2021 Chevrolet Silverado vs 2021 Ram 1500 (Features, Specs, Trims)

The 2021 Chevrolet Silverado and 2021 RAM 1500 are two of the most sought-after pickup trucks on the market. Both of these trucks are well-rounded vehicles that offer impressive power, comfort, and feature content, making it hard to choose between them. Check out this detailed comparison between the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado and 2021 RAM 1500 to make a well-informed buying decision:

Exterior

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Both the Chevrolet Silverado and RAM 1500 feature bold, masculine styling with a solid stance and muscular lines. Nonetheless, the Chevy Silverado looks tougher and more imposing because of its squared-off shape, massive front end, and large front bumper. In contrast, the RAM 1500 appears sleeker and more athletic, but it has a pronounced hood and dominant grille that give it a touch of aggressiveness and ruggedness. The Silverado rides on 17- to 22-inch wheels, while the RAM 1500 comes with 18- to 22-inch wheels.

Engine Options

Regardless of whether you decide to get the Chevrolet Silverado or RAM 1500, you have several engines to choose from. The Chevrolet Silverado comes standard with a 4.3-liter V-6 engine that produces 285 horsepower and 305 pound-feet of torque. It also offers a 2.7-liter turbo-four that that’s rated at 310 horsepower and 348 pound-feet of torque. It’s the smallest yet liveliest engine in the lineup, enabling the truck to sprint to 60 mph from a standstill in about 7 seconds.

If you want more power, you can go for the 5.3-liter V-8 that generates 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. This engine is the most preferred choice among Silverado buyers. The most powerful engine in the lineup is the 6.2-liter V-8 that puts out 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. For better efficiency, opt for the 3.0-liter turbo-diesel V-6 with 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. These engines work with either a six-speed, eight-speed, or 10-speed automatic transmission.

The standard engine of the RAM 1500 is a 3.6-liter V-6 that produces 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque. While it’s a highly capable engine, it isn’t as popular as the 5.7-liter V-8 that serves up 395 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque. Both of these engines come with an optional mild-hybrid system for improved fuel economy.

Similar to the Silverado, the RAM 1500 also offers a diesel engine, which is a 3.0-liter turbo-six that delivers 280 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque. At the top of the lineup, you’ll find the 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 that powers the RAM 1500 TRX. Producing 702 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque, this engine propels the truck to 60 mph in an incredible 4.5 seconds, making this the fastest pickup truck in the world. There’s only one transmission available for the Silverado, which is a slick-shifting eight-speed automatic.

Towing and Hauling Capacities

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The 2021 Chevrolet Silverado is one of the most capable pickup trucks on the market. Depending on which trim level you choose, this truck has a maximum towing capacity of 9,500 to 13,300 pounds. Its payload rating ranges from 1,870 to 2,280 pounds. In comparison, the 2021 RAM 1500 can pull up to 12,750 pounds and haul up to 2,320 pounds. The Crew Cab version of the truck has a lower towing capacity, but it can still lug more than 11,500 pounds.

Handling

Despite being a big truck, the Chevy Silverado is easy to drive in confined areas, thanks to its easy maneuverability. It also absorbs bumps and potholes relatively well and feels stable around turns or along twisty roads.

The RAM 1500 seems to have the upper hand when it comes to handling. Unlike most other trucks that use a leaf-spring suspension, it comes standard with a coil-spring suspension, which results in a softer ride. Its supple handling makes you feel like you’re driving a large SUV instead of a truck. Additionally, this truck is surprisingly agile, showing minimal body lean around sharp corners.

Interior

The 2021 Chevrolet Silverado can accommodate three people in the Regular Cab body style and six people in the Double Cab or Crew Cab configuration. Both rows of seats offer plenty of legroom and headroom, allowing even tall adults to feel comfortable and relaxed. Overall, the cabin is well-built and comes with a good amount of quality materials.

If you’re looking for a truly comfortable pickup truck, the 2021 RAM 1500 is one of the best options. With a seating capacity of six, this truck offers well-cushioned and supportive seats that can keep you and your passengers comfortable for long periods of time. It also offers a generous amount of legroom and headroom, especially in the Crew Cab configuration. The cabin of the RAM 1500 is one of the most refined in its class, featuring a stylish design and plenty of top-notch materials. Higher trim levels feel more like luxury vehicles than trucks.

Tech Features

The Chevy Silverado comes standard with a nice selection of tech features to provide a connected and enjoyable ride. These features include the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system, a 7-inch touch-screen display, Bluetooth, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, two USB ports, and a two-speaker audio system. It also has a wide range of optional features, such as an 8-inch display, wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, HD radio, satellite radio, navigation, a Wi-Fi hot spot, wireless device charging, additional USB ports, a six-speaker sound system, and a seven-speaker Bose audio system.

You’ll find a less extensive list of standard tech features in the RAM 1500, but you can enhance your experience by opting for some of the great optional features available. The truck offers the Uconnect infotainment system, a 5-inch touch-screen display, a six-speaker audio system, a Wi-Fi hot spot, USB ports, and Bluetooth as standard equipment. Available features include an 8.4- or 12-inch display, HD radio, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, navigation, wireless device charging, additional USB ports, and three premium sound systems.

If you’re interested in getting the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado or 2021 RAM 1500, feel free to stop by Freedom Chevrolet Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM for a test drive. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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