Ram vs. Chevy: Ram triumphs in the battle of the half-ton

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March is often known as “truck month” in the truck community, with many manufacturers offering deals that are impossible to pass up throughout February and March. Given this momentous occasion, I decided to compare my two favorite trucks from this past month: the 2021 Ram 1500 Limited and the Chevy Trail Boss. 

To give some background, Ram sold 53,581 trucks and Chevy sold 45,573 trucks this March. They are both very impressive trucks; both manufacturers managed to keep the truck’s traditional look while also bringing in elements from luxury cars to improve the trucks’ ride and interior. I was able to test drive both these trucks and researched them both extensively.

Starting with the Ram, the fully built Limited is around $75,000, while the fully assembled Trail Boss is about $60,000. The truck’s exterior is very aerodynamic-looking, and the 22-inch diamond-cut wheels add a striking look to the truck. The model I am analyzing is the midnight edition, which means that the rims are black. The Ram comes standard with powered running boards as well. There are lights incorporated in the side of the bed space, as well as a power outlet. Also integrated into the bed’s side are  “Ramboxes,” which are storage areas. Each  box contains lighting and one power outlet, and they lock and unlock with the truck. 

But where the Ram truly shines is its interior. Just stepping inside of the truck feels like you’re entering into a spaceship. There is a massive 12-inch display in the middle with a large center console for storing all of your belongings. The center console also contains a wireless charger that works with any compatible phone. There is a huge powered sunroof that is essentially the truck’s roof, making the inside feel bigger than the Chevy. The truck also has adaptive cruise control, meaning you can set it, and the truck will keep a safe distance by itself with no speed control necessary from the driver, which is a feature the Chevy lacks.

Every seat in the Ram, including the back seat, has the ability to be both heated and cooled. The seats are very comfortable, and the back row even reclines. The ride of the Ram is outstanding; you wouldn’t be able to tell it is a truck. With the four-corner air suspension and long wheelbase, it rides better than most luxury cars.

One of the most remarkable features, in my opinion, is that due to the air suspension, you can adjust the ride height of the truck as needed by about five inches from the driver’s seat. One advantage of this is when backing up to a trailer, you can lower the height and raise it back up to attach a trailer, all without leaving the driver’s seat. 

The high-quality backup camera has a 360 degree view that shows every angle of your surroundings. You can get in the truck easier at the lower suspension setting, and it is easier to put items into the tailgate. When the truck is in the highest suspension setting, you have more ground clearance for offroading and trails. If you are in the highest suspension mode, once you hit 40 mph, the truck will automatically lower you to get better gas mileage and handling. When you drive on the highway, the truck will lower itself further into “aero” mode to give you the best gas mileage. The back seats also fold up, giving you more room to store items in the backseat. There are 19 speakers as well, which makes the audio sound amazing.

The Chevy’s exterior looks a little better than the Ram’s. The Trail Boss holds onto the “truck look,” as it is boxier and comes lifted from the factory. With a 0-60 time of 6.4 seconds instead of the Rams 6.6 seconds, they are very even and relatively fast for trucks.

One unfortunate aspect of the Chevy that I noticed while driving both trucks in wet and rainy conditions is that the Chevy slipped and spun on the aspect while the Ram did not, meaning that the Ram has better traction control.  

The Chevy also has a larger tire profile for its off-road purpose. The Chevy Trail boss comes stock from the factory with Rancho shocks; while they increase the height, they make the ride much more stiff and rough. Also, this truck’s height is not adjustable, and there are no running boards to assist in getting in. With a bold and dazzling exterior look, Chevy did not give us much on the inside. The seats were very hard and uncomfortable even for the short time I was in the truck. There are also only seven speakers in this truck. There is an 8-inch screen in the center console, which is incorporated well into the interior. The rear seats in this truck are unable to be heated and cooled.

This makes my favorite truck for the month: the Ram. They did a great job improving truck technology and making trucks “nice.” While the price difference is $15,000, you are truly getting the best for what you pay for. The difference between the trucks is noticeable, especially in the interior features and in the ride. With that being said, the Ram is meant to be luxurious and comfortable, while the Chevy is meant to be a truck you can take off-road from the factory with the sole purpose of getting on the trails and having fun. With all things considered, the features that come with the Ram 1500 Limited are too good to ignore, which is why it is my favorite truck of Truck Month.