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.

Consumer Reports, 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.

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.

Chevrolet recently revealed the brand-new 2014 Silverado 1500 full-size pickup. Sparkling new from hood to hitch, Chevy Silverado is designed to be the most potent, sharpest, and most able Silverado ever.

The new Silverado expands on Chevrolet's 95 years of truck legacy, while elevating the standard for full-size pickups. Among the various updates for 2014 are another trio of potent, productive EcoTec3 engines; a more robust, relaxed, more comfortable taxicab; modified steering, suspension and brakes; innovative solutions for overseeing cargo in the bed and genuine truck ability for towing and pulling.

Their clients depend on their trucks to meet the everyday difficulties of procuring a living, maintaining a business and dealing with their families. Chevrolet is focused on giving their truck clients the most-enhanced, best-manufactured pickups available in the market.

2014 Silverado will turn out to be a piece of Chevrolet's three-truck portfolio, created to give clients a chance to choose the appropriate truck for their necessities. It joins the Chevrolet Silverado 2500 and 3500 HD pickups, the premium devices for towing and hauling, which were new for the 2011 model year. Chevrolet is likewise building up a brand-new Colorado midsize pickup, which will offer proven truck capacity in a space-and fuel-proficient package.

Everything about the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 was engineered and built to meet the most demanding necessities of full-size truck customers and to reinforce Chevrolet's world-renowned reputation for creating the most reliable, longest-lasting full-size trucks - trucks with the least general cost of ownership.

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