2015 RAM 1500 vs Chevrolet Silverado Fairmont WV


2015 RAM 1500

vs.

2015 Chevrolet Silverado

2015 RAM 15002015 Chevrolet Silverado

Horsepower

Transmission

Tire size

Wheels

305 hp @ 6400 rpm

8-speed shiftable automatic

P265/70R17 tires

Steel wheels

285 hp @ 5300 rpm

6-speed shiftable automatic

P255/70R17 tires

Painted steel wheels


2015 RAM 1500 vs 2015 Chevrolet Silverado near Bridgeport, WV

The 2015 Ram 1500 receives only minor equipment adjustments, including a new R/T variant that's based on the Sport trim level. The 2015 Chevrolet Silverado gets a new eight-speed automatic transmission for the optional 6.2-liter V8 engine. Also, what was known last year as the 2WT is now the LS.

2015 RAM 1500 Power & Handling

Based on the mid-level Sport trim, the 2015 R/T looks like a proper sport truck and is available only in rear-wheel-drive, standard-cab form with a 6'4" box. The lone engine choice is the 395 horsepower, 5.7-liter Hemi V-8. At 5106 lbs, it's not light-for example, the standard chrome 22-inch wheels wrapped in 285/45-series all-season Goodyears weigh about 90 lbs each. From work-truck to leather-lined luxury rig, the 1500's smooth ride, comfortable seats and tons of storage make it a tool worth consideration.

2015 Chevrolet Silverado Power & Handling

All three engines feature cylinder deactivation technology, which allows the engine to smoothly transition to running on four cylinders (for the V-6 or the V-8s) when engine load is low, such as in highway cruising, coasting, or decelerating. The base 90-degree, 4.3-liter V-6 is essentially a V-8 with two cylinders lopped off, but it has a balance-shaft design to provide acceptable smoothness. And with 285 horsepower and 305 lb-ft, the V-6 is now strong enough to power crew-cab models or trailer-tow.

2015 RAM 1500 for sale near Bridgeport, West Virginia
2015 RAM 1500 for sale near Clarksburg, West Virginia
2015 Chevrolet Silverado for sale near Bridgeport, West Virginia
2015 Chevrolet Silverado for sale near Clarksburg, West Virginia

2015 RAM 1500 Features & Design

The Ram provides plenty of standard and optional storage spaces. The extended cab has a clever fold-out flat floor space when you flip up the 60/40-split rear seats, while the crew cab features watertight storage compartments under the rear floor as well as shallow bins under the flip-up backseat. A unique Ram feature is the optional RamBox system, which places a pair of lockable compartments over the rear fenders inside the truck bed. With the right equipment levels, these compartments can even be locked and unlocked via remote.

2015 Chevrolet Silverado Features & Design

The Silverado changes little for 2015, which means it's still on the sharp end of the light-duty-truck segment. Unfortunately, the exterior resembles the previous generation's. There are numerous bins and cubbies, a deluge of cupholders and, depending on the trim level, up to five USB ports to keep all your devices charged and happy. Clambering into the cargo bed is made easier by clever steps and handholds built into each rear corner. With a choice of bench or buckets up front, the Silverado's thickly padded seats promise plenty of long-trip comfort.

Conclusions

With the RAM 1500 you will definitely be making fewer stops at the gas station than with the Chevrolet Silverado, due to its tank size and fuel economy. The Chevy Silverado also offers much less torque than the RAM 1500, which generally means that it won't feel as fast or powerful. You'll be able to pull heavier loads with the Silverado than the RAM 1500, due to its slightly better towing capacity.

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