2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 HD vs. Ram 1500

July 18th, 2018 by

Deciding between a 2018 Chevrolet Silverado and a Ram 1500 for sale in Oklahoma may seem like a tall order, but we believe there are significant advantages to choosing the new Silverado over a Ram 1500. Here we outline a number of reasons you should prefer the Chevrolet Silverado.

Performance & Exterior

2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 HD

When choosing between the 2018 Silverado 1500 HD and the 2018 Ram 1500, buyers will find that neither are slouches in the pulling department – but the Silverado pulls ahead.

The Ram 1500 offers a base V6 that is good for 269 pounds per foot of torque, a fuel-efficient diesel that churns out 420 pounds per foot, or a Hemi V8 that is good for 410 pounds per foot. All three engines are matched with an eight-speed automatic and just about every trim level comes with a choice of rear- or four-wheel-drive.

The 2018 Silverado 1500 HD comes with powertrain options of a V6 and a V8, The V6 offers 285 horsepower, which is plenty for lightly loaded tasks. A big step up to the 355-horsepower 5.3-liter V8 gives much more power when you put your foot down. A six-speed automatic transmission comes as standard and there is an optional eight-speed offering on some models. Track testing shows that this Silverado can hit 60 mph in 7.2 seconds.

The top-of-the-line 6.2-liter V-8 enables the driver to tow up to 12,500 pounds with a class-leading horsepower rating of 420 horsepower. This is superior towing to the biggest engine offered on the Dodge Ram 1500, which tops out at 10,620 pounds.

Moreover, in a stoplight drag race, the Chevrolet will win easily with its lightning sprint from zero – 60 mph in an astonishing 5.7 seconds. The top offering of the Dodge Ram 1500 will be left in the dust with a zero – 60 time of seven seconds flat.

It’s not likely that the two will race on the street since the primary task of most trucks is hauling, but sometimes you just need that extra bit of speed and power. In this department, the Silverado easily outperforms the Ram 1500.

Ride, Handling, and Steering

No one expects a truck to ride like a sports car or a luxury vehicle. While the Silverado 1500 HD and the Ram 1500 share the same similar ride characteristics of heavy trucks, the Silverado can corner more adeptly. The Ram 1500 has a more complicated suspension than the Chevrolet. The ride is very sedan-like thanks to coil springs and multiple links. An optional air ride suspension lowers the Dodge at highway speeds for a different ride. The Ram exhibits minimal body motion but has a distinctly airy feel to the steering.

In testing of maximum cornering capability, the Chevrolet Silverado was able to pull .74 of lateral g-forces on the skip pad compared to the .69 of the Ram 1500. The Silverado 1500 HD was also able to stop in a much shorter distance over the Ram 1500 with a tested 70 to zero mph measurement of 184 feet. The Ram 1500 needed a full 213 feet to accomplish the same task. Both trucks provide a smooth stable ride on the interstate with the Ram 1500 a bit more settled over broken pavement and dirt roads with potholes.

Interior

The interior of the Silverado 1500 HD is fitted with lots of soft-touch materials. All the buttons and knobs are ergonomically sound in design with easy reach for both drivers and passengers. The business-like instrument cluster is easy on the eyes and is simple to read with green and white numbers on black backgrounds.

The Ram 1500 adds many premium materials to its interior with genuine leather, wood accents, and lots of bright bling to option out the cabin. The instrument cluster is well designed and easy to read and while not flashy, certainly conveys all necessary inputs to the driver.

The Silverado 1500 HD is more capacious in interior passenger space for the front occupants with better head- and legroom when compared to the Ram 1500. When it comes to the backseat passengers in the crew cab configuration, both the Ram and Silverado are almost identical in spaciousness.

Buyers looking for luxurious interiors will find that the Silverado offers such upscale features as heated and cooled leather front seats and heated steering wheel. The Silverado also has 10, count them, 10 cup holders to satisfy an army of cup-toting java drinkers.

Interior sound levels tested out almost identically, with the Ram 1500 and the Silverado 1500 registering 67 decibels at 70 mph cruising speed on the highway. The cabins of both do an excellent job of shielding the driver and passengers from ambient noise. Visibility is excellent in both vehicles, but the Ram can be a challenge to back into a parking space.

Exterior

The Ram 1500 was last redesigned in 2009 and it is looking rather dated. It can be configured in a variety of special editions including the new Limited Tungsten Edition that features a sporty hood, a ram festooned chrome grill, unique identification badges, blacked-out headlights, and monochromatic mirrors, panels, and bumpers.

The Silverado 1500 features bold crisp lines that give it a no-nonsense macho look. The truck can be configured in an almost byzantine array of options that will satisfy even the most jaded of buyers. A nice feature of the Silverado is the optional easy-effort tailgate that can be closed with one hand and opens gracefully without crashing down. It’s also quite easy to step into the bed of the Silverado thanks to an ingenious built-in step up. Another great optional feature on the Silverado 1500 is electronically operated side steps that automatically extend to allow easy egress from the vehicle. They even extend rearward to allow access to the rear bed.

Both the Ram 1500 and the Silverado 1500 offer similar ground clearance with 8.6 inches for the Dodge and 8.8 inches for the Chevy.

For a test drive of the 2018 Silverado 1500 around Purcell, Normal, Noble, or Lindsay near Oklahoma City, get in touch with Zeck Chevrolet today.

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