2018 Ram 1500 vs Chevrolet SIlverado 1500

June 26th, 2018 by

2018 Ram 1500 vs Chevrolet SIlverado 1500

The 2018 Ram 1500 and Chevy Silverado 1500 are two of our most popular full-size light-duty pickups trucks, so let’s see how these two giants of the segment compare to each other in a head to head. The Chevy Silverado has capability, but the Ram is a more distinctive, macho and rugged truck.

Exterior Styling: Ram 1500

Both of these trucks are attractive and don’t veer from the classic domestic full-size pickup look. It’s probably fair to say there’s a sleeker, more modern front fascia on the Chevy, but it’s not as individual as that of the Ram. The Ram 1500 in all its many trim levels and specifications is instantly identifiable as a Ram and nothing else. And there’s a lot to be said for that in this increasingly competitive and lucrative segment of the market. The Ram is also that little bit more rugged and macho, so if that’s the way you like your truck the Ram is definitely the way to go.

2018 Ram 1500 Exterior

Engines and Performance: Ram 1500

Today’s buyers are shunning traditional V-8s in favor of more modern, fuel-efficient six-cylinder powerplants. And if you want the most power from your relatively frugal V-6, the Ram 1500 is the winner once again. The 4.3-liter V-6 under the hood of the Silverado puts out a reasonable 285 horsepower and 305 lb.-ft. of torque, but the Ram sees it and raises it with a standard 3.6-liter V-6 offering 305 horsepower. You’ll get a similar story with the next engines up in their lineups as the 5.7-liter V-8 of the Ram has more power and torque than the 5.3-liter V-8 in the Chevy. The Silverado also offers a 6.2-liter V-8 that’s more powerful, but this section is already another win for the Ram 1500.

2018 Chevrolet SIlverado 1500 Towing

Towing and Hauling: Chevy Silverado

Maximum towing and hauling capability is always a big deal for the majority of truck buyers. When properly configured the Ram can tow as much as 10,700 pounds and the Ram’s best payload capacity is a useful 1,880 pounds. That’s going to be enough for most buyers, but it’s not enough to beat the Silverado. The Chevy has a maximum payload of as much as 2,250 pounds and when properly configured and Silverado can tow up to 12,500 pounds, which is close to as good as it gets in the segment and hands a clear win to the Chevy.


A 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is an impressive pickup truck with maximum payload and towing capability that’s almost impossible to beat in the segment. But if you’re shopping for a V-6 truck at the lower to mid-end of the pricing spectrum the 2018 Ram 1500 does the business in a big way but with a much more likeable and individual style.

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