The Trailboss is a new trim level for the new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado.
Ram 1500 Rebel trim enters its second generation and offers available air suspension.
Neither vehicle is meant to be a direct competitor to the Ford F-150 Raptor.
The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado Trailboss and the Ram 1500 Rebel are both all new for 2019. While the Silverado and the Ram 1500 have been competitors for decades, both vehicles will offer an off-road oriented trim level for 2019. While the Ram 1500 Rebel has been around for a few years, the Trailboss trim is all-new to the Silverado for 2019. Below we’ll take a look at these two new compelling trucks to see which one is the better off-road offering.
Powertrains, Configurations and Pricing
The Silverado’s Trailboss trim is available as an add-on to either the Silverado’s "Custom" or "LT" trim levels. Buyers can choose between the Silverado’s 4.3-liter V6 and 5.3-liter V8 in the Custom trim, while the LT Trailboss comes exclusively with the V8. The V6 makes 285 horsepower and 305 lb-ft of torque, while the V8 returns 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque. The Trailboss comes standard with 4-wheel drive and is sold as either a double cab with a 6.5-foot bed, or as a crew cab with either the 6.5-foot bed or a 5.0-foot bed. A base-level Custom Trailboss starts at $40,995, while a loaded LT model comes in at over $60,000. See the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado models for sale near you
The Ram 1500 Rebel is its own trim level within the Ram lineup, priced between the Longhorn and the Laramie Longhorn trims. Like the Silverado, the Rebel is available with either the Ram 1500’s 3.6-liter V6, which puts out 305 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque, or the 5.7-liter V8, which makes 395 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque. The V8 can be had with or without the Ram’s eTorque system. The Rebel is offered with either 2- or 4WD. Rebel buyers can choose between, an extended cab model with a 6-foot 4-in bed or a more spacious crew cab model with a 5-foot 7-in bed. The 2019 Ram 1500 Rebel starts at $44,795 while a fully loaded example exceeds $60,000. See the 2019 Ram 1500 models for sale near you
While the new Ram’s exterior styling is evolutionary, the new Silverado’s exterior sheet metal is revolutionary. These new aesthetics carry over to the off-road models. Both variants come with unique black wheels and blacked out trim pieces. While the Ram Rebel comes standard with a "RAM" wordmark grille, the Silverado comes standard with a traditional bowtie grill, but a "Chevrolet" grille is optional. Both vehicles offer front tow hooks, although the Rebel’s are black while the Silverado’s are red. Around back, both vehicles display their respective brand names across their tailgates, although on the Silverado’s tailgate this is stamped, while the Ram achieves this via plastic letters.
Inside, the Ram’s interior is more attractive than that of the Silverado’s. The new Silverado’s interior is dominated by black plastic and bulbous features. Overall, while the Silverado’s exterior offers a revolutionary new design, the inside is more an evolution of what was a rather underwhelming interior on the outgoing model.
The Ram takes the opposite approach, offering a great new interior that is generally regarded as being the best in its class. A large 12-in infotainment screen is available, which is the largest offered on any full-size pickup. The dashboard has red accents and uses an array of leather and rubber surfaces. Overall, the new Ram’s interior is very attractive — nicer than that of the new Silverado.
Both of these vehicles follow a similar formula when it comes to off-road features and capability. The Trailboss builds off of the Silverado’s Z71 package. The Z71 comes with standard 4WD, a 2-speed transfer case, Rancho shocks, an automatically locking rear differential, hill descent control, a front skid plate and a tougher air cleaner. The Trailboss adds to this a standard 2-in suspension lift, the previously mentioned red recovery hooks and off-road styling cues, and available Goodyear Duratrac Mud-Terrain tires.
The Ram 1500 Rebel is available with two different suspensions. Buyers have their choice of an adjustable air suspension, or a traditional Bilstein suspension with remote rear reservoirs, which is a more sophisticated setup than what you get in the Trailboss. Additional features of the Ram 1500 Rebel are a 1-in lift, hill-descent control, a locking rear differential and a variety of rear skid plates covering the front suspension, steering, transfer case and fuel tank. The Ram Rebel is available with either rear-wheel drive or 4WD. The all-wheel drive system, which is available on other trims, is not available.
The Trailboss can be had with heated front outboard seats and a heated steering wheel, and a Bose audio system. An off-road appearance package adds black side steps, a tonneau cover, and a roll bar, although Chevrolet refrains from calling it that. Since the nicest Trailboss is still only based on the Silverado LT, the Trailboss can’t be had with upscale LTZ or High Country features like ventilated seats, a power tailgate or a surround view camera.
In addition to the aforementioned 12-in infotainment screen, the Ram Rebel can be optioned with such features as a panoramic sunroof and a 19-speaker Harmon Kardon premium audio system. Like the Trailboss, the Rebel isn’t available with all of the high-end features offered on the on-road oriented Ram 1500 Limited.
It’s no accident that these trucks are pretty evenly matched. Both offer V6 and V8 powerplants, off-road suspensions, a variety of safety features and good infotainment tech. That said, the Ram bests the Silverado in a number of areas. The new Ram offers a nicer interior, more suspension options — either of which is more sophisticated than that of the Trailboss — and an available massive 12-in center infotainment screen. Overall, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles knocked it out of the park with the new Ram, helping to elevate it to the front of the full-size truck segment. These competitive advantages carry over to the off-road oriented Rebel model, helping to earn it the nod in this comparison. Find a Chevrolet Silverado for sale or Find a Ram 1500 for sale