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If you’re shopping for a pickup that can tow an impressive amount of weight, the 2021 Ram 1500 might seem like a good pick. After all, when properly equipped, this year’s new 1500 can tow up to 12,750 pounds. But if you need more towing power than that? You’re going to want to consider a stronger alternative to the Ram 1500. Take, for example, the 2021 Chevy Silverado.

Pictured is a red 2021 Chevy Silverado outdoors.
2021 Chevy Silverado | Xinhua/Joel Lerner via Getty Images

How much can the 2021 Ram 1500 tow?

The 2021 Ram 1500 offers a lineup of engines to choose from. Standard, however, is a 3.6-liter V6 engine that will have you towing a maximum of 7,730 pounds. And if that’s not quite enough towing power for you? Consider a Ram 1500 equipped with a 5.7-liter Hemi V8, which will have you towing up to 11,610 pounds.

Now, those aren’t the only engines the 2021 Ram 1500 is available with. This year’s model is also available with a 3.0-liter diesel V6 that will have this year’s Ram 1500 towing up to 12,560 pounds. Even more impressive is the Ram 1500’s 5.7-liter Hemi V8 with eTorque. Choose this engine, and the 2021 Ram 1500 boasts a maximum towing capacity of 12,750 pounds.

Pick the 2021 Chevy Silverado for a stronger alternative to the Ram 1500

As strong as the 2021 Ram 1500 is, the 2021 Chevy Silverado is stronger. Much like the Ram 1500, this year’s Silverado is available with your pick of engine under the hood. However, unlike the Ram 1500, its strongest engine can outmuscle this year’s Ram 1500.

As for those engine options? This year’s Silverado is available with a Duramax 3.0-liter diesel engine, a 6.2-liter V8 engine, two different 5.3-liter V8 engines, and a 4.3-liter V6, and a 2.7-liter turbo engine. That’s a ton of different options to consider.

But if you’re looking for a stronger alternative to the Ram 1500? You’re going to want a Chevy Silverado equipped with the 6.2-liter V8. With this engine under the hood, the 2021 Chevy Silverado boasts a maximum towing capacity of 13,300 pounds.

The 2021 Chevy Silverado isn’t the only alternative to the Ram 1500 worth considering


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Now, the 2021 Chevy Silverado isn’t the only stronger alternative to the Ram 1500. Much like this year’s Silverado, the 2021 Ford F-150 can also tow more than this year’s new Ram 1500. Opt for a 2021 Ford F-150 equipped with both a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine and the Max Trailer Tow Package, and this year’s new F-150 can tow an impressive 14,000 pounds. There’s really no denying that makes the F-150 a stronger alternative to the Ram 1500.

Choosing the best pickup for your towing needs

While multiple competitors outmuscle the 2021 Ram 1500, that doesn’t mean you should avoid it altogether. Instead, consider how much towing power you actually need. Take into account the types of features these pickups offer too. And before finalizing your purchase? Make sure to take a few test drives.