2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 vs. Its Competition

2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The GMC Sierra remains very closely related to the Silverado.

Ford took a revolutionary route with its current F-150, which was made with lightweight aluminum and featuring a slate of new or upgraded engine options.

The Ram 1500 still offers the only diesel engine in this class; it also has a coil-spring rear suspension as well as optional air suspension for ride comfort and ease of loading, as well as the widest rollout of efficient eight-speed transmissions.

The Nissan Titan is aimed almost entirely at the personal-truck crowd—the types who are going to tow a boat on the weekend or occasionally make a trip to the home center—but its interior is woefully out of and an older, less-powerful engine returns poor fuel economy.

Toyota's Tundra was updated just two years ago, too, although its strong yet aging powertrain set and interior styling doesn't carry the same appeal as GM's better-updated engines and cabin.

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Quick Specs
8.0
The 2016 Chevrolet Silverado takes a traditional truck path but counters that with a comfortable, refined interior and a mother lode of technology.
8.6
The 2016 Ford F-150, fresh off a transformation that made it leaner yet much-improved in most ways, gets new Sync 3 infotainment and trailer-backup wizardry.
8.0
The 2016 Nissan Titan XD is a smart pick for semi-heavy pulling power, but if you rarely or never tow big trailers, you're better served by a light-duty pickup.
7.6
The 2016 Toyota Tundra has authentic truck talent, but ultimately its powertrain choices, fuel economy, and configurations are limited, compared to domestic rivals.
8.2
The 2016 Ram 1500 will win over full-size truck buyers looking for a diesel offering and an opulent interior, but safety scores need improvement.
MSRP From    
$27,195$26,540$35,290$32,190$26,145
Gas Mileage    
15 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas/Ethanol V6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-8Regular Unleaded V-8Regular Unleaded V-6
EPA Class    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Style Name    
2WD Reg Cab 119.0" Work Truck2WD Reg Cab 122.5" XL2WD Crew Cab S GasDouble Cab 4.6L V8 6-Speed AT SR (Natl)2WD Reg Cab 140.5" Tradesman
Drivetrain    
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFour Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
33663
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
Regular Cab PickupRegular Cab StylesideCrew CabDouble CabRegular Cab
Transmission    
AutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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