2021 RAM 1500 vs. Chevy Silverado

2021 RAM 1500 vs. 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500
2021 RAM 1500


2021 Chevy Silverado
305 hp

Base Horsepower

285 hp
12,750 lbs

Max Towing Capacity

13,300 lbs
2,300 lbs

Max Payload Capacity

2,280 lbs
22 city / 32 hwy

Max Fuel Economy

23 city / 33 hwy

IIHS Top Safety Pick+


Pickup truck drivers in Aztec know that two models will always stand out from the crowd: the RAM 1500 and the Chevy Silverado. But which of these fierce competitors is a better match for your needs both on and off the jobsite? In the RAM 1500 vs. Silverado comparison below, Advantage Dodge Ram Chrysler Jeep FIAT puts the specs side-by-side to help you make
the call!

RAM 1500 vs. Silverado 1500: Engines

Both the 1500 and the Silverado offer a range of powerful engine options that deliver impressive capability at every trim level. However, there’s less variety in the Silverado engine lineup, which doesn’t involve any hybrid technology. Plus, the RAM base trim offers significant;y higher horsepower; 305 hp vs. 285 for the base Silverado engine. Compare base engines, diesel options, and upgrades for both pickups, below:

RAM 1500 Engine Options

  • Base 3.6L PENTASTAR® V6 with eTorque – 305 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque
  • Available 3.0L EcoDiesel V6® – 260 hp, 480 lb-ft of torque, and best-in-class 32 highway mpg fuel economy*
  • Available 5.7L HEMI® V8 eTorque – 395 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque

Chevy Silverado Engine Options

  • 4.3L V-6 – 285 hp and 305 lb-ft of torque
  • 5.3L V8 – 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque
  • 2.7L – I-4 – 310 hp and 348 lb-ft of torque
  • 6.2L V8 – 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque
  • 3.0L Diesel I-6 – 277 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque

RAM 1500 vs. Silverado 1500: Towing & Payload Capacity

Keep in mind that while the Silverado pulls out a narrow victory in terms of towing capacity, the RAM 1500 easily picks up the slack with some of the most advanced towing features in the industry, like the RAMBOX® cargo management system lockable storage container, a multifunction tailgate, and much more. You’ll also note that the RAM 1500 wins out in terms of payload capacity. Compare the RAM 1500 vs. Silverado specs below:

RAM 1500

  • Max Towing Capacity – 12,750 pounds with the 5.7L V8 engine
  • Max Payload – 2,300 pounds with the 3.6L V6 engine

Chevrolet Silverado 

  • Max Towing Capacity – 13,300 pounds with the 6.2L V8 engine
  • Max Payload – 2,280 pounds


For more power, compare the 1500 vs. the RAM 2500 HD. The heavy-duty RAM pickup can tow up to 19,680 pounds of materials and supplies to jobs across Shiprock.

RAM 1500 vs. Silverado 1500: Key Features

Looking for a truck that can help you do your best work? A comfortable cabin, advanced safety features, and handy convenience features can go a long way. Standard features on the RAM 1500 include a class-exclusive AllSecure® central locking system for the RAMBox. Along with the RAMBox itself, this is a feature that’s simply not available on the SIlverado.


The RAM 1500 earned a Top Safety Pick+ designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety — an honor not shared by the Silverado. Advanced safety features like the following are easy to access on the 1500:


  • Blind-spot monitoring – This feature can be added to the base RAM 1500 configuration as an upgrade, but is only available on higher Silverado trim levels.
  • LED brake lights – Also available on the RAM 1500 base configuration, you’ll only find this important safety feature as an optional upgrade on the upper Silverado trims.

Test Drive a New RAM 1500 for Sale in Farmington 

Ready to get more done on the job in Durango, CO? Browse our extensive inventory of new and pre-owned RAM 1500 pickups, RAM commercial trucks, and then contact us to schedule a test drive today! Feel free to get started from home by finding your trade-in value and applying for financing online.


*Class based on Light-Duty pickups.

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