Son's Automotive Group Compares 2014 Ram 1500 VS 2014 Chevrolet Silverado Near Buford, GA

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2014 Ram 1500

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2014 Ram 1500

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2014 Chevrolet Silverado

Safety Comparison

Both the Ram 1500 and the Silverado have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available four-wheel drive.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ram 1500 is safer than the Chevrolet Silverado:

Ram 1500

Silverado

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

16

68

Hip Force

192 lbs.

269 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

48 G’s

51 G’s

Hip Force

681 lbs.

971 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Ram 1500 has a standard 180-amp alternator (220-amp - Ram 1500 HFE and 230 Diesel). The Silverado’s 150-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2013 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Ram vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ram 9th in reliability, above the industry average. With 3 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked 12th.

Engine Comparison

The Ram 1500’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 115 lbs.-ft. more torque (420 vs. 305) than the Silverado’s standard 4.3 V6. The Ram 1500’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (420 vs. 383) than the Silverado’s optional 5.3 V8.

As tested in Car and Driver the Ram 1500 V6 is faster than the Chevrolet Silverado V6:

1500

Silverado

Zero to 60 MPH

7.5 sec

7.7 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

21.1 sec

22.6 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7.8 sec

8.1 sec

Quarter Mile

15.8 sec

16 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

88 MPH

87 MPH

Top Speed

107 MPH

106 MPH

As tested in Consumer Reports the Ram 1500 V8 is faster than the Chevrolet Silverado 5.3 V8:

1500

Silverado

Zero to 60 MPH

7.1 sec

7.5 sec

Quarter Mile

15.5 sec

15.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93.8 MPH

90.3 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Ram 1500 Diesel gets better fuel mileage than the Silverado V6:

1500

Silverado

RWD

Auto

20 city/28 hwy

18 city/24 hwy

4x4

Auto

19 city/27 hwy

17 city/22 hwy

On the EPA test cycle the Ram 1500 HFE RWD V6 gets better fuel mileage than the Silverado RWD V6 (18 city/25 hwy vs. 18 city/24 hwy).

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Ram 1500 HFE’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Silverado doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ram 1500 uses regular unleaded gasoline (mid-grade octane recommended with the 5.7 V8 engine for maximum performance). The Silverado with the 6.2 V8 engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 5 to 40 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Ram 1500’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Silverado:

1500

Silverado

Front Rotors

13.2 inches

13 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

13.6 inches

The Ram 1500’s brakes have 13% more swept area (the area covered by the brake pads) than the Silverado (566 vs. 502 square inches), so the Ram 1500 has more braking power available.

The Ram 1500 stops shorter than the Silverado:

Ram 1500

Silverado

60 to 0 MPH

123 feet

131 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

154 feet

164 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Ram 1500 has larger standard tires than the Silverado (265/70R17 vs. 255/70R17). The Ram 1500 Sport’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Silverado (285/45R22 vs. 275/55R20).

The Ram 1500 Sport’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Silverado’s optional 55 series tires.

For better load carrying, ride, handling and brake cooling the Ram 1500 Sport has standard 22-inch wheels. The Silverado’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Ram 1500 has front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Ram 1500 flat and controlled during cornering. The Silverado’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The front and rear suspension of the Ram 1500 uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the Silverado, which uses leaf springs in the rear. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.

The Ram 1500 has a standard automatic load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Silverado doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

The Ram 1500’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Silverado doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Ram 1500’s wheelbase is longer than on the Silverado:

Ram 1500

Silverado

Regular Cab Standard Bed

120.5 inches

119 inches

The Ram 1500 standard bed Sport Quad Cab 4x4 handles at .77 G’s, while the Silverado 1500 Standard Box LTZ Double Cab 4x4 pulls only .74 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Ram 1500’s turning circle is tighter than the Silverado’s:

Ram 1500

Silverado

Regular Cab Standard Bed

39.5 feet

40 feet

Extended Cab Standard Bed

45.1 feet

46.9 feet

Crew Cab Short Bed

39.5 feet

47.2 feet

Extended Cab Standard Bed 4x4

45.1 feet

46.9 feet

Crew Cab Short Bed 4x4

39.8 feet

47.2 feet

Crew Cab Standard Bed 4x4

45.4 feet

48.5 feet

For greater off-road capability the Ram 1500 short bed Crew Cab w/Air Suspension has a 1.9 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Silverado 1500 Standard Box Double Cab (10.8 vs. 8.9 inches), allowing the Ram 1500 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The front grille of the Ram 1500 (except Tradesman/Express) uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Silverado doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Ram 1500 short bed Laramie Longhorn Crew Cab 4x4 is quieter than the Silverado 1500 Short Box LTZ Crew Cab 4x4 (73 vs. 74 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Ram 1500 Quad Cab has 2.5 inches more front hip room, 1.2 inches more front shoulder room, 1 inch more rear headroom, .1 inches more rear legroom and 2.7 inches more rear hip room than the Silverado Double Cab.

The Ram 1500 Crew Cab has 2.5 inches more front hip room, 1.2 inches more front shoulder room and 2.9 inches more rear hip room than the Silverado Crew Cab.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

A low lift-over bed design makes loading and unloading the Ram 1500 easier. The Ram 1500 Regular Cab’s bed lift-over height is 34.8 inches, while the Silverado Regular Cab’s liftover is 36.3 inches. The Ram 1500 Quad Cab’s bed lift-over height is 34.6 inches, while the Silverado Double Cab’s liftover is 34.8 inches. The Ram 1500 Crew Cab’s bed lift-over height is 34.6 inches, while the Silverado Crew Cab’s liftover is 34.9 inches.

The Ram 1500 has a standard tailgate assist feature, which prevents the heavy tailgate from falling with a crash and causing injury. It allows adults and children to easily open and close the tailgate with one hand to better facilitate loading and unloading. Tailgate assist is only available on the Chevrolet Silverado LT/LTZ.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Ram 1500’s optional front power windows both open or close with one touch of the switches. The Silverado’s front passenger window doesn’t close automatically.

Keyless Enter ‘n Go optional on the Ram 1500 Sport/Laramie allows you to unlock the doors and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Chevrolet Silverado doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The Ram 1500 Sport/Laramie’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Silverado’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Ram 1500 Sport/Laramie detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Silverado doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

Both the Ram 1500 and the Silverado offer available heated front seats. The Ram 1500 Crew/Quad Cab Laramie also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Silverado.

Both the Ram 1500 and the Silverado offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Ram 1500 Quad/Crew Cab has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Silverado doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends the Ram 1500, based on reliability, safety and performance.

4-Wheel & Off-Road performed a comparison test in its December 2013 issue and the Ram 1500 standard bed SLT Quad Cab 4x4 won out over the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Short Box LT Crew Cab 4x4.

Motor Trend selected the Ram 1500 as their 2014 Truck of the Year. The Silverado was Truck of the Year in 2007.

The Ram 1500 was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 3 of the last 5 years. The Silverado hasn’t been picked since 2002.

The Ram 1500 was selected by Petersen's 4-Wheel & Off-Road magazine as their 2006 4x4 of the Year. The Silverado has never been chosen.

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