2019 Silverado Holds Its Own in Ram 1500 Comparison
Ram costs $12,000 more, but the Silverado still received high praises in the head-to-head review.
Business Insider’s automotive reviewer Matthew DeBord recently spent time in the 2019 Silverado LTZ Crew Cab and the 2019 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn, comparing the two trucks head-to-head. On the surface, it seems like a relatively fair comparison, even though the Ram tested costs $12,000 more than the Chevy. When you look a little closer, the comparison is a bit lopsided.
The Ram 1500 is fitted with the Laramie Longhorn trim level while the Silverado is an LTZ model. If you look at the trim level lineup of each, you will see that these are both one step down from the top-of-the-line trim, with the Ram also coming in Limited trim while the Chevy can be ordered with the High Country package. The “problem” for this comparison is that the Laramie Longhorn and the Limited packages from Ram are very similar, with the Longhorn having more of a western, equestrian theme, so this is really a comparison of one of Ram’s premium packages against the Silverado that is one step below the top.
The better comparison would have been the Longhorn and the High Country, but we digress, pointing out that the Ram had a price-as-tested of $12,000 more, yet the Chevy still gave it a run for its money.
Hybrid Hemi Ram
The lengthy, photo-heavy comparison begins with the 2019 Ram 1500, with DeBord sharing a long list of pictures accompanied by comments on what he did and didn’t like. He likes the blue exterior paint, the automatic running boards and all of the chrome, but the main attraction with the Laramie Longhorn is the interior.
The Ram has the biggest infotainment system of any truck sold in America, a premium Harman Kardon sound system and loads of premium finishes, hard and soft.
As for the driving dynamics, DeBord praises the power of the hybrid-assisted Hemi and the air suspension system, each of which played a role in the Ram winning this comparison.
On to the Silverado
After discussing the 2019 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn with a series of pictures, DeBord moves onto the 2019 Silverado LTZ. He starts by pointing out the fact that this new truck is a few hundred pounds lighter than outgoing version while being able to tow 12,000 pounds. He also explains why he doesn’t love the look of the new front end:
“I’m not a huge fan of the Silverado’s front end. The LED headlights are too small, messing up the balance of the other elements: chrome grille and gold bowtie badge.”
While DeBord doesn’t like the front end, he does like the included tonneau cover, the integrated bumper bed step and the powerful 6.2-liter V8.
“The V8 makes 420 horsepower with a whopping 460 lb-ft of torque. It can propel the truck to 60 mph in about six seconds, sending the power through a 10-speed automatic transmission. The MPGs are actually respectable, at 16 city, 20 highway, and 17 combined.”
As he moves onto the interior, he points out that it isn’t as fancy as the Ram’s Longhorn package, but the Silverado is no slouch.
“Of course, some owners might not want a lot of cowboy flash in their trucks. The front seats are heated and cooled, a nice extra. The rear seats are merely heated.”
He does like the fact that Chevy is still using a traditional shift handle rather than the Ram’s knob and he raves about all of the storage space around the driver, including multiple convenient locations for a cell phone. He also likes the Silverado’s infotainment system, even though the screen is smaller than the Ram’s
“Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are available. The system — IntelliLink — is wonderful, a breeze to use with a response touchscreen and a few useful knobs and buttons for backup. The 4G LTE Wi-Fi offers speedy device support through GM’s OnStar connectivity technology.”
The piece ends with DeBord naming the Ram 1500 the winner due to its loaded interior, hybrid engine and adjustable air suspension, all of which lead to a price that is $12,000 more than the Chevy. For those who don’t want the western interior theme, a hybrid drive system or air suspension, the Silverado LTZ is the better choice for the money.