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.

 

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