2017 RAM 1500 vs. Chevy Silverado Houston TX

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Features & Specs

2017 RAM 1500

2017 Chevrolet Silverado

Fuel Capacity

32.0 gal

26.0 gal


305 hp @ 6400 rpm

285 hp @ 5300 rpm


8-speed shiftable automatic

6-speed shiftable automatic

Average Cost Per Mile



2017 RAM 1500 vs 2017 Chevrolet Silverado near Spring, TX

The competition between the light-duty truck segment can only be described as neck-to-neck. There’s a trio of competitors that truly stand out: the RAM 1500, the Chevrolet Silverado, and the Ford F-150. Today, we’ll be discussing the 2017 RAM 1500 and 2017 Chevy Silverado. To learn more about how the F-150 compares to our favorite, the RAM 1500, you’ll have to contact us below, give us a call, or stop by in-person. The RAM 1500 and Chevrolet Silverado are both fantastic light-duty pickups with tons of customization and personality. Read below to learn how they shape up under the hood and inside the cabin!


2017 RAM 1500 Power & Handling

The RAM 1500 offers three engine options for the 2017 model year. The classic and trusted 3.6-liter V6 known as the Pentastar is the first engine of the lineup and is standard in most models. It produces a strong 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque. It’s a desirable engine, and most buyers will love the ample horsepower it generates. Available is the 3.0-liter Cummins turbodiesel V6 engine, capable of 240 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. This is a stand-out feature of the RAM 1500, offering some of the best fuel economy in the class: 21 miles per gallon city and 29 miles per gallon highway. Finally, there’s an available 5.7-liter HEMI V8 gasoline engine that creates 395 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque.


2017 Chevrolet Silverado Power & Handling

The Chevrolet Silverado of 2017 also offers three engines. The first is a 4.3-liter V6 Flex-Fuel engine. It offers 285 horsepower and 305 pound-feet of torque. Alternatively, there’s a 5.3-liter V8 Flex-Fuel engine that’s good for a heftier 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. Finally, there’s a 6.2-liter V8 Flex-Fuel that creates 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. There is no diesel engine option available, and the maximum fuel economy tops out at just 24 miles per gallon on the highway. Tow ratings of both trucks are comparable.


2017 RAM 1500 Features & Design

The RAM 1500 lets you pick the best configuration for you by offering tons of options: three cab styles, three bed lengths, and 11 trim levels. Passenger capacity ranges between three and six. The trim levels include Tradesman, Express, HFE, SLT, Big Horn, Lone Star, Sport, Rebel, Laramie, Laramie Longhorn, and Limited. Many standard features come on the Tradesman trim level, such as 17-inch steel wheels, a rear backlight, a seven-pin wiring harness, a black bumper, a black grille, and black door handles, automatic headlights, a Class IV receiver hitch, air-conditioning, a spray-in bedliner, a locking tailgate, vinyl upholstery, cruise control, a 40/20/40-split front bench seat, a tilt steering wheel, and a sound system with six speakers, a USB port, and auxiliary input jack.


2017 Chevrolet Silverado Features & Design

The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is also customizable, including three cab styles, three bed lengths, and six trim levels. Six trim levels as opposed to the eleven trim levels means more cost out of pocket-the more trim levels, the more options you get for picking a feature package you like at a lower cost. The six trim levels are WT, LS, Custom, LT, LTZ, and High Country. Availability of these trim levels varies dramatically based on configuration. The WT comes with standard features that include power door locks, active grille shutters, LED daytime running lights, air-conditioning, vinyl seating, a vinyl floor covering, cruise control, a bed light, xenon headlights, a 4.2-inch audio display, an aux jack, a USB port, and a 40/20/40-split front bench seat.


The 2017 RAM 1500 and the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado are close competitors and great vehicles. The Chevrolet Silverado is a pleasant truck but comes at a steeper cost than the RAM 1500. The RAM 1500, however, is a powerful truck with world-renowned engines. We’d love to get you into the truck of your dreams-to see our inventory in-person and find the perfect truck for you, come by Northwest Dodge today!