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2017 Ram 2500 vs. 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD


When you need the capability of a three-quarter ton pickup, there are few options to choose from, but it’s all the more important to choose the right one. That’s why our team has put together this comparison of the 2017 Ram 2500 vs. the 2017 Chevy Silverado 2500HD.

Since there are so many combinations possible with each truck, we will simplify things by considering only a single comparable configuration: the 4×4 Crew Cab with a standard bed.

Check out our overview of the Ram 2500 pickup, or browse our inventory of new Ram trucks in Indianapolis to find 2017 Ram 2500 models to test drive.

Ram vs. Chevy HD Pickups: Engine Specs & Capability

The most popular engine option for the Ram 2500 pick-up is the turbo-diesel, and there’s little doubt why. The incredible towing and hauling ability of the Ram 2500 pickup truck is in large part due to this engine, but it also keeps the Ram truck quick despite its large size. The Silverado’s popular V8 engine can’t move as much weight.

Model 2017 Ram 2500 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
Engine 6.7L Turbo Diesel I6 6.0L Gasoline V8
Horsepower 370 HP 360 HP
Torque 800 lb.-ft. 380 lb.-ft.
Max Towing 17,980 lbs. 14,000 lbs.
Max Payload 3,160 lbs. 2,943 lbs.


Ram vs. Chevy HD Pickups: Interior Features & Seating

Trim-wise, let us compare the 2017 Ram 2500 Laramie to the 2017 Silverado 2500HD LTZ. Although the Chevrolet truck is several hundred dollars more expensive, the Ram truck has more impressive features.

Model 2017 Ram 2500 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
Infotainment System
  • 8.4-in. Uconnect® touchscreen
  • Nine speakers
  • 8.0-in. MyLink® touchscreen
  • Six speakers
Driver Information System 7.0-in. color glare-free digital display 4.2-in. color digital display
Standard Seating
  • 40/20/40 front seat
  • Heated and cooled
  • Leather-trimmed
  • High backed
  • 60/40 rear seat
  • Front in-seat/rear under-seat storage
  • 40/20/40 front seat
  • Heated
  • Leather-trimmed
  • 60/40 rear seat
Flat Load Floor Yes No

Ram vs. Chevy HD Pickups: Safety & Durability

Your pickup truck needs to be able to take a lot of punishment, especially when you’re driving a heavy-duty pickup like the Ram 2500 or the Chevy Silverado 2500HD. That’s why the Ram 2500 is built on a steel frame rated at 50,000-PSI.

Ram 2500 safety features include:

  • Rear view and cargo view camera
  • Automatic headlights and high beams, incandescent tail lights, and fog lights
  • Multistage frontal airbags, side curtain airbags, and seat-mounted side airbags

If you choose a Ram 2500 pickup with the diesel engine, you will also benefit from the class-exclusive smart diesel exhaust brakes. Not found on the Chevy Silverado 2500HD, these brakes work to help keep control of your truck on a slope while enhancing stability and reducing brake wear. Plus, each new Ram 2500 also comes with:

  • Unsurpassed 5-year/100,000-mile diesel powertrain warranty
  • Unsurpassed five-year/60,000-mile gas powertrain warranty
  • Best-in-class 15,000-mile diesel oil change interval

This means that your Ram truck is both easier to take care of and less likely to experience advanced wear and tear than the Chevy Silverado 2500HD. Check current incentives available from our Ram dealership in Indianapolis today to learn ways to save on a new Ram truck, or contact us at 463-205-0909 for more information.

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