2021 Ram 1500 vs Chevy Silverado


You get a full-size pickup truck because you’re a strong person. You care about power. You get the job done. Full-size pickups offer strong capabilities, all-around performance, and a range of features within their cabins. The 2021 Ram 1500 and the Chevy Silverado are two of the top models in their class, but they do have some important differences to consider.

For drivers in Penn Yan, Watkins Glen, and Geneva, NY, you may be trying to decide between these two fantastic trucks. We don’t blame you if you’re finding it hard. It’s a tough choice. Luckily, our team at Friendly Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram can help. You can find out the key differences between these pickup trucks with our 2021 Ram 1500 vs. Chevy Silverado comparison.


Work Smarter, Not Harder

The Ram 1500 and the Silverado cabins are some of the nicest found in any vehicles, not just pickup trucks. They both offer work-fleet models, but the luxury only gets better as you move up the trim levels. This includes available leather seats in either model and comparable amounts of headroom and legroom for everyone in each truck.

On the outside, though, the Ram 1500 has some exclusive features that make working out of the bed of your truck easier. The available and class-exclusive RamBox® Cargo Management System features two storage bins on either side of the bed that are weatherproof and lockable. You can also get the available multifunction tailgate with the Ram 1500.

The multifunction tailgate gives you the ability to open the tailgate both up and down or swing it open to the side with its split-door feature, making it easier to access all the cargo in the back of your truck’s bed. Even with a trailer attached, you can easily stow more items without untethering the hitch.

The Silverado does have some great attributes, such as the available Advanced Trailering System. This system features an in-vehicle trailering app that offers customized trailer profiles as well as a decent amount of trailering technology. Still, we believe the Ram 1500 edges out the Silverado in most of these areas.

Ram 1500 Towing


Ram 1500 Performance

Battle of Performance

Power is abundant in both of these trucks, with each model sporting a maximum towing capacity above 12,000 pounds when properly equipped. The Ram 1500 boasts an impressive performance with its 5.7L HEMI® V8 engine that produces 395 horsepower. The standard engine offered by the Silverado is a 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 that puts out 355 horsepower.For drivers wanting a high-output performance, it’s the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX they should be looking at. It’s the most powerful of the Ram 1500 trim levels, sporting a beastly 6.2L Supercharged HEMI® V8 engine that puts out 702 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. This machine can accelerate from 0 to 60 MPH in just 4.5 seconds, making it a true monster and enabling the Ram 1500 to surpass the Silverado in performance.


Ram 1500 Tech

Technology Matters

Both the Ram 1500 and the Chevy Silverado have a lot of features, including infotainment systems with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay® smartphone integration. With the 1500, you’ll get an available Harman Kardon® Premium Audio System with 19 speakers. The Silverado does not offer such a massive system.

While both trucks have advanced and intuitive systems, the Ram’s Uconnect® system is sophisticated and easy to use, thanks to its pinch-and-zoom technology. It also offers an optional, crisp, 12-inch touchscreen. This will give you an expanded look at route guidance when using the available Navigation system.

Many advanced safety features are available for the Ram 1500 and Chevy Silverado, too. This includes the Ram 1500’s available Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Path and Trailer Detection and the Chevy Silverado’s available Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert. These systems can scan your blind spots and detect any oncoming cars at the side of your truck or trailer.

When you need help parking along the street or backing into a tight spot, the available Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist will control the steering, so you can safely fit your Ram 1500 into the open space. The Chevy Silverado doesn’t offer this level of parking assistance.


Ram 1500 Off Road

Off-Roading Capabilities

Sometimes drivers want to take their trucks off the road. It’s inevitable: You see those open fields and a yearning to fishtail across it overtakes you. This is reasonable. Luckily, both the Ram 1500 and the Silverado have good off-road capabilities. The Silverado has a Realtree® Edition that comes with camo graphics and available Goodyear Wrangler Territory M/T tires with 20-inch high-gloss Black-painted aluminum wheels for the trails.

That’s nice, of course, but the Ram 1500 Rebel® has a few things to say in response. This beast of a trim level comes with aggressive all-terrain tires, a factory lift of one inch for increased ride height, and an electronic locking rear axle. What’s more, the famed TRX® with eight available Drive Modes will give you even more ability to conquer any type of terrain. Its Drive Modes include the following, to name just a few:

  • Rock Mode: Selec-Speed® Control holds a set velocity, allowing for a controlled descent down those rocky slopes.
  • Mud/Sand Mode: A unique torque distribution will improve your traction and mitigate wheel slip.
  • Snow Mode: This employs an initial 45/55 torque split and manages engine horsepower for optimal launch performance on snow and ice.

So, as you can see, though the Silverado does offer the ability to go off-road, the Ram 1500 offers the ability to dominate off-road. This difference can be the deciding factor that helps you come to a final decision between these two fantastic trucks.


2021 Ram 1500 vs Chevy Silverado: What’s the Verdict?

Though it was a close battle with both sides giving it their all, there can be only one truck sitting atop the 2021 Ram 1500 vs. Chevy Silverado competition. While both trucks offer incredible benefits, we think drivers in the Penn Yan, Geneva, and Watkins Glen, New York, areas will agree that the Ram 1500 is the truck for you.

You’re more than welcome to stop by and test drive a 2021 Ram 1500 for yourself by visiting Friendly Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram. Contact the team at our dealership online today to schedule your test drive!


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