2020 Ram 1500 vs 2020 Chevrolet Silverado Waynesboro GA
2020 Ram 1500 vs 2020 Chevrolet Silverado
The pickup truck is the backbone of America, and Ram and Chevrolet have this segment down to a science. Both brands invest a lot of research into the design and function of their truck models, and it shows in the quality and development of their top models. With such great options available, we know it can be challenging to decide which truck is right for you, so we’re pitting Ram and Chevrolet’s top pickup trucks against each other. On the left, we have the innovative 2020 Ram 1500, and on the right is the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado. Which model is the ultimate pickup truck? Keep reading and see for yourself!
2020 Ram 1500 Power & Handling
The 2020 Ram 1500 comes with the choice of four engines. The standard engine is a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 with 305 horsepower and an eTorque mild-hybrid electric-assist system. The 5.7-liter V8 engine, rated at 395 horsepower, comes with variable valve timing and cylinder deactivation and also has the option of including the eTorque system. The eTorque system uses a 48-volt battery and motor-generator to add torque and improve fuel economy. It’s designed to speed up the restart part of the start/stop system and adds up to 90 lb-ft of torque to the V6 engine and 130 lb-ft to the V8. The final engine is a newly available 3.0-liter EcoDiesel engine with 260 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque! All engines are paired with an 8-speed shiftable automatic transmission that is smooth and responsive and comes with the option of rear-wheel or four-wheel-drive configurations.
2020 Chevrolet Silverado Power & Handling
The Silverado also comes with the choice of engines depending on the model you choose, which can get pretty confusing. The base engine is either a 2.7-liter 4-cylinder unit or a 4.3-liter V6 with a 5.3-liter V8 available in some variants. A 6.3-liter V8 engine is also available for some models but offers little difference to the smaller V8 option. The Silverado offers a new diesel engine in the 2020 model year. The 3.0-liter inline-6 offers 460 lb-ft of torque with a 10-speed automatic transmission (compared to the base 6-speed automatic). It also comes with two types of cylinder-management systems for the optimization of fuel consumption. The Active Fuel Economy is a simple cylinder shut-off system, while the Dynamic Fuel Management system is designed for fine-tuning the balance between power and efficiency. Most models have a standard rear-wheel drive with the option of all-wheel-drive.
2020 Ram 1500 Features & Design
The Ram 1500 comes with the option of six trim levels that are all uniquely themed with an elegant design. The Laramie Longhorn, for example, has a high-zoot Western interior while the off-road Rebel model has bold colors and precise angles. Either way, the interior controls are easy to use, and the cab layout comes with a flat rear floor for more foot room. The base 1500 Tradesman model comes with heated side mirrors, a modern dial-type gear selector, active grille shutters, coil-spring suspension, push-button start, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, trailer-sway control, and a rearview camera. Cab technology includes a 5-inch touchscreen Uconnect system. Upper level trims come with a larger fuel tank, power-folding trailer-tow side mirrors, dual-pane moon roof, active-level 4-corner air suspension, deployable side steps, and a damped tailgate with a power release. Other optional features include a 7-inch thin-film transistor display or a 12-inch Uconnect system with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration, leather seating, wood, leather, and metal interior accents, heated seats, a surround-view camera, hill-descent control, and adaptive cruise control.
2020 Chevrolet Silverado Features & Design
Unfortunately, the Silverado’s design is a bit outdated. The steering wheel has no power-tilt/telescoping adjustment, and the cabin looks to be from 2010 rather than 2020 with lackluster materials and a display system that only comes in a 7-inch or 8-inch touchscreen. In terms of safety features, the Silverado lacks functionality with a blind-spot monitoring system that doesn’t include a trailer’s blind spots. The base Work Truck model comes with a six-speaker audio system, one USB port, and a 12-volt outlet with Android Auto/Apple CarPlay integration, while the bed of the truck comes with 12 cargo tie-downs and CornerSteps for the rear bumpers. Optional features for the Work Truck include rear-window defogger, remote keyless entry, power mirrors, and cruise control. If you add the Z71 off-road package, you get a head-up display, power tailgate, wireless device charger, leather upholstery, heated seats/steering wheel/side mirrors, 360-degree camera, and Bose audio. If you upgrade to the Trail Boss model, you get a 2-inch suspension lift, skid plates, locking rear differential, Rancho shocks, and off-road tires.
If you’re in the market for a new pickup truck, there’s no question that the Ram 1500 is the way to go. With both modern and innovative features, a sleek and well-thought-out design, it’s clear that Ram put a lot of effort into making the 2020 1500 the best pickup on the market. The 1500 comes with standard features that the Silverado is lacking, including basic functions such as an adjustable steering wheel and blind-spot monitoring that takes trailer blind-spots into consideration. In terms of trim levels and engine configurations, the Ram has simple but powerful options, including innovative fuel-efficient eTorque and diesel features, so that you can find the right truck for you with ease. Come on down to the dealership today or read our full review and see what the Ram 1500 can do for you!