2019 Ram 1500

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2019 Chevy Silverado


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Features & Specs

2019 Ram 1500

2019 Chevy Silverado

Starting MSRP

$31,795

$32,200

Engine

3.6L V6

4.3L V6

Drivetrain

RWD / AWD

RWD / AWD

Max Trailer Weight

12,750 lb

12,200 lb

Fuel Efficiency

20 /  22 mpg

15 / 20 mpg

2019 Ram 1500 vs 2019 Chevy Silverado near San Luis Obispo, CA

In today's world, we rely upon a truck for a load more than simply hauling big weights.  You could be driving hundreds of miles in a single day, or needing to transition between work and taking the family out to dinner.  Today's trucks need to be efficient, comfortable, and flexible along with retaining heightening levels of power performance.  Two brands have revamped their famous trucks to give customers this multifaceted utility.  The 2019 Ram 1500 and the 2019 Chevy Silverado bring two distinct packages to the market, but which is the better pickup truck?  We compare the power and features found within each truck so that you can make the most well informed purchase on your next vehicle!

2019 Ram 1500 Power & Handling

There's nothing like a powerful and efficient choice of powertrains, and Ram offers a reserved yet capable list of two engines.  Standard throughout the trim models is the 3.6L V6 Pentastar, infamous for its durability, reliability, and fuel economy.  For the new redesign, the Pentastar has been enhanced with mild hybrid eTorque system, an extra electronic motor that boosts the engine's power with 90 additional lb-ft of torque upon demand.  Otherwise, you'll cruise with a standard 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque, capable of towing up to 7,730 pounds and running with best-in-class 4x4 V6 efficiency at 20/22 mpg.  If you need more power one other option may seem limiting, but if you look at the capabilities of the 5.7L V8 HEMI then you'll realize it's all you'll ever need.  This engine also comes equipped with the eTorque system, giving you best-in-class 12,750 pounds of towing force and best-in-class 4x4 V8 fuel economy of 17/22 mpg.  The 395 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque are standard to the V8, with the eTorque upping performance with 130 available extra lb-ft for those heavy hauling jobs and hobbies.  Each 1500 trim comes in choice of RWD or AWD, and each comes paired to a responsive and smooth class-exclusive eight-speed automatic TorqueFlite transmission.

2019 Chevy Silverado Power & Handling

The Silverado has also raised its power bar for its 2019 redesign, but it still begins its powertrains firstly with the 4.3L V6.  It's reasonably comparable to the Ram 1500 with 285 horsepower and 305 lb-ft of torque that can tow up to 8,000 pounds, but it comes with a sacrifice to your wallet with its less efficient 15/20 mpg rating and more thirsty engine.  Improvements engineered into the truck's three V8 options includes attempts at better miles per gallon efficiency ratings by configuring their powertrains with either Automatic Fuel Management or Dynamic Fuel Management, but either only skims the efficiency of Ram's eTorque technology.  DFM is the more powerful configuration, but it only comes in the top tiers of the Silverado's trims, locking it behind a high price point that many can't access.  There's neither challenging the Ram's maximum performance numbers.  The biggest engine in the Silverado's arsenal is the 6.2L V8 HEMI with DFM and a ten-speed automatic transmission, delivering you with 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque, yet it only tows up to 12,200 pounds.  All other engines come standard with a six-speed transmission, also in either RWD or AWD.

2019 Ram 1500 Features & Design

Ram's improvements start from the ground-up, lightening the high-strength steel frame by 100 pounds plus remolding certain body panels in aluminum to reduce the 1500's overall weight by 225 pounds.  That means more efficiency for you while preserving the same rigidity and strength of the vehicle!  There's six trims, each presenting its own unique exterior and interior styling based upon thematic color pallets.  Every trim gets its own grille design, distinctifying the lineup's models as one of a kind.  Each come in either Regular, Dual, or Crew Cab designs, with overall three different bed lengths to personalize your perfect blend of work and life.  The new 2019 generation of the 1500 gives you four more inches in cab length, lending to best-in-class rear legroom.  It also lowers its driveshaft so there isn't any annoying center bump in the floor.  The 1500 also has great storage flexibility with best-in-class interior cargo space.  From the double glove box, to the redesigned 1.5 cu.ft center console bin, to ample storage behind and under the seats, you'll have ample space to neatly store away all your tools and even support a mobile office while you're out on the job.  Other business savvy solutions include a hard back passenger seat that, when folded flat, gives you a desk work surface for any construction or paperwork needs.  The Uconnect touchscreen dash-inlaid radio system includes Bluetooth for phone calls on the go, as well as Apple CarPlay, Google Android Auto, satellite radio, and even WiFi Hotspot subscription to support a modern day business.  You get standard power accessories, keyless entry and keyless start, available dual-zone automatic temperature controls, cruise control, and durable vinyl seats.

2019 Chevy Silverado Features & Design

The Silverado also lightened its overall weight, losing 450 pounds in its redesign due to more aluminum body panels compared to the Ram.  Still, it won't cruise with the same efficiency as the 1500.  You get objectively the same cab configuration options as the Ram 1500, here called Regular, Double, and Crew.  It additionally offers three lengths of bed to balance work and life.  Unlike Ram's universal applicability of greater power to whatever trim you'd prefer, Chevy locks its power brackets behind which trim you select, so your list of standard features will be largely dependent upon what power you need from your vehicle.  Its technology is, again, fairly comparable to the Ram 1500, with a seven-inch touchscreen inlaid into the dash offering you smartphone wireless integration, Bluetooth, and MP3 streaming connections either with USB or auxiliary ports.  You'll find standard cruise control, air conditioning, and vinyl upholstery, but its base model lacks the convenience of keyless entry and power accessories--a shame in the modern era of vehicles.  There's only half as much interior storage spaces as the Ram, so you might also find your vehicle becoming messy as you run out of places to put paperwork and important tools.  There's less interior space, as well, so your passengers will have less of a comfortable ride compared to if they were instead riding in the rear seat of the Ram 1500.

Conclusions

Ram knows there's nothing like options, so though they only give you two powertrains to choose from, they supply you with the exact amount of power and efficiency you really want out of a truck to negate the need for the amount of engines in Chevy's roster.  You have the choice of completing any trim in the 1500's lineup with the precise power you need, lending you the exact features you want to complete your perfect truck with.  If you need to save money, Ram also offers the more extensive list of packaged options to build a vehicle that equally suits your shopping list and budget.  Chevy, while comparable in power, fails in terms of that freedom of choice.  Its power and feature combinations are limited by select availability up its more expensive trims, and you'll be paying more at the gas station when you find you need to more frequently fill up.  Discover how the Ram 1500 caters to your evolving lifestyle!  Below we have a selection of vehicle reviews that get the job done, whether you're looking for great tow performances, fantastic family-friendly flexibility, or one of a kind power and driving you won't find anywhere else.

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