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As one of the most popular truck segments in the auto industry, light-duty pickups are part of the lifeblood of American car culture. So, it only fits that we put two American icons against each other. Welcome to the battle of beasts: 2020 Ram 1500 vs 2020 Chevy Silverado! With these two hard-working pickups going head to head, you’re going to see some fantastic specs. From various trims and special editions to an incredibly strong lineup of engine options, the new Ram 1500 and Chevy Silverado are the perfect competitors.
Both trucks are available in the same cab and body styles. They both also have three different bed lengths. The first is the short bed that measures 5.8-feet. Second is the regular bed measuring 6.5-feet, and the last option is the long bed that is about 8-feet. Comparatively, the two trucks are on the same level when it comes to size and space. If you have kids or you need a vehicle to transport your construction crew from site to site, either one will work just fine.
While there may be a few more similarities between these trucks once we get down to the trim levels, they really are very different. You will notice just how unique each vehicle is when we dive deeper into the performance, interior features, and exterior styling elements.
Performance is one of the first things that most people look at when considering a truck for their next vehicle purchase. Both of these trucks have great offerings; let’s take a look.
The 2020 Ram 1500 does not disappoint. Available with one of four powertrain options, you can choose which is best suited for your driving needs. It comes standard with a 3.6L V6 engine that generates 305 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque. When equipped with the eTorque mild hybrid system and an 8-speed automatic transmission, this powertrain has an estimated fuel economy of 21 mpg combined (19 city/24 highway). It can also tow up to 7,730 pounds.
Next is the impressive 5.7L HEMI V8 that rumpus out 395 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque. While mated with an 8-speed automatic transmission, this beast can haul up to 11,610 pounds. The extra power does drop the average fuel economy a bit, though. This powertrain gets about 18 mpg combined (15 city/21 highway). Then, we have the turbodiesel 3.0L V6 that makes 260 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque. This powertrain is ideal for folks who need a higher towing capacity. It delivers exceptional performance, pulling up to 12,560 pounds with ease.
Lastly, the same 5.7L HEMI V8 engine we just mentioned is also available with the eTorque mild hybrid system. The output remains the same, but the towing capacity shoots up to 12,750 pounds. Also, this innovative system helps out on gas as well, pushing the estimated fuel economy up to 20 mpg combined (17 city/23 highway). Keep in mind that all of these powertrains can be equipped with either RWD or 4WD.
In comparison, the 2020 Chevy Silverado has five engine options. However, these depend on which trim level you choose, which limits your freedom of customization. Perhaps you want more power under the hood but not the costly extra features that come with paying for a higher trim.
The first powertrain for the Silverado is equipped with the LT and RST models. It’s a turbocharged 2.7L engine that generates 310 hp and 348 lb-ft of torque. Paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission and start/stop technology, it has an estimated fuel economy set at 20 mpg combined (19 city/22 highway). This model can also only pull about 7,000 pounds. Next is the 4.3L V6 engine available on the Work Truck, Custom, and Custom Trail Boss models. This powertrain pushes out 285 hp and 305 lb-ft of torque and can tow 7,900 pounds. Coupled with a 6-speed automatic transmission, it gets about 18 mpg combined (16 city/21 highway).
Then, we have the 5.3L V8 that can be fitted with either a six or 8-speed transmission. This powertrain produces 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque and can haul up to 10,100 pounds. The fuel economy drops down significantly, sitting at 17 mpg combined (15 city/19 highway). If you want a diesel powertrain, you can opt for the turbodiesel 3.0L I-6 motor. Using start/stop technology and a 10-speed automatic transmission, it pumps out 277 hp and 430 lb-ft of torque. The gas mileage improves significantly here at 27 mpg combined (23 city/33highway).
Finally, the LTZ and High Country trims are equipped with a 6.2L V8 paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Able to push out 420 ho and 460 lb-ft of torque, this model gets about 18 mpg combined (16 city/20 highway). Towing maxes out at 13,400 pounds.
Slipping behind the wheel of the 2020 Ram 1500 is an experience all on its own. Available in six unique trims, there is something for everyone. The Tradesman comes first with its vinyl upholstery that’s ideal for construction crews and folks who work in agriculture. Even though this is the base model, it is far from basic. The infotainment interface is shown on a 5-inch touchscreen that operates with Bluetooth. The rearview camera is also displayed on this centralized monitor.
The third trim is the most popular model in the Ram 1500 lineup. Known as the Laramie, this beauty features heated/ leather-trimmed seats for comfort during the winter months. Upgrades to the infotainment interface include a larger 8.4-inch touchscreen and a 9-speaker sound system. If you are prone to off-roading, the Rebel might be the best trim for you. It keeps the heated seats from the Laramie, but it also adds rear parking sensors that are useful for hooking up a trailer quickly and efficiently. If you want to move up into the luxury space, the Laramie trim adds heated bucket seats that are covered in premium leather upholstery. The leather-wrapped steering wheel is also heated to keep your hands cozy during the colder months.
The 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 is offered in eight trims. The base Work Truck also features easy-to-clean vinyl upholstery and a smart infotainment interface displayed on a 7-inch touchscreen. Operating with Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto, this system only has two speakers. Next, the Custom model gets a 60/40 split-folding back seat and four more speakers. The Custom Trail Boss adds a 2-inch suspension lift for enhanced off-roading capabilities.
Meanwhile, the LT adds carpeted floors with rubber floor mats, cloth upholstery, and a 4G LTE Wifi hotspot. Stepping up to the LT Trail Boss will add a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and the RST model gets keyless ignition/entry. The luxurious LTZ comes with perforated leather upholstery and a larger 8-inch touchscreen for the voice-activated infotainment system. Lastly, the top-tier High Country model adds a Bose stereo system with seven speakers.
While both of these trucks have some great features, the most important aspect of a truck is whether or not it is safe. These days, there are so many different safety features being offered in vehicles because technology is progressing fast. We are going to dive a little deeper into the fantastic safety features that the 2020 Ram 1500 and 2020 Silverado provide.
The Ram 1500 has many different safety features, some standard across the board, and some optional or standard on higher trims. Brake-assist, ParkView rear back-up cameras, and tire-fill alert are among the standard features. You also have the option - whether through higher trims or simple additions - to include surround-view cameras, front and rear park assist, lane-keep assist and blind-spot detection. The safety features are almost endless for the Ram 1500.
Chevrolet also has a lot of optional safety features, but fewer standard features than the Ram 1500. Standard features in the Silverado include rear-vision cameras and tire pressure monitoring. As you go up in trims or upgrade your truck, there are other optional safety features such as rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keep assist, and blind zone alerts. With today’s technology, there are tons of ways to stay safe when you are driving, and the Silverado and the Ram 1500 are examples of those features being put to use.