2018 Ram 3500 vs 2018 Chevy Silverado 3500HD

side by side images of the 2018 Ram 3500 and 2018 Chevy Silverado 3500HD

When it comes to heavy-duty trucks, drivers are often looking for premium towing and hauling capability. High towing maximums are necessary for a worksite or for individuals and families that need to handle heavy loads, like a boat or horse trailer. In this 2018 Ram 3500 vs 2018 Chevy Silverado 3500HD comparison, the 2018 Ram 3500 has two significant advantages: the best maximum towing and maximum payload availability. In addition to the sheer ability to get work done, the Ram model offers three different bold engine options (compared to just two on the Silverado) and elite models like the Limited Tungsten that can bring an elite level of luxury to the truck segment. Even better, starting price for the Ram heavy-duty truck is actually lower than that of its Chevy rival. Learn more about engine and technology advantages that the 2018 Ram 3500 presents in the chart and write-up below.

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2018 Ram 3500 vs 2018 Chevy Silverado 3500HD
$33,645 Starting MSRP $36,100
5.7-L HEMI V-9 (383 hp) Base Engine 6.0-L V-8 (360 hp)
31,210 pounds Max. Towing 23,300 pounds
7,390 pounds Max. Payload 5,127 pounds

Engine Options on the 2018 Ram 3500

The heavy-duty 2018 Ram 3500 offers many advantages. In addition to a significant advantage when it comes to maximum trailering and payload, this model offers more engine options than its Chevy rival. The 2018 Chevy 3500HD is available with a gasoline-powered 6.0-liter V-8 rated for 360 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque, or with a Duramax Diesel 6.6-liter turbocharged V-8 that offers 445 horsepower and 910 pound-feet of torque.

The Ram heavy-duty truck in this 2018 Ram 3500 vs 2018 Chevy Silverado 3500HD comparison in contrast offers three engine options. Its base 5.7-liter gasoline V-8 HEMI offers 383 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque, which is comparable to the gasoline engine on the Chevy model. However, the Ram truck also has an available 6.4-liter V-8 HEMI gasoline engine rated for 410 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque. The Ram’s diesel option is a 6.7-liter Cummins High-Output Turbo Diesel rated 385 horsepower and 900 pound-feet of torque.

If you would like to learn more about the 2018 Ram 3500 in the Twin Cities area, contact a member of the Fury Ram Truck Center sales team in Lake Elmo MN or explore our inventory options.


white 2018 Ram 3500 towing hay bales on a dirt road
front dashboard storage of the 2018 Ram 3500
front seats of an elite model of the 2018 Ram 3500
black 2018 Ram 3500 hauling a trailer next to a lake


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