Two of the leading competitors in the ¾ ton full size pickup truck class are the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD and the Ram 2500. The Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD starts out at $33,695 compared to the Ram 2500 starting at $33,895, making both trucks an affordable option. Our team here at Cantin Chevrolet located conveniently in Laconia, New Hampshire, want to walk you through the similarities and differences for both of these options.
When looking into purchasing a full-size pickup, power and towing capability are a must. The Silverado’s max trailering weight is 18,500 lbs. compared to the slightly higher max towing capacity for the Ram of 19,680 lbs. In terms of max horsepower and torque, the Silverado comes in ahead. With 445 horsepower and 910 ft. lb. torque, it is able to outwork the Ram which is only able to produce 410 horsepower and 850 lb. ft. of torque.
This year Chevy introduced an all-new V8 gas engine. If you are looking for a more legendary engine, another available option is the Duramax® Turbo-Diesel V8 which is paired with an all-new Allison® 10-speed automatic transmission. This is the engine that allows the Silverado to be unstoppable.
Towing is much easier while using any of the available 15 camera views. With four Hitch Views, Six Driving Views, and Five Parking Views, the Silverado becomes your “right hand man” when it comes to anything related to towing. The Silverado instills a sense of confidence while getting hitched up, or towing and maneuvering tight spots with a big trailer that no other truck is able to offer.
If the camera views haven’t sold you, then the available Autotrac® 2-speed transfer will seal the deal. It offers four drive modes including 2-High, 4-High, 4-Low, and an exclusive 4-Auto mode that takes your off-road adventures to an entirely new level of expertise and traction.
With 83.5 cubic feet of cargo space in the bed, the Silverado allows you to pack more than the 74.7 cubic feet in the Ram. The Silverado also has a more functional bed than any competitor in its class. Between 12 standard tie-downs and integrated bed steps, utilizing the Silverado’s bed is much easier than in the Ram. Snow removal is made easier with the Silverado’s removable skid plate, making it more convenient than ever to mount a snow plow without the need to drill any holes in the process.
Both trucks have available LED cargo area lighting and available options for power outlets located in the bed. The Ram has an available 115-volt bed outlet and the Silverado offers an available 112-Volt bed outlet. To make getting cargo in and out of the truck much easier, both vehicles have available power tailgate options. However, the Ram only offers a power release tailgate whereas the Silverado’s available upgraded tailgate has power for up and down movement.
The Silverado and the Ram both have Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ compatibility, as well as available wireless charging. The Silverado excels in the area of providing up to six USB ports versus the five that the Ram has available and also the availability of becoming a 4G LTE Wi-Fi® Hotspot.
The available multicolor Head-Up Display keeps your eyes on the road, and the spacious best-in-class front head- and leg room, put the Silverado ahead of the curve when compared to the Ram.
Another feature that is available on the Silverado that the Ram lacks is Intellibeam Headlamp technology. This feature allows the vehicle to automatically switch from Low-beam to High-beam and back automatically by sensing your surroundings, taking the worry out of remembering to do so yourself!
When comparing the Ram 2500 and the Silverado 2500HD, it is clear what the better choice is. When Chevy advertises that their trucks are in for the long haul, they mean it. They also back that promise with an impressive amount of technological advancements and comfort features.