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2019 Chevrolet Silverado Crew Cab 

Starting Price: $36,095 | Price yours

Above Average: Towing, payload, bed volume, infotainment, options

Below Average: Driver assists only offered on high-end trims, pricing can get up there

Consensus: A reliable full-size pickup with new styling, features and capability plus an expanded line of engines and transmissions.

 

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2019 Ram 1500 Crew Cab

Starting Price: $36,290 | Price yours

Above Average: Styling, features, hybrid engine option, coil spring and air suspension, ride quality

Below Average: No diesel in the lineup (yet), lower towing and payload than some competitors

Consensus: The Ram offers a bold exterior without going overboard, plus it offers numerous unique options like an air suspension and massive 12-inch touchscreen infotainment setup.
 

The Chevy Silverado is the second best-selling pickup in America, with the Ram behind it a distant third. The Silverado is all new this year, offering a new line of engines, transmissions and trims, as well as expanded capabilities. Of note are unique features like a power-operated tailgate and a rearview camera mirror. Chevrolet has also expanded the Silverado’s bed width giving it best-in-class volume figures, and the bed floor is stronger than before. The Ram, also new for 2019, has handsome styling, an impressive number of trims and features, and improved towing and payload numbers. The much-loved diesel engine has been delayed, but in its place is a mild hybrid. Dubbed eTorque, the system adds up to 90 lb-ft additional launch torque to the V6 and 130 lb-ft to the Hemi V8. Ram’s eTorque is standard on the V6 and optional on the V8.

Chevrolet Silverado Advantages

The Silverado offers better max towing and payload numbers, a lower base price and an available fully power-operated tailgate. The Silverado offers more engine options and more horsepower, as well as more headroom and legroom both front and rear.

Ram 1500 Advantages

The Ram offers a coil-spring rear suspension, available airbag suspension and a larger infotainment screen. Ram interiors are sufficiently different by trim as to justify the additional cost, and there are all manner of driver assists including the ability to automatically parallel park.

Similarities

Both trucks offer an expansive model range running from basic to plush. Both have powerful V6 and V8 engine options, advanced driver assists and tech features, plush cabins and a choice of bed lengths. Both the Ram and Silverado offer off-road packages and upgrades for heavy-duty towing, and both offer similar warranties.

Final Recommendation

If you’re looking for a crew cab with higher towing, payload and horsepower and best-in-class bed volume, the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado is your truck. However, the Ram 1500 isn’t far behind in any of these categories, and it offers a smoother ride with its optional air suspension, plus a more refined interior. We’re especially fond of the big 12-inch touch screen and excellent eTorque system. Both trucks offer tons of clever storage solutions, and each has a bevy of unique features bound to sway fence-sitting buyers one way or the other.

  2019 Chevrolet Silverado Crew Cab 2019 Ram 1500 Crew Cab
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 5.3-liter V8 5.7-liter V8
Horsepower 355 hp @ 5,600 rpm 395 hp @ 5,600 rpm
Torque 383 lb-ft @ 4,100 rpm 410 lb-ft @ 3,950 rpm
Transmission 8-speed automatic 8-speed automatic
Fuel Economy 19 mpg (17 city/23 hwy) 19 mpg (17 city/23 hwy)
Also Available 285-hp 4.3-liter V6, 420-hp 6.2-liter V8, 10-speed automatic 305-hp 3.6-liter V6 hybrid, 395-hp 5.7-liter hybrid
Specs    
Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Max Seating Capacity 6 6
Wheelbase 147.4-157.1 inches 144.6-153.5 inches
Overall Length 231.7-241.2 inches 232.9-241.8 inches
Width 81.2 inches 82.1 inches
Height 75.7-78.2 inches 75.5-79.6 inches
Turning Diameter 47.8 feet 46.2 feet
Headroom, Front 43.0 inches 40.9 inches
Headroom, Rear 40.1 inches 39.8 inches
Legroom, Front 44.5 inches 40.9 inches
Legroom, Rear 43.4 inches 45.2 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 66.0 inches 66.0 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 65.2 inches 65.7 inches
Max Payload (Crew Cab) 2,180 pounds 2,000 pounds
Max Towing (Crew Cab) 12,200 pounds 11,530 pounds
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