Auto Show Face-Off: 2019 Ram 2500 Vs. 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500

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2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500; Cars.com photo by Christian Lantry

By Aaron Bragman

Every truckmaker has updated their heavy-duty pickups for the new year, and they're slowly rolling out over the next few months. But we've now seen everything in the metal itself at various auto shows around the country. We got a good look at both the new 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 and the 2019 Ram 2500, practically side by side, at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show. And while we can't tell you much about how these two big rigs handle, tow, ride or drive just yet, we can do a show-floor showdown to see how they stacked up during initial impressions.

Related: More 2019 Chicago Auto Show Coverage

Interior Niceness: Ram 2500

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2019 Ram 2500; Manufacturer image

Let's get the obvious out of the way: You've heard by now that the light-duty 2019 Ram 1500 has a class-leading interior across the board, with every trim level providing a top-notch cabin that feels worlds better than any other pickup in history. The Ram 2500 continues that trend, especially when you get to more luxurious trim levels like the Limited. Rich wood, sumptuous leather, artistic detail on the gauges and seats — all of it adds up to an astonishing level of luxury. This isn't a concern for most HD buyers — Ram's mid-level trim or work truck model is going to be used hard, get dirty and needs to be durable. But even those models feel amazing. And for the 10 percent who go for a loaded model to tow their fancy horse trailer or recreational vehicle, the top trim will be a treat.

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2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500; Manufacturer image

The Chevy 2500, on the other hand, is just as disappointing inside as the light-duty Silverado. And it's not just material choices that are questionable, it's design is too: Why is all the faux wood trim down below your knees, where you can't even see it? Why is there rough flashing on the interior door handle pull that feels like it could cut your hand as you run your fingers along it? The Chevrolet interiors are spacious, versatile and comfortable, but so are the Rams, and for likely the same money — Chevrolet pricing hasn't been announced yet — they add "nice" to that list.

Towing Technology: Chevrolet Silverado 2500

What the Chevy lacks in interior quality it makes up for in usability. With 90 percent of HD owners using their trucks for towing, according to Chevy, the brand sought to improve owners' experiences by upgrading the Advanced Trailering System. It can have up to 15 cameras, some on the truck, some available as an accessory, but all tied into the multimedia system display and allowing various views around, in and behind the truck. There's even a function with accessory equipment that can make it seem like the trailer has disappeared, offering a clear view of the road and traffic behind the Silverado. The Silverado includes a trailering app that allows you to record and store all kinds of data for various trailer profiles, and presents a pre-flight checklist for connecting, checking and towing a trailer. But the best feature might be the trailering information label on the Silverado's doorjamb that presents all the relevant data on your specific truck: gross vehicle weight rating, curb weight, gross combined weight rating, gross axle weight rating, maximum payload, max tongue weight and more. No more looking up specs, guessing at figures, wondering how certain factory parts affect the numbers.

This isn't to say the Ram HD doesn't have trailer towing tech of its own, as it does. Many of its new trailer towing features are safety-related. It has its own new cameras that can see down the sides of the trailer, useful for backing one up. The tire pressure monitoring system can also monitor up to six trailer tires and sends an alert when they fall below or go above a certain set pressure. As on the Silverado, there's a new remote camera option available through the Mopar accessories brand that you can mount on the back of the trailer. But the Silverado tends to integrate it all in better ways than the Ram.

Big Ol' Mirrors: Tie

Every generation of truck seems to bring bigger, blingier mirrors, and 2019 is no exception. Both trucks have optional trailering mirrors laden with all kinds of goodies. On the Silverado, they extend and retract on a four-bar-link system for smoother operation. They're bigger than the outgoing models and feature a forward-facing spotlight that angles down at 45 degrees, and is meant for illuminating job sites or campsites. Or you can upgrade further with sideview camera mirrors, downward-facing puddle lamps or rearward-facing spot lamps.

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2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500;
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The Ram has its own fancy mirrors, too, featuring independent power adjustment for both the upper standard and lower wide-angle mirror panels with two separate switches inside.

Bed Technology: Ram 2500

Both trucks upgrade their beds, with the Chevy including a standard fender-installed bed side step in every HD model. But if you want a fancy tailgate, that's only offered on the GMC Sierra HD, which will offer the slick MultiPro Tailgate first seen on the Sierra quarter-ton pickup. Ram has improved its bed-mounted trailer chain cleats for fifth-wheel and gooseneck trailers, making them bigger and able to accommodate the largest hooks. But the RamBox still puts it over the top; yes, opting for the RamBox does eat into your total bed capacity, but the ability to have exterior locking storage with lights, drains and now a power outlet, trumps whatever space you're losing in the bed itself.

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2019 Ram 2500; 
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As for how they drive, we're still a ways out from getting behind the wheel of the new 2020 Silverado 2500/3500, but stay tuned here for our First Drive of the new 2019 Ram 2500 and 3500 coming soon.

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Comments

GM will compete better with their HDs than they did with their light duty trucks, but it's going to be tough to get back marketshare from Ram especially now that they're starting to dominate hotshot trucking.

GM will compete better with their HDs than they did with their light duty trucks, but it's going to be tough to get back marketshare from Ram...

@real man

Saying that RAM is giving GM a tough fight is like saying that the bloody boxer lying on his back is giving a "tough fight" to the champ who just knocked him out.

GM outsold Ford last year and outsold RAM almost 2 to 1

You can always count on a sidestep from some. Ram cleary beats GM in the HD segment.

Before stroke joke has a hissy. I misspelled clearly.

You got your facts wrong too

@papajim Ford being the number 1selling truck in the world does not count?

Let's see, FIAT Chrysler junk, or GM. Durumax all day long.

I'll take the Duramax all day long. Proven winner hands down on performance for how many years? Too many to count.

Ram is doing nice things, but it will be recalled and in shop more than on road.

Cousin loves his Ram, when it's on road but has been in shop 4 times now. He even works for the railroad, so he isn't home all that often to drive it a ton of miles.

Ford being the number 1selling truck in the world does not count?
Posted by: Just the truth | Feb 27, 2019

@JTT

It would count if it were true

Funny how these GM retards want to combine sales in every article that come up but if you read what it says, this is about HD trucks. A category upon which FORD and RAM continue to dominate each year with Chebby and GMC bringing up the rear, even if you combine the two. And dont ask me to provide links cause its readily available on Google. I just hope you retards are able to find it. Its there.

The truth is Ram is the most luxurious truck on the market. With lots of class leading and class exclusive options. It can be your work horse and your daily driver and handle both well with pride of ownership. It checks all the boxes for wants and needs. It's fun and comfortable. Powerful and capable. On my second Ram now buying my first because it was the only one that offered a 6.4" bed in a halfton. Now owning the legendary power wagon. Again Ram the only one to offer it. Thank you Ram for clearly building awesome trucks. Now if we can get the cowboy leather in America's first farm truck. Tractor by day plowing the fields store shopping in the evening.

All Guts

All Glory

All class leading

Ram

Ford is number 1
https://focus2move.com/world-best-selling-pick-up/

Ford being the number 1selling truck in the world does not count?
Posted by: Just the truth | Feb 27, 2019

@JTT

It would count if it were true


Posted by: papajim | Feb 27, 2019 3:37:42 PM

It is true you P.O.S.

Seriously can the imposter just use his or her own name? Grow up u gutless coward.

@ truck frame

I could care less who sells more. I care about performance and the duramax has won for how many years in a row? Too many in a row to count!

@JTT

Who sold the most trucks last year?
Hint: Answer begins with the word General...

the RamBox still puts it over the top; yes, opting for the RamBox does eat into your total bed capacity, but the ability to have exterior locking storage with lights, drains and now a power outlet, trumps whatever space
/QUOTE

Ram box is totaly useless if you have a Truck cap on,,or carry TC..😉

Fiat bois have NOT thought this design far enough,yes

Time to Fix It Again Tony

Who sold the most trucks last year?
Hint: Answer begins with the word General...


Posted by: papajim | Feb 27, 2019 5:44:49 PM

Ford does not begin with the word General.

https://focus2move.com/world-best-selling-pick-up/

So in other words the article says...

the RAM is a luxury boat.

The GMs are real trucks.

Except for theCummins.

@ imposter

I don't lie u gutless coward

The duramax has dominated the competition for years performance wise.

Grow a pair of b@lls and post under your own name u hypocrite

It is my name

Can we drop the whole who sells more bickering all together on this site? They all sell enough to justify being on the road. Second, every one of the manufacturers has taken turns, large and small, with recalls. It would be nice if we could discuss features and actual real life performance verses what normally fills up the comment box in every thread.

@ imposter

It's not your name. I created the name on this site around 3 years ago.

I know u want to be me, idolize me, but you can't!

Be yourself, find peace with that, and get your own name.

Thank you and have a great night, much appreciated

My current preference for HD's is the GMC Sierra Denali, particularly if I buy another diesel. If I start veering towards a gas engine than Ford could win out for me with the new 7.3 pushrod V8 and the 10 speed transmission. I won't even look at the Ram due to my complete lack of confidence in their reliability. The Ram has the Cummins, and that is great, but GMC and Ford easily outperform it on every test that I have seen here on PUTC. The Duramax has won these competitions for as long back as I can remember with towing performance, and I think they have even won virtually all of the fuel economy tests as well. Last year, I think the Duramax was about 2 mpg ahead in the towing competition.

@JTT
Who sold the most trucks last year?
Hint: Answer begins with the word General...

Posted by: papajim | Feb 27, 2019 5:44:49 PM

I could say Ford is the largest truck seller and it would be true as compared to GM. GM has nothing near as large as a F750.
Most people would not care or think it was a stupid comparison.
Now let us look at how you get GM sells more trucks. First just use the United States and do not look at states and do not look at the world. Second add anything GM builds with a bed. Third compare that to Ford full-size only be sure and do not add in medium duty.
and the last rule - ignore the fact that world wide Ford sells more trucks.
Now what do you think people think of your "GM sells more trucks? Hint- They do not care or think it is a stupid comparison.

You seem to like old sayings.

Figures do not lie, but liars figure.

boy, getting lectured about lying from JTT really stings.

boy, getting lectured about lying from JTT really stings.

After reading the comments on these posts over the past few years, I have to ask. How old are some of these people? Almost every article ends up sounding like some little kids arguing over some meaningless crap. Just curious.

The GM Clowns of papajim, TNTGMC, GMSRGREAT and johnny doe have ruined this site with their brand bashing and personal attacks.

This place has become unbearable.


"GM outsold Ford last year and outsold RAM almost 2 to 1"

Posted by: papajim

[BUZZER] Wrong! Ford sold more full-size truck than GM.

@uhhuh: personal attacks = no facts
When someone calls you names, they lost!

@ uh hu and redblood

NO imposters using others name have ruined the site

Also, I don't care about who sells more. Never have, just proves there are alot of different opinions out there

I'm all about performance and GM products for YEARS have been the top performing vehicle no matter which class, HD, Halfton, and midsize

And personal attacks? We are all guilty of that once in a while, so redbloodedxy, you should look into mirror.

Everyone have a great day!

GM products for YEARS have been the top performing vehicle no matter which class, HD, Halfton, and midsize

@tntgmc

Some brands only have one truck in race. Brand X had an HD diesel in the showrooms but their customer satisfaction was pure crap. Another brand had a midsize that didn't sell well despite offering a OHC V8.

Brand X still is waiting to have an impact with its midsize model and less than a month into their rollout the EPA issues are muddying up the debut. Ugh.

Brand X still is waiting to have an impact with its midsize model and less than a month into their rollout the EPA issues are muddying up the debut. Ugh.


Posted by: papajim | Feb 28, 2019 10:27:18 AM

Please clarify this ambiguous statement.

@Millhouse--Agree. Many fan boys but it is possible there are some who are paid to bash certain brands.

Please clarify this ambiguous statement.


Posted by: Just the truth | Feb 28, 2019 12:10:15 PM


Papajim can correct me if he wants, but I believe he is referring to the failed launch of the Ranger.

Cousin loves his Ram, when it's on road but has been in shop 4 times now. He even works for the railroad, so he isn't home all that often to drive it a ton of miles.


Posted by: TNTGMC | Feb 27, 2019 3:25:29 PM

My cousins sister nextdoor neighbors aunts husband bought a brand new Chebby and couldn't even get it off the lot. Still in the shop and get be driven. lol

"Proven winner hands down on performance for how many years? Too many to count."
Posted by: TNTGMC | Feb 28, 2019 8:20:16 AM

Maybe you should reread the tests. Ram is always on top when it comes to towing confidence. Handles the weight well. Not white knuckling. If zero to sixty is your only measure in an H.D. G.M. might be your best choice. In the last H.D. test it had more horsepower than the lower power Cummins. Which also comes in a higher horsepower version.

@Hemi V8

Sorry to hear about your Aunt's next door neighbor's friend's husband. Sounds like they had bad luck with their chebby and nobody should ever buy a chebby again.

@Hemi

Go re-read the 2018 test, it was the high-output Cummins that was tested, and it was blown out. I do remember reading that it was less white knuckled than the Ford (which went into death wobble), and the chebby. The Cummins also tested out at about 2 mpg less than the chebby. Overall, the Ram was number 3 out of 3, and chebby was number one.

@ Hemi

Why don't u post something useful. I can't help it if his Cummins is always in the shop......truth hurts

And pull up old PUTC HD tests. The duramax puts a beat down on the Cummins. It always comes in last place. But hey, maybe u like always being in last place......to each his own

Have a great night

It's just better in a Ram.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFX36j_5Bg8

Got to have the guts to earn the glory.

Ha Ha, Surething buddy. It's ok to think G.M. is the best H.D. I don't agree no matter your 0 to 60 times.lol

It's just better in a Ram.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2yBQkykxho

Papajim can correct me if he wants, but I believe he is referring to the failed launch of the Ranger.
Posted by: GMSRGREAT | Feb 28, 2019

The pathetic JTT cannot bear any dissent (he probably gets a spanking when he mouths off at home)

The brand X riff was in response to the whiners who complain that GM always offered its customers a complete truck line-up (small medium large) when its competitors didn't.

After years of protest from its dealers Ford is finally rolling out a midsizer and their marketing guys are already pounding the drum for the NEXT ranger in spite of the really dim (and delayed) marketing rollout for the current model (no super bowl ads, no big splash outside of the car & truck mags).

The guys like JTT are really feeling the sting and they don't like being reminded of it.

Papajim You are so funny and full of "it". GM with mid and full size is a full line of trucks but Ford with with full and MD trucks is not. Now that right there is funny I don't care who you are.

@Hemi

If performance metrics including towing etc. are not a valid consideration, then what is another metric we should consider instead? Maybe we should track how much time each truck spends in the repair shop...I am sure Ram would do real well there. At least when the Ram is not in the shop, you can sit in the most luxurious interior in the segment, which I guess should be another key metric.

@ hemi

I buy a truck for performance. If I'm going to spend $45 to $75k on a truck. I want it to be the best performing truck out there. The GM duramax has proven that time and time again. All without claiming "class leading" or "highest TQ" this....

As for my cousins truck. I really do like the way it pulls. More linear feel instead of the throw u back into seat feel u get with duramax. But it's been in the shop alot. Just stating a fact.

You are so funny and full of "it". GM with mid and full size is a full line of trucks but Ford with with full and MD trucks is not.

@JTT

You can't even recite my facts correctly. GM has 3 trucks: small medium and large. Ford keeps promising to sell a compact truck called the Ranger but I still have not seen one on the street yet. GM's Colorado/Canyon models number somewhere near a half million, but Ford is MIA.

It's simple. So simple even you should be able to comprehend it.

@Hemi

I do recognize that the Cummins is an outstanding engine, it just doesn't perform as well as the Duramax, nor does it get as good mpg's. I have already acknowledged also that the Ram has a fantastic interior. Can you acknowledge that towing performance might be important to some potential HD truck buyers out there?

I still haven't seen a Ranger yet either papajim

I'm at a clinic here in DesMoines, Iowa. Drove 4 hours on Interstate. Saw a plethora of gm twins and Tacomas. Not a single Ranger in site

@tnt

"I still haven't seen a Ranger yet either papajim

I'm at a clinic here in DesMoines, Iowa. Drove 4 hours on Interstate. Saw a plethora of gm twins and Tacomas. Not a single Ranger in site
Posted by: TNTGMC | Mar 1, 2019 11:23:48 AM"

How can you seriously compare the count you saw between a truck available for a whole 8 weeks versus the other trucks available for years now??? You Gm guys should be more concerned with the lack of 2019 trucks on the road especially being that they have been out since late fall last year!!

Those 2019 Gm's must not be doing to well considering some dealers are already throwing 12-13k on the hoods to try and move them. All the Gm guys poking fun at the new Rams being discounted heavily must be having some tasty crow right about now....

@ full size

U need to relax. You're having a stroke their chief!

When you travel the Interstates you see all kinds of vehicles. And traveling for 4 hours. U see all kinds of vehicles. H@ll I even saw a Teala and a Porsche here in midwest in the dead of winter, but still no Ranger.

Your excuses and whining are pretty comical.



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