2021 Ram 1500 VS Chevrolet Silverado 1500
2021 Ram 1500 VS Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Shopping for a new car can be stressful. The full-size pickup segment contains a dizzying number of options, which only increases when you factor in cab configurations, engine choices, and so on. Here at Len Stoler, we know how important it is to find a full-size pickup you can rely on. We’ve selected two competitors, the 2021 Ram 1500 Crew Cab, and the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, and compared them side-by-side on criteria like engine power, interior features, and comfort to help you decide which truck is right for you! Continue reading below as we break down the details of each competitor to see which pickup comes out on top.
2021 Ram 1500 Power & Handling
The 2021 Ram 1500 offers four solid and powerful engine options. The base level 3.6-liter V6 starts out strong with 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque. Next comes a diesel option, the 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 which amps up its torque to 480 lb-ft. These are followed by the 5.7-liter V8, offering 395 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque, and the no-holds-barred 6.2-liter supercharged V8 powers the new beast-like TRX trim, pumping out 702-horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. All engine options are paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission, though the V8 also has the option of a mild-hybrid eToruqe system. Not only does the Ram 1500 offer rugged towing and hauling capabilities, but its handling is also impressively smooth on daily drives thanks to its independent rear suspension.
2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Power & Handling
The 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500 has seven different powertrain options across its lineup. For those already torn between models, this will definitely add another step to your search! The base-level option is the 4.3-liter V6 paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission for 285 horsepower and 305 lb-ft of torque, the mid-range option 5.3-liter V8 paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission for 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque, and the top-level option is a 6.2-liter V8 providing 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. Some may appreciate the wide variety of offerings, but unfortunately despite this diversity, none of the power outputs stand up to those of the Ram 1500. Also, many drivers may find themselves skipping the base-level engine altogether in favor of something with a bit more muscle.
2021 Ram 1500 Features & Design
One of the most celebrated aspects of the 2021 Ram 1500 is its exceptionally comfortable and well-appointed interior. Depending on the trim level you choose, this is a truck whose features approach the standards of a true luxury vehicle. The Limited trim exemplifies this well, with premium leather upholstery on its front bucket seats, a wireless charging pad for your mobile devices, and a 12.0-inch infotainment touchscreen so you can access all its functionalities in stunning clarity. Additionally, the new TRX trim features some serious off-roading equipment like all-terrain tires, underbody skid plates, and Bilstein adaptive dampers.
2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Features & Design
The Chevy Silverado is sturdily built, which is a both a pro and a con, in that its wide hood and thick frames can hinder visibility. The backseats are spacious enough even for adult passengers, although the rear doors could stand to open up further to allow easier entry. The dashboard layout is carried over from previous years, and isn’t as sleek or modern as the Ram 1500. However, its basic functionality works well, just in a more simplified manner. The maximum screen size for the Silverado’s touchscreen is 8 inches, and the display can look a bit blurry at times. Additional features include vinyl, cloth, and leather upholstery options, heated front seats, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, and smartphone integration.
All things considered, we feel that the 2021 Ram 1500 is by far the stronger option here. Its powertrain options and straightforward, and deliver on power. Its interior is also impressive, with options ranging from simple and utilitarian, to sleek and refined. You can view our full Ram inventory right here on our website, or by visiting our showroom in Westminster MD! While you’re there, be sure to talk to our expert staff about setting up a test-drive to experience the 2021 Ram 1500 for yourself! Shop online, or give us a call today at Len Stoler CDJR!