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|269-650||Max Torque (lb-ft)||383-460|
|23/33||Fuel Economy (city/hwy mpg)||23/31|
How often have you had to sacrifice luxury and capability for affordability when shopping for a truck? This might mean settling for a truck that delivers the power you need but doesn’t offer intuitive technology or modern conveniences. Fortunately, Ram doesn’t believe in compromising or settling for less than what you want. This “you can have your cake and eat it too” mentality is readily apparent when you compare the 2022 Ram 1500 vs 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500.
While the 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 will run just over $30,000 for its entry-level model, it’s important to remember that you get what you pay for. The 2022 Ram 1500 starts at $33,975 and offers luxurious design details, outstanding ride quality, and jaw-dropping performance across its entire lineup. Right out of the gate, Ram proves you don’t have to spend a fortune to drive like a king or queen.
The 2022 Ram 1500 also offers something that no other automaker can–the most powerful factory-installed engine to ever find its way under the hood of a half-ton truck. The Ram 1500 TRX is legendary in every sense of the word, with its 6.2-liter Supercharged HEMI V8 pushing the road warrior from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds. You won’t find anything comparable to the HEMI in the Chevy lineup, and that alone is enough to make shopping for a 2022 Ram 1500 your top priority.
The 2022 Ram 1500 is a powerful road warrior that offers an impressive multi-engine lineup that ensures the truck delivers a wide range of power and capability. The lineup starts with the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine with eTorque that delivers 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque. This engine gives the Ram 1500 the capability to tow up to 7,730 pounds.
The 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine comes with or without Ram’s revolutionary eTorque system and offers the legendary power you can expect from the HEMI name. Without eTorque, the V8 delivers 395 horsepower, 410 lb-ft of torque, and a maximum towing capacity of 11,610 pounds. The addition of eTorque doesn’t change the horsepower or torque rating but makes the V8 a more capable hauler and pushes the truck’s maximum towing capacity to 12,750 pounds.
Knowing that trucks like the Ram 1500 will be pushed to their limits, Ram gives you the ability to do exactly that with confidence. The available 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine is one of the best in the segment because it effortlessly balances power and efficiency. It makes the Ram 1500 a workhorse capable of hauling 12,560 pounds by delivering a best-in-class 480 lb-ft of torque and 260 horsepower for smooth and steady acceleration and pulling power exactly when you need it.
What truly sets the Ram 1500’s powertrain lineup apart from competitors like the 2022 Silverado roars to life under the hood of the 2022 Ram 1500 TRX. The TRX is a high-performance truck that’s powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V8 engine that delivers 702 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of near-instant torque. Capable of reaching a top speed of 118 mph, the TRX launches from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds.
You won’t find anything comparable to the HEMI in the Silverado’s 2022 powertrain lineup. Instead, you’ll find a four-engine fleet that starts with the 2.7-liter turbo high-output engine that delivers 310 horses and 420 lb-ft of torque. From there, you can upgrade to the 5.3-liter or 6.2-liter V8. The 5.3-liter delivers 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque, while the 6.2-liter betters this at 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. For diesel lovers, you’ll have to rely on Chevy’s Duramax 3.0-liter turbodiesel to get the job done as it delivers 277 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque, the latter of which falls short of the Ram 1500’s best-in-class torque rating.
Trucks like the 2022 Ram 1500 and the 2022 Silverado 1500 are designed to work hard. This, however, doesn’t mean that your job has to be difficult when you’re behind the wheel, at least not when you drive a Ram. The Ram 1500 is designed to work with you and for you, whether you’re cruising down the highway or loading cargo into the bed.
The Ram’s exterior is laden with functional features that make your time on the road far more enjoyable and safer. The available power side running boards make it easy to get in and out of the truck, while the LED headlamps ensure your visibility at any time of day. Ram even makes the bed of the truck versatile with exclusive features like the RamBox Cargo Management System that provides additional exterior storage and power sources in the bed without sacrificing cargo volume. You won’t find anything like this on the 2022 Silverado 1500.
One thing that both the 2022 Ram 1500 and the 2022 Silverado 1500 have in common is that both trucks offer a multifunctional tailgate that makes it easier to access the bed of the truck and load or unload cargo. How the automakers approach the designers, however, is entirely different. The Ram 1500’s multifunction tailgate is designed with a 60-40 split swing-away door that opens up 88 degrees like a door. This allows you to step closer into the bed to reach your cargo. Using the tailgate in the traditional way is also an option that Ram improves with its high-strength design that can support up to 2,000 pounds.
The 2022 Silverado 1500’s functional features are limited to the available Multi-Flex Tailgate that adds six unique functions to the tailgate. The primary gate opens like a traditional tailgate and features a primary gate load stop that keeps longer items from sliding out of the bed. The inner gate folds down to give you easier access to the bed and can be unfolded into a full-width step. You can use the inner gate load stop to keep items in place in the tailgate or use the work surface that’s ideal for holding a laptop, reading paperwork, or supporting tools.
There is no shortage of cutting-edge technology on either the 2022 Ram 1500 or the 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500. However, the Ram has a few unique tools that the Chevrolet doesn’t offer, and that starts with an exclusive trailering navigation system known as Trailer Reverse Steering Control. Regardless of your skill level and experience, the tool makes it easy to navigate a trailer in reverse by allowing you to steer the trailer with a knob as the system steers the truck. This eliminates any guesswork or the need to make multiple attempts, whether you’re parking a trailer in a spot at a campsite, navigating a tight parking lot, or backing a ski boat down the ramp at the lake.
The Ram 1500 also offers a Trailer 360-degree Surround View Camera that works with the Trailer-Tow Power-Fold Mirrors to give you a bird’s eye view around the truck and trailer. This makes it easier to change lanes and navigate traffic as well as hitch and unhitch from the trailer. The Ram 1500’s suite of advanced safety and driver-assist tools also engineer confidence when you’re behind the wheel, with or without a trailer. These tools include the Blind Spot Monitoring System with Rear Cross Path Detection that alerts you to traffic in your blind spots and behind the truck to make changing lanes or driving in reverse easier.
Ram also equips the 2022 Ram 1500 with enhanced stopping power courtesy of Forward Collision Warning with Active Braking, which monitors traffic and alerts you to potential collisions. If you fail to respond, the system will actively engage the brakes to bring the Ram 1500 to a complete stop with the intent to minimize the potential for a collision. Fortunately, those alerts are hard to miss with the Ram’s Driver Information Digital Cluster that puts those notifications right behind the steering wheel at all times.
While the 2022 Silverado 1500 doesn’t offer anything comparable to the Ram’s Trailer Reverse Steering Control, it offers many other similar features that keep you safe on the road by actively alerting you to potential collisions. The Silverado’s safety features include tools like Forward Collision Alert, Automatic Emergency Braking, Front Pedestrian Braking, Lane-Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, a Following Distance Indicator, and Intellibeam High Beam Assist.