2019 Ram 1500 Beats Silverado LTZ in Half-ton Duel

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Ram Versus Silverado Lead

Business Insider crowns the new Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn as the better truck in every area inside, outside and under the hood.

Business Insider’s automotive reviewer Matthew DeCord recently spent time in the 2019 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn and the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ. Both trucks had their premium V8 engine options, both trucks had four-wheel-drive, both trucks had their larger four-door cab and both trucks were dressed in a trim level that was one step below the top-of-the-line package.

However, with the Laramie Longhorn offering far more standard and optional features, the Ram 1500 had a price that was $12,000 higher than the Silverado LTZ. Is the Laramie Longhorn good enough to justify the added price over the Chevy? If you have been in these new trucks, you likely know the answer, but we will give you a hint. Yes, the Hemi-powered pickup beat the new Silverado and it did so in just about every way.

2019 Ram 1500 Grille

The Hemi Hybrid

If you are not familiar with the Business Insider review model, they take a unique approach, showcasing a ton of the writer’s favorite features in pictures with a short description rather than long portions of text with a picture or two.

2019 Ram 1500 Side

DeCord starts with the 2019 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn, talking up the exterior of the new half-ton pickup. He calls the front end “a study in forcefulness, intended to invoke semis and deliver a singular road presence” while crushing on all of the chrome trim and the Patriot Blue Pearl exterior paint. He showcases all of the unique exterior badging, reminds us that this truck weighs 5,400 pounds and can tow 12,750 pounds and talks up the step aspect of the rear bumper.

2019 Ram 1500 Rear

Next, he looks at the Hemi V8, which is outfitted with the new eTorque system. This drivetrain offers 395 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque, with the eTorque system helping to reach fuel economy numbers of 17 miles per gallon around town, 22 on the highway and 19 combined. Other highlights from around the outside includes the automatic running boards and the ability to lower the suspension.

2019 Ram 1500 Hemi Hybrid

Finally, he heads inside, talking about the premium UConnect system with the segment’s biggest touchscreen, the booming Harman Kardon sound system, the massive amounts of storage space, the plush two-tone leather and the gigantic panoramic glass roof.

2019 Ram 1500 Screen

He ends the Ram 1500 portion with this:
“The 2019 RAM 1500 Laramie Longhorn Crew Cab 4×4 is a staggeringly good pickup truck. The secret weapon, of course, is the four-corner air suspension —competitive pickups from Ford and Chevy continue to use rear leaf-springs.”

2019 Ram 1500 Front

Silverado LTZ

Next, DeCord talks all about the new Silverado LTZ, which costs $12,000 less than the truck from FCA. The reviewer doesn’t love the front end of the Chevy and he points out that it packs more power than the Hemi, but it gets worse fuel economy and, more importantly, it lacks the hybrid system that gives the Ram a little more pop.

2019 Chevy Silverado LTZ Front

He calls the interior “utilitarian” and calls the cabin the “significant difference between the Silverado and the more expensive Ram 1500”, going so far as to call the interior drab.

Silverado Screen

He continues to talk about how the Chevy comes up short in terms of the information panel and the infotainment system, being a good truck, but coming up short of the Ram 1500. He closed with the following comment:

“With the all-new 2019 pickup, RAM might have moved past that No. 3 niche and positioned the Silverado in its sights. The RAM 1500 is a no-compromise pickup, perfectly pitched for the new pickup market, which is as much about everyday driving as hardcore performance.”

Click here to check out tons more pictures of both trucks and to read the full head-to-head comparison of the two half-ton pickups.

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A lifetime automotive expert, diehard Dodge fan, and respected auto journalist for over 10 years, Patrick Rall is highly experienced in the automotive world. He has clocked in time as an auto mechanic, longtime drag racer and now auto journalist who contributes to nearly a dozen popular websites dedicated to fellow enthusiasts.

“Before I was old enough to walk, my dad was taking me to various types of racing events, from local drag racing to the Daytona 500,” says Rall. “He owned a repair shop and had a variety of performance cars when I was young, but by the time I was 16, he was ready to build me my first drag car: a 1983 Dodge Mirada that ran low 12s. I spent 10 years traveling around the country, racing with my dad by my side. While we live in different areas of the country, my dad still drag races at 80 years old in the car that he built when I was 16. Meanwhile, I race other vehicles, including my 2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and my 1972 Dodge Demon 340.

“Although I went to college for accounting, my time in my dad’s shop growing up allowed me the knowledge to spend time working as a mechanic before getting my accounting degree, at which point I worked in the office of a dealership group,” adds Rall. “While I was working in the accounting world, I continued racing and taking pictures of cars at the track. Over time, I began showing off those pictures online and that led to my writing.

“Ten years ago, I left the accounting world to become a full-time automotive writer and I am living proof that if you love what you do, you will never ‘work’ a day in your life. I love covering the automotive industry and everything involved with the job. I was fortunate to turn my love of the automotive world into a hobby that led to an exciting career, with my past of working as a mechanic and as an accountant in the automotive world provides me with a unique perspective of the industry.

“My experience drag racing for more than 20 years coupled with a newfound interest in road racing over the past decade allows me to push performance cars to their limit, while my role as a horse stable manager gives me vast experience towing and hauling with all of the newest trucks on the market today.

“Being based on Detroit, I never miss the North American International Auto Show, the Woodward Dream Cruise and Roadkill Nights, along with spending plenty of time raising hell on Detroit’s Woodward Avenue with the best muscle car crowd in the world.”

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