2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Versus 2013 Ram 1500
2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Vs. 2013 Ram 1500
*Disclaimer: The following article will compare the 2014 Chevy Silverado 1500 with the 2013 Ram 1500 as this is the Ram vehicle the engineers were competing with while designing the 2014 Chevy Silverado 1500. After the author has had ample time to fully experience BOTH 2014 models a comparison between current model years will be drawn.*
Sorry for the disclaimer but some people may have made it to this page unintentionally expecting the 2014’s to be compared to one-another (most of which is information found on both manufacturer’s websites and on General Motor’s internal website). That article is in the works but in the moment I only have personal experience with the 2014 Silverado and not the Ram 1500. That will be rectified in the coming weeks (as I am actively employed at two Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealerships in Western North Carolina – Waynesville and Hendersonville – as well as a Chevy Buick Dealership – also in Waynesville).
Now, allow me to do something that might shake it up a bit and list a few of the things about the 2013 Ram 1500 that are pretty cool that you may not know about (before I share with you the ways the 2014 Silverado 1500 is superior, that is).
For the 2013 year model the Ram 1500 received quite an extensive design change with a new transmission, an available air suspension, upgraded available lighting and interiors and a new front end. It was offered in nine models/trim levels ranging from Tradesman to the Laramie/Longhorn edition. The started with an MSRP just under $24,000 and the Laramie/Longhorn started around $45,000. The Ram was offered with three engines: a 305 HP Pentastar V6 (with an 8-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission that is operated by a dash-mounted rotary dial much like the 4WD systems) which they claimed best-in-class highway fuel economy (at 25MPG) with, a 310 HP 4.7L V8 and the 395 HP HEMI V8 (which is the only engine that features a few of the fuel-saving technologies the Silverado engines utilize). Ram is also the only major pickup manufacturer to use coil-over-shock suspension in the front and rear of the vehicle. The benefit being a smoother ride when unloading but the shortcoming is that it decreases the maximum payload capability. The available air suspension system uses a push-button control to set ride height and includes an automatic load-leveling function. Other great features on the Ram include the UConnect system (similar to the MyLink system in GM vehicles and the Sync system in Ford vehicles) with up to an 8.4″ screen, cargo boxes built into the side box rails (which are pretty fantastic) and a 7″ vehicle information display.
The 2013 Ram 1500 is a fantastic vehicle, but if you’ll recall the title it’s now time to tell you the ways that GM’s engineers have made the Silverado stand out above it’s competitors, including the 2013 Ram 1500. For instance:
- Silverado’s EcoTec3 engines deliver efficiency without sacrificing power with Active Fuel Management, Variable Valve Timing (which includes the Clyinder Deactivation Feature we already did a post and video about) and Direct Injection (which tirelessly optimizes the fuel-to-air ratio in every cylinder) in every engine. While Ram claims the best-in-class MPG with their V6 engine (17/25 MPG with a 2WD) their other two engines are signicantly less fuel efficient (4.7L @ 14/19 and HEMI @ 13/19) wheras the Silverado boasts the best-in-class engine with the 355 HP 5.3L V8 that delivers 16/23 2WD and 16/22 4WD. The Silverado 5.3L V8 2WD Double Cab Standard Box with the MAX Trailering Package delivers a best-in-class trailering capacity of 11,500 lbs (1,050 lbs more than Ram’s top rating with the HEMI V8). The 6.2L Silverado is expected to deliver best-in-class power, however it debuts later in the model year and as of this time is not rated yet.
- Silverado’s maximum payload ratings are over 2,100 lbs for the regular/double cab and over 2,000 lbs for the Crew Cab ( which exceeds the Ram’s top rating of 1,909 lbs – a result of using the coil-over-shock rear suspension).
- Silverado’s MyLink controls are larger and easier to use than the Ram’s UConnect controls: on the screen, on the panel and on the steering wheel.
- While Ram has a large, available center console it’s not as well equipped as Silverado’s available console which offer’s true flexibility with space for hanging files, multiple ports and side pockets, even dedicated spots for convenient cell phone storage.
- Silverado’s engineers even thought to adjust the door pocket to hold multiple beverage containers, whereas the Ram is still using a more traditional, boxy door pocket.
- Ram has incorporated their new RamBox rail storage system, however the Silverado has a number of improvements that add even more total cargo box functionality with their segment-first movable upper tie-downs, LED under-rail box lighting and Cargo Box Lamps, EZ lift and lower tailgate, and CornerStep Rear Bumper.
- Silverado’s extensive noise reduction strategies have made it the quietest truck on the market – as referenced in our Christmas video “Quietest Truck on the Market“.
- Silverado features several segment-first safety features and technologies such as the Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning and Safety Alert Seat which the Ram did not feature.
- Silverado’s OnStar is a more proactive safety and security system than Ram’s UConnect Access Assist in that it will dispatch emergency help automatically if you’re unable to press the button and even send GPS cooridinates with the Automatic Crash Notification whereas the Ram will only allow you to dial 911. Both systems provide a solution for Stolen Vehicle Assistance, but the UConnect service is not yet as sophisticated as OnStar in that it lacks First Assist, Crisis Assist, available Family Link and live Advisor Turn-by-Turn Directions.
- Silverado offers a segment-first Front Park Assist, which is unavailable on the Ram.
So, if you’re considering a Ram 1500, which is a great vehicle, and have yet to experience the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 I implore you to not make a hasty decision and test both vehicles out to find the one that’s right for you. The Silverado has come a very long way in a short period of time and is even backed by the Best Truck Warranty Around.
At any rate, whether you decided to give the 2014 Chevy Silverado a shot or have opted to try the Ram 1500 our World Class Internet Department can assist you at (800) 680-0835. You can check out our full inventory of new and used pickups and schedule your test drive online at a time that’s most convenient for you.
As always, thank you for reading and feel free to comment below.
Jason Lee Gibson
Your Automotive Digital Informant