Compare 2016 RAM 1500 vs 2016 Chevy Silverado 1500

2016 RAM 1500 vs 2016 Chevy Silverado 1500
2016 RAM 1500 2016 Chevy Silverado 1500
  305 hp 285 hp
  25 MPG 24 MPG
  $26,145 $27,195

2016 RAM 1500 vs 2016 Chevy Silverado 1500

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When the Ram EcoDiesel was introduced, it was hailed as Truck of the Year by Motor Trend. In the intervening years, Chevy has not followed its lead. The Chevy Silverado, which offers several models, competes with a V-8 that is neither as fuel efficient or as powerful as the EcoDiesel.

The Basics

If you just compare the Ram work truck to the Silverado Tradesman, you can discover some key differences. At the outset, the Ram is less expensive, saving almost $1,000 over the Silverado. For the lower price, you get higher horsepower from the Ram. The truck’s ground clearance is also better than the Silverado’s, and the Ram’s bed is wider. Furthermore, the Ram can claim better highway fuel economy. As many critics have noted, Ram interiors are better even at the base edition level. The ride is hushed, and ride quality is best in class. AutoGuide called the Ram cabin top notch compared to the Silverado. Edmunds gives the Ram an A while giving the Silverado a B. This puts the Ram lineup first in the annual Edmunds shopping guide. The UConnect system has also earned best-in-class praise from PC Magazine and Digital Trends. New features this year have strengthened its capability. In the largest cab, the Ram’s special platform allows for a flatter floor for backseat passengers. This gives them more room than they have in the comparable Silverado cab.

Exclusive Engine Capability

Exclusive to the Ram line, automatic grille shutters accompany the regular gas-powered V-6. This feature, not found on the Silverado, can choose to keep the engine cool or close up to improve wind resistance. This smart feature has been shown to reduce fuel use. For those who want the durability of a diesel, the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is still one of a kind. The turbo kicks out 420 lb.-ft. of torque. Despite its V-6 engine, the light duty hauler can do as much as many rival V-8s. It pushes past the Silverado’s 5.3 liter V-8, which generates 383 lb.-ft. of torque. As a six-cylinder unit, the EcoDiesel earns best-in-class fuel economy: 27 mpg highway. The Silverado V-8 earns only 21 mpg highway. Businesses will appreciate a lower fuel bill at the end of the day. Also reducing long term costs, the Ram EcoDiesel warranty covers a five-year, 100,000-mile span. The Silverado cuts off coverage at 60,000 miles.

Unique Suspensions

An exclusive five-link coil spring suspension gives the Ram its superior ride, pushing it to the head of the class, according to Edmunds and other reviewers. This unique setup helps reduce the bounciness that usually bothers pickup truck passengers. Of course, it also contributes to better handling, helping the driver feel more in control. Ram’s other exclusive suspension is a groundbreaking device that hasn’t yet been matched by any other automaker. The system balances the load, adjusting at all four corners as necessary. The driver can opt for more ground clearance to deal with a brushy worksite or choose to lower the bed for easier unloading. On the highway, the system lowers an empty bed, improving the car’s aerodynamics.

Is the Ram right for you? We invite you to test drive the Ram at Dan Hatfield Ram.

* MSRP excludes destination, taxes, title and registration fees. Starting at price refers to the base model, optional equipment not included. A more expensive model may be shown. Pricing and offers may change at any time without notification. To get full pricing details, see your dealer.
** Based on Standard Pickup Segment. Manufacturer's estimated 29 highway mpg with 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 engine and eight-speed automatic transmission, 4x2 HFE model. Actual mileage may vary.