Chevy Silverado 1500 Vs. Ram 1500: All-New Pickups Battle it Out

By Justin Cupler | October 18th, 2018

The full-size-pickup segment has long included a trio of legendary rigs, including the Chevy Silverado 1500 and Ram 1500. The 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 and 2019 Ram 1500 have a lot to offer all buyers, but which one is the best choice for our Saginaw and Freeland, Michigan car buyers? Continue reading to find out.

Exterior

The Chevy Silverado 1500 and Ram 1500 went through significant redesigns for the 2019 model year. The 2019 Silverado gains a more upright front end with completely redesigned headlights and a new Trail Boss model with a higher ride height and a rugged look. Despite being up to 1.6 inches longer than the previous generation, the 2019 Silverado 1500 is also up to 450 pounds lighter.

Like the Silverado 1500, the Ram 1500 went through a big redesign. But unlike the Silverado, this redesign softened the Ram by giving it headlights inspired by the Charger, a lower grille, and eliminating the semi-truck-like design. While this softening may appeal to some buyers, many flocked to Ram showrooms just for the design the brand abandoned.

The 2018 Chevy Silverado 1500 measures 210.7 to 241.2 inches long, 81.2 inches wide, and 75.4 to 78.5 inches high. It rides on a wheelbase that ranges from 126.5 to 157.1 inches. The Ram 1500 lacks the smaller extended-cab option the Silverado has, so its length ranges from 228.9 to 241.8 inches. The rest of its measurements ring in at 82.1 inches wide and 75.7 to 79.7 inches high, and its wheelbase is 140.5 to 153.5 inches long.

The Silverado’s shorter extended-cab setup gives buyers looking for an easier-to-handle pickup an option as its 18.2-inch-shorter body is easier to park and maneuver through traffic. Plus, its 4.4-inch-longer wheelbase helps it glide over rough roads with less fuss.

Advantage: 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500

  • Smaller base footprint is easier to handle
  • Looks more rugged and futuristic

Advantage: 2019 Ram 1500

  • Shorter wheelbase works well for off-roading

Interior

Inside, the 2019 Ram 1500 and 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 feature rugged and upright designs that will please pickup-truck buyers. With such similar looks, it is hard to determine which is better, so we need to look to measurables to figure out which is the better pickup.

The 2019 Silverado 1500 has an exclusivity about it relative to the Ram 1500: a regular-cab format. This basic setup gives the Silverado a single-row setup that offers 43.1 inches of headroom, 44.5 inches of legroom, 66.1 inches of shoulder room, and 61.2 inches of hip room.

The 2019 Silverado 1500 Double Cab is roughly the equivalent of the Ram 1500 Quad Cab. The Silverado 1500’s front seats offer more room in most measurements with 43 inches of headroom, 44.5 inches of legroom, and 66.1 inches of shoulder room. These measurements beat the Ram 1500’s front by 2.1 inches, 4.4 inches, and 0.1 inches, respectively.

In the rear, though, the Ram 1500 Quad Cab gets a small advantage at 39.2 inches of headroom and 35.6 inches of legroom — advantages of 0.1 inches and 0.4 inches, respectively.

The 2019 Silverado 1500 Crew Cab rivals the Ram 1500 Crew Cab. Up front, the Silverado again beats the Ram in all the same measurements, but the Ram 1500 Crew Cab takes a small advantage in legroom 45.2 inches to 43.4 inches and shoulder room 65.7 inches to 65.2 inches. The Silverado’s 40.1 inches of headroom bests the Ram 1500 by 0.3 inches.

Advantage: 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500

  • Regular cab option
  • Roomier front seats

Advantage: 2019 Ram 1500

  • More room in the rear seats
  • Up to a 12-inch touchscreen

Performance

The 2019 Silverado 1500 and 2019 Ram 1500 have V-6 and V-8 engines available, but they are distinguished by the Silverado’s available turbocharged four-cylinder option and the Ram’s hybrid technology.

The 2019 Chevy Silverado’s engine lineup starts with a 4.3-liter V-6 engine that produces 285 horsepower and 305 pound-feet of torque. This V-6 powerplant pairs with a standard six-speed automatic transmission. Moving to the midrange engines drops a 5.3-liter V-8 engine into the Silverado 1500 that injects 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. Next up is a 2.7-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 310 horsepower and 348 pound-feet of torque. These 5.3- and 2.7-liter engines pair to the same eight-speed automatic transmission. Topping the range is a 6.2-liter V-8 with 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque and pairs with a 10-speed automatic transmission. There will be a 3.0-liter turbo-diesel engine available later in the 2019 model year, but the details are not available yet.

The 2019 Ram 1500 comes standard with a 3.6-liter V-6 eTORQUE powerplant with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system. This unit injects 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque. In the middle of the 2019 Ram 1500 lineup is a 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 engine with 395 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque. There is also an eTORQUE mild-hybrid option for the 5.7-liter engine, but the output remains at 395 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque. All 2019 Ram 1500 models come standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Fuel economy numbers are still in the works for the 2019 Silverado 1500, but there are preliminary numbers on select powertrains. The V-6, four-cylinder, and diesel engines do not have official EPA numbers yet, but the 5.3-liter V-8 delivers up to 17 mpg city, 23 highway, and 19 combined, while the 6.2-liter gets up to 16 mpg city, 20 highway, and 17 combined.

In an apples-to-apples comparison, the 2019 Ram 1500 gets significantly better V-6 fuel economy at up to 20 mpg city, 25 highway, and 22 combined. The V-8 engine matches the Silverado’s 5.3-liter engine at up to 17 mpg city, 23 highway, and 19 combined.

When buying a pickup truck, payload and towing capacities mean a lot. The Silverado can tow up to 12,200 pounds (Crew Cab with four-wheel drive) and haul up to 2,280 pounds of payload (regular cab with two-wheel drive). The Ram 1500 has a slight advantage over the Silverado with its 12,750-pound max towing capacity (Quad Cab, 5.7-liter, two-wheel drive) and 2,320-pound max payload capacity (Quad Cab, 3.6-liter, two-wheel drive).

Both models also satisfy the off-road enthusiast with their respective trail-focused models. The 2019 Silverado has two packages, starting with the Z71 that includes Rancho monotube shocks, electronic hill-descent control, two-speed transfer case, locking rear differential, front skid plates and heavy-duty air cleaner. The Trail Boss model adds a 2-inch lift to the Z71 package.

The Ram 1500 Off-Road Package adds a 1-inch lift, an electronic-locking rear differential, 32-inch all-terrain tires, 18-inch wheels, hill-descent control, an off-road suspension, four skid plates, and tow hooks. There’s also the Rebel, which includes four skid plate, hill-descent control, and more.

Advantage: 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500

  • Four-cylinder and diesel options
  • More advanced 10-speed transmission
  • Higher peak horsepower

Advantage: 2019 Ram 1500

  • Better V-6 fuel economy
  • More robust off-road package
  • Higher towing capacity

Pricing and Features

The 2019 Chevy Silverado has eight trim levels — Work Truck, Custom, Trail Boss, LT, RST, LT Trail Boss, LTZ, and High Country — and prices range from $29,795 to $54,495.

The Ram 1500 has seven trims — Tradesman, HFE, Big Horn, Rebel, Laramie, Longhorn, and Limited — and prices range from $34,795 to $44,190.

2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 Key Features and Pricing by Trim

Work Truck: $29,795

  • 4.3-liter V-6 engine
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • External engine-oil cooler
  • Electric power steering
  • 17-inch steel wheels Six-speaker audio system
  • Front USB port
  • Rearview camera
  • CornerStep Bumper
  • Urethane steering wheel
  • Teen Driver
  • Daytime running lights
  • Automatic headlights
  • Black door handles
  • Cargo-area lighting
  • Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system
  • 7-inch touchscreen
  • Bluetooth audio streaming
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • 3.5-inch monochromatic driver information display
  • Power door locks and windows
  • Rear seat occupancy reminder
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • 12 cargo tie-downs
  • Black grille bars with mesh insert

Custom: $36,095

  • All Work Truck features, plus
  • 20-inch bright-silver-painted aluminum wheels
  • Taillights with LED signatures
  • Body-color bumpers
  • Heated power mirrors
  • Cruise control
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Carpeted floors
  • Rubberized-vinyl floor mats
  • 40/20/40 split-folding front seat
  • Deep-tinted windows

Custom Trail Boss: $40,995

  • All Custom features, plus
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Two-speed transfer case
  • 2-inch lift
  • Monotube off-road shocks
  • Hill-descent control
  • Skid plates
  • High-capacity air filter
  • Trailering Package
  • Locking rear differential
  • Gloss-black bumpers
  • Black bow tie
  • Performance Red recovery hooks

LT: $38,395

  • Work Truck features, plus
  • 2.7-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Automatic stop/start
  • 17-inch bright-silver aluminum wheels
  • Two front USB ports
  • Chrome bumpers
  • Body-color door handles
  • LED headlights with signature lighting
  • Driver’s blind-spot mirror
  • Lift-assist tailgate
  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Compass
  • 4.2-inch color driver-information center
  • OnStar
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi
  • Chevrolet Connected Access
  • Steering-wheel-mounted audio controls
  • Chrome grille bars and gloss-black mesh insert
  • Chrome mirror caps

LT Trail Boss: $47,395

  • All LT features, plus
  • 5.3-liter V-8 engine
  • Dual exhaust with polished tips
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Two-speed transfer case
  • 2-inch lift
  • Monotube off-road shocks
  • Hill-descent control
  • Skid plates
  • High-capacity air filter
  • Trailering Package
  • Locking rear differential
  • Electric rear defogger
  • All-weather floor liners
  • Fog lights
  • Grille with high-gloss black bars and mesh insert
  • High-gloss-black mirror caps
  • Performance Red recovery hooks
  • Black bow tie
  • LED signature lighting on taillights
  • LED cargo area lighting
  • EZ Lift tailgate with power locks
  • 18-inch high-gloss-black wheels
  • Hitch Guidance
  • Auxiliary transmission cooler

RST: $40,295

  • All LT features, plus
  • 18-inch bright-silver wheels
  • Body-color front and rear bumpers
  • Black bow tie
  • LED signature taillights
  • LED fog lights
  • LED cargo area lighting
  • EZ Lift tailgate with power locks
  • Rear window defogger
  • Two rear charge-only USB ports
  • 40/20/40 split-fold front seat
  • Theft-deterrent system
  • Body-color bumpers
  • Body-color grille bars with gloss-black mesh insert
  • Black front bow tie
  • High-gloss black mirror caps
  • Black recovery hooks

LTZ: $44,495

  • All LT features, plus
  • 5.3-liter V-8 engine
  • 18-inch bright-silver wheels
  • Trailering package
  • Hitch Guidance with Hitch View
  • Advanced Trailering System
  • Trailer Tire Pressure Monitoring
  • Trailer brake controller
  • Auxiliary transmission cooler
  • Heavy-duty locking rear differential
  • Chrome-accented bumpers, front grille, mirror caps, door handles, and hockey-stick beltline
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Chrome door handles
  • 8-inch HD touchscreen
  • Voice recognition
  • SiriusXM
  • HD Radio
  • Remote ignition
  • Keyless open and ignition
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • 120-volt bed-mounted outlet
  • 10-way front seats
  • Driver’s seat memory
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather seating
  • Leather-wrapped heated steering wheel
  • LED fog lights
  • LED taillights
  • LED cargo area lighting
  • Chrome grille bars with gloss-black mesh insert
  • Heated outside mirrors with puddle lamps
  • EZ Lift tailgate with power lock

High Country: $54,495

  • All LTZ features, plus
  • 20-inch painted aluminum wheels with light-argent pockets
  • Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Premium system
  • Navigation
  • 7-speaker Bose audio system with subwoofer
  • Two first-row USB ports
  • Two center-console-mounted USB ports
  • Body-color bumpers
  • High-intensity LED headlights
  • Power up/down tailgate
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Lane-change alert
  • Blind-zone alert
  • Enhanced 8-inch multicolor digital gauges
  • Carpeted floor mats
  • Front bucket seats
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Heated rear outboard seats
  • Universal home remote
  • Power-sliding rear window
  • Wireless charging
  • Spray-on bed liner
  • Chrome assist steps
  • Body-color mirrors
  • Front and rear ultrasonic park assist
  • Chrome recovery hooks
  • Dual exhaust with polished tips

2019 Ram 1500 Key Features and Pricing by Trim

Tradesman: $34,795

  • Quad Cab 6-foot-4-inch bed
  • 3.6-liter V-6 engine with eTorque
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Engine oil heater and cooler
  • 18-inch steel wheels
  • Upper grille shutters
  • Heavy-duty shocks
  • Electronic power steering
  • Chrome “RAM” lettering on tailgate
  • Black bumpers
  • Black door handles
  • Black power mirrors with heat
  • Black grille and surround with chrome “RAM” lettering
  • Tinted windows
  • Acoustic front glass
  • Black grille header
  • Automatic halogen headlights
  • Cargo area lighting
  • Four fixed lower cargo area tie-downs
  • Four-pin/seven-pin hitch connector
  • Class III bumper hitch
  • 3.5-inch monochromatic driver information display
  • Black and Diesel Grey interior color
  • Power door locks and windows
  • Keyless entry
  • Vinyl floor covering
  • Vinyl front and rear bench seating
  • 40/20/40 split-folding front bench
  • Cruise control
  • Push-button ignition
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Urethane steering wheel
  • Steering wheel mounted cruise and bluetooth buttons
  • Center-stack drawer
  • Bluetooth hands-free with voice control
  • Two 2.5-amp full-function front USB ports
  • One middle 2.5-amp charge-only USB port
  • Uconnect infotainment system
  • 5-inch touchscreen
  • Trailer-sway control
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Rearview camera with dynamic guidelines and center line
  • Tire-fill alert

Big Horn: $34,695

  • All Tradesman features, plus
  • “BIG HORN” tailgate lettering
  • Chrome door handle inserts
  • Fog lights
  • Tailgate ajar switch
  • 18-inch cast-aluminum wheels
  • Painted interior bezels with hydrographics
  • Rear seat fold-out center armrest
  • Upgraded door trim
  • Cloth bench front seat
  • 40/20/40 split-folding front bench
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Sliding rear window
  • Steering-wheel-mounted radio controls

Rebel: $43,995

  • All Tradesman features, plus
  • Electronic-locking differential
  • Upgraded off-road shocks
  • Black-painted “RAM” lettering and “1500” badges
  • “REBEL” lettering
  • Silver-painted “RAM” lettering on grille
  • Rugged bumpers with unique powder-coating
  • Body-color door handles
  • LED fog lights
  • LED headlights with signature lighting and dark bezels
  • Sport performance hood
  • Two-tone paint
  • Four skid plates
  • Fully dampened assist tailgate
  • LED taillights with darkened lenses
  • Black front tow hooks
  • Class IV hitch receiver
  • 18-inch cast-aluminum wheels with black finish
  • Off-road wheel flares
  • Painted-over-chrome bezels
  • Premium six-gauge cluster with 7-inch screen
  • Black-and-Diesel-Grey interior trim
  • Red accents
  • Rebel-exclusive door-trim panels
  • Front and rear rubber floor mats
  • Cloth-and-vinyl bucket front seats
  • Eight-way power driver’s seat
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with accent stitching and perforations
  • Soft-touch instrument cluster brow with two-color accent stitching
  • Instrument panel badging
  • Power-sliding rear window
  • 115-volt three-prong front outlet
  • SiriusXM satellite radio
  • Hill-descent control

Laramie: $43,690

  • All Tradesman features, plus
  • “LARAMIE” tailgate
  • Chrome bumpers
  • Chrome door handle inserts
  • LED fog lights
  • Chrome grille header
  • Chrome grille surround
  • Billet grille bars
  • Chrome “RAM” grille lettering
  • LED headlights
  • Chrome side-view mirrors
  • Fully dampened tailgate with lift assist
  • Premium LED taillights
  • Class IV hitch receiver
  • 18-inch cast-aluminum wheels
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • “LARAMIE” instrument panel badging
  • Painted instrument panel bezels with premium film
  • Premium gauges with 7-inch color screen
  • Rear seat fold-out armrest
  • Keyless entry
  • High-line door trim panels
  • Front and rear carpeted floor mats
  • Ambient lighting
  • LED map lights
  • LED dome lamp
  • Driver-seat memory
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Power-adjustable pedals
  • Eight-way power front seats
  • Leather seating
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • 40/20/40 split-folding front bench
  • Metal door-sill scuff plates
  • Leather-wrapped heated steering wheel
  • Soft-touch instrument-panel brow
  • Rear defroster
  • One 2.5-amp fully functional USB port
  • One 2.5-amp charging-only USB port
  • 115-volt front and rear power outlets
  • Uconnect 8.4 infotainment system
  • Steering-wheel-mounted audio controls
  • Premium audio system
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Remote ignition
  • Security alarm

Longhorn: $51,690

  • All Laramie features, plus
  • Crew Cab body with 5-foot-7-inch bed
  • “LONGHORN” badging
  • Spray-in bed liner
  • Chrome grille surround with chrome insert and chrome “RAM” lettering
  • Chrome lower trim
  • Full-LED headlights with signature lighting
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Bed lighting
  • Chrome wheel-to-wheel assist steps
  • Tailgate ajar switch
  • Power tailgate release
  • Front chrome tow hook
  • 20-inch cast-aluminum wheels with premium paint and polish
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • “LONGHORN” instrument panel badging
  • Aluminum Litho with wood trimming
  • Mountain Brown and Light Mountain Brown interior colors
  • Premium door panels
  • Front and rear rubber floor mats with carpet inserts
  • Premium leather seating
  • Front Bucket seats
  • Wood-trimmed steering wheel
  • Rear underseat storage
  • Uconnect 8.4 infotainment system with navigation
  • SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link
  • Front and Rear ParkSense

Limited: $54,190

  • All Longhorn features, plus
  • Four-corner air suspension
  • “LIMITED” badging
  • Chrome body-side molding
  • Power-operated running boards
  • Two-tone paint
  • “Limited” badges on upper glove box door and center console lid
  • Black interior
  • Ultra-grade door panels
  • Wireless charging pad
  • Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and trailer detection

Who Should Buy the 2019 Chevy Silverado?

The 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 is the perfect truck for buyers who want the most options. From its virtually countless engine options to its array of body styles, the 2019 Silverado has something for everyone.

Who Should Buy the 2019 Ram 1500?

Does every ounce of towing and payload capacity matter to you? The Ram 1500 has slightly higher capacities to meet your needs.

Ready to test drive the Chevy Silverado 1500 through the streets of Saginaw, Michigan? Come down to our new-car dealership serving Saginaw and Freeland to see what it can do today. Can’t make it in today? You can also view our online inventory to see if we have a 2019 Silverado in stock to meet your needs.