2016 Chevy Silverado vs. 2016 RAM 1500


There aren’t a ton of options when it comes to full-size pickup trucks. Recently, however, both Chevy and RAM have begun to take market share away from Ford.

Therefore, it’s only natural to want to compare the 2016 Chevy Silverado 1500 vs. 2016 RAM 1500 to see which truck should get your support the next time you’re in the market for a full-size pickup.

Price and Value

There’s no denying that price has a huge effect on your decision making when it comes to buying a new pickup truck. A few thousand, or even a few hundred, dollars difference can have you re-thinking your original decision. If you’re trying to decide between the 2016 Chevy Silverado and the 2016 RAM 1500, here’s what you need to know about the price and overall value of each vehicle:

2016 Chevy Silverado – Starting at $26,895

Featuring an all-new front-end design, the 2016 Silverado has a lot to offer buyers, whether you’re simply looking for a reliable work truck or a high-end luxury pickup. Below we’ll take a look at the real prices of trucks from each trim level:

  • WT Crew Cab with 4WD – $36,940
  • LS Crew Cab with 4WD -$38,740
  • LT Crew Cab with 4WD – $37,393
  • LT Z71 Crew Cab with 4WD – $39,170
  • LTZ Crew Cab with 4WD – $45,080
  • LTZ Z71 Crew Cab with 4WD – $46,445
  • High Country Crew Cab with 4WD – $51,260

2016 RAM 1500 – Starting at $26,145

The RAM 1500 offers a long list of trim levels, so buyers can pick and choose to get exactly what they want without having to go through a long list of options. Here’s a quick look at the 14 unique trim levels available on the 2016 RAM 1500:

  • Tradesman Crew Cab 4×4 – $36,735
  • Express Crew Cab 4×4 – $38,595
  • HFE Regular Cab RWD – $31,500
  • SLT Crew Cab 4×4 – $41,155
  • Lone Star Crew Cab 4×4 – $41,720
  • Big Horn Crew Cab 4×4 – $42,720
  • Sport Crew Cab 4×4 – $44,325
  • Tradesman HFE Quad Cab RWD – $37,880
  • Express HFE Quad Cab RWD – $38,575
  • Laramie  Crew Cab 4×4 – $44,285
  • Outdoorsman Crew Cab 4×4 – $42,080
  • Rebel  Crew Cab 4×4 – $45,395
  • Laramie Longhorn Crew Cab 4×4 – $51,560
  • Laramie Limited Crew Cab 4×4 – $55,095

How Do They Compare?

While its clear RAM has one the battle of options, but that doesn’t mean they’ve won the battle of price and overall value against the Silverado. Let’s take a deep look at features from a few select trims and see which truck offers the most bang for your buck:

2016 Silverado 1500 WT vs. 2016 RAM 1500 Tradesman

The entry-level work truck category is a really close race between the Silverado 1500 WT and the RAM 1500 Tradesman. Both hover just under $37,000 when equipped with a crew cab and 4WD, but the RAM does inch out the victory in pricing at around $200 less than the Silverado.

Looking at power and performance, the RAM’s 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine produces 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft. of torque. Compared to the Silverado’s 285 horsepower and 305 lb-ft. of torque, the RAM has more overall power; however, the Silverado’s torque should allow it to accelerate quicker in a straight line.

2016 Silverado 1500 LTZ vs. 2016 RAM 1500 Laramie

Moving up to higher end models, you have to start looking at the unique features both bring to the table. Both vehicles come standard with heated seats and come with advanced features like home remote systems, that allow you to program garage and gate controls into your truck for added convenience.

The RAM 1500 Laramie does come with 20-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels standard, while the Silverado 1500 LTZ only sits on 18-inch machined aluminum wheels as standard. There is the option to get 22-inch wheels on the LTZ, though.

For this class, the Silverado offers more overall options, including some incredibly cool packages. But the RAM 1500 Laramie is able to offer more right out of the box.

2016 Silverado 1500 High Country vs. 2016 RAM 1500 Laramie Limited

The term “luxury truck” may seem like an oxymoron, but once you take a look inside one of these beasts, you’ll want one just as much as every other pickup lover in America. Decked out in chrome throughout the entire exterior, putting these two next to a normal truck makes it more than clear which is the higher quality truck.

And while the exterior of both the Laramie Limited and the Silverado High Country look great, the experience on the inside is what truly separates these two from the pack. Both come with nearly identical setups, including unique leather, bucket-like seating, heated steering wheel, leather-accented dashboard, and more.

The biggest difference between the two is really the price. The Silverado 1500 High Country starts at $51,260, while the RAM 1500 Laramie Limited has a base price of $55,095. There are plenty of options you can still add on to these vehicles, but the High Country’s lower price provides more of an incentive to spend more compared to the Laramie Limited.

Towing Capacity: What You Need to Know

At the end of the day, you’re still looking for a truck. So interior features and overall luxury go out the window if it can’t keep up with your work and active lifestyle. So how do these two trucks compare when it comes to towing and hauling? Let’s find out!

Given the fact that both base model trucks are powered by V6 engines with similar power and torque outputs, you’d expect their towing capacities to also be similar. But the base model Silverado 1500 is able to tow up to 5,6000 pounds, while the base RAM 1500 is only able to tow 4,290 pounds. This makes a big difference, whether you’re a business or individual buyer, and you’re looking to get the most bang for your buck.

And the Silverado’s towing capabilities don’t end with the base model. At its highest configuration, the Chevy truck is able to tow up to 9,400 pounds, compared to the RAM 1500’s 8,780 pounds.

Now, both of these trucks are great choices for anyone looking for a great entry level truck, or a high-end luxury truck. But at the end of the day, the 2016 Silverado 1500’s entry level power and towing capacity combined with its high-end value makes it the winner over the 2016 RAM 1500.