2020 Ram 1500
Features & Specs
2020 Chevrolet Silverado
305 horsepower
Engine Power
285 horsepower
8-speed Automatic
Transmission
6-speed Automatic
520/650 miles
Range
384/504 miles
Rear-Wheel-Drive
Drive Train
Rear-Wheel-Drive

2020 Ram 1500 vs 2020 Chevrolet Silverado

The pickup truck is the hard-working backbone of the world with reliable strength, durability, and capability. Ram and Chevrolet are the top truck manufacturers with a long history of worksite power and leisure handling. Both automakers make a variety of pickup models, but only one has the best work truck in the industry. Today we're taking a look at both the brand's top models to find out which is the better choice. On the left, we have the innovative Ram 1500, and on the right is the 2020 Chevy Silverado. Which truck will reign supreme? Read this article and find out!

2020 Ram 1500 Power & Handling

The Ram 1500 offers a variety of powertrain options, including the standard 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine. This engine includes a mild-hybrid setup with start/stop technology for improved fuel economy. The eTorque system adds up to 130 lb-ft of torque depending on the engine and uses a motor-generator and 48-volt battery pack. The transition between electric and gasoline power is subtle, while the 8-speed automatic transmission is responsive and smooth. This system is optional on the next engine, a 5.7-liter V8 that spits out 395 horsepower. There is also a brand-new 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine with an impressive 260 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque. Regardless of the engine, a 2- and 4-wheel-drive configuration is available while the Ram's new 2-valve Frequency Response Damping shocks provide an unmatched ridge quality with a flexible attitude and responsive steering. The coil-spring rear suspension, exclusive to Ram, provides steady steering and secure handling.

2020 Chevrolet Silverado Power & Handling

The Silverado offers a variety of engine options, starting with the base 4.3-liter V6. A 5.3-liter V8, 2.7-liter 4-cylinder, a 6.2-liter V8, and a 3.0-liter inline-6 engine is also available. There is also a variety of transmission options, including a 6-, 8-, and 10-speed automatic, and two types of cylinder-management systems to optimize fuel consumption. The Active Fuel Economy is a cylinder shut-off system, while the Dynamic Fuel Management is designed to balance power and efficiency. Like most pickups, the standard setup is a rear-wheel-drive, although all-wheel-drive is also available. When it comes to handling and ride quality, the acceleration and braking are only average. Steering is a bit too light, and mid-corner bumps upset the Silverado's ride quality. For off-road enthusiasts, the 4WD is ok, but in no way class-leading and you need to add packages to get the decent capability.

2020 Ram 1500 Features & Design

The Ram 1500 has a variety of exclusive high-quality features. Standard equipment includes a 23-gallon tank, active grille shutters, a rearview camera, trailer-sway control, power-adjustable and heated side mirrors, and 18-inch steel wheels. The entry-level Tradesman also offers a push-button start, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, electronic parking brake, and a 5.0-inch screen. A dual-pane moonroof, deployable side steps, damped tailgate, and other features are also available. Climbing up the ladder, the interior design becomes more extravagant with a 7.0-inch thin-film transistor display and a top-level 8.4-inch or 12-inch Uconnect system with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration. Other top of the line features include memory heated leather seating, wood, leather, and metal accents, a surround-view camera, and other features. Overall, the cabin is impressive and revolutionary, while the technology is a dazzling addition. When it comes to storage, the Ram 1500 offers the premium RamBox system, which gives you lockable bins on the side of the bed.

2020 Chevrolet Silverado Features & Design

The Silverado's design is a bit lackluster and outdated, with a few flaws for daily use. The base model comes with 17-inch painted steel wheels, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Bluetooth. This system is nice enough, but the voice recognition leaves a lot to be desired and isn't quite user friendly. Other features include a 6-speaker audio system, a 12-volt outlet, and a USB port, while the truck bed comes with 12 cargo tie-downs and CornerSteps on the bumper. Equipment and capability depend on the trim level, including the Z71 off-road package, and other optional features include rear-window defogger, power mirrors, remote keyless entry, and a spray-on bedliner. For upper trim levels, features include a wireless device charging, 360-degree camera, Bose audio upgrade, heated seats, and other features. On the negative side, the Silverado doesn't offer power-tilt/telescoping steering-wheel adjustments, and the available blind-spot monitoring system doesn't take a trailer's blind spots into account.

Conclusion:

The results are in: the 2020 Ram 1500 is the best work truck around! The Silverado put up a good fight with a variety of powertrain options and decent technology. Still, in the end, it was no match for the Ram 1500's class-leading suite of exclusive equipment and best-in-class capability! The Silverado has an outdated design while the 1500 has introduced several new features! Want to learn more about the 2020 Ram 1500? Check out our full review or come on down to the dealership today!


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