2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 tops Ram 1500 in Consumer Reports road tests

Article by Anita Panait, on September 18, 2013

The battle of the two most recently revised full-sized pickup trucks -- as picked by the editors of Consumer Reports magazine -- saw the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 winning by three points against the 2014 Ram 1500. Consumer Reports conducted a series of road tests that measures pickup attributes like fuel economy, performance, towing and comfort.

The battle of trucks between General Motors and Chrysler saw the Silverado outscoring the Ram in several key areas. For instance, the Silverado has a larger cargo bed and is able to tow a heavy trailer. Likewise the Silverado delivers the best fuel economy in the class at 16 mpg overall. Consumer Reports also cited the Silverado's built-in, rear bumper steps and lower step-in height.

The magazine, however, noted that the Ram is a much better choice if you’re looking a pickup truck for everyday commuting. The magazine’s editors cited Ram's coil spring rear suspension, better seats, nicer interior and more intuitive ergonomics and controls. Consumer Reports tested a four-wheel drive Silverado powered by a 5.3-liter V-8 engine mated six-speed automatic transmission.

The Silverado returned 11 mpg city, 23 highway and 16 combined. The magazine tested a Ram powered by a 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 engine paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. It returns 10 mpg city, 21 highway and 15 combined. Consumer Reports -- which tested the pickup trucks at its test track and on public roads – did not include the Ford F-150, since it will be all-new for 2015.

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