2018 Ram 1500 vs 2018 Silverado 1500

Specs at a Glance

2018 Ram 1500

2018 Ram 1500

Engine Power

  305 hp @ 6400 rpm

Transmisson

  8-speed shiftable automatic


2018 Silverado 1500

2018 Silverado 1500

Engine Power

  285 hp @ 5300 rpm

Transmisson

  6-speed shiftable automatic

2018 Ram 1500 vs 2018 Silverado 1500

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In the world of pickup trucks, the half-ton vehicles—which bear the “1500” suffix—are the best sellers because they offer a manageable size and a high level of affordability INthout compromising their abilities as off-road machines. The Ram 1500 and the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 have been segment leaders for the past two decades because they not only fulfill the aforementioned attributes, but they also come INth upscale cabins and excellent ride quality. It makes for a difficult time choosing between the two. Indeed, for 2018, both full-size pickup trucks introduce the rearview camera as a standard feature. However, upon closer examination, the Ram truck can make a stronger case for your hard-earned money based on the folloINng:

Gas Mileage

For vehicles that are natural gas guzzlers, full-size pickup trucks can stand out with their ability to be relatively fuel efficient. Although gasoline engines are standard across the automotive industry, a few vehicles offer the choice of a diesel engine, which are more efficient because they use a fuel that has more usable energy than gasoline. One of such vehicles is the 2018 Ram 1500, which offers the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6. Instead of the standard 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 or the optional 5.7-liter HEMI® V8, you can go with this turbocharged engine to achieve the truck’s peak fuel economy of 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway—provided that your drivetrain includes the standard 8-speed automatic gearbox and a front-wheel drivetrain. On the 2018 Chevrolet 1500, there’s no diesel engine choice. You can combine the standard 4.3-liter EcoTec3 V6, a 6-speed automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive to max out at 18 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. However, that’s 2 less mpg in city gas mileage and 4 less mpg in highway gas mileage than the Ram truck.

Headlight Effectiveness

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), 50 percent of all fatal crashes in the United States occur in the dark. Additionally, more than 25 percent of them occur on unlit roads. As a result, the IIHS tests each vehicle to find out how effective the illumination of its headlights is, checking everything from type of lighting used to the manner in which the headlights are aimed. The IIHS then grades the vehicle’s headlights according to the amount of useful light they provide. The 2018 Ram 1500 got a “Marginal” rating while the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 got the bottom-level “Poor” rating.

Aggregated Rating

U.S. News & World Report aggregates professional reviews and ratings on each new vehicle and ranks it accordingly. In its Full-Size Pickup Truck category for the 2018 model year, the publication ranks the Ram 1500 as the number two choice. U.S. News & World Report cites the truck’s excellent ride quality, upscale interior, and the availability of a fuel-efficient turbodiesel engine as its main attributes. By comparison, U.S. News & World Report ranks the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado at #5

Can’t wait to check out the 2018 Ram 1500 instead of the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500? At our Merrillville, Indiana dealership, we have a reputation for making sure that customer wants and needs are fulfilled—thanks to our team of sales specialists and a robust inventory of trucks. Call us today to set up an appointment.


* Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.