|285 hp||Horsepower||240 hp|
|305 lb-ft||Torque||269 lb-ft|
|18 / 24||MPG||20 / 27|
The 2018 Chevy Silverado vs. 2018 Ram 1500 are both legends in their own right. Neither one of these pickup giants fails to impress when it comes to convenience, capability, or character, but if only one can fit in your garage, a choice must be made.
Other than overall size, there isn’t too much the 2018 Ram 1500 has over the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado when you take a good look at the detail. The 2018 Silverado offers better-towing capability, stronger safety rating, and a more integrative infotainment facility. As for style, it is just a matter of opinion if you like rough and tough or seamlessly smooth. So, let’s see which one of these powerhouse pickups catch your attention.
Safety is everything no matter what you choose to drive. The roads are dangerous, and whether you have a 5,000-pound truck or a 2,000-pound compact car, you need to be sure you are protected on the road. So, looking at the Silverado and RAM 1500 side by side, let’s see which one makes you feel more secure at the wheel.
Overall, federal testing rated the 2018 Silverado with a five-star overall safety rating. The extended cab received the best IIHS reviews with “Good” ratings for almost every test. This year every Silverado received safety features such as well-tested airbags, a rearview camera, brilliant stability control, and anti-locking brakes. Upgrading to higher trim levels offer even more incredible awareness and protection tools like automatic stop braking, lane control, automatic high-beams, park assist, and much more. The roads may be rough, but you will never feel more secure in a pickup.
The 2018 RAM 1500 may have a lot of mass, but it could use some improvement in the safety department. The NHTSA which gave the 2018 Silverado a five-star safety score, gave the RAM 1500 four-star overall, with only three stars for rollover testing. The RAM 1500 comes standard with six airbags, a review camera, anti-lock brakes, and stability controls that are now standard on all RAM vehicles. Although it grants drivers all the required safety measures, it could definitely use some improvement in this area.
What your pickup is capable of will become the ultimate draw to buy it. Engine options, fuel-efficiency, horsepower, torque, towing ability, transmission selection, and overall handling are all a part of what makes a pickup truck a hero or a zero.
The 2018 Chevrolet Silverado has a fair selection of engines that are able to produce 9,400 pounds towing capability before even investing in the extra towing packages. The base engine is a 4.3L V6 engine with 285 hp and 305 lb-ft of torque that will get you going strong and proud without a penny more. If you feel the need to upgrade through the 5.3 V8 engine with 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque will never fail to impress. Lastly, the start of the engine line-up is the 6.2L V8 engine offering 420 hp, and 460 lb-ft of torque that will make you feel like you are driving right into the future. The engine line-up is admittedly nothing flashy, but who needs flash when you have such raw power and capability.
The 2018 RAM 1500 competes fairly well in towing capacity by offering a maximum capacity of 8,590 pounds, which will tow almost all trailers. Where the RAM 1500 truly shines though is with its trio of magnificent engines that are made to work perfectly with its 8-speed automatic transmission. This is the classic case of superiority over quantity. The standard engine is a 3.6L V6 engine that gives 305 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque. Which is good enough that most wouldn’t really need to upgrade, but the other two options are just too tempting to pass up. The 5.7L V8 pumps up the heat to 395 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque. As for the final engine, it is a 3.0L V6 turbodiesel engine this offer 240 hp and a massive 420 lb-ft of torque. These are all amazing options, but just don’t forget to invest in the 8-speed automatic transmission.
Style may not be everything, but it is more often than not the first thing that draws you to your future dream vehicle. The style of the vehicle must match that of the driver because the more compatible you are in style, the more confidently you will drive it.
Both the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado and the 2018 RAM 1500 have their own unique style. In short, the Silverado is bold, while the RAM 1500 is smooth.
The 2018 Chevrolet Silverado can be described as rough on the outside, smooth on the inside. Depending on the trim, this beast can be personally tailored to better suit your lifestyle. If you love boldness and chrome, then invest in the lower end trims, but if you need something more polished inside and out, the High Country trim will fit perfectly.
The boldest feature of the 2018 Silverado, other than its size, is the front with its intimidating double grille. That being said the rear is fairly nice with its assimilated steps on the middle and edges of the bumper which adds some flair and convenience to the backs design. Nothing says tough like a bold and brash pickup.
As for the interior, the cabin is warm, welcoming, and surprisingly cozy. The cockpit is well organized and well pulled together by a 7-inch or 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The seating options are also extremely flexible with three cabin sizes and four interior color options that range from light tan Dune to dark Jet Black. Whether you invest in cloth or leather upholstery, you can be sure the cabin of the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado will look refined and provide endless comfort.
The 2018 RAM 1500 is sleek and offers a plethora of trim configurations to keep things fresh. The grille has an almost retro feel with its slim criss-cross style and headlights that are aligned midway up the height, but that is not a surprise considering it’s almost a copy of the model of the 2009 Silverado. The fender, on the other hand, sticks out like a sore thumb with its choice of chrome detailing and bulky structure.
As for the interior, it is clearly dependent on the trim level and cab you decide on. Overall, the inside of the 2018 RAM 1500 is similar to most RAM trucks with a balanced dashboard and standard cloth seating. The wood trim option is a highly recommended style feature if you really want to enhance your investment.
The 2018 RAM 1500 is smooth and fairly stylish, but what should really be respected is the durability that will keep looking smooth for many years to come.