Showdown Between Silverado & Ram Was Neck-and-Neck


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Con­sumer Reports named the Chevro­let Sil­ver­ado 1500 the top-rated truck, but testers point out that the second-place Ram 1500 may be a bet­ter daily driver.

Learn more about the stiff com­pe­ti­tion for first and sec­ond place.

In a heavy-metal duel between two top pickup trucks, the Chevro­let Sil­ver­ado 1500’s “Excel­lent” road-test score makes it Con­sumer Reports’ top-rated truck. But testers point out that the second-place Ram 1500 may be a bet­ter daily driver.

Each model won skir­mishes along the way, and they fin­ished one-two in a com­pet­i­tive pickup truck cat­e­gory— sep­a­rated by only three points. Both trucks outscored the previously-tested Ford’s F-150 XLT, which 3.5-liter Eco­Boost turbo V6 and 5.0-liter V8 ver­sions rank third and fourth, respectively.

The Sil­ver­ado edged the Ram in sev­eral areas impor­tant to pickup truck own­ers. It has a much larger cargo bed, sev­eral hun­dred pounds greater pay­load capac­ity, and it can tow a heav­ier trailer—up to 11,200 pounds in Con­sumer Reports tests. Its tail­gate is easy to raise and lower, and handy cor­ner bumper steps help with climb­ing into the bed. The Sil­ver­ado also has a lower step-in height than the Ram, aid­ing cabin access. Han­dling is more agile, and the Sil­ver­ado deliv­ers best-in-class fuel econ­omy of 16 mpg overall—one mpg bet­ter than the Ram. That could save own­ers about 50 gal­lons of gas per year

“The real­ity is that you can’t go wrong with either one. Both are capa­ble trucks that get decent gas mileage and are as quiet inside as a good lux­ury car,” said Jake Fisher, direc­tor of auto­mo­tive test­ing for Con­sumer Reports.

For dri­vers using their truck more for day-to-day dri­ving, Con­sumer Reports testers found the Ram is a nicer place to spend your time. It rides bet­ter, thanks to its unique rear coil spring sus­pen­sion. The inte­rior is also more com­fort­able with bet­ter front seats, a nicer rear seat, and a slightly friend­lier con­trol layout.