2016 Chevrolet Silverado vs. 2016 Dodge Ram 1500

2016 Chevrolet Silverado

2016 Chevrolet Silverado
2016 Dodge Ram 1500

2016 Dodge Ram 1500

In comparing the 2016 Chevy Silverado vs. the 2016 Dodge Ram 1500, drivers will find two powerhouse trucks that can handle any terrain with ease. When you are in the market for a new truck, which one is the best option for you? We compared the 2016 Chevy Silverado 1500 vs. the 2016 Dodge Ram 1500 to see which offers a better experience on the open road. We found that one truck dominated the competition. Read on to find out more!

Warranty and Safety

Chevy includes a stronger warranty package, including two free years of scheduled maintenance; Dodge doesn’t offer this option. Dodge also has a shorter corrosion warranty at five years, compared to the Silverado’s six years of coverage.

When it comes to safety, the Silverado has a stronger safety track record. In NHTSA testing, both trucks were subjected to a 35 mph crash test to the front of the vehicle. The Silverado scored a perfect 5-star rating, while the Ram 1500 only scored 4 stars. Testing revealed that the Ram 1500 carries a 10 percent higher risk of neck injury in a crash, making the Silverado a safer choice.


Chevy provides more powerful engine options for the Silverado. The standard 4.3L V6 brings 305 lb-ft of torque, compared to only 269 lb-ft of torque with the Ram 1500’s 3.6L V6 engine. When comparing V8 engines, the Silverado has the edge yet again. In testing by Car and Driver, the Silverado’s available 5.3L V8 reached a top speed of 92 mph in a quarter mile. The available 6.2L V8 raised the bar even higher, topping out at 98 mph. The Ram 1500 only reached 88 mph with its 5.7L V8. This difference may be owed to the Silverado’s impressive horsepower, generating 420 hp with its 6.2L V8 compared to the Ram 1500’s 395 hp.

Payload and Towing

The Silverado is the better option for towing and hauling. The Silverado has a higher minimum standard towing capacity at 5,500 pounds. The Ram 1500 has a much lower minimum of 4,170 pounds. At the standard level, the Silverado has much higher payload capacities.

  • At the Crew Cab 1500 configuration, the Silverado has a capacity of 1,840 pounds. The Ram 1500 has a lower capacity at 1,690 lbs.
  • The Silverado Regular Cab 1500 4×4 offers a standard payload capacity of 1,860 pounds, while the comparable Ram configuration provides just 1,560 pounds.
  • The Silverado Extended Cab 1500 offers 1,810 pounds, versus only 1,710 pounds in the Ram 1500.
  • Finally, the Silverado Crew Cab 1500 4×4 configuration offers 1,770 pounds versus just 1,500 pounds in the Ram 1500.

The Ram 1500 just can’t compare to the Silverado’s power.

Passenger and Cargo Space

Drivers and passengers will enjoy more head and leg room in the Silverado. The Regular Cab, Double Cab, and Crew Cab feature up to 2.5 inches of additional front head space and 4.3 inches of extra leg room up front. This extra space will help taller drivers feel more comfortable. Additionally, the Silverado has a larger cargo box in Regular, Double, and Crew Cab configurations. The Silverado is simply a more spacious vehicle.

Test Drive a New Truck Today

The 2016 Chevy Silverado was our winner over the 2016 Dodge Ram 1500. Though both are popular picks, we feel that the Silverado has everything that our customers want. Visit Biggers Chevy to see for yourself. Contact us online to set up a no-obligation test drive.