|23 / 33 MPG||Fuel Economy||22 / 32 MPG|
|277 - 420 HP||Horsepower||269 - 395 HP|
|305 - 460 LB-FT||Torque||269 - 480 LB-FT|
The Chevy Silverado and the Ram 1500 are well loved by devoted fans while also being fierce rivals in the competitive field of pickup trucks. While this market segment's leaderboard include's the Ford F-150, and other models like the Nissan Titan, Toyota Tundra, and GMC Sierra, the 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 vs 2020 Ram 1500, still fresh off a 2019 redesign, continue to give each other (and their rivals) a run for their money.
Both trucks are available in an array of options for buyers of all driving needs, including multiple choices of bed length and cabin size, engines and transmissions, and other gear whose focus is maximizing towing and payload capacity. Both also include luxurious options for those inclined to add style to utility.
With the brand new 2020 year models now hitting the roadways, new benchmarks performance, durability, and reliability are being set for the future. The 2020 Chevy Silverado and the 2020 Ram 1500 are two top pickups that are on the cutting edge of engineering and design, both being heavy haulers that can be depended on to get the job done reliably. Each truck has impressive options for powertrains and technology to enhance overall comfort and convenience. While both trucks are excellent options for buyers seeking the latest models of these time-tested vehicles, let's take a closer look at what gives the Silverado the edge over the Ram.
The Ram features a 3.6L V6 with a hearty 305 horsepower as its base engine, and two higher-powered Hemi V8 engines are also available, each generating 395 horsepower. The main difference between these engines is the Ram's mild-hybrid eTorque system, which works to help improve fuel economy. New for 2020, the Ram also adds a 260 horsepower EcoDiesel V6 as yet another option.
That's a pretty impressive engine lineup, but the Silverado takes things further with a more expansive selection of engine options for all buyers. An entry-level 285 horsepower V6, which is best suited for daily driving. A pair of optional engines - a 5.3L or 6.2L V8 - pumps out 355 and 420 horsepower, respectively. An available performance package improves on the latter V8 option, boosting that engine to a whopping 435 horsepower.
For buyers whose priority is fuel economy coupled with unrivaled towing capacity, the 310 horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder or the 277 horsepower V6 turbo-diesel provides the ultimate balance of performance and economy. Each of the Silverado's engine options are married to either a six or eight-speed automatic transmission, which provide smooth shifting and powerful acceleration when needed.
Depending on the trim level selected, the Silverado is feature-rich with an array of high-tech innovations, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto offer quick and easy connectivity for mobile devices, allowing both the driver and passengers to quickly and easily access music and other applications. There are also several USB ports and a USB-C port for keeping devices charged and ready to go. The Silverado's voice recognition system also understands basic voice commands to assist in safer, hands-free driving.
Other standard infotainment features include a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth connectivity, and a 7-inch touchscreen display. A larger 8-inch display, high-definition rearview camera, and wireless phone charging are also available as options. Safety features include automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, and blind-spot monitoring, with lane departure warning, front and rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, forward pedestrian detection with braking, safety alert seat, head-up display, 360-degree parking camera, a bed-view camera, and provisions for two trailer cameras are all available as options.
On the Ram side, that truck starts out with a tiny 5-inch touchscreen display, fairly small by today's automotive design standards. Although to be fair, that jumps up to a huge 12-inch display when added as an option. Like the Silverado, USB and USB-C ports are included, as is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.
However, the Ram, unfortunately, does not offer the same standard driver assist features found on Chevy's offering. For example, there's no parking-assistance sensors, forward collision detection, adaptive cruise control or lane departure warning systems on the lower trim levels. Adding in those features means adding on more dollars as it requires moving up to a more expensive trim level.
The cavernous interior of the Silverado means there is plenty of room for four or five adults (or growing teenagers), even taller folks. This provides lots of space for everyone to spread out in comfort during long rides. The Silverado's power-adjustable seats allow for enough range of motion to accommodate just about any driver, along with the tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel. All controls are within arm's reach and are easy to use. For shorter drivers, the tall and broad hood of the Silverado may limit the line of sight a bit.
The truck's ride is generally smooth on the highway, absorbing most bumps and dips on the road without issue. The powerful climate control system does a great job of heating and cooling the cabin, and both drivers and passengers can dial in the separate settings (seatback, seat cushion) in the split-heated front seats for maximum comfort and warmth. This is a GM-exclusive feature not found on any other competing brands.
Outside engine noise is generally well-muted at normal driving speeds, with just a slight uptick at higher ones. The center console in the Silverado contains multiple pockets for storage of small items, and depending on the configuration, the back seat offers two sets of lower car seat anchors and three top tethers for easy installation of child safety seats.
The Ram 1500's cab is a pleasant enough place to spend time while driving, although nothing exceptional over its rivals. Plenty of legroom makes getting in and of the Ram easy as you would expect from a truck of this size. The rearview mirror inside the cabin is small, which limits visibility somewhat, but that's partially countered by the truck's large windows.
Noise is generally well-controlled, although the larger V8 engine gets fairly loud at highway speeds. As with the Silverado, the Ram is also fairly smooth during most driving conditions. The Ram's climate control system is also on par with the Chevy, offering flexibility for each passenger to achieve their ideal comfort level. Interior storage space is plentiful via compartments and pockets in the center console and doors, so everyone should have enough room for their drinks and other items.