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2021 Ram 1500 Vs. 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Comparison

There’s a lot of trucks available to be had here in Alberta, and tops among them is the Ram 1500 and Chevrolet Silverado 1500. To make your decision a little easier, we’ve compared both these 2021 models against each other in the aspects you most care about as a pickup owner: power, style, interior convenience and features. Read on to see how this rivalry shakes out in our latest year, the 2021 Ram 1500 improved with a stand-out new top trim level, and the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 in its continued hardworking legacy. 

Engine Performance & Capability

Engines: 6.2L Supercharged HEMI V8 6.2L EcoTec3 V8
Horsepower: 702 420
Torque (lb-ft): 650 460
Transmission: 8-speed automatic 10-speed automatic

If power and performance is what you’re looking for in a truck, let us introduce you to the all-new TRX trim, which just so happens to be MotorTrend’s Truck of the Year for 2021. This top-level engine for tha Ram can’t be beat by the SIlverado’s top engine, with the TRX through this 6.2L Supercharged HEMI V8, reaching a blistering 702 horsepower and 650 lb-ft. That’s unmatched power and performance that the Silverado can’t match with its own. Both trucks exist with a wide selection of engines, a 3.6L Pentastar V6, 5.7L HEMI V8 (plus a version with eTorque) and 3.0L Ecodiesel V6 for the Ram 1500, and a 2.7L Turbo, 4.3L V6, 5.3L V8 and Duramax 3.0L Turbo-Diesel for the Silverado. That sets up fairly evenly against each other, but the tops of the Ram can’t be matched.

Exterior & Interior Design

Ram 1500

Wrapped up in every Ram 1500 is a healthy dose of style, luxury, convenience and off-road utility, from the inside out. If you want to focus in on any of those highlights, the vast model trim lineup consists of specific options for a work truck like the Big Horn, unique style in the Rebel, luxury in the Laramie and performance in the TRX. The Ram 1500 takes that “beauty and a beast” moniker and drives it home, with a fantastic set of stylish luxury appointments, all surrounding a powerful option.

Chevrolet Silverado 1500

While the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 enjoys its own unique model lineup trim, it can’t meet the quality and dedication to both the exterior and interior finish that the Ram presents. The interior of the Silverado severely lacks, lacking the refined and elegant touches that put the new Ram 1500 above and beyond what you’d expect out of a modern pickup. This basic interior set-up leads way to a substandard presentation of the technology and infotainment systems that the Ram more seamlessly integrates.

Features

We’ve mentioned the interior material and tech features that separate the Ram from the Chevrolet, but it doesn’t just end there with only driver and passenger comfort. For your capable work truck the Ram 1500 goes above and beyond the Silverado 1500. Unique to the Ram pickup is the RamBox Cargo Management System, a class-exclusive set of bed-side compartments for tool storage and more, all lockable and drainable. A Multifunction tailgate now comes with a centre-mounted bed step for 2021, perfect for convenient access no matter your cargo. Capable features on the Silverado 1500 side include a Durabed and Multi-Flex Tailgate, but don’t quite provide the variety of storage and versatility that the Ram does.

Ram 1500 Vs. Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Verdict

From top tier performance to design options to interior refinement and feature upgrades, the 2021 Ram 1500 easily excels over the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The Ram 1500 truly does it all for whatever you want out of a pickup, there’s a trim for every driver. While the Silverado 1500 has their own large lineup of trims, engines and features, it never manages to reach the luxurious quality or state-of-the-art touches that the Ram has. Not to mention the awards and honours from others like MotorTrend, and it’s clear the Ram 1500 is the best truck for 2021.

We at Southside Dodge here in Red Deer are your Ram experts, through every trim of the Ram 1500 and the Ram 2500 and Ram 3500, we can find the perfect truck for you in our inventory. New or used, there’s a truck for your needs, and ready to help you tackle all that makes Alberta truck country!

Interested in more about the Ram 1500 and our other models? Check out these blogs:

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