Forget Corvette versus Viper. When it comes to important head-to-head comparisons, fullsize trucks are where domestic automakers really care. And until the redesigned Ford F-150 makes its debut, the Chevrolet Silverado is going to have plenty to brag about thanks to a new Consumer Reports shootout against the Ram 1500.

It was a tight race among these V8-powered titans, but the all-new 2014 Silverado (and its GMC Sierra twin) barely edged out Ram's updated pickup with a score of 81 points – enough to make it the institute's top-rated fullsize truck on the market. Its narrow victory over the Ram, which finished just three points back, was due to its superior fuel economy, better towing and payload capacity and conveniences like a lower step-in height, easy-to-use tailgate and rear bumper steps that make loading and unloading less of a chore.

Importantly, CR notes that buyers with less heavy-duty truck needs might actually prefer the Ram over the Chevrolet, since its high points include a smoother ride thanks to its coil spring rear suspension, dominant infotainment system with Uconnect, and a big thumbs up for the available Hemi engine and eight-speed automatic transmission.

CR's full press release is posted below, or subscribers can check out the full article on the website.
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CONSUMER REPORTS: CHEVEROLET SILVERADO IS TOP TRUCK, BUT RAM 1500 MAKES FOR A BETTER DAILY DRIVER

Showdown between the Silverado 1500 & Ram 1500 was neck-and-neck

YONKERS, NY- In a heavy-metal duel between two top pickup trucks, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500's "Excellent" road-test score makes it Consumer Reports' top-rated truck. But testers point out that the second-place Ram 1500 may be a better daily driver.

Each model won skirmishes along the way, and they finished one-two in a competitive pickup truck category- separated by only three points. Both trucks outscored the previously-tested Ford's F150 XLT, which 3.5-liter EcoBoost turbo V6 and 5.0-liter V8 versions rank third and fourth respectively.

The Silverado edged the Ram in several areas important to pickup truck owners. It has a much larger cargo bed, several hundred pounds greater payload capacity, and it can tow a heavier trailer-up to 11,200 pounds in Consumer Reports tests. Its tailgate is easy to raise and lower, and handy corner bumper steps help with climbing into the bed. The Silverado also has a lower step-in height than the Ram, aiding cabin access. Handling is more agile, and the Silverado delivers best-in-class fuel economy of 16 mpg overall-one mpg better than the Ram. That could save owners about 50 gallons of gas per year.

"The reality is that you can't go wrong with either one. Both are capable trucks that get decent gas mileage and are as quiet inside as a good luxury car," said Jake Fisher, director of automotive testing for Consumer Reports.

Consumer Reports opted to test the Silverado's widely sold 355-hp, 5.3-liter V8 version with four-wheel-drive. The 5.3-liter delivered ample acceleration, but it lacked the thrust of the 5.7-liter V8s in the Ram 1500 and Toyota Tundra. The Silverado's transmission up shifts smoothly and quickly but can be reluctant to downshift, making the truck sometimes feel underpowered.

Towing Consumer Reports' 5,000-pound trailer to 60 mph took 14.8 seconds, a strong performance. Off-road performance on Consumer Reports' demanding rock hill course was hampered by wheel spin and ground clearance.

For drivers using their truck more for day-to-day driving, Consumer Reports testers found the Ram is a nicer place to spend your time. It rides better, thanks to its unique rear coil spring suspension. The interior is also more comfortable with better front seats, a nicer rear seat, and a slightly friendlier control layout

Consumer Reports tested the Ram with Chrysler's 5.7-liter Hemi V8, four-wheel-drive, and a new eight-speed automatic transmission that's smooth and efficient. Consumer Reports found that combination delivered seamless and effortless power, while returning a relatively good 15 mpg overall. Acceleration is quicker than the Silverado and the Hemi feels much brawnier in real-world driving.

The Ram also brings its own impressive workhorse credentials. Its driver-selectable full-time four-wheel-drive system works well, and the truck scrambled up Consumer Reports' rock hill with ease. It can tow up to 9,950 pounds when properly equipped. The truck pulled Consumer Reports' 5,000-pound trailer to 60 mph in 14.9 seconds, a strong showing.

Complete tests results for the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and Ram 1500, as well as results of the updated-for-2014 Honda Odyssey appear on www.ConsumerReports.org today, and in the November issue of Consumer Reports, on newsstands October 5. Updated daily, ConsumerReports.org is the go-to Website for the latest auto reviews, product news, blogs on breaking news, and car-buying information. Check out CR's ongoing Twitter feed at @CRCars.

Consumer Reports is the world's largest independent product-testing organization. Using its more than 50 labs, auto test center, and survey research center, the nonprofit rates thousands of products and services annually. Founded in 1936, Consumer Reports has over 8 million subscribers to its magazine, Website and other publications. Its advocacy division, Consumers Union, works for health reform, food and product safety, financial reform, and other consumer issues in Washington, D.C., the states, and in the marketplace.


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        alkalinebay
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        Im sure you enjoy your girly tundra rofl
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        car-a-holic
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        Raz your "SPECIAL". You should be censored from the forum. It's for adults.
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      John
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      so basically they are both great trucks
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          car-a-holic
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          Obviously readers here don't remeber all the debacles, or other incidents where CR printed obviously biased auto reviews. Kinda defeats the whole effort in the first place.
      Michael Campasini
      • 1 Year Ago
      i think its funny how the ford eco boost engines are so hyped but then the G.M v8 gets better gas millage and more power.
        4gasem
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        @Michael Campasini
        More power? I don't believe that's the case...
          Michael Campasini
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          @4gasem
          look it up.
          Rob
          • 1 Year Ago
          @4gasem
          Hmm Ford ecoboost 365hp/420ftlb looks like more power to me compared to the GM 5.3 @ 355hp/383ftlb. Sure it has an EPA rating higher, as long as you get it with the 3.08's, nevermind its already a half second slower to 60 than the Ford when it has 3.42's vs the Fords 3.31. Real world mileage is a wash.
      car-a-holic
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      CR is notably very biased, thus, unreliable (auto especially)reviewer. I don't think I care for whatever they have to say good, bad or otherwise. Absolute garbage.... To Nth degree.
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          car-a-holic
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          Just because you like them simply does not pardon the exhaustive examples where CR has demonstrated biases against brands. My reservations against CR are based on critical thinking... Try it yourself! --->And for for insult; You need to watch your mouth and be more respectful; at least MY "mother" could teach me that.
          Pat
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          I love how people lose a sense of respect when on the Internet! Would you dare speak to someone if you were face to face?
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          Kris O.
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          Aren't you forgetting the CR getting sued over their review of the Suzuki Samurai? They fought Suzuki in court for 8 years and then immediately settled when it was set to go in front of a jury in California. Nobody fights for years in court to immediately settle when a jury is about to get involved unless they know they will lose. They tend to rate cars like they are appliances and do a lot of apples to oranges comparisons. Great place to get a recommendation for a dishwasher but car reviews should be compared to others rather than taken as the final word.
      LLL
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      Ah the AutoBlog Autotard comment gallery... funny little girls..
        Smilez1105
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        @LLL
        What's funny is that you don't realize you put yourself down with that comment.
      S.
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      Wow, who let the middle schoolers onto the Autoblog comment boards?
      Jj008
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      I'm sorry, but it's pretty sad when a 6 year old design looks more fresh than your brand new offering.
      Master Austin
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      Thats CR takes than thats fine, but just abuot every other publication is billing the Silverado as "caught up" to the competition. Even another one stated even redone, the F150 is still the better pick. So not sure how much validity people will put to CR who itself is a toxic and tainted publication.
        mylz
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        @Master Austin
        EHHHH I have worked in the landscape business for awhile. Some used Ford some used Chevy. The companies that used Ford trucks tried hard to keep them for 100k miles but after 60k they were always in the shop. One company I worked for had a couple of Silverados with almost 300k on them and they were never in the shop.
      whofan
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      I think I`d buy a Ram. test drove a 2012 and it is a nice riding truck.
        Technoir
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        @whofan
        Also a lot nicer to look at than the gm truck with chrome braces.
      Cruising
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm always hearing how the Ram's ride is so good and the Chevy is so quiet. All positive all around. I'm no truck guy but sounds like Detroit is refining these trucks very well, whatever the case customer is going to benefit.
      RCinAZ
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      I am a Ram guy (previously a Dakota guy) but the Silverado would be my second choice. Both great looking trucks
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