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There’s no denying that the Ram 1500 has a lot going for it. Car and Driver gave it an Editors’ Choice award. The IIHS also tapped it as a Top Safety Pick for the 2021 model year. But for all the accolades that it’s earned itself, how many miles can you actually expect it to last? Additionally, is the Ram 1500 able to outlast competitors like the Chevy Silverado? Let’s find out.

How many miles does the average pickup last?

100,000 miles shown on an odometer
An automobile odometer | Universal Education/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

In a recent study, iSeeCars analyzed more than 11.8 million cars sold in 2020. Overall, the organization wanted to find out which models sold in 2020 had the highest percentage of cars to reach 200,000 miles. In its study, iSeeCars found that of all vehicles sold in 2020, 1.0% reached 200,000 miles. 

But when it came to how many miles the average pickup lasts? iSeeCars was able to determine that 1.9% of pickup trucks sold in 2020 reached successfully 200,000 miles. The three longest-lasting pickup trucks included popular models like the Toyota Tundra, Honda Ridgeline, and the Toyota Tacoma.

How many miles can a Ram 1500 last?

Ram 1500 is on display at the 112th Annual Chicago Auto Show
RAM 1500 is on display at the 112th Annual Chicago Auto Show | Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

Unfortunately, the Ram 1500 didn’t find itself at the top of iSeeCars’ list. In fact, after analyzing how long the average pickup lasts, iSeeCars determined that only 1.2% of Ram 1500 models sold in 2020 reached 200,000 miles.

While that does mean the Ram 1500 lasts longer than the average car, it also means it doesn’t last as long as the average pickup. At least not based on iSeeCars data.

iSeeCars data shows that the Ram 1500 was outranked by several other pickups too. Among them were well-known competitors like the Nissan Titan, Ford F-150, and, you guessed it, the Chevy Silverado. 

The Chevy Silverado could last longer than the Ram 1500

A red 2021 Chevy Silverado in an empty parking lot
2021 Chevy Silverado | Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Seeing as the Chevy Silverado outranked the Ram 1500 in iSeeCars’ study, let’s talk about how many miles a Chevy Silverado can last. According to iSeeCars, 2.1% of Chevy Silverado models sold in 2020 reached 200,000 miles. That percentage goes to show that, based on iSeeCars’ data, a Silverado will outlast a Ram 1500.

You can count on the Chevy Silverado to outlast the Ford F-150 too. While 2.1% of Chevy Silverado models sold in 2020 reached 200,000 miles, iSeeCars reports that 2.0% of Ford F-150 models sold last year did the same. Though, to be fair, that’s a very small difference in percentages.

Is the Chevy Silverado reliable?

Sure, according to iSeeCars’ study, the Chevy Silverado has the potential to outlast the Ram 1500. But is it a reliable truck? Consumer Reports gave the 2021 model a one out of five predicted reliability rating, which is the lowest rating possible. J.D. Power, on the other hand, gave the Chevy Silverado a Great quality and reliability rating.

RepairPal reports that the Silverado has average ownership costs too. Additionally, the number of severe issues is very low, making significant repairs uncommon for the Chevy Silverado. All in all, that’s not too shabby if you’re shopping for a pickup that has the potential to outlast the Ram 1500.


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