2014 Ram 2500 vs. 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD
For a lot of drivers that come to our Moose Jaw-area Chrysler dealership looking for a pickup truck, the 2014 Ram 1500 offers more than enough power and utility. Some truck drivers, though, need more strength and towing capability. That’s where the 2014 Ram 2500 comes in. Of course, there are competitors out there, like the recently redesigned 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD. To help you make your decision, here’s a close look at both heavy-duty trucks.
Powertrain Options and Towing Capability
The true test of a heavy-duty pickup truck is its engine lineup and towing capability. The 2014 Ram 2500 comes with three different engine options:
- 5.7L HEMI V8: The starting gas engine for the Ram 2500 offers 383 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. With this engine, you can tow up to 6,287 kg.
- 6.4L HEMI V8: This bigger gas V8 puts out 410 hp and 429 lb-ft of torque. With this additional power, these models can move a maximum of 7,394 kg.
- 6.7L Cummins Turbodiesel: This six-cylinder diesel engine has been turbocharged to release as much as 370 hp and 800 lb-ft of torque. This top-notch heavy-duty engine can be used to tow as much as 8,151 kg.
Meanwhile, the Chevy Silverado 2500 has two engine options:
- 6.0L Vortec V8: This starting gasoline engine for the Silverado produces 360 hp and 301 lb-ft of torque. With this engine, the Silverado moves up to 5,897 kg. Overall, that’s less power and less towing capability than the starting Ram 2500 engine.
- 6.6L Duramax V8: The Silverado doesn’t have a higher-powered gas engine, but does have a stronger diesel alternative. The Duramax can release up to 397 hp and 765 lb-ft of torque while towing up to 8,119 kg. That’s still not as much capability as the Ram.
Compared to other types of vehicles, pickup trucks give the drive more options about how they want their vehicles to look thanks to a number of body styles and styling options. The 2014 Ram 1500 comes in Regular Cab, Crew Cab, and Mega Cab body styles. The Regular Cab is best for people who use their trucks solely for work, while car shoppers with families will want either the Crew or Mega Cab. The standard long box is 2.4 m while the Crew Cab and Mega Cab can be paired with a smaller 1.9 m cargo box.
The 2015 Chevy Silverado offers similar styling options, with Regular, Double, and Crew Cab options. These are similar in size, with available 2.0 m and 2.4 m beds in back. Both models offer rugged exterior styling, but there is a major difference in interior quality. According to Edmunds, “The Ram 2500 offers the nicest interior in the heavy-duty full-size pickup kingdom.” Inside, you’re going to find nicer materials and be very comfortable. In our opinion, the Chevy 2500 HD sticks closer to its work truck roots.
Trim Levels and Features
- Ram SLT vs. the Silverado WT: The Silverado WT is fairly basic apart from USB ports. The Ram SLT, on the other hand, comes with more features, such as satellite radio and keyless entry.
- Ram ST vs. Silverado LT: At the second trim level, each model offers more features, like Bluetooth connectivity. The Ram ST has an edge, though, thanks to a larger touchscreen interface and a 12-V power outlet.
- Ram Outdoorsman: The Ram Outdoorsman is an off-road focused model with four-wheel drive, tow hooks, a power winch, manual transfer case, and a front anti-roll bar. If you want an off-road, heavy-duty truck, choose Ram, because Chevy does not offer a counterpart to the Outdoorsman.
- Ram Laramie vs. Silverado LTZ: The Silverado’s top trim level offers more features, including a bigger touchscreen interface, rearview camera, and dual-zone automatic climate control. The Ram Laramie offers these features and more, including power driver and passenger seats, wood grain panel accents, heated external mirrors, and much more.
- Ram Laramie Longhorn: The Silverado is out of trims, but the 2014 Ram 2500 keeps upping the luxury factor with the Longhorn. This trim features heated seats, leather upholstery, navigation, and more.
- Ram Laramie Limited: The top-of-the-line trim has even more features, including the advanced Remote Keyless Enter ‘n Go system, 20-inch polished aluminum wheels, and the RamBox cargo system.
Try the 2015 Ram 2500 in Regina
With impressive features, smart design, and stunning capability, the 2014 Ram 2500 should be your first choice when considering a heavy-duty pickup truck. To learn more about all of the features and options, contact Crestview Chrysler or visit our dealership for a test drive. We’re located at 601 Albert Street in Regina, SK, which is convenient for Moose Jaw Drivers. Our dealership also carries the 2014 Ram 1500 and Ram 3500 models.