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We get it. You’re a busy person and you’ve got a big day of work ahead of you. So, you need a capable and robust truck that’s going to get the job done right. That truck could be the 2021 Ram 1500 or Chevy Silverado 1500. Both are esteemed in the light-duty pickup class, but which is going to be the best option for Wilsonville, Woodburn, and Portland, OR, area drivers like you?
The team at Wilsonville CDJR wanted to help you figure that out. So, we compared the Ram 1500 with the Chevy Silverado and this is what we found out.
Okay, so the first thing you’re probably wondering is how much these trucks can tow. Well, they both pass the 12,500-pound mark, so go ahead and hitch up your campers, horse trailers, boats, and more!
Not only can both the Ram 1500 and Chevy Silverado 1500 tow a couple tons with ease, they also come equipped with the towing technologies you need for a convenient and successful tow. For example, they both come with the following standard features:
They even both make hitching your trailer easy thanks to an available rear backup camera with multiple camera angles, including top view. The different camera angles help you to line up your hitch and trailer and can even help you keep an eye on your trailer while you drive.
When you’re cruising down the highway, changing lanes can be convenient in either truck, which both have an available blind spot monitoring system. The blind spot monitor alerts you to other vehicles in your side blind spot.
Only the Ram 1500, however, includes Trailer Detection. This extends the blind spot monitoring system along the length of your trailer so that you’re aware of other vehicles next to your trailer. Without a similar feature, drivers in the Chevy Silverado may have more trouble changing lanes while towing.
When it comes to payload, both the Ram and Chevy can carry more than 2,000 pounds in their cargo beds. That’s quite a bit of cargo to be loading into your truck. Loading and unloaded gets simplified, however, thanks to the innovative tailgates that both trucks offer.
With both the Ram 1500 and Chevy Silverado 1500, you’ll have the ability to configure your tailgate in a variety of ways. The Chevy sticks to an up-and-down motion with different ways to configure a step, stop, or workspace.
The Ram goes for something different with its available Multifunction Tailgate. You can still open your tailgate in the traditional up-and-down motion, but you’ll also have the option to open it outwards like a door so that you can easily grab items from your bed with a trailer still attached.
If you need to bring along smaller items like tools, you can load them into the available RamBox® Cargo Management System. These cargo boxes in the walls of the bed can even be filled with ice and act as a cooler for keeping beverages cold on your way to the campsite. Plus, each cargo box has a 115-volt auxiliary outlet for powering up your devices on the go.
The Chevy, unfortunately, doesn’t have a similar feature for storing smaller items in the cargo bed.
Something that we love about both the Ram 1500 and Chevy Silverado 1500 is that they work smarter, not harder, and that’s evident when looking at the safety features that they both make available. For example, we already mentioned the blind spot monitoring system, but they also offer many other available systems, like:
They also both have an available smart cruise control system that takes a bit of the work out of the long haul. The smart cruise control feature works by automatically adjusting your cruise control speed to go with the flow of traffic on the highway.
When you reach your destination, however, the Ram 1500 has an advantage with its available Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist system. Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist helps you steer into a tricky parking space. Simply follow the prompts to shift, accelerate, and brake, and let your Ram do the rest.
Without a similar feature, drivers in the Chevy may find it more difficult to parallel park their truck on a busy side street.
As you head down the open highway, whether you’re on the job or taking off on a well-earned vacation, you need a good infotainment system to keep you connected and entertained along the way. Both the Ram 1500 and Chevy Silverado 1500 have high-tech features inside the cabin that do just that.
For example, they both come with available Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™. Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ are connectivity features that connect your smartphone with your truck, so you can access some of your favorite apps while on the go. Apps you can use with your pickup include navigation, phone calls, internet radio, audio books, and podcasts.
You use those smartphone apps through the touchscreen display in the center stack. For the Chevy, this touchscreen is an 8-inch display. The Ram, on the other hand, has an available 12-inch vertical split-screen display.
With the larger screen, you’re able to zoom in on the available integrated navigation system for a clearer view of your next turn. The Chevy Silverado 1500 has an available integrated navigation system, as well, but it may be more difficult to see with the smaller screen.
Now that you’ve seen how the 2021 Ram 1500 and Chevy Silverado 1500 compare, which one will you drive around Wilsonville, Portland, and Woodburn, OR? If you’re a fan of the Ram, contact the team at Wilsonville CDJR. We’ll tell you more about this popular pickup and put you behind the wheel.