Ram 2500 vs Chevy Silverado 2500

Ram 2500 vs Chevy Silverado 2500

Are you on the hunt for a pickup truck that will provide you with tons of power? In this comparison by our team at Friendly Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram (DCJR), two leading models in the world of heavy-duty pickup trucks go head-to-head.

From horsepower to technology, learn what the 2021 Ram 2500 vs. Chevy Silverado 2500 are capable of when it comes to driving and towing around Penn Yan, Geneva, and Watkins Glen, NY.

Performance and Capability

Both trucks come with an impressive amount of strength, thanks to their standard V8 engines. The Chevy Silverado comes with a 6.6L V8 gas engine while the 6.4L HEMI® V8 engine is standard on the Ram 2500. Check out the performance specs of these trucks below.

2021 Ram 2500 vs. 2021 Silverado 2500 HD

Ram 2500

Silverado 2500 HD

Standard Horsepower

410 HP

401 HP

Standard Payload

4,010 pounds

3,986 pounds

2021 Ram 2500 Limited Black Chrome

With the standard engine, the Ram 2500 can tow up to 17,540 pounds and carry a maximum payload of 4,010 pounds when properly equipped. On the other hand, the standard engine of the Chevy Silverado 2500 gives it the ability to tow up to 14,500 pounds and carry a maximum payload of 3,986 pounds when properly equipped. You can certainly do more with the Ram 2500, even when it is equipped with its standard engine.

With the available Duramax® 6.6L Turbo Diesel V8 engine, the towing capacity of the 2021 Silverado 2500 can reach 18,500 pounds when properly equipped. This may seem like a lot, but you’ll be even more amazed knowing that the 2021 Ram 2500 can tow a maximum amount of 20,000 pounds when powered by the 6.7L Cummins® Turbo Diesel I-6 engine. With that kind of towing capacity, you can haul with confidence.

Variety of Trim Levels to Fit Your Personality

Each truck offers a handful of trim levels you can choose from, letting you get a vehicle that has all the features you want. The Ram 2500 even has various trim levels with unique designs to match your style preferences.

In particular, the Limited Longhorn trim level of the Ram 2500 has a one-of-a-kind design. It gives off a southwestern appeal with its chrome billet grille, filigree stitching on the premium Mountain Brown leather seats, and genuine wood and leather accents. The Silverado 2500 has fewer options when it comes to customizing your truck’s design to suit your personal preference.

Luxurious Trim Level Options

Luxury isn’t just reserved for smaller cars. These trucks have trim levels that offer an exceptionally high level of comfort and elegance inside.

2021 Ram 2500 Limited Black Chrome The Limited trim level of the Ram 2500 and the High Country trim level of the Silverado 2500 each have leather seating, power adjustable driver’s and front passenger’s seats, and heated and ventilated front seats. The rear seats in the Ram 2500 Limited can be heated as well.

Each of these trim levels also have advanced technology for an enjoyable ride. The Silverado High Country features a 7-speaker sound system and an 8-inch touchscreen display for the infotainment system.

The 2021 Ram 2500 Limited has an impressive bundle of technology with the available 17-speaker Harman Kardon® Premium Audio System and a standard 12-inch touchscreen display with navigation.

The bigger screen and the premium audio system on the Ram 2500 will enhance your ride and make it easier for you to see directions, putting it above the Silverado when it comes to technology.

Safety Features: Ram 2500 vs Chevy Silverado 2500

Whether you’re off-roading or towing a large trailer, you’ll want to be sure you’re safe. When it comes to safety, both of these trucks have some standard features, such as a tire pressure monitoring system and rearview cameras.

However, the Chevy Silverado 2500 lacks the ability to have active safety features, like Forward Collision Alert, on its base trim. With the Ram 2500, you can opt for the similar Full-Speed Forward Collision Warning with Active Braking even on the base trim.

2021 Ram 2500 Big Horn Low Vol Hills GreenIn fact, the Ram 2500 has multiple safety features available for its base trim and standard on higher trims, such as:

  • ParkSense® Rear Park Assist System: This system helps you maneuver in tight spaces and provides audiovisual indicators to alert you to objects that you might not be able to see.
  • Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path Detection: With this feature, you’ll be notified when a vehicle is in your blind spot or if there’s a vehicle crossing behind you.
  • LaneSense® Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist: This not only alerts you when you start to unintentionally drift into another lane, but it also helps course correct your vehicle.

Although the Chevy Silverado 2500 has available features similar to the first two, the base trim does not have any available Lane Departure Warning. The Ram 2500 also has more trailer safety options than the Chevy Silverado.

Both pickup trucks offer an available Trailer Tire Pressure Monitoring System on their base trims. However, only the Ram 2500 comes standard with Trailer Sway Damping and an available Trailer Brake Controller.

Ram 2500 vs Chevy Silverado 2500: Cargo Room

Both the Ram 2500 and the Chevy Silverado 2500 offer two bed sizes for their trims. Not only does the Ram 2500 have the cargo space provided by the beds, but this model also has storage capacity behind the rear seat on the base trim and an under-seat storage compartment on higher trims.

2021 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty LimitedIn contrast, the Chevy Silverado doesn’t have any standard storage inside the cabin, making the truck bed the only standard storage space. Luckily, both the Ram 2500 and the Chevy Silverado 2500 have folding seats, so you can still get a little more cargo room. Even with all of the seats in an upright position and occupied, you’ll be able to fit more things in the Ram 2500’s cabin.

The Chevy Silverado 2500 comes with a large bed and integrated bed-steps, but it doesn’t have some of the impressive bed features that the Ram 2500 has available. For example, the 2021 Ram 2500 features an available RamBox® Cargo Management System. This includes two lockable storage bins, which are even drainable.

There’s also an available 115-volt power outlet in the rear of the truck bed. You can use this outlet to plug in any tools you might have with you. Another great feature is the LED lighting that is integrated into the bed. Keep your cargo lit up with this lighting.

Ram 2500 vs Chevy Silverado 2500: Which Truck Has What You Need?

With an abundance of technologies, strong capabilities, and safety features, the 2021 Ram 2500 can get the job done and is enjoyable for cruising around Penn Yan, Geneva, and Watkins Glen, New York.

To learn more about this truck, stop by Friendly DCJR today and schedule a test drive!


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