2017 RAM 1500 vs Chevy Silverado 1500 Comparison

2017 RAM 1500 vs 2017 Chevy Silverado 1500
2017 RAM 1500 2017 Chevy Silverado 1500
HORSEPOWER
  305 hp 285 hp
TRANSMISSION
  8-speed shiftable automatic 6-speed shiftable automatic
PAYLOAD CAPACITY
  1880 lbs. 1840 lbs.

2017 RAM 1500 vs 2017 Chevy Silverado 1500

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Full-size pickup trucks are some of the top selling vehicles in the United States. When compared to mid-size or smaller trucks, they offer more power and better towing capabilities. Nowadays, many full-size models also offer comfortable interiors that make it possible to drive these vehicles on a day-to-day basis, and fuel economy is continually improving. Two of the most popular vehicles in this category are the Ram 1500 and the Chevy Silverado 1500. Both of these trucks come in a variety of trim levels that offer single or double cabs. Although both are powerful and come with many in-demand tech features, the RAM 1500 comes out ahead in a few important areas.

Performance

When buying a new truck, its performance capabilities are usually high on a buyer's list of concerns. In this area, the Ram 1500 is more impressive. The base 2017 version comes standard with a 3.6-liter V6 engine that generates 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque. It also has a feature called Active-Level Four-Corner Air Suspension, which helps keep performance strong even when carrying a heavy load in the bed. The base engine on the Silverado, meanwhile, is a 4.3-liter V6 that delivers just 285 horsepower with 300 lb-ft of torque. This gives the Ram a distinct advantage when it comes to towing capacities, so it's the preferable model if you frequently tow a trailer.

Fuel Efficiency

Large trucks often get a bad reputation when it comes to fuel economy, but improvements in technology have lead them to become much more efficient. This is another area where the Ram 1500 wins over the Silverado. The Ram 1500 is the only truck of this size to offer a diesel engine. Its 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 delivers 240 horsepower and an impressive 420 pound-feet of torque. It offers close to 30 mpg on the highway, which is above average for the class*. In addition, this engine has a towing capacity of 9,210 pounds when property equipped. The most fuel efficient engine on the Silverado only provides 24 highway mpg, but it offers significantly less power and a lower towing capacity.

Safety

The 2017 Ram 1500 and Silverado 1500 come equipped with many safety features. These include four-wheel anti-lock brakes, traction control, a rollover protection system, and airbags. However, the Ram 1500 has some state-of-the-art technological features that enhances safety and give drivers more peace of mind. For example, Ram's UConnect infotainment system can dial 911 with one push of a button on the touchscreen. This model also comes with a sentry key feature that makes the Ram 1500 harder to steal. If someone tries to turn it on without using the properly encoded key, the engine will automatically become immobilized.


Although both the Ram 1500 and Silverado 1500 are powerful trucks, the Ram has distinct advantages. It also has a lower starting price. If you'd like to test drive a Ram 1500 and get a better understanding of the different trim levels, stop by our dealership and speak with our staff.

* EPA estimated MPG may vary by transmission, trim and individual driving behavior.

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