When heading to the jobsite or a remote campsite, it helps to have a highly capable pickup truck by your side. Two such models, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and the Ram 1500, exemplify this characteristic and then some. See what we mean in this comparison from our team at Baierl Chevrolet.
Ready to see which truck would be ideal for your Wexford, Pittsburgh, or Cranberry Township, PA lifestyle? If so, then keep reading!
MAX. TOWING CAPACITY
BASE ENGINE HORSEPOWER
As full-size pickup trucks, the Chevy Silverado and the Ram 1500 are more than capable of towing a great deal of equipment. Whether you’re hauling materials to work or heading to the campsite for a weekend of fun, both models have impressive capacities.
Take the Silverado, for example. It has a maximum towing capacity of 13,300 pounds when properly equipped—perfect for a midsize camper or a horse trailer. It also has features to help make towing easier than ever, including:
On the other hand, the Ram 1500 has a maximum towing capacity of just 12,750 pounds. While it offers impressive towing features, they aren’t as extensive as the ones offered by the Chevy.
For example, it has an available 360° Surround View Camera, but it only offers a bird’s-eye view instead of 14 different shots, like the Silverado’s feature.
In addition to being highly capable pickup trucks, the Silverado 1500 and the Ram 1500 are powerful ones as well. This is evident in the numerous engines they offer.
They each have several engine options, providing different horsepower/torque ratings and towing capacities. In the Silverado, you’ll have the standard 2.7L TurboMax™ that produces 310 horsepower and 430 lb-ft of torque.
For ultimate capability, there’s the available Duramax® 3.0L Turbo-Diesel engine. This is where you’ll get 305 horsepower, 495 lb-ft of torque, and the maximum 13,300-pound towing capability when properly equipped.
The Ram 1500 engine lineup isn’t anything to scoff at. Its standard motor—a 3.6L Pentastar® V6 engine—makes 305 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque.
Here’s how the towing capacities measure up in these models’ standard engines:
If you want more muscle for towing or highway driving, the Chevy may be better for you.
We know these models have a lot of power and large cargo capacities. However, that’s just the start of what they can do. The Chevy Silverado 1500 and the Ram 1500 come with exterior features that make working with your truck easier.
For starters, both models can be equipped with a CornerStep rear bumper to make getting into or looking into the bed easier.
So, if you need to grab a water bottle from a cooler or maneuver some equipment around, you’ll be able to use this feature to give you a boost.
Both trucks have available Multi-Flex Tailgates designed to facilitate loading and unloading the truck bed. Although the Ram’s multifunction tailgate is built with swing-away doors, it lacks a few additional functions that the Silverado’s can do. For example, the Silverado’s tailgate can be configured in six different ways!
When it comes to the Chevy Silverado vs. Ram 1500, it’s clear that both trucks are impressive. However, the Chevy has a higher towing capacity and more features overall. Therefore, it may be more suitable for your commutes around Wexford, Pittsburgh, or Cranberry Township, PA. If you’re still not sure, though, we recommend taking it for a spin.
To schedule a test drive of the Chevy Silverado 1500, contact the team at Baierl Chevrolet today!
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