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Chevy Silverado 1500 or RAM 1500: Which Full-Size Truck is Right for You?

There are many new trucks to choose from in the greater Grand Rapids area. That can make it difficult to figure out where to start shopping. There's no better place than the light-duty, full-size class. Two of its flagships, Chevy Silverado 1500 and RAM 1500, stand out there. They're long-time favorites in trades from construction and logging to exploring for oil, not to mention for project management.


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Chevy Silverado 1500, on the one hand, represents a century of American truck craftsmanship excellence. It's all-new for the model year, redesigned, yet true to big-rig credentials that go back to the 1930s. Today's results are outgrowths of the proven GMT 800 and 880 platforms of 1999. RAM 1500, on the other hand, has also been revamped and remains the embodiment of guts and glory it has been since the 1930s. A 1981 redesign took it across miles of upgrades, and today, it's one of the most sought-after pickups out there.

Both trucks come in a wide range of trims, with standard features and options suited to nearly every application. All are versatile, ruggedly capable, safe to a tee, comfortable both down the road and far off the trail, and customizable to high mobile office standards. But which is the right way to go for you? You're in luck. We've made it easy to compare both the RAM and Chevy trucks, making the decision much easier in the process. See for yourself, right here at Betten Baker Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram.

Chevy Silverado 1500 vs. RAM 1500


Both Chevy Silverado 1500 and RAM 1500 have the power ratings to tackle some of the toughest jobs around western Michigan.

  • Chevy Silverado 1500 features six powertrains. Its base WT trim features a 285-horsepower, 4.3-liter V6 capable of 305 pound-feet of torque. You can upgrade to a 310-horsepower, 2.7-liter turbo that puts out 348 pound-feet in LT and RST trims. A 355-horsepower, 5.3-liter V8 ready to deliver 383 pound-feet comes standard in LT Trail Boss, LTZ, and High Country trims. LTZ and High Country also make available a 420-horsepower, 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V8 that can shell out 460 pound-feet of torque. Finally, a Duramax 3.0-liter Turbo-Diesel I6 is available.
  • RAM 1500 features two engines. One is a spirited 305-horsepower, 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 that can deliver 269 pound-feet of torque, and the other is an available and pumped-up 395-horsepower, 5.7-liter HEMI V8 dishing 410 pound-feet.

Fuel Economy

According to the EPA, both Chevy Silverado 1500 and RAM 1500 are excellent when it comes to using and conserving fuel.

  • When equipped with a 2.7-liter turbocharged engine, Chevy Silverado 1500 can achieve up to 20 mpg in a city like Muskegon and 23 mpg on the highway to Wyoming MI.
  • RAM 1500 can get up to 19 mpg combined with a V8 and a 4x4 drivetrain, a rating that's best-in-class.

Bed Volume

When it comes to cargo space, both Chevy Silverado 1500 and RAM 1500 offer more than enough for lugging everything from power tools and equipment chests to flat building pallets.

  • Chevy Silverado 1500 offers three box sizes: a short box with up to 62.9 cubic feet, a standard box offering up to 71.7, and a long box that makes up to 89.1 available.
  • RAM 1500 provides a selection of boxes measuring 5-foot-7, with 53.9 cubic feet of room, and 6-foot-4, offering up to 61.5 cubic feet.

Payload and Tow Ratings

Chevy Silverado 1500 and RAM 1500 can both shoulder the weight of a full duty roster, not to mention a few weekend-getaway toys, such as pop-up tent campers, dirt bikes, ATVs, boats, and even other vehicles.

  • Chevy Silverado 1500 can take on payloads up to 2,250 pounds and tow as much as 12,200 pounds.
  • RAM 1500 supports payloads of as much as 2,300 pounds as well as tow up to 12,750 pounds.


Both Chevy Silverado 1500 and RAM 1500 are well-matched when it comes to keeping your drive-time safe and secure.

  • Chevy Silverado 1500 offers tons of available driver-assistance tech, ranging from lane-keep assist and lane departure warning to a following distance indicator and alert systems for lane changes, approaching vehicles, and front-end collisions. Other options include low-speed forward auto and front pedestrian brakes, a park assistance system, and trailer safety features galore.
  • RAM 1500 offers more than 100 safety and driver-assist features both passive and active as well as standard and available. They span the gamut from Lane Departure Warning-Plus, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, and parallel and perpendicular park assist to a 360-degree surround-view camera, largest-in-class 14.9-inch brakes, and more.

Interior and Tech

If you're looking to be comfortable, stay productive, and entertain yourself on the go, both Chevy Silverado 1500 and RAM 1500 offer the accommodations and tech-savvy you need.

  • Chevy Silverado 1500 seating options include durable vinyl, soft cloth, and fine leather or perforated leather. Select models come with front seats both heated and ventilated as well as optionally heated rear outboard seats. Your command center offers a choice between Chevrolet infotainment touchscreens with 7- or 8-inch displays and options range from advanced voice recognition and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support to connected navigation, seven-speaker Bose premium audio, and more.
  • RAM 1500 seating choices run from premium cloth to luxuriously leather-trimmed, they're available heated and ventilated in front, and heated, full-leather, and reclining rear seating is optional in select cabs. Several Uconnect infotainment systems are available, including an 8.4-inch model and a huge and class-leading 12-inch variant, as are choices between optional 10-speaker Alpine or 900-watt Harman Kardon audio.

Compare Chevy and RAM Pickups Firsthand at Our Dealership in Coopersville

There are plenty more ways that Chevy Silverado 1500 and RAM 1500 stand out, even from other new cars, trucks, and SUVs in our wide-ranging lineup. If you're eager to schedule a test drive in one or both, feel free to call, e-mail, or visit us here at 950 Omalley Drive. We look forward to meeting you!

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