The team at Baierl Chevrolet put together this Chevy Silverado vs. Ram 1500 comparison to help drivers in Wexford, Pittsburgh, and Cranberry Township decide which one is right for them.
The Chevrolet Silverado offers six powerful and efficient engines and eight trim levels to provide you with great performance and the ability to carry lots of cargo.
The base option is a 4.3L EcoTec3 V6 that produces up to 285 horsepower. Powerful even for a base engine choice, this powertrain comes standard with an Active Fuel Management™ system to increase your daily efficiency.
The largest engine in the Silverado 1500 is a 6.2L EcoTec3 V8 that gets up to 420 horsepower and an impressive 460 lb-ft of torque. This engine also comes with its own Dynamic Fuel Management system. Clearly, even in the brawniest of Chevy engines, your fuel economy is still a major concern.
In comparison, the Ram 1500 also offers a more limited four engines. While powerful, they typically fall short of the competitor’s options and even lack Dynamic Fuel Management or Active Fuel Management™ to help you save at the gas pump.
The first Ram 1500 engine is a 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 that only gets 260 horsepower. It comes close to the competitor but still eats dust.
The most powerful engine you can get for the Ram 1500 still falls short of the Chevy Silverado. It’s a 5.7L HEMI® V8 that gets 395 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque. On its own, this is a formidable choice, but only takes second place in a head-to-head matchup.
We all have a unique style of driving and equally unique terrain to contend with. Another great benefit of choosing the 2020 Silverado 1500 is that you’ll be able to tailor engine performance with the Drive Mode Selector.
The Drive Mode Selector alters the way your engine behaves, including its throttle response and output, all so you get maximum power and maximum handling on different types of terrain. Its modes, which can be selected by turning a dial, include:
With all that power under the hood, both pickups are capable of carrying a lot of cargo. The Silverado 1500 can help everyone from families with a boat to construction crews. The Silverado 1500 gets the job done with a maximum towing capacity of up to 13,400 pounds when properly equipped.
This classic truck is also fully equipped with helpful features to make hauling your cargo easier. There’s Trailer Sway Control to keep everything level and under control along with an integrated trailer brake controller for more secure stopping.
No matter which transmission you’re driving with, you can switch on the handy Tow/Haul mode to minimize gear shifting when you’re pulling cargo, especially on steep hills.
The Ram 1500 also features Trailer Sway Control, but it’s not able to haul as much weight. Its towing capacity maxes out at 12,750 pounds, which is significantly less than the Chevrolet Silverado 1500. It also doesn’t have an integrated trailer brake or tow/haul mode built in.
The built-in handling features and strapping engines in each truck are integral to your haul. However, your pickup shouldn’t just be capable. It should also add convenience and peace of mind to the next towing job.
In this sense, the Silverado 1500 truly excels, offering up a slew of industry-first towing technologies. These features make it easier to prepare, secure, and monitor your trailer.
One of the most useful exclusive features is in the towing section of the myChevrolet Trailering Mobile App. Log into the app on your phone and you can read through a pre-departure checklist, watch how-to hauling videos, and access a glossary of towing terms to supplement your learning. You can become an expert in no time at all!
The Ram 1500 has available sensors and cameras in the central cabin touchscreen to help you see around your trailer and make sure everything is secure—something you’ll also find in the competitor. However, it lacks the same towing resources that are so easily accessed from the myChevrolet Trailering Mobile App.
In addition to towing, your pickup truck is likely going to be your top choice for all your off-road adventures. Exploring roads less traveled and heading into the mountains for a weekend getaway? Then you need a truck that can handle them all with finesse.
In addition to the 4×4 systems and high-strength steel frames available in each pickup (perfect for protecting against road debris), the Ram 1500 offers a capable air suspension system on some of its trims. This system can raise and lower the suspension on specific types of terrain to reduce drag and help with your efficiency.
While very useful, the Ram outfit is not quite as complete as what’s offered in the Silverado 1500. The Z71 Off-Road Package available with Chevy is famous for its capability on rough terrain and slippery roads.
This package offers numerous features to help you master uneven and shifting terrain, including an off-road suspension with Rancho® shocks, an Autotrac® 2-speed transfer case, and several more. With this package equipped, off-road safety and prowess should come much more readily, taking your exploration to the next level.
You have a thirst for adventure. Why put it on hold when you could get behind the wheel of a truck capable of quenching it now?
Visit Baierl Chevrolet to test drive the Chevy Silverado today. It offers drivers in Wexford, Pittsburgh, and Cranberry Township lots of power to tow a large trailer or carry a heavy payload. To learn more about this Chevy Silverado vs. Ram 1500 comparison, contact us or visit our dealership.