2021 Chevy Silverado 1500 vs 2021 Ram 1500

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  • 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500

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    2021 Ram 1500

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    89.1Max Cargo Space (cu.ft.)61.5
    3Transmission Options1
    13,300Max Towing Capacity (lbs)12,750

    If you are interested in a truck, you have a ton of options available to you, not only in terms of manufacturers and models but also in sizes and configurations. A full-size, light-duty pickup is a great option if you do not need massive towing or payload, but still want something with more muscle and cargo capacity than a smaller, midsize model. However, even if you narrow down your options to a full-size truck, you still have a lot of different ones to choose from. With that in mind, let us take a look at the 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500 vs 2021 Ram 1500 to see how they compare.

    When considering two different vehicles, it is always important to keep overall options in mind––specific details are great, but knowing that you have more options means you have more room to get just what you want. For example, the 2021 Ram 1500 has five different engines for you to choose from, with two versions of one engine, while the 2021 Silverado 1500 has six different engines available, with two versions of one engine. Similarly, you can pick from up to eight different trim levels when looking at the Chevy Silverado, whereas the Ram 1500 has only six different standard trims for you to choose from.

    Towing and payload should be major concerns for you when looking at a full-size pickup; after all, it needs to be able to handle whatever work you are going to throw at it. In terms of towing capacity, the 2021 Chevy Silverado clearly comes out on top, offering more than 500 lbs. greater maximum towing capacity than the Ram 1500. They have comparable maximum payload ratings, plus the Silverado starts off at a substantially lower price than the Ram pickup. Visit us at Rick Hendrick Chevrolet of Buford and see the impressive lineup of Chevy trucks for yourself.

  • Engine Options

    A red 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500 is driving down the highway with snow covered mountains in the distance after winning the 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500 vs 2021 Ram 1500 showdown.When looking at the engines on different trucks, it is important to not only look at overall specs like horsepower and torque, but also the big picture. For example, having more options to choose from gives you more freedom in configuring your pickup to have the kind of power you want. In this regard, the 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500 is an excellent choice with five different engines––or six if you count the two versions of one engine––while the 2021 Ram 1500 has only four standard engines to choose from.

    The Ram 1500

    The starting engine for the Ram truck is a 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine that offers up to 305 hp and up to 269 lb-ft of torque. From there, Ram offers a 5.7L HEMI V8 engine that delivers up to 395 hp or up to 410 lb-ft of torque; there is also a second version of this engine available with eTorque, which gives it increased available torque for better performance. A single diesel engine is available on the Ram 1500: a 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 engine that provides 260 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque. A Supercharged HEMI V8 engine is available, but it is only offered on the TRX, which is so distinct from the rest of the Ram 1500 lineup that we see it as its own model.

    The Chevy Silverado 1500

    You have five different engines to choose from with the 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500, with two versions of one engine, to give you six total options. The standard engine is a 4.3L EcoTec3 V6 engine that offers up to 285 hp and 305 lb-ft of torque. Then there is an available 2.7L Turbo engine that delivers up to 310 hp and 348 lb-ft of torque. Or you can pick a 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 engine with up to 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque; this is available with either active fuel management or dynamic fuel management for improved fuel efficiency.

    For the greatest towing capacity possible with a Chevy Silverado 1500, you can choose a powerful 6.2L EcoTec3 V8 engine that delivers a massive 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque, which is more powerful than the Ram’s HEMI engine. Finally, there is an available Duramax 3.0L Turbo-Diesel engine, which gives you up to 277 hp and up to 460 lb-ft of torque with excellent fuel economy. Keep in mind that while every Ram truck comes with an 8-speed automatic transmission, many of the Chevy engines are paired with either a 6-speed or 8-speed automatic transmission. Also available is a 10-speed automatic transmission for a smoother, more responsive drive.

  • Towing and Payload

    A red 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500 is shown from the side with lumber being loaded into the bed.When looking at a truck, towing and payload are always going to be major concerns for you. After all, a big part of the reason to choose a pickup is for the ability to load it up with a lot of cargo or to pull a trailer, camper, or boat behind you. Although both the Ram 1500 and Chevy Silverado offer great towing and payload capacities, you can pull more weight with the Chevy truck than with the Ram pickup.

    The Ram 1500

    For starters, the 2021 Ram 1500’s standard V6 engine has a maximum towing capacity of up to 7,730 lbs. With the available HEMI V8 engine, it can manage up to 11,610 lbs or up to 12,750 lbs when looking at a model with the eTorque upgrade. That is the maximum towing capacity for the Ram 1500, which is good but not exceptional. With the right configuration, including choosing the right engine, the Ram 1500 can handle up to 2,300 lbs of maximum payload.

    The Chevy Silverado 1500

    By comparison, the 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500’s standard 4.3L V6 engine gives you up to 7,900 lbs of maximum towing capacity, which is more than the starting engine of the Ram 1500. When properly configured for towing, and with the available 6.2L V8 engine, the Silverado can handle up to 13,300 lbs of maximum towing capacity. That is a significant amount more than the Ram pickup can manage; if you need to tow about 13,000 lbs, then the Silverado can handle it, and the Ram simply cannot. When properly configured, the Silverado can handle up to 2,280 lbs of payload, which is not enough to make a difference when compared to the Ram 1500.

  • Trim Options

    The tan and black interior is shown from the drivers side on a 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500.Getting the features you want in a pickup is all about having enough options to choose from that you can get everything you want without going overboard. When you have more trim levels to look at, it is easier to get the features you need. In this regard, the Chevy Silverado is a clear winner, with more trims to choose from than the Ram truck.

    The Ram 1500

    With the 2021 Ram 1500, you really have six trims to choose from – we do not include the Ram 1500 TRX because it is such a different model from the rest. The starting trim is the Ram 1500 Tradesman, which includes vinyl seats, a 5-inch infotainment display, and remote keyless entry. From there, Ram offers the Big Horn trim that has cloth seating, a larger available infotainment display, and chrome accents. Then there is a Laramie trim, which has a more distinctly stylish exterior, available heated leather interior, and a 7-inch digital driver display.

    The Rebel trim includes a 1-inch factory lift, tow hooks, and LED headlamps and tail lamps for better visibility. Ram also offers a Limited Longhorn trim that has a bold exterior, leather and wood accents, and other stylistic touches. Finally, the Limited trim has leather seating, wooden accents and details, and an available Harman Kardon premium audio system.

    The Silverado 1500

    If you choose the 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500, then you get eight trims to choose from, starting with the WT that has vinyl seating, a 7-inch infotainment display, and a 3-inch monochromatic driver information display. From there, you can choose the Custom, which includes signature LED tail lamps, 20-inch wheels, and remote start, or a Custom Trail Boss trim that features a 2-inch factory suspension lift and the Z71 Off-Road package. The LT trim includes a larger infotainment display, dual-zone automatic climate control, and heated front seats.

    There is also an LT Trail Boss trim available, offering great Off-Road features on the LT trim. You can choose the RST trim for keyless open and start, a 10-way power adjustable driver seat, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Or the LTZ trim, which features a power up/down tailgate, advanced trailering features, and perforated leather-appointed seating. Finally, the High Country gives you rear heated seats, wireless charging, an 8-inch digital driver display, and includes a Bose premium audio system.

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