Bettenhausen blog - RAM 1500 vs. Chevrolet Silverado

The 2014 Ram 1500 and the Chevrolet Silverado tied for first-place in US News & World Report’s ranking of the best full-size pickup trucks. But are these two really created equal? To help our customers make informed decisions when purchasing their next truck, our Bettenhausen Automotive Group staff decided to take a closer look at the two.

Numbers don't lie and for long-haul performance, the Ram 1500 edges out the Chevrolet Silverado in several key areas. Featuring class-leading fuel efficiency, the Ram 1500 is more efficient and cheaper at the gas station than the competition. Although both trucks feature 6-speed automatic transmission, the similarities soon end. The Ram 1500 boasts a bigger 5.7L engine, more torque at 407, and more horsepower at 390 than the Silverado.

When it comes to passenger safety, the RAM 1500 features standard rear side and rear curtain airbags. The Chevy Silverado, however, does not have these standard safety features.

The Silverado does have the capacity to tow light trailers. If you need to haul around the big loads on a regular basis, however, the Ram is your truck.

What about variety? The Silverado has anywhere from 4 to 7 different models to choose from among the cab sizes. With 9 available trims, the Ram 1500 offers the versatility to match its superior performance. From the workaday Tradesman to the high-end luxury of the Laramie editions, our Ram 1500 gives drivers a wider array of choice across the board.

Still on the fence? Visit the Bettenhausen Automotive Group RAM dealership in Chicago to test drive a RAM 1500 and feel the difference!
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