2018 Ram 1500 vs. Chevy Silverado 1500

 

Pricing

Both the 2018 Ram 1500 and 2018 Chevy Silverado 1500 are practical and dependable choices, but there are certain aspects that tip one's choice in the Ram's favor.

Although similar in several regards, the 2018 Ram 1500 distinctly stands apart from the 2018 Chevy Silverado 1500 once you consider the included extras at base price.

The starting MSRP price for the 2018 Ram 1500 is $27,095, whereas the starting MSRP price for the 2018 Chevy Silverado 1500 is $28,285; a $1,190 price difference. For the conscientious buyer looking for the best vehicle at the best price, the 2018 Ram 1500 takes the prize.

Engine

Both vehicles average 20 mpg, however, the 2018 Ram 1500 boasts an 8-speed shiftable automatic that provides more options in comparison to the 6-speed shiftable automatic offered by the 2018 Chevy Silverado 1500. The 2018 Ram 1500's Ram's output is also higher - an impressive 305 horsepower at 6,400 rpm in comparison to the 285 horsepower at 5,300 rpm for the 2018 Chevy Silverado 1500.

The 2018 Ram 1500's gross combined weight is 9,850 pounds in comparison to the 2018 Chevy Silverado's combined 11,000 pounds. The lighter weight takes less of a toll on the engine and fuel consumption, yet it can still transport heavy loads.

Style and Technology

In comparison to the 2018 Chevy Silverado 1500's eight or nine available color options, the 2018 Ram 1500 offers a whopping 21 colors from which to choose. This means that, if color preference is important, then one is more likely to find the most suitable color when choosing the 2018 Ram 1500.

Both models offer superior cab layout and upgrade options, and prioritize comfort and durability for users, however, only in the 2018 Ram 1500 will the use of a USB port be a basic feature. This makes charging devices on the go much easier than if one were to route a charging device through a cigarette lighter adaptor. The USB ports also integrate with the infotainment system in the Ram 1500 for the ultimate in convenience.

The design for the 2018 Ram 1500 is familiar to many who have followed previous same-brand lightweight trucks. Its sleek design offers better aerodynamics and usability than its competitors and uses steel throughout the framing instead of the aluminum of the 2018 Chevy Silverado 1500.

Both vehicles offer standard safety features, like a backup camera, side-mounted airbags, antilock brakes, and traction control. However, the 2018 Ram 1500 includes electronic stability control as a basic safety feature. again making it the safer vehicle on paper.

Towing

Both vehicles offer a towing capacity of over 10,000 pounds, an eight-foot bed, a tire pressure warning, a trip computer, a post-collision safety system, and audio and cruise controls on the steering wheel. However, only the 2018 Ram 1500 also includes a towing hitch as a standard feature. This is an excellent inclusion for those seeking a vehicle designed for towing as opposed to having to purchase a towing hitch for an additional cost.

Cargo

One major decision to consider when purchasing a new truck is the cargo space. If one frequently needs to transport goods, then knowing one will have space enough to do so is of utmost importance.

Although both of the discussed vehicles share a similar cargo box width at wheel housings (around 51 inches), the cargo box length at the floor for the 2018 Ram 1500 is 98.3 inches in comparison to the 2018 Chevy Silverado 1500's 78.87 inches - a significant 19.43-inch difference.

The width of the cargo box at the floor is also greater for the 2018 Ram 1500 at 66.4 inches in comparison to the 2018 Chevy Silverado 1500's 64.6 inches.

Finally, for those who need significant cargo volume, the 2018 Ram 1500 boasts an available 74.7 cubic feet, unlike its competitor that only offers 61 cubic feet.

Additional Options

An option for the 2018 Ram 1500 is the Rambox Cargo Management System that, as Ram boasts, is "more than just a toolbox." The Rambox Cargo Management System provides the ability to store items securely in a lit, durable, and drainable storage box that also has available Remote Keyless Entry. With the press of a button, one can know that his or her stored items are safe and secure and that, because the system is attached to the side rails of the truck bed, the items cannot be stolen or removed without significant effort.

Additional add-on options are available for both the 2018 Ram 1500 and 2018 Chevy Silverado 1500 editions. The 2018 Ram 1500 advertises the new Uconnect 4C NAV that includes a user-friendly 8.4-inch touchscreen, as well as 4G LTE HD Radio and Wii, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay support, Remote Vehicle Start, S.O.S. Call, and Vehicle Finder capabilities. The 2018 Chevy Silverado 1500 only offers Apple CarPlay and Chevrolet MyLink as additional options.

For those who are interested in personalizing the interior design and functionality of their vehicle, the 2018 Ram 1500 offers in-floor storage, a dashboard glove box, and real wood accents. It's easy to make the new Ram 1500 your own.

Final Thoughts

When comparing the 2018 Ram 1500 with the 2018 Chevy Silverado 1500, many similarities can be found, but the 2018 Ram 1500 stands apart in a manner that makes it a step up. It is the more practical, dependable, and dynamic of the two, and it has the best price.

The overall look, feel, maneuverability, functionality, and, perhaps most notably, its affordability make the 2018 Ram 1500 the best choice for modern consumers, movers, and goers. If in doubt, take one for a test drive and experience what a positive difference it can make in your life.

The new 2018 Ram 1500 is available for sale at Landmark Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. Test drive one today, come in and discuss particular features you are interested in, or simply contact us to lock in your warehouse pricing today.


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