ram HD 3500’s optional 6.7 turbo diesel produces 90 lbs.-ft. more torque (1000 vs. 910) than the Silverado HD’s 6.6 turbo V8 diesel.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ram HD 6.4 V8 is faster than the Chevrolet Silverado HD 6.6 V8 gas:

HD

Silverado HD

Zero to 60 MPH

7.3 sec

7.5 sec

Quarter Mile

15.6 sec

15.9 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

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An engine control system that can shut down some of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Ram HD V8’s fuel efficiency. The Silverado HD doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Ram HD Gas’ 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 HD doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Ram HD Standard Bed Crew Cab’s standard fuel tank has 3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Silverado HD Diesel Regular Cab’s standard fuel tank (31 vs. 28 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Ram HD’s standard fuel tank has 4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Silverado HD Diesel Regular Cab’s standard fuel tank (32 vs. 28 gallons). The Ram HD Long Bed Crew Cab’s standard fuel tank has 14 gallons more fuel capacity than the Silverado HD’s standard fuel tank (50 vs. 36 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

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

HD

Silverado HD

Front Rotors

14.2 inches

14 inches

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Ram HD’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Silverado HD (285/60R20 vs. 275/70R18).

The Ram HD’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Silverado HD’s optional 65 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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

The Ram HD Power Wagon has an active front sway bar, which helps keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnects at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The Silverado HD doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

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

The Ram HD 2500 has a standard automatic load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Silverado HD doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Ram HD is 1.1 inches wider in the front and 3.7 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Silverado HD.

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

Ram HD

Silverado HD

Regular Cab Long Bed

45.4 feet

46.9 feet

Crew Cab Long Bed

53.5 feet

57 feet

Crew Cab Standard Bed 4x4

47.9 feet

52.7 feet

Chassis

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The Ram HD is shorter than the Silverado HD, making the Ram HD easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces:

Ram HD

Silverado HD

Crew Cab Standard Bed

238.8 inches

250 inches

Crew Cab Long Bed

260.8 inches

266 inches

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

Passenger Space

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The Ram HD Crew Cab has 1.7 inches more front hip room, 2.5 inches more rear hip room and .3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Silverado HD Crew Cab.

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

Cargo Capacity

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

Payload

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

Ram HD

Silverado HD

Crew Cab 2500

3650 lbs.

3579 lbs.

Regular Cab 3500 4x4

4600 lbs.

4534 lbs.

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

Ram HD

Silverado HD

Regular Cab 2500

4050 lbs.

3979 lbs.

Regular Cab 3500

7680 lbs.

7442 lbs.

Regular Cab 3500 4x4

7280 lbs.

7145 lbs.

Crew Cab 2500 4x4

4170 lbs.

3862 lbs.

Crew Cab 3500 4x4

6680 lbs.

6610 lbs.

Ergonomics

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The Ram HD’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 HD’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The Ram HD’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Ram HD offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Silverado HD doesn’t offer cornering lights.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Ram HD 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 HD doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Recommendations

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Motor Trend selected the Ram HD as their 2020 Truck of the Year. The Silverado was Truck of the Year in 2011.

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

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