2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab

Starting Price: $37,830 | Price yours

Above Average: Reliability, towing and payload capacity, infotainment

Below Average: Conservative styling and technology

Consensus: Great capability and value in a reliable package

 

2018 Ram 1500 Crew Cab

Starting Price: $34,690 | Price yours

Above Average: Ride quality, engine options, tech, styling

Below Average: Lower towing/payload capacity than some of the competition

Consensus: A comfortable, tech-savvy capable all-arounder

 

Chevrolet’s full-size pickup is the second-best-selling vehicle in America, and Chevy trucks have been a part of the American landscape for a century. The current generation of the Silverado 1500 offers three compelling engine choices, excellent towing capacity, and a pleasantly quiet interior. Trim levels range from basic work truck to rugged luxury in the High Country model, as well as several cool special editions. Hot on the heels of the Silverado is the Ram, which holds the title of third best-selling vehicle in America. While the Silverado uses a traditional leaf-spring rear suspension, the engineers at Ram opted for a coil-spring setup. This gives the Ram the best ride quality in its class, and even though maximum towing and payload capacity isn’t as high as with the Silverado, most truck buyers will be very happy with the Ram’s performance. The Ram also has a wide variety of trim levels, from the work truck Tradesman to the Laramie Longhorn and Limited, plus special editions, as well as one of the best infotainment systems in the segment.

Chevrolet Silverado Advantages

A combination of value pricing and a wide variety of engines, trim levels, and special editions have made the Silverado a popular pickup in America. It’s built for work duty – it can tow 12,500 pounds -- yet boasts one of the quietest truck cabins available today. The Silverado offers a very good infotainment system, and plenty of USB ports that make it easy to stay charged and connected. When it comes styling, the Silverado has classic conservative good looks with cues that pay homage to the Chevy truck legacy.

Ram 1500 Advantages

If you’re looking for an opulent ride while out on the ranch, the Ram has you covered. And sure, the coil-spring suspension ensures a comfortable ride, but the available air suspension smooths things out even more. Adding to the truck’s high-class cred is a selection of nicely crafted interiors that are unique from each other and top-notch in the truck world. There are cool storage spots, including the RamBox in-bed storage system and an underfloor nook in the second row. The excellent Uconnect multimedia system makes it a snap to safely control navigation, select music, and use your phone while driving. That you can have all of this and be able to tow nearly 11,000 pounds makes the Ram an impressive all-around truck.

Similarities

Both offer three cabs and multiple engines and bed lengths to choose from. They balance work duty with luxury options, and there are plenty of special editions as well. There are excellent off-road options and features for both trucks. While they are already sales successes, both are set on staying ahead of the curve and will offer all-new models for 2019 (the new Ram is already on sale).

Final Recommendation

The Silverado offers higher towing capacity and has a very quiet cab. It’s backed by a century of Chevy truck history, and has developed an extremely loyal following. Its looks are more conservative, but this is every bit a modern pickup. The Ram is an excellent truck in its own right, boasting all-around capability, excellent storage, plus a comfortable ride, and a stylish cabin with an excellent infotainment system. Both trucks deserve to be on your shopping list.

  2018 Chevrolet Silverado Crew Cab 2018 Ram 1500 Crew Cab
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 4.3-liter V6 3.6-liter V6
Horsepower 285 hp @ 5,300 rpm 305 hp @ 6,400 rpm
Torque 305 lb-ft @ 3,900 rpm 269 lb-ft @ 4,175 rpm
Transmission Automatic, 6-spd Automatic, 8-spd
Fuel Economy 20 mpg (18 city/24 hwy) 20 mpg (17 city/25 hwy)
Also Available 5.3-liter V8, 6.2-liter V8, 8-spd automatic 3.0L diesel V6, 5.7L V8
Specs    
Warranty 3 years or 36,000 miles 3 years or 36,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating 5 Stars 5 Stars
Max Seating Capacity 6 6
Wheelbase 143.5-153.0 inches 140.5-149.5 inches
Overall Length 230.0-239.6 inches 229.0 inches
Width 80.0 inches 79.4 inches
Height 73.9-74.1 inches 75.5-79.6 inches
Turning Diameter 47.2 feet 39.5-45.5 feet
Headroom, Front 42.8 inches 41.0 inches
Headroom, Rear 40.5 inches 39.9 inches
Legroom, Front 45.3 inches 41.0 inches
Legroom, Rear 40.9 inches 40.3 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 66.0 inches 66.0 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 65.7 inches 65.7 inches
Max Payload (Crew Cab) 2,250 pounds 1,880 pounds
Max Towing (Crew Cab) 12,500 pounds 10,640 pounds
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