2017 RAM 1500 vs. Chevy Silverado

October 30th, 2017 by

2017 RAM 1500 vs. the Chevy Silverado

In a comparison of Trucks – the similarities between the Ram 1500 and Chevy Silverado stop right about at the 26-Gallon fuel tank. The Ram 1500 is simply in a class of its own.

The biggest difference between brands is the price. Every single model from base to premium Ram 1500 is significantly cheaper than the Silverado: The basic model 1500 Tradesman regular cab starts at $27,715 vs. the base model Silverado WT at $28,780. The premium Ram 1500 Laramine Longhorn Crew cab starts at $50,795, nearly $2,000 cheaper than the Silverado High Country at $52,545.

The smaller V6 engines om the Ram 1500 Tradesm
an and Express offer more horsepower than comparable Silverados; 305hp vs. just 285. They do lose out in torque, offering 269 to Chevy’s 305, but all that torque doesn’t help the towing capabilities of the Silverado. Ram 1500 Tradesman and Express models have a max towing of 9,220 lbs. vs. the Silverado WT and LT at only 8,900.

When we get to the bigger V8 Engines, there is a clear winner. The 5.7-Liter V8 HEMI® under the hood of the 1500 is simply just more powerful than Silverado’s 5.3-Liter on its V8 models. The V8 HEMI® in the 1500 puts out more horsepower, 395 vs. 355, and more lbs-per-foot of torque, 410 vs. 383, than the V8 of the Silverado.

You get much more bang for your buck with the 1500. Ram offers far more standard inside amenities – deluxe sound insulation, more speakers, 1 year SiriusXM Sat radio included, led bed lighting, front and rear park assist sensors, in floor storage bins, RAM box truck bed cargo management system, fog lamps, security alarm. These are all either un-available or optional extras nearly all Silverado models. Ram also offers optional front and rear air suspension on all 1500 models, not available on any Silverado.

Then there are special features. The Teen Driver feature on the Chevy Silverado is a special feature that allows parents to view the vehicles speed, distance driven, and number of times active safety features were engaged during a drive.

Mopar connect apps offered on the Ram 1500 give owners all these same vehicle tracking capabilities as well as time and location based check-ins, speed monitoring, seatbelt notifications, call and text blocking on drivers phone, and can even set driving guidelines and generate driving report cards.

The safety features don’t stop with just monitoring teen drivers. Ram offers several more accident mitigation features for braking including standard brake assist, rain brake support, ready alert braking, and available trailer brake control; all not offered on the Silverado.

There is a clear winner here, unless you want to pay more money for less safety, less power, and less features. Come check out a Ram 1500 today at Fred Martin Superstore!  

 

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