We have to talk about this new lineup. The truck world was just shook when both Chevy and Ram released overhauled pickup trucks. Chevrolet released the fourth generation of the Silverado 1500 with its 2019 model. And Chrysler just launched its fifth generation of Ram pickup with its redesigned Ram 1500. Which of these industry tentpoles is best? In this comparison guide, we’ll lay it all out for you.
Engine Options: 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500
Chevrolet wants to spoil you. They’re offering a whopping five different engines to choose from, everything from the 285-horsepower V6 base engine to the 420-horsepower V8 with a diesel and turbocharged thrown into the mix. The best fuel economy is the turbo-four, getting 20 city miles and 23 highway miles per gallon. The best performance is the 6.2-liter V8, unleashing 460 pound-feet of torque and 420 horsepower. There’s something here for everyone.
Meanwhile, the Ram 1500 seems to have shown up unprepared. There are only two engine options, a 305-horsepower V6 and a 395-horsepower V8. While both are respectable engine options, neither does better than the offerings of the Ram 1500 in terms of fuel economy or performance.
Everything evens out briefly as we turn our attention to the reliability rating of these two pickup trucks. This rating predicts how often you’ll have to take the truck in for repairs, especially in its first few years of ownership. According to JD Power and Associates, both the Silverado 1500 and Ram 1500 are well above average. They both scored a 4 out of 5, meaning you can expect both to do better than most
Cargo space: 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500
We hate to do this, but we’re going to have to ding the 2019 Ram 1500. Its predecessors had an 8-foot bed option. The Silverado 1500 has an 8-foot bed configuration. But the overhauled Ram 1500 doesn’t. There is a chance Chrysler will introduce that bed length a little bit down the road, but we’re not aware of any guarantees. In the meantime, we only have 5-foot-7-inch or a 6-foot-4-inch bed length.
On the other hand, the Chevy Silverado has you covered. Not only does the Silverado 1500 offer its 5-foot-8-inch and the 6-foot-6-inch beds, but you can also get that popular 8-foot bed from the very start of this new generation.
Off-roading: 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500
This one is just as simple. If you’re an off-roading enthusiast, the Chevy Silverado has a dedicated trim level for off-roading fun. That’s the LT Trail Boss with its locking rear differential, two-speed transfer case, hill descent control, and skid plates, along with a 2-inch suspension lift. The closest thing the Ram 1500 has is the Rebel trim level with Bilstein shocks. But there isn’t quite the off-roading oomph that the Silverado 1500 offers.