Both full-size trucks are offered in a wide variety of trims for every taste and budget.
The Silverado is more affordable, but the Ram is more efficient.
Right now is a great time to be shopping for a new full-size pickup truck. That’s because two of the strongest players in the truck game, the Chevrolet Silverado and the Ram 1500, are both all-new with new looks, new powertrains and more to offer over their outgoing previous generations.
Let’s take a look at what’s similar, what’s different and which is better between these two big pickups.
In the looks department, the 2019 Ram 1500 is much improved over its aging previous generation. The Ram’s new look is premium and modern looking while still looking rugged, especially in the more outdoorsy trims like the Rebel. A cool new feature available on the exterior of the Ram is a multifunction tailgate, which can swing down like a normal tailgate or swing out 88 degrees in a barn door fashion. This makes it easier to get up close to your cargo without a tailgate in the way. See the 2019 Ram 1500 models for sale near you
The Silverado’s new look has been met with mixed reactions and it’s a bit of a love-it-or-hate-it design. It has ditched its old traditional look for a less boxy aesthetic that can change greatly as you work your way up through the model range going from the bare-bones Work Truck trim up to the luxurious High Country model. See the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado models for sale near you
The new generation of the Ram has ditched the old-fashioned 2-door single cab option and it is only available in extended cab or quad cab configurations. The Silverado soldiers on with the traditional single-cab layout available plus its own extended and quad cabs.
The interior is definitely one of the many strong suits that the newly redesigned Ram brought with it. Its cabin is nice in all trims with comfortable, spacious seats and it only gets nicer as you work your way up through the trims. There’s no shortage of high-quality materials throughout the cabin and you might be surprised by how nice it can get in the top trims like the Limited and the Laramie Longhorn.
The 2019 Silverado also scores points for its roomy, comfortable seats, but on the high end, its interior isn’t quite as nice as what the Ram 1500 can offer. That said, this new generation of the Chevrolet has a much roomier back seat in the quad cab configuration than its predecessor and it has some clever storage compartments throughout the truck like underneath the seats.
Both interiors are practical and functional, but we prefer the more modern interior design of the Ram.
Mechanicals and Capability
The Ram only has two engines available as of this writing and the new Silverado has five. They both come standard with rear-wheel drive and are available with 4-wheel drive.
2019 Ram 1500 Engines
3.6-liter V6; 305 horsepower, 269 lb-ft of torque; 20 mpg city/25 mpg hwy; Max towing capacity: 7,730 pounds
5.7-liter V8; 395 hp, 410 lb-ft of torque; 17 mpg city/23 mpg hwy; Max towing capacity; 12,750 pounds
2019 Chevy Silverado Engines
4.3-liter V6; 285 hp, 305 lb-ft of torque; 16 mpg city/21 mpg hwy; Max towing capacity: 7,900 pounds
5.3-liter V8; 355 hp, 383 lb-ft of torque; 17 mpg city/23 mpg hwy; Max towing capacity: 11,600 pounds
6.2-liter V8; 420 hp, 460 lb-ft of torque; 16 mpg city/20 mpg hwy; Max towing capacity: 12,200 pounds
3.0-liter turbo-diesel inline six; 282 hp, 450 lb-ft of torque; 28 mpg hwy; Max towing capacity: 7,800 pounds
Obviously, the Chevy has a lot more mechanical variety under the hood than the Ram. Chevrolet says the diesel will be available in late summer 2019 and based on the latest we’ve heard, an EcoDiesel turbocharged V6 will be available in the 2020 Ram 1500.
Diesels aside, the base engine in both trucks is a V6 with the Ram’s base engine being much more fuel efficient. This is thanks to the eTorque mild hybrid system in the Ram, which is standard on the V6 and optional on the V8. It not only nets you better fuel economy, but also gives you a nice boost in performance.
In terms of towing, the Chevy can’t beat the Ram’s 5.7-liter V8. The 6.2-liter V8 available in the Chevy, which we really like, beats the Ram in on-paper performance, but it still can’t quite match its rival’s maximum towing capacity.
The turbocharged 4-cylinder in the Silverado delivers impressive performance and decent fuel economy, but it still can’t match the fuel economy numbers of the Ram’s eTorque V6. Where the Chevy’s turbo four really shines is in its impressive torque numbers.
The Chevy might have more variety, but we’re very impressed with the revamped engines in the new Ram offering a strong blend of performance and efficiency.
Since the Ram can’t be had in a single-cab configuration, it has a higher starting MSRP than the Silverado, which can be had as a more bare-bones work truck. The Ram starts at $31,795 and the Silverado starts at $28,300. At the high end, both trucks can get well into the mid-$50,000 range, offering luxuries like wood accents, leather seats, premium audio, and in the case of the Ram, a massive 12-in infotainment system. In-between the high and low end, both trucks have several trims to choose from so you can find the perfect truck for your budget.
There’s no doubt that both of these trucks are improvements over their previous generations. While the Silverado has gotten better in terms of interior space and offers a wide variety of engines, we prefer the Ram for its nicer interior, more attractive appearance and excellent engines that seamlessly blend efficiency and performance. Find a Chevrolet Silverado for sale or Find a Ram 1500 for sale