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Full-size pickup trucks are all the rage with every automaker driving to reduce prices while offering more features, capability, durability, and much, much more. The Ram 1500 and Chevrolet Silverado 1500 are two top contenders in the full-size truck segment, and each makes a solid case for itself. Fortunately, the Ram 1500 manages to prove itself as the supreme truck for the everyday driver that has things to take care of on the weekends. When they go tire to tire, how do they compare?
When comparably equipped, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 comes in at over $27,000. Meanwhile, the Ram 1500 is nearly $1,000 cheaper than the Silverado 1500, giving it an early lead.
The Ram 1500 and Chevrolet Silverado 1500 are tire-to-tire when it comes to fuel economy. The Ram 1500 earns an EPA-estimated 17 city mpg while the Silverado 1500 earns an EPA-estimated 18 city mpg. As for highway fuel economy, the Ram 1500 tops the Silverado 1500, each truck earning an EPA-estimated 25 hwy and 24 hwy mpg respectively.
Both trucks come equipped with standard V6 engines designed to get the job done. The Ram 1500 features a 3.6-liter V6 engine that pumps out 305 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque. The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 packs a 4.3-liter V6 engine and offers 285 hp and 305 lb-ft of torque.
When push comes to shove, a truck's capability is the ultimate proving grounds. The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is capable of towing up to 9,400 lbs. and boasts a 1,990 lb. payload capacity when properly equipped. The Ram 1500 is capable of towing up to 8,780 lbs. and offers a 1,933 lb. payload capacity when properly equipped.
The Ram 1500 is available at a lower price than the Chevrolet Silverado 1500. Both trucks are nearly even when it comes to fuel economy and towing capacity, Ram offers much more horsepower with its mighty V6, and does so for less money.
The Ram truck brand officially began in 2010. Before that, Ram was a name used to designate trucks with a Dodge nameplate.
The goal and purpose of making Ram a brand of its own was to take the design and production of trucks more seriously. By dedicating an entire brand to such an enterprise, the company could focus more in creating exactly what the real and genuine truck-owner wanted in a truck.