Posted on April 27, 2016
Ram 1500 Stands Out in Domestic Pickup Trucks Comparison
Performance, Design and Materials Make the 2016 Ram 1500 Ecodiesel a Winner
In a comparison with the 2016 Ford F-150 and the Chevy Silverado, Ram’s 1500 Ecodiesel pickup truck comes out ahead due to its performance, design and materials. While the Chevy Silverado is lauded for its smooth ride and quiet cabin, and the Ford F-150 offers impressive power, many Toronto drivers already know that the Ram 1500 Ecodiesel’s superior fuel economy and diesel power is outstanding. All three half-ton pickup trucks do the job of hauling and towing, and each was tested recently by AutoGuide by towing a 6,000-lb trailer and carrying a 1,000-lb load in its truck bed, while being connected to a data recorder that measures fuel economy. It was in the small differences of how they performed that had the Ram 1500 Ecodiesel stood out.
2016 Chevrolet Silverado Provides a Comfortable, Quiet Cabin and Responsive Steering
When it’s in the midst of performing hard labour and carrying a lot of weight, the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado is the least powerful of the three trucks, even though its 5.3-litre V8 engine’s responsiveness has been improved with the new eight-speed automatic transmission. The 2016 Chevy Silverado also has an available 6.2-litre V8 engine that delivers 460 lb-ft torque, however when testing the 5.3-litre Silverado it didn’t seem to want to downshift easily. When power is obtained from the Chevy Silverado, the highest gear possible is always maintained and the powertrain appears to work extremely hard to carry a heavy weight. The steering on the Silverado, however, is very responsive and is progressively weighted which provides more firmness in turns at increasing speeds. Its quiet cabin is also impressive, along with built-in steps that are integrated with the rear bumper and don’t require any service or moving parts. In fuel economy the 2016 Chevy Silverado is less efficient, giving 16 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway.
2016 Ford F-150’s Mirror-Mounted Spotlights and Bed Step Make It Easy and Intuitive
The 3.5-litre Ford F-150 offers a strong and smooth ride with its EcoBoost, and pulling a 1,000-lb load is no problem at all for its strong-feeling powertrain. When pulling a 6,000-lb weight, the F-150 performs well and catches up to highway speeds very quickly. But the Ford F-150’s steering has a lighter feel than the Ram 1500 or the Chevy Silverado when handling the weight, and its suspension does not seem as secure. Without carrying any weight or hauling anything, the Ford F-150 does not offer as smooth or comfortable a ride as its two competitors do.
But if not for its unresponsive steering and rear end suspension, the 2016 Ford F-150 is very capable and has numerous features that help drivers while you work, like its fast acceleration, power and smooth low-end torque. With a 6,000-lb trailer hitched to it the F-150 gets 15.1 miles per gallon, and when carrying a 1,000-lb load it gets 19.8 miles per gallon. It offers better fuel economy that the Chevrolet Silverado and also provides a convenient bed step.
Ram 1500 Ecodiesel Combines Power and a Well Laid Out Interface Uconnect System
The 2016 Ram 1500 Ecodiesel offers the strongest package of the three, and is the only half-ton pickup truck with a diesel engine. Its high-performing 3.0-litre V6 turbocharged diesel engine and air suspension system make the Ram 1500 Ecodiesel perfect for towing. Its well laid out interior design and materials are simply hard to beat, and the Uconnect interface is extremely user-friendly with its in-dash information and infotainment.
Most compelling of all is the Ram 1500 Ecodiesel’s great fuel economy, offering 27.3 miles per gallon when carrying a 1,000-lb payload and 19.7 miles per gallon when hauling a 6,000-lb trailer. Although it has no bed step and a high entry cost that can preclude some drivers from owning it, the Ram 1500 Ecodiesel seems to tow effortlessly, increasing to highway speeds without missing a beat. Driving big and heavy, the 1500 Ecodiesel also hauls easily and confidently. Its suspension system helps the truck to ride flat by levelling out the rear end, and bumps in the road are absorbed by its air suspension. The Ram 1500 has a steering wheel that feels weighty and grounded, and it’s easy to steer.