BY GERRY MILES
In one of the closest finishes reported, Chevy’s Silverado earned three more points than the Ram 1500 to earn Consumer Reports “Top Truck” title and an “Excellent” road-test score as well. A small consolation for Dodge will be CR’s testers deemed the 1500 a better daily driver.
Both outscored the previously-tested Ford’s F150 XLT, which 3.5-liter EcoBoost turbo V-6 and 5.0-liter V-8 versions ranked third and fourth respectively.
The Silverado edged the Ram in several areas important to pickup truck owners:
- It has a much larger cargo bed
- several hundred pounds greater payload capacity
- it can tow a heavier trailer—up to 11,200 pounds
- lower step-in height than Ram 1500
- more agile handling
- best-in-class EPA, 16 mpg overall (+1 mpg over Ram).
“The reality is that you can’t go wrong with either one. Both are capable trucks that get decent gas mileage and are as quiet inside as a good luxury car,” said Jake Fisher, director of automotive testing for Consumer Reports.
Consumer Reports opted to test the Silverado’s widely sold 355-hp, 5.3-liter V-8 4WD version that had great acceleration but not the thrust of the Ram or Toyota Tundra.
For daily use, CR found the Ram a comfy place to spend time with better front seats and friendlier layout and the ride is supported by its rear coil suspension.
Consumer Reports tested the Ram with Chrysler’s 5.7-liter Hemi V8, four-wheel-drive, and a new eight-speed automatic transmission that’s smooth and efficient. Consumer Reports found that combination delivered seamless and effortless power, while returning a relatively good 15 mpg overall. Acceleration is quicker than the Silverado and the Hemi feels much brawnier in real-world driving.
Complete tests results for the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and Ram 1500 can be found on www.ConsumerReports.org and in the November issue of Consumer Reports.