2021 RAM 1500 vs. 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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2021 RAM 1500


2021 Chevy Silverado 1500

Starting MSRP

260 to 395 hp

Horsepower Range

277 to 420 hp
8-speed automatic


6, 8, or 10-speed automatic
12,750 pounds

Towing Capacity

13,300 pounds

Rust-Through Warranty


People searching for a capable and rugged full-size pickup truck will often narrow their choices down to the popular 2021 Chevy Silverado vs. the 2021 RAM 1500. They’re certainly both common choices for heavy work and everyday use – but at Smith Chevrolet Of Turlock, we think one certainly takes the cake. Read on below to see the facts and features behind these trucks, and see if you came to the same conclusion as us! If you’ve got questions about our comparison, contact us here!

2021 Silverado vs. RAM 1500: Pricing 

Let’s start with some price points. One will immediately notice that in pricing, these vehicles are fairly competitive. Check out the price points for these selections of trim levels, high and low, from each model:

  • 2021 Silverado 1500 Work Truck – $29,300 MSRP
  • 2021 RAM 1500 Tradesman – $32,795 MSRP
  • 2021 Silverado 1500 High Country – $53,900 MSRP
  • 2021 RAM 1500 Limited – $57,350 MSRP

As you can see, for both the work variations and luxurious-focused models, the Silverado comes out more affordable for Modesto area drivers, especially in the case of the High Country and limited configurations. Now let’s talk about what you’re getting out of the Chevy Silverado vs. RAM 1500 for that price.

Silverado 1500 vs. RAM 1500: Performance 

Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty: performance statistics. Full-size truck owners from around Turlock love their trucks for four core reasons: horsepower, torque, and the right engineering to put that all to work. Check out the specs from both vehicles below:

  • Torque: Although cheaper, the Silverado 1500 simply produces more torque than the RAM 1500. With their base work-truck style engines, the Silverado produces 305 lb-ft of torque, while the RAM only reaches 269 lb-ft.
  • Trailering Capacity: The 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500, sporting a 6.2L V8 engine, has a maximum towing capacity of 13,300 pounds, while the RAM 1500 caps out at 12,750. 
  • Transmission: The RAM 1500 does come standard with an 8-speed automatic transmission, whereas the Silverado 1500 has the 8 or 10-speed automatic transmission available at upgraded trim levels, and a 6-speed available by default.
  • Engine: The Silverado 1500 WT comes with a 4.3L EcoTec3 V6 engine that creates 285 hp. The Silverado 1500’s other engines range from 277 hp to 420 hp. The RAM 1500 comes standard with a 305-hp 3.6L Pentastar® V6 engine. Its other engines range from 260 hp to 395 hp.

Silverado 1500 vs. RAM 1500: Warranty 

For so many drivers on the roads of Los Banos, the peace of mind that comes with a comprehensive vehicle warranty is paramount during a new vehicle purchase. The Chevy Silverado and the RAM 1500 both provide a good warranty, but in the spirit of true comparison, we’re going to go over the details. We think you’ll find, once again, that the Silverado 1500 comes out on top. 

2021 Chevy Silverado 1500 Warranty 

  • Rust-Through: 72-month/100,000-mile warranty 
  • Bumper-to-Bumper: 36-month/36,000-mile warranty 
  • Roadside Assistance: 60-month/60,000-mile warranty 
  • Powertrain: 60-month/60,000-mile warranty 

2021 RAM 1500 Warranty 

  • Roadside Assistance: 60-month/60,000-mile warranty
  • Powertrain: 60-month/60,000-mile warranty 
  • Rust-Through: 60-month/100,000-mile warranty 
  • Bumper-to-Bumper: 36-month/36,000-mile warranty 

Test Drive the New Silverado 1500 at Smith Chevrolet Of Turlock 

As you can see, we found that the Chevy Silverado takes home the comparison win for Ceres drivers when it comes to many aspects, including price, warranty, and performance! Did you come to the same conclusion as us? We want to hear from you! Reach out to us or stop in at our showroom and let us know which you prefer, the RAM 1500 vs. the Chevy Silverado!


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