Trucks & SUVs

For Towing You Need The Chevy Silverado, Not The Ram 1500

It’s time to settle the debate on which truck is better for towing between the Chevy Silverado and Ram 1500. Both of these trucks are supposed to be great for work and as daily drivers, but only one can be the best. 

The Chevy Silverado VS The Ram 1500 For Towing 

To get started in the Ram 1500, you will need to spend around $32k. It’s one of the more expensive base models for a full-size truck, but that could be because the base model comes with more features. 

2021 Chevrolet Silverado Realtree Edition
2021 Chevrolet Silverado Realtree Edition | Chevrolet

The Chevy Silverado begins around $28k, generating about 4k in savings before towing packages, and all are added. 

Everyone claims that the Ram 1500 has a better fuel economy. But actually, the Chevy Silverado comes out ahead by getting 23 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. 

This is compared to 22 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway with the Ram 1500. 

A red Ram pickup truck on display at an auto show.
Ram 1500| Scott Olson/Getty Images

Ram 1500 And Chevy Silverado Towing Power 

The Ram 1500 has three engine options, including a 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine. It provides 240 horsepower and 416 lb-ft of torque to tow up to 9,210 lb. 

However, when equipped with the 5.7-liter V8 Hemi engine, the Ram 1500 can tow up to 12,500 lb. 

The Chevy Silverado has five different engine options to choose between, including a 3.0-liter Duramax V6 diesel engine. It produces 277 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque to tow up to 7,600 lb. 

When equipped with the 6.2-liter EcoTech3 V8 engine and towing package, the Silverado can tow up to 13,400 lb.

The Chevy Silverado has best in class towing, beating the Ram 1500 and the number one selling Ford F-150. 

Chevy Silverado 1500 And Ram 1500 Towing Tech 

Both of these full-size trucks come equipped with a variety of features to make towing more comfortable and safer. 

The Silverado has a built-in trailering app that provides departure checklists, trailer diagnostics, tire pressure, tire temperature, and more. 

2020 Silverado Jackal | PaxPower-0
2020 Silverado Jackal | PaxPower-0

With 15 different camera angles, the Silverado 1500 also allows you to see exactly where your trailer is going. 

The Silverado includes towing features that include trailer sway control, hill start assist, auto grade braking, trailer theft alert, electric parking brake hook up assist, and grain brake memory on the integrated brake controller. 

The Ram 1500 has an air suspension system to lower the cab by 2.5” to improve aerodynamics while towing. A 360 view also helps to guide you when hitching your trailer. 

A white Ram 1500 on display at an auto show.
Ram 1500 | Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

Then it has safety features for towing your trailer that includes blind-spot protection, rear cross-path detection, and trailer detection to scan the length of your trailer to determine its size and offer protection in traffic automatically. 

The Chevy Silverado includes these features as well and is proven to be the clear winner for towing. It has more power, more equipment, and more features to make towing safer and more convenient. 

If you’re getting a truck to haul trailers, then we see no reason to pick the Ram 1500 over the Chevy Silverado.