2017 Chevy Silverado 1500 vs. 2017 Ram 1500 | Festus, MO

2017 Chevy Silverado vs Ram 1500 comparison

Are you searching for a highly capable pickup truck that can upgrade your daily drive and help your business? With so many pickup trucks to choose from, finding the perfect model that can meet all of your automotive needs can prove difficult. To help you in your decision, the product specialists at Lucas-Smith Ram have taken two popular trucks, the 2017 Chevy Silverado 1500 and the 2017 Ram 1500, and compared them side-by-side.

When you've finished reading about these two models, visit our 2017 Ram 1500 model research page to learn more about why the new Ram 1500 is the ideal pickup truck, or go straight to our new 2017 Ram 1500 inventory to see available trim packages at our Ram dealership in Festus, MO. Be sure to check out our current incentives to see if you qualify for the latest offers.

For this comparison, we'll be looking at the 2017 Ram 1500 Tradesman with a regular cab and 8-ft. long bed, starting at $26,495 MSRP, and the 2017 Chevy Silverado 1500 WT with a regular cab and 8-ft. long bed, starting at $27,975 MSRP.

2017 Chevy Silverado 1500 vs. 2017 Ram 1500: Performance

No matter how you plan on using your pickup truck, having lots of power and reliable capability is nonnegotiable. You'll find plenty of both with the new 2017 Ram 1500 and 2017 Chevy Silverado 1500. Peruse the table below for additional engine and performance specs.

2017 Chevy Silverado 1500 WT


2017 Ram 1500 Tradesman

4.3L V6


3.6L V6 24-Valve VVT

285 HP @ 5,300 RPM


305 HP @ 6,400 RPM

305 lb.-ft. @ 3,900 RPM


269 lb.-ft. @ 4,175 RPM

6-speed shiftable automatic


8-speed shiftable automatic

Rear wheel drive/Optional 4WD

Drive Type

Rear wheel drive/Optional 4WD

18 city/24 highway (RWD)

17 city/22 highway (4WD)

Fuel Economy (MPG)

17 city/25 highway (RWD)

16 city/23 highway (4WD)

34.0 gal.

Fuel Capacity

32.0 gal.


Fuel Type


2017 Chevy Silverado 1500 vs. 2017 Ram 1500: Towing and Payload Capacity

For both the jobsite and weekend excursions, you need a truck that delivers plenty of towing power and payload capacity. The Ram 1500 has both in spades, easily beating the Chevy Silverado. View towing and payload capacity details for these two pickup trucks below.

2017 Chevy Silverado 1500 WT

Pickup Truck

2017 Ram 1500

9,800 lbs.

Max. Towing Capacity

10,620 lbs.

1,980 lbs.

Max. Payload Capacity

1,880 lbs.

2017 Chevy Silverado 1500 vs. 2017 Ram 1500: Interior & Exterior Design

While performance and capability are essential components when deciding on your next pickup truck, finding a model that has style and comfortable amenities is also very important. Both the 2017 Ram 1500 cabin and 2017 Silverado 1500 cabin offer practical features and a variety of convenience features, but we think you'll appreciate everything the Ram 1500 has to offer more.

Interior Design Features

  • Both models seat up to three passengers and have a 40/20/40 split bench seat; the Ram 1500 also has behind-the-seat storage
  • Ram 1500 comes standard with a front armrest with three cupholders
  • Ram 1500 comes with an instrument cluster with a display screen
  • Both models have vinyl floor covering
  • Ram 1500 has a cargo and center high-mounted stop lamp lights your vehicle bed and turns on when you brake
2017 ram 1500 interior comparison

Exterior Design Features:

  • Both models come standard with 17-in. steel wheels and all-season tires
  • Ram 1500 comes standard with automatic halogen quad headlamps and incandescent tail lamps
  • Ram 1500 comes standard with a spray-in bedliner; a bedliner is optional on the Silverado 1500
  • Both models have black front and rear bumpers
  • Ram 1500 comes in 30 exterior colors

2017 Chevy Silverado 1500 vs. 2017 Ram 1500: Technology

Both the 2017 Ram 1500 and 2017 Chevy Silverado 1500 have safety systems that will keep you and your loved ones protected and entertainment features to make your drive more enjoyable, but our experts prefer the new Ram 1500 over the new Silverado 1500. Discover safety and entertainment technology features below.

Safety & Entertainment Technology Features:

  • Ram 1500 and Silverado 1500 have standard cruise control
  • Sentry Key® Theft Deterrent System with the Ram; no theft-deterrent system is available on the Silverado
  • Advanced multistage front airbags on both models
  • Electronic stability control and tire pressure monitoring system on both trucks
  • Optional ParkView™ rear back-up camera on the Ram 1500; optional rear vision camera on the Silverado 1500
  • Radio 3.0 on the Ram 1500
  • Optional Bluetooth® connectivity on both models
  • Optional Uconnect® 3.0 or 5.0 infotainment system in the Ram 1500; infotainment system only available on higher trims of the Silverado 1500
  • Media Hub standard on the Ram 1500; not available on the Silverado 1500

2017 Chevy Silverado 1500 vs. 2017 Ram 1500: Warranty

Both the 2017 Chevy Silverado 1500 and 2017 Ram 1500 offer comprehensive warranties, such as basic/Bumper-to-Bumper, powertrain, roadside assistance, and rust-through/corrosion protection, to give you peace of mind once you drive your new pickup truck home.


2017 Chevy Silverado 1500 WT

2017 Ram 1500


36 mo./36,000 mi.

36 mo./36,000 mi.


60 mo./60,000 mi.

60 mo./60,000 mi.

Roadside Assistance

60 mo./60,000 mi.

60 mo./60,000 mi.


60 mo./100,000 mi.

60 mo./unlimited mi.

Test Drive the 2017 Ram 1500 at Lucas-Smith CDJR!

test drive 2017 ram 1500

Don't wait any longer to experience the dependability and performance of the 2017 Ram 1500. Schedule a test drive at our Ram dealership in Festus, MO. If you have any questions, give the Lucas-Smith team a call at (636) 725-0810 or fill out our contact form.

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