2019 Chevy Silverado vs 2019 Ram 1500

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  • 2019 Chevy Silverado

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    2019 Ram 1500

    A white 2019 Ram 1500 in a shootout vs the 2019 Chevy Silverado vs 2019 Ram 1500

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    5Available Engines4
    285-420 HPHorsepower305-395 HP
    305-460 lb-ftTorque269-420 lb-ft
    8Trim Options6

    Ali vs Foreman. Cavaliers vs Warriors. Alabama vs Clemson. Some rivalries have attained legendary status, while some are still in their prime. Such is the case with the 2019 Chevy Silverado vs 2019 Ram 1500. These two behemoths in the pickup truck world have been battling it out for years, but are nowhere near being done.

    Both of these pickup trucks offer drivers an incredible array of power, capability and modern technological advancements. They are, after all, two of the best selling pickup trucks of all time. Drivers around the world have enjoyed all of the perks and power these pickup trucks bring for decades. However, they are not the same. Naturally, there are bound to be differences. Each of these differences will appeal to drivers in unique ways. Read on to see more about these differences and what makes each of these iconic pickup trucks worth a deeper look.

  • Performance

    A high performance jet black 2019 Chevy Silverado cruises a city street at night

    Both the 2019 Chevy Silverado and the 2019 Ram 1500 offer several engine choices across their various trim levels. Each is capable of pulling its own weight, and much more. Whatever your needs are for a pickup truck, the 2019 Chevy Silverado and the 2019 Ram are more than capable of delivering. Both models have varying sizes under the base model names, but for now, we will just look at the engines on the standard 1500 Silverado and Ram.

    The 2019 Ram comes with two engine options. The first is a 3.6 liter V6 with eTorque and 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque. That is perfectly acceptable for a truck, but also offers a larger, more powerful option. A 5.7 liter V8 with 395 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque is also available. If we get really technical there is even a variant of the V8 Hemi that includes eTorque, which manages to squeeze out another 10 lb-ft of torque. These all come with 8-speed transmissions.

    eTorque is a new system that acts somewhat as an alternator and helps to restart the Ram in the split second after the stop/start system is enacted. It uses a battery pack the size of a briefcase to do this. It also adds a bit more torque in a lower rpm range than usually produced. So, with the addition of a battery, the 2019 Ram with eTorque is technically, technically a hybrid.

    If the concept of a hybrid pickup truck feels a little off to you, then look at the 2019 Chevy Silverado. It is all gasoline-powered American engineering ingenuity (except for the diesel engine option, which the Ram does not offer). All in all, the 2019 Chevy Silverado offers five engines, none of them remotely hybrid.

    The first engine is a 4.3 liter V6 with 285 horsepower and 305 lb-ft of torque. It is found on the base level Work Truck and is perfectly suited for a pickup truck with light towing and hauling.  The second engine is a 5.3 liter V8 with 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque. This is a significantly more powerful engine, but by no means is it all the 2019 Chevy Silverado has to offer.

    New to the Silverado is a 2.7 liter inline 4-cylinder turbocharged engine with 310 horsepower and 348 lb-ft of torque. This engine replaces an older 4.3 liter V6 and is almost 400 pounds lighter. It is quicker, with faster acceleration and more torque at lower rpms.

    The largest, most powerful engine on the 2019 Chevy Silverado is a 6.2 liter V8 with 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. As you can see, it is quite a bit stronger than the most powerful engine available on the 2019 Ram. Additionally, this engine and the 5.3 liter come with Dynamic Fuel Management. This technology constantly re-calibrates the power needed by the engine, based on driving conditions. This allows for better engine performance and fuel economy.

    The final engine offered by the 2019 Chevy Silverado is the 3.0 liter inline 6-cylinder turbo diesel engine.  It comes with 282 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque. Being a diesel, it also gets up to 28 miles to the gallon on the highway. While the 2019 Ram 1500 does offer a diesel engine, it is only available on the Ram 2500 and 3500, not the Ram 1500. Chevy also offers more powerful diesel engines for their larger Silverado trucks.

    If you are looking for a pickup truck with a lot of powerful engines to choose from, including a diesel option, and if you think a hybrid engine in a pickup truck is not quite right for you, the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado is a much better choice for you.

  • Towing and Hauling

    A white 2019 Chevy Silverado tows a boat up a mountain road

    Although pickup trucks have become more family friendly in the past few years, the utility of a truck is still its most desired trait. All that horsepower and strength in the engine needs to be able to haul and tow large amounts of gear, at times. If you are one of the many pickup truck drivers that use your new 2019 Chevy Silverado or 2019 Ram for work purposes, you will need to know which one can carry the right amount of your workload. Of course, the same also applies to those who use their pickup trucks to play on the weekend.

    The 2019 Ram 1500 has a payload capacity of 2,302 pounds, which is more than a ton of work supplies or tools. It also has a towing maximum of 12,750 pounds when properly equipped. That means you can hitch a trailer up and haul pretty much anything you need as far as recreational vehicles or job site equipment.

    The 2019 Chevy Silverado, on the other hand, offers 2,543 pounds of payload and 12,500 pounds of towing when properly equipped. The many configurations and engine options give the 2019 Chevy Silverado a much wider range of towing and hauling options.

    Seeing as how both the 2019 Ram 1500 and the 2019 Chevy Silverado both offer multiple bed lengths and cab options, the actual cargo area of the beds of these two trucks will vary widely. Both the width and length of the beds will be affected by your choice in configuration, as well as any tool box or tonneau cover you might choose to install. Other adjustments to each truck can also be made to improve the towing maximums, even by several thousand pounds. Consult with your salesperson on the exact dimensions and specifications to best figure out which configuration best suit your towing and hauling needs.

  • Trim Levels

    A pair of 2019 Chevy Silverado parked in a mountain field

    Speaking of configurations, both the 2019 Ram 1500 and the 2019 Chevy Silverado come in multiple trim levels for you to choose from. Each comes with varying levels of engine power, safety and infotainment features, and interior appointments. Base trim levels will be more bare-boned than the top levels, which will have all the features that each manufacturer has to offer.

    The 2019 Chevy Silverado comes in eight total trim levels, including three new trims for the 2019 model. These trim levels begin with the Work Truck, which starts out at $28,300. This is a nuts and bolts truck, with all the utility but few of the frills of many modern pickup trucks. The next level up is the Custom, followed by the all-new Custom Trail Boss.

    The LT is the fourth highest trim level, while the RST and the LT Trail Boss are also new for the 2019 Chevy Silverado. The LTZ is the next highest, followed by the High Country, the highest trim level of all. This trim level features the 6.2 liter V8 engine, a power lift tailgate and all the amenities offered on the lower trim levels.

    The 2019 Ram is offered in only six trim levels – the Tradesman, the Big Horn, the Laramie, the Rebel, the Laramie Longhorn and the Limited. Like the 2019 Chevy Silverado, the 2019 Ram’s trim levels will add new features and perks the higher you go. The base model Tradesman starts out at $31,795, over $3,000 more than the base model Chevy Work Truck. In addition, if you for some reason want to add the eTorque hybrid feature to the Ram, that will cost extra.

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