The Chevy Silverado 1500 vs Dodge Ram 1500

August 14th, 2019 by

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There are prominent names in the heavy-duty pickup truck world, and these names come with certain expectations about the trucks, themselves. These expectations are highly apparent in the advertisements about the trucks, where you see big pickups working themselves hard over rough terrain and making it look effortless. They revolve around ruggedness, hard-work, and dependability. Two trucks that often come up in this category are the Chevy Silverado and the Dodge Ram.

Many flock to these cars because of their American origins, but still more of them bank on their work, safety, and handleability. To be fair, every company that manufactures trucks has a version of a truck that is similar to the Chevrolet Silverado 1500. For Ford, it’s the F-150. For Toyota, the Tundra. But often, the battle comes down to whether or not the Chevy Silverado or the dodge ram is the better truck. Is there a clear winner in the fight between the two vehicles? Zeck Chevrolet believes so. Aside from your affinity to a particular car brand, there are things that every car buyer should keep in mind when it comes time to purchase a car. Here are some of those things.

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Affordability easily takes the cake as one of the most-cited reasons for purchasing (or not purchasing) a car. The problem with new trucks is that they are almost always going to be more costly than any other vehicle in the market. Therefore, affordability cannot be the most significant factoring decision. Both the Chevy Silverado and the Dodge Ram have made considerable upgrades in the past year, which extend from their looks to their handling. However, the Silverado managed to make noticeable changes to its truck without breaking the bank.

A 2019 Silverado starts at approximately $48,000 new, whereas a new Ram costs almost $51,000 new. For a car that has many of the same specs on paper, it’s hard to justify the extra $3,000 spent on a Ram when you could get the same quality car from Chevy.

Gas Mileage

When comparing Chevy Silverado and dodge ram specs, they honestly have many of the same capabilities. Their 0 to 60 acceleration time is relatively close (with the Chevy Silverado coming in a few milliseconds behind), as is their torque and fuel tank capacity. In terms of actual MPG ratings, the Ram fares slightly better — getting 19 combined, 22 on the highway, and 17 in the city. In contrast, the Chevy Silverado gets slightly worse gas mileage, with 18 combined, 22 on the highway, and 16 in the city. Puzzlingly, the Silverado is lighter than the Ram, coming in at 5,178 pounds compared to the Dodge Ram‘s 5,515 pounds.

The reason for this is because the 2019 Chevy Silverado has an increased payload and towing capacity, as well as a larger truck bed. This was to accommodate the needs of those who use the truck as a utility vehicle. When used as such, it gets just as good gas mileage as the Ram, but with better capabilities. So, for what it lacks in gas mileage it has made up for in its new abilities.

Towing Capability

In the competition between towing capability, there is a clear winner. The Dodge Ram might be able to pull a lot of stuff, but it doesn’t even come close to having the same capabilities as the Chevy Silverado. The tow limit for the dodge ram maxes out at 11,200 pounds whereas the tow limit for the Chevy Silverado reaches up to 11,600 pounds. Additionally, the payload capacity for the Silverado is 2190 pounds whereas the payload capacity for the Ram is 1780 pounds max. How were they able to make these great strides? By working on the engine and cutting out the weight in the design. The exterior lost some of its bulkiness and traded out for mostly aluminum parts, which has made it light while still keeping its durability. For those who depend on a truck with towing capabilities, the Silverado is your best bet.

Off-Roading Capability

Not every truck owner is an off-roader, but every off-roader owns a truck or an SUV. While different brands have held a monopoly among off-roading, including Ford with its Raptor and Toyota for its Land Cruiser, Chevy and Dodge shouldn’t be left off the off-road capabilities list. The Ram 1500 Rebel is the route that Dodge Fanatics should go when it comes to getting a truck that does well off-road. The Rebel comes with upgraded shocks and tires, as well as an approach angle of 23.1 degrees. In contrast, the Chevy Silverado trail boss (one of the custom versions specific to off-roading) has top-of-the-line off-road tires, lift kits, improved shocks, and an approach angle of over 28.1 degrees.

For pure off-roading capabilities, the Chevy Silverado will be able to better handle extremely rugged terrain because of its lift kit and improved approach angle. However, the Ram still fares pretty well when it comes to off-roading, especially doing so in comfort.


Neither the 2019 Ram nor the 2019 Silverado looks exactly like their former iterations. For some, this has been an adverse change. However, when you get down to brass tacks, the looks mark not only a shift in company styles but also an effort to step away from some of their previous iterations. While the Ram maintains some of its bold stylings, the Chevy Silverado completely reworked the front end. The result is a sleek look with better aerodynamics. It’s almost as if they were reminding their customers that country and classy don’t have to be separate.

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When it comes to sheer versatility, reliability, and comfort, the Chevy Silverado 1500 is the clear winner. If we’ve convinced you, stop by Zeck Chevrolet to check out our inventory of Chevy Silverado. With customization options, competitive financing, and friendly service, you won’t get the same product anywhere else. Stop by our location on North Green Avenue in Purcell to get started with your next Chevy purchase today.

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