2020 Ram 1500 vs 2020 Chevrolet Silverado
Of all American truck manufacturers, two of the most well-known are Ram and Chevrolet. Both have long histories making pickups for the working man and adventurous drivers. As time has gone by, both have chosen to design their flagship large trucks to accentuate certain traits and gloss over others. The result of this branching design philosophy, coupled with the leaps and bounds of technological evolution in recent years, caused both Ram and Chevrolet to make trucks with distinct traits.
For example, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 has a wider variety of cab sizes. The Silverado has four-door crew cab, four-door double cab options, as well as the increasingly rare two-door regular cab. In the 2020 Ram world, there is no two-door 1500. Just the same, Ram calls a full cab a crew cab, and refers to smaller cabs as “quad cabs.”
Truck Bed and Towing Comparison
The way each automaker designs truck beds is different as well. Overall, the Silverado offers longer truck beds but doesn’t have as high of a maximum payload as the Ram. Furthermore, the Ram manages to pull a maximum trailer weight of over 12,750 lbs. when properly equipped, overshadowing the Silverado and its 12,200 lb. trailer rating.
2020 Ram 1500 Engine Options
All of this is made possible by a mismatch of engines. The Ram 1500’s strength comes from three engine options. The 3.6L Pentastar® is a V6 with 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque. A level up in engines brings us to the 5.7L HEMI® V8 engine, offered either with or without Ram’s eTorque technology. The V8 generates an impressive 395 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque. Lastly, a 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 rounds out the Ram 1500 engine options.
2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Engine Options
The Silverado comes with a whole line of engine options. For starters, the 4.3L V6 produces an impressive 285 horsepower and 305 lb-ft of torque for a base engine. Taking a step up, we come to a 5.3L V8 available with or without Dynamic Fuel Management. This engine can make it up to 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque. Better yet, a 6.2L V8—also featuring Dynamic Fuel Management—makes it up to 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. But that’s not all, there is one last engine option for the Silverado, a Turbo. The 2.7L Turbo can muster up 310 horsepower and 348 lb-ft of torque. The Silverado does not offer a Diesel option for the 2020 model year.