2019 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 vs. Ram 2500
There are many things to consider when buying a heavy-duty truck. There are many makes and models together with so many options that it makes one’s head spin. This review simplifies things somewhat by picking two popular base models and limiting the review to the price, fuel economy, power train, trim levels, interiors, and exteriors. Specifically, we are comparing the completely redesigned 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 for sale in Purcell, OK and the 2019 Ram 2500.
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Price and Fuel Economy
Both the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 and 2019 Ram 2500, like their “2500” designation, are very similar in price for their base models. In fact, the prices are similar enough and subject to one’s geographic location, that it is fair to simply note that a new offering for either is going to be in the high $20K to mid $30K range.
Both vehicles have similar base engine offerings so the miles per gallon are very similar. For the Silverado with the larger 6.0-liter Vortec V-8 and standard six-speed transmission, city driving is rated around 15 mpg, the highway is about 22 mpg and combined is 14-17 mpg.
With the Ram 2500’s 5.7-liter gasoline engine and standard six-speed transmission, it is rated at 17 mpg in the city, 23 mpg on the highway, and has a combined mileage of 19 mpg.
While these ratings are very similar, it is a given that driving styles have a great deal to do with one’s fuel efficiency. For all practical purposes, we have to give it to the Silverado considering the slightly more powerful engine in the base Silverado.
All trims for the 2019 Silverado come standard with a 6.0-liter V8 with 360 horsepower (hp) and 380 pound-feet (lb-ft) matched to a six-speed automatic. There is an optional turbocharged 6.6-liter diesel V8 with 445 hp and 910 lb-ft of torque.
A 6.4-liter V-8 with 410 hp and eight-speed automatic transmission is now the base powertrain for the 2019 Ram 2500. There is an option for a 6.7-liter inline six-cylinder turbo diesel engine that can produce 1,000 lb-ft of torque. An optional reinforced six-speed automatic is also available.
The engine and transmission offerings differ in that the Ram starts out with the big guns and confines the buyer to a diesel engine.
There is a whopping eight 2019 Silverado 2500 trim options.
The basic trim level is known as the “Work Truck” or “WT”. The WT includes vinyl upholstery, power windows, power door locks, cruise control, a tilt-only steering wheel, a 40/20/40-split front bench seat, rubberized floors, an auto-locking rear differential, a rear-view camera, air conditioning, a seven-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth connectivity and a six-speaker audio system.
The Ram 2500’s base model is known as the “Tradesman”. The Tradesman is equipped with vinyl seating for six people, 40/20/40 split-bench front seats, 3.5-inch driver information digital cluster display, radio with six speakers, quad-halogen headlamps, four-way seating adjustments, 12-volt front power outlet, and a rear back-up camera.
The features on the Silverado’s WT trim level rival the higher trim levels available on other makes and models.
On the outside, the Chevrolet Silverado WT has 17-inch steel wheels, a graphic tailgate, blacked-out grill, spare tire carrier lock, locking tailgate, corner step rear bumper, cargo tie downs, solar-absorbing glass, blacked-out bumpers, blacked-out trim and is available in wide variety of colors.
The Ram 2500 Tradesman has 17-inch x 7.5-inch steel styled wheels, a 17-inch steel spare tire, center hub, T245/70R17E BSW all-season tires, front stabilizer bar, a tire carrier winch, black front bumper, black rear bumper and, like the Silverado, is available in many colors.
While the exterior options are very similar, the Silverado offers a little more artistic flair and features, particularly for a “work truck.”
Towing, Hauling, Storage and Cargo Space
Towing and hauling, to a large degree, depends on the engine and transmission choices for both vehicles. As such, the nominal or average expected towing and hauling capabilities are considered for both models. To be clear, towing is defined as the weight of a trailer as it is pulled from a standard hitch or with a fifth wheel. Hauling is defined as the weight one can expect to haul with the standard sized bed.
For the 2019 Silverado, the maximum trailer weight is 14,500 pounds and 18,100 pounds with a fifth-wheel. Considering the Silverado’s standard bed of six feet and five inches, the payload for hauling is about 3,200 pounds.
The Ram 2500 towing starts at around 14,000 pounds with a 17,900-pound upper limit with the diesel engine. The Ram’s cargo space is rated at 3,060 pounds. As with many things in this comparison, the two are very similar in terms of towing and cargo space but the Silverado pushes the envelope.
The Silverado has a better offering of standard “Work Truck” interior features, a standard gasoline engine choice, better towing capacity, and more cargo space. On the downside, the Silverado is seen as being a little rougher riding. The Ram 2500, boasts a quiet and slightly roomier cabin with the same expected rough ride as the Silverado. The rough ride is to be expected with trucks such as these that are designed for heavy cargo and towing.
In the end, while the 2019 Silverado 2500 and Ram 2500 are very similar in terms of price, features, and capability, the best judgment would tilt slightly towards the Silverado. This is due in part to the standard available gasoline engine and the more comprehensive list of standard features.
In the long run, you can’t go wrong with the 2019 Silverado 2500. If you’re looking for a “Chevrolet Silverado 2500 near me,” visit us for a test drive of the new Silverado at Zeck Chevrolet in Purcell, Oklahoma. It really is the best choice heavy-duty truck in 2019.