SAFETY

Ram 1500 and Chevrolt Silverado 1500 Safety

Both the Silverado and Ram 1500 Quad/Crew Cab have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Silverado has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Ram 1500's child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can't know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The Silverado LTZ/High Country/LT Regular Cab offers optional Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn't react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Ram 1500 doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Silverado Z71's standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Ram 1500 doesn't offer Hill Descent Control.

The Chevrolet Silverado has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Ram 1500 doesn't offer Daytime Running Lights.

The Silverado LTZ/High Country/LT Regular Cab's optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Ram 1500 doesn't offer a lane departure warning system.

Both the Silverado and the Ram 1500 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, available four-wheel drive and rearview cameras.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Chevrolet Silverado is safer than the Ram 1500:

  Chevrolet Silverado Ram 1500
OVERALL STARS 5 Stars 4 Stars
  Driver
STARS 5 Stars 4 Stars
Leg Forces (l/r) 174/350 lbs. 751/404 lbs.
  Passenger
STARS 5 Stars 5 Stars
HIC 235 306
Chest Compression .4 inches .4 inches
Neck Injury Risk 34% 44%
Neck Stress 165 lbs. 224 lbs.
Neck Compression 65 lbs. 93 lbs.
Leg Forces (l/r) 336/152 lbs. 597/346 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Chevrolet Silverado Double Cab is safer than the Ram 1500 Crew Cab:

  Chevrolet Silverado Ram 1500
Overall Evaluation ACCEPTABLE MARGINAL
Restraints GOOD ACCEPTABLE
Head Neck Evaluation GOOD GOOD
Head injury index 95 139
Steering Column Movement Rearward 2 cm 27 cm
Max Chest Compression 20 cm 26 cm
Femur Force R/L 2.1/1 kN 4.6/1.8 kN
Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L 0%/0% 2%/0%
Tibia index R/L 1.14/.48 1.33/.59

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Chevrolet Silverado is safer than the Ram 1500:

  Chevrolet Silverado Ram 1500
  Front Seat
STARS 5 Stars 5 Stars
Chest Movement .6 inches 1 inches
Abdominal Force 72 G's 147 G's
  Rear Seat
STARS 5 Stars 5 Stars
  Into Pole
STARS 5 Stars 5 Stars
Max Damage Depth 17 inches 24 inches
HIC 216 483

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) performs roof strength tests. In that test the Silverado earned the top rating of "Good" because its roof supported over four times the Silverado's weight before being crushed five inches. The Ram 1500 was rated two rankings lower at "Marginal."

  WARRANTY

Ram 1500 and Chevrolt Silverado 1500 Warranty

The Silverado's corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Ram 1500's (6 vs. 5 years).

Chevrolet pays for scheduled maintenance on the Silverado for 2 years and 24,000 miles. Chevrolet will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance (up to 2 oil changes). Ram doesn't pay scheduled maintenance for the 1500.

There are over 43 percent more Chevrolet dealers than there are Ram dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Silverado's warranty.

  RELIABILITY

Ram 1500 and Chevrolt Silverado 1500 Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Silverado first among large light duty pickups in their 2016 Initial Quality Study. The Ram 1500 isn't in the top three.

J.D. Power and Associates' 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Ram vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 19 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ram is ranked 18th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates' 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Ram vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ram is ranked 8th.

  ENGINE

Ram 1500 and Chevrolt Silverado 1500 Engines

The Silverado has more powerful engines than the Ram 1500:

  Horsepower Torque
Silverado 4.3 V6 285 HP 305 lbs.-ft.
Silverado 5.3 V8 355 HP 383 lbs.-ft.
Silverado 6.2 V8 420 HP 460 lbs.-ft.
Ram 1500 3.6 DOHC V6 305 HP 269 lbs.-ft.
Ram 1500 5.7 V8 395 HP 410 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the Chevrolet Silverado is faster than the Ram 1500 V8:

  Silverado 5.3 Silverado 6.2 Ram 1500 V8
Zero to 30 MPH 2.3 sec 1.9 sec 2.4 sec
Zero to 60 MPH 6.7 sec 5.7 sec 7.4 sec
Passing 50 to 70 MPH 4.7 sec 3.9 sec 4.8 sec
Quarter Mile 15.3 sec 14.3 sec 15.7 sec
Speed in 1/4 Mile 92 MPH 98 MPH 88 MPH

  FUEL ECONOMY AND RANGE

Ram 1500 and Chevrolt Silverado 1500 Fuel Economy

On the EPA test cycle the Silverado gets better fuel mileage than the Ram 1500:

    Silverado Ram 1500
4x2  5.3 V8/6-spd. Auto 16 city/23 hwy 15 city/22 hwy 5.7 V8/Auto
  5.3 V8/8-spd. Auto 16 city/22 hwy n/a
4x4  5.3 V8/6-spd. Auto 16 city/22 hwy 15 city/21 hwy 5.7 V8/Auto

The Silverado Long Bed's standard fuel tank has 2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Ram 1500's optional fuel tank (34 vs. 32 gallons).

The Silverado has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it's removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Ram 1500 doesn't offer a cap-less fueling system.

  BRAKES AND STOPPING

Ram 1500 and Chevrolt Silverado 1500 Brakes and Stopping

The Silverado stops much shorter than the Ram 1500:

  Chevrolet Silverado Ram 1500
70 to 0 MPH 178 feet 199 feet Car and Driver
60 to 0 MPH 127 feet 138 feet Motor Trend

source: Car and Driver

  TIRES AND WHEELS

Ram 1500 and Chevrolt Silverado 1500 Wheels and Tires

The Chevrolet Silverado's wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Ram 1500 only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

  SUSPENSION AND HANDLING

Ram 1500 and Chevrolt Silverado 1500 Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Silverado's wheelbase is longer than on the Ram 1500:

  Chevrolet Silverado Ram 1500
Extended Cab Standard Bed 143.5 inches 140.5 inches
Crew Cab Short Bed 143.5 inches 140.5 inches
Crew Cab Standard Bed 153 inches 149.4 inches

The Silverado 1500 Short Box LTZ Crew Cab 4x4 handles at .77 G's, while the Ram 1500 short bed Laramie Longhorn Crew Cab 4x4 pulls only .69 G's of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Silverado 1500 Short Box LTZ Crew Cab 4x4 executes Motor Trend's "Figure Eight" maneuver 1.1 seconds quicker than the Ram 1500 short bed Rebel Crew Cab 4x4 (28 seconds @ .75 average G's vs. 29.1 seconds @ .6 average G's).

For better maneuverability, the Silverado's turning circle is tighter than the Ram 1500's:

  Chevrolet Silverado Ram 1500
Regular Cab Long Bed 43.9 feet 45.1 feet

  CHASSIS

Ram 1500 and Chevrolt Silverado 1500 Chassis

The Silverado is shorter than the Ram 1500, making the Silverado easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces:

  Chevrolet Silverado Ram 1500
Regular Cab Standard Bed 205.6 inches 209 inches
Regular Cab Long Bed 224.4 inches 231 inches

The Silverado LTZ/High Country 6.2 V8 uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Ram 1500 doesn't offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Silverado 1500 Short Box High Country Crew Cab 4x4 is quieter than the Ram 1500 short bed Laramie Longhorn Crew Cab 4x4:

Full-Throttle73 dB73 dB70 MPH Cruising63 dB68 dB
  Chevrolet Silverado Ram 1500
At idle 38 dB 41 dB

  PASSENGER SPACE

Ram 1500 and Chevrolt Silverado 1500 Passenger Space

The Silverado Regular Cab has 2.5 inches more front headroom and 4.3 inches more front legroom than the Ram 1500 Regular Cab.

The Silverado Double Cab has 1.8 inches more front headroom, 4.3 inches more front legroom and .1 inches more rear shoulder room than the Ram 1500 Quad Cab.

The Silverado Crew Cab has 1.8 inches more front headroom, 4.3 inches more front legroom, .6 inches more rear headroom and .6 inches more rear legroom than the Ram 1500 Crew Cab.

  CARGO CAPACITY

Ram 1500 and Chevrolt Silverado 1500 Cargo Capacity

The Silverado Regular Cab shortbed has a much larger cargo box than the Ram 1500 Regular Cab shortbed (61 vs. 57.5 cubic feet). The Silverado longbed has a much larger cargo box than the Ram 1500 Regular Cab longbed (76.3 vs. 74.7 cubic feet).

The Silverado Double Cab has a much larger cargo box than the Ram 1500 Quad Cab shortbed (61 vs. 57.5 cubic feet).

The Silverado Crew Cab shortbed has a much larger cargo box than the Ram 1500 Crew Cab shortbed (53.4 vs. 50.3 cubic feet). The Silverado Crew Cab longbed has a much larger cargo box than the Ram 1500 Crew Cab longbed (61 vs. 57.5 cubic feet).

A standard locking glovebox and standard locking center console keeps your small valuables safer in the Silverado. The Ram 1500 doesn't offer locking storage for small valuables.

The Chevrolet Silverado has a standard CornerStep, which allows for much easier access to the cargo area. The Ram 1500 doesn't offer a rear cargo step.

  PAYLOAD AND TOWING

Ram 1500 and Chevrolt Silverado 1500 Payload and Towing

The Silverado's minimum standard towing capacity is much higher than the Ram 1500's (5500 vs. 4170 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Ram 1500 Regular Cab is only 10640 pounds. The Silverado Double Cab offers up to a 12500 lbs. towing capacity.

The Silverado has a much higher standard payload capacity than the Ram 1500:

  Chevrolet Silverado Ram 1500
Extended Cab 1500 1890 lbs. 1890 lbs.
Crew Cab 1500 1840 lbs. 1690 lbs.
Regular Cab 1500 4x4 1890 lbs. 1560 lbs.
Extended Cab 1500 4x4 1840 lbs. 1710 lbs.
Crew Cab 1500 4x4 1770 lbs. 1500 lbs.

The Silverado has much higher optional payload capacities than the Ram 1500:

  Chevrolet Silverado Ram 1500
Regular Cab 1500 1980 .lbs 1880 lbs.
Extended Cab 1500 2260 .lbs 1890 lbs.
Crew Cab 1500 2180 .lbs 1830 lbs.
Regular Cab 1500 4x4 1930 .lbs 1690 lbs.
Extended Cab 1500 4x4 2220 .lbs 1710 lbs.
Crew Cab 1500 4x4 2030 .lbs 1640 lbs.

  ERGONOMICS

Ram 1500 and Chevrolt Silverado 1500 Ergonomics

The Silverado's optional front and rear power windows all open fully with one touch of the switches and its driver's window also automatically closes, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Ram 1500's basic optional power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver's window opens automatically.

The Silverado's standard power locks allow the driver or passenger to lock or unlock all the doors at a touch without leaning over. Power locks cost extra on the Ram 1500.

When the Silverado LTZ/High Country is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Ram 1500's mirrors don't automatically adjust for backing.

  RECOMMENDATIONS

Ram 1500 and Chevrolt Silverado 1500 Recommendations

IntelliChoice recognized the Chevrolet Silverado as a "Best Value of the Year" for the 2015 model year.

Consumer Reports performed a comparison test in its November 2013 issue and the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Short Box LT Crew Cab 4x4 won out over the Ram 1500 short bed Big Horn Crew Cab 4x4.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Silverado third among large light duty pickups in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner's expectations. The Ram 1500 isn't in the top three.

Strategic Vision rates overall owner satisfaction with vehicle quality. With a Total Quality Index of 876, Strategic Vision rated the Chevrolet Silverado 6 points higher than the Ram 1500 for 2015.

The Silverado was chosen as one of Car and Driver's "Top Five Trucks" for 4 of the last 16 years. The Ram 1500 has never been a Car and Driver "Top Five Truck" pick.

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the Silverado as the 2014 North American Truck of the Year. The Ram 1500 was Truck of the Year in 2013.

The Chevrolet Silverado outsold the Ram Pickup by 22% during the 2016 model year.


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