2016 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD vs. the 2016 Ram 2500 HD

November 20th, 2015 by

Ram and Chevy 2500 HD models

Get ready for your next heavy-duty truck: the pickups for 2016 are impressive and they’re just getting started for next year! With all these trucks have to offer, how could you ever choose between the 2016 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD and the 2016 Ram? They’ve both got updates to swoon over!

When comparing these two vehicles, it became apparent that one of them was the winner. Despite the similarities, these trucks just aren’t the same. No matter what truck you had before, forget about it, because the 2016 Chevy and Dodge trucks are here to win your attention!

So here’s the comparable data from the 2016 Silverado and the 2016 Ram 2500 HD. These heavy-duty pickups have a lot up for your consideration!

Let’s Compare Power

When you’re talking trucks, you’re talking power, no question. 2016 trucks are out to increase towing capacity while lightening up the truck. Whether you want your truck in a diesel or a gas option, there’s a heavy-duty truck out there for you.

The 2016 Silverado and the 2016 Ram both come in diesel and gas options. The 2016 Silverado has a bi-fuel version of the 2500 HD in which the truck is able to switch between gas and compressed natural gas (CNG). This is something that the Ram doesn’t offer. The engines of these trucks are different as well with the 2016 Silverado offering two engine options. The first is the Vortec 6.0L V8 gas option. The second is the Duramax 6.6L turbo diesel V8.

Chevy Duramax V8 Diesel

The diesel gives you the option of getting more power with the Silverado—tow up to 18,000 pounds with this truck! You also get 397 horsepower with the diesel in addition to 765 lb.-ft. of torque. Made with high-strength steel, this truck is made to handle anything you can throw at it.

The 2016 Ram 2500 HD offers its 5.7L Hemi V8 with an anti-spin rear differential. The Ram comes pretty close to the Silverado when it comes to towing numbers—17,980 pounds for towing. The Ram does up the number for torque and horsepower, however. The 2016 Ram 2500 gets 800 lb.-ft. of torque as well as 383 horsepower.

Although the Chevy beats the towing numbers, the Ram could be the truck for you if you’re looking to get a little more torque in your ride. Don’t forget that the Ram offers variable valve timing (VVT) in order to get the best fuel economy possible. Although the Silverado’s diesel engine competes with this!

Available Features

The 2016 Silverado and Ram both come in similar color options, so no worries about getting the color of your choice. While the Ram has a little lower starting price, both vehicles offer an impressive number of trim levels. When you’re ordering your new truck for 2016, you’ve got plenty of options about which one is the best for you with all the trim levels available!

When it comes to features, however, some vehicles are lacking. The 2016 Silverado gives you a quiet ride with its triple-sealed doors and foam seats for more comfort then ever. The Chevy Silverado for 2016 also offers available Wi-Fi—this is a feature you won’t find with the Ram. The means your vehicle essentially functions as a hotspot for you. So no matter where you are, you get 4G LTE Internet connection for several devices!

The 2016 Ram offers its vinyl seats which are designed to hold up well over time. The Ram also offers some impressive storage, including its Rambox Cargo Management System as well as under-the-seat storage that’s built-in. This added storage inside can be ideal for those truck owners who need to bring lots of materials with them and have them on hand.

2016 Ram Heavy Duty Laramie Limited interior

The Silverado High Country trim levels offers its luxury truck model with 20-inch wheels and a Bose stereo system to make your ride more comfortable and plush than ever. Both vehicles include charging outlets for your devices as well as touchscreens. The Ram offers an 8.4-inch color touchscreen while the Silverado offers an 8-inch one. Although the .4 inches might not make much of a difference when you’re on the road. Chevy also offers you the option to customize how you see your driver information center.

Safety—The Most Important Thing in Your Truck

Yes, we know you need to haul huge cargo, that you really want to try your truck off-road, and that you’ve got love for all the new features these vehicles have. However, when it gets down to it, one of the most important things when it comes to your truck is safety. So what safety features do these two vehicles include?

Let’s start with the Ram. The 2016 Ram 2500 HD offers electronic stability control, a rear backup camera, front park assist, and trailer brake control. This is in addition to speed control and plenty of airbags to keep you protected should an accident occur. The trailer tow mirrors come optional in order to help you see your towing cargo as best as possible when out on the road.

The 2016 Silverado 2500 HD offers more standard safety features than the Ram on its heavy-duty Silverado. These features include forward collision alert, safety alert driver seat, lane departure warnings, and a rearview camera. The 2016 Silverado has trailer sway control, a brake system that comes with the Duramax diesel engine in order to better allow you to brake your trailer.

The Silverado comes with StabiliTrak in addition to Digital Steering Assist. The Digital Steering Assist is a new option for the 2016 Silverado that will appeal to truck buyers. This option essentially reduces the amount of effort that you have to put into keeping your truck stable on the road. This feature is designed for times when you’re carrying a heavy tow at high speeds in weather conditions that are less than ideal.

The Digital Steering Assist option gives truck buyers an even safer truck, especially for those who need to tow heavy cargo often. However, you don’t need to be towing or even in adverse weather to use this option—Digital Steering Assist is there regardless of when or where you need it in the 2016 Silverado.


The 2016 Silverado is a little more advanced than the Ram, has better towing numbers, and more safety features. In addition, the Silverado features technology to optimize engine start whether it’s below freezing or scorching hot outside. This keeps your truck available to you no matter what the temperature—a reliability must for truck drivers.

Your truck is the one that’s with you on the job, at home, and with your family. Keep you and your family safe in the 2016 Silverado. With an impressive number of trim levels and the option for a bi-fuel engine in addition to a gas and a diesel powered engine, you’ll get more towing for your money on this high-strength steel machine as well as options for luxury touches. Add in the steel cargo box and the corner step on the rear bumper for easy access to cargo, and you’ve got a truck that works just as hard as you do. Consider the 2016 Silverado 2500 HD for your next heavy-duty truck!

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