Ram 1500 vs Chevy Silverado & GMC Sierra | Atlanta Area Ram Dealership

Comparing the Ram 1500, GMC Sierra & Chevy Silverado | Cumming, GA

If you drive a pickup in and around the Atlanta, GA area, chances are you might a loyalist. We mean a truck loyalist, of course. More so than with cars, we often end up driving - and sticking with - the trucks with which we're most familiar. Maybe we were influenced by the truck brand our fathers swore by, or whatever truck the boss drove on our first construction or ranch job.

At Troncalli, we respect whatever - or whomever - your truck-driving influencers may be, but we also believe the best truck out there happens to be the Ram 1500, a highly-customizable, light-duty, half-ton pickup that's been making it easier to work hard and play hard in various forms since 1994. Of course, the Ram 1500 has had several redesigns since then, and today boasts state-of-the-art technology to manage the powertrain and suspension, as well the driver assist systems and even infotainment, along with multiple choices in cab styles, bed lengths, engine power and trim levels.

That being said, we're in a golden age for great pickups, and there are terrific choices available if you're truck shopping. Let's take a look at how the Ram 1500 compares with two other very popular and capable trucks in its category: the GMC Sierra 1500 and the Chevy Silverado 1500. It should be noted that these two GM-family trucks are nearly identical in most ways.

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Ram 1500

  • Powertrain. One of the Ram 1500's differentiators is its excellent engine lineup. It comes standard with a 3.6-liter V6 that makes 306 horsepower and 269 pound feet of torque. Also available on certain trims - Sport, Laramie Longhorn and Limited) is a big 5.7-liter V8 that's good for 395 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque. There's also a high fuel economy (HFE) option: the 3.0-liter turbocharged EcoDiesel that produces 240 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. The EcoDiesel has EPA-rated fuel economy of 23 mpg combined for 2WD and 22 mpg for 4WD.
  • Features and Options. The Ram 1500 is available with a regular cab with either a 6'4" or 8-foot bed; a Quad Cab that seats six and comes with the 6'4" bed; or the Crew Cab, with bigger rear legroom and either a 5'7" or 6'4" bed. Then there are the 10 trim levels (yes, 10), from the basic Tradesman to luxurious Limited, which has self-leveling suspension and includes detailed leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a 10-speaker surround-sound audio system and Chrysler's UConnect infotainment system. The Ram 1500 is also available with RamBox weatherproof bedside binds, heated rear seats and a sunroof.

GMC Sierra 1500

  • Powertrain. The standard engine in the Sierra 1500 is a 4.3-liter V6 that makes 285 horsepower and 305 pound-feet of torque. Buyers looking for a decent power boost will likely opt for the 5.3-liter V8, which makes 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. For serious hauling and towing, go for the 6.2-liter V8 that makes 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, and can pull up to 12,000 pounds. An eight-speed automatic transmission is available on the higher SLE and Denali trims.
  • Features and Options. The Sierra also comes with multiple cab and bed length options. The regular cab is available with either a 6.5-foot or 8-foot bed; the double cab only comes with a 6.5-foot bed, while the crew cab can be ordered with a 5.8-foot or 6.5-foot bed. There are only four trim levels, from the base Sierra 1500 to the SLE, SLT and, at the top, the Sierra 1500 Denali. The Denali is very well equipped, including featuers like dual-zone climate control, an 8.0-inch touchscreen Intellilink infotainment system, power-adjustable pedals, navigation, a high-end Bose audio system and leather-upholstered front bucket seats. The Denali also has a full suite of available driver assist features and exclusive Magnetic Ride Control dampers.

Chevy Silverado 1500

  • Powertrain. The Silverado's powertrain options are identical to those of its GMC sibling. The base engine is 4.3-liter V^ that makes 285 horsepower and 305 pound-feet of torque. It comes with a six-speed automatic transmission and can be configured with either rear-wheel or four-wheel drive.  The midrange option is also GM's 5.3-liter V8; it's standard on midrange trims like the LTZ and High Country. For the really hard work, truck owners will want the 6.2-liter V8 that's good for 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque; it can tow up to 12,500 pounds, properly equipped.
  • Features and Options. The Chevy Silverado has the same options for cab style and bed length combinations as the GMC Sierra: a regular cab with either a 6.5-foot or 8-foot-long bed; the extended cab with the standard 6.5-foot bed; or the crew cab with more spacious rear seating and either the shorter 5.8-foot or standard 6.5-foot bed. Things get a little more complicated with trim levels, of which there six different styles. The Silverado 1500 High Country is top of the line for this truck, and has extras like front and rear parking sensors, heated and ventilated leather-upholstered front bucket seats and the Bose Audio system. It also comes with the Enhanced Driver Alert package, which is an option on all other trims and includes features like lane departure warning and forward collision alert with low-speed emergency braking. 

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As you see, there's a lot of choose from, whichever truck you choose. But we believe the Atlanta Dodge Ram 1500 truck offers Atlanta-area truck buyers the best combination of power and utility, customization and affordability. Troncalli has a great selection of Ram 1500 trucks currently in stock here in Cumming, GA, and we also have great specials as well as manufacturer incentives that make buying or leasing a Ram truck easier than ever.

Our dealership is located at 818 Atlanta Highway in Cumming, an easy drive from Atlanta as well as close-by Alpharetta and Roswell. We're open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 8:00 pm and Saturday from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm. Stop by today, or call us at (855) 725-6576 to schedule time for a test drive.