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2016 Chevy Silverado 3500HD vs 2016 Ram 3500 near Washington, DC

Which Heavy-Duty Truck is Right for You?

In the market for a new heavy-duty truck, but aren’t sure where to start, or which option is right for you? At Pohanka Auto Group, we know your time is valuable, so we have done the research for you! Take a look at our head-to-head view of the 2016 Chevy Silverado 3500HD vs 2016 Ram 3500 near Washington, DC, for a better idea of which of these powerhouses exceeds your every expectation.

One of the ways both of these heavy-duty pickups trucks are great choices is that they both have a V8 gasoline and a V8 diesel engine for you to choose from. However, which truck gives you a better performance? When equipped with the Vortec™ V8 engine, the Silverado 3500HD has an impressive 14,600-lb. towing capacity1 and a 6,723-lb. payload capacity2. To compare, the HEMI® V8 engine in the Ram 3500 has a 13,910-lb. towing capacity3 and a 4,480-lb. payload capacity3. When looking at their diesel options, the Ram 3500 just barely squeezes past the Silverado 3500HD in terms of towing. However, the Silverado 3500HD beats out the Ram 3500 in terms of horsepower, as it boasts 397 compared to only 385. It also lets you put more in your truck bed, as the Silverado 3500HD has a 7,153-lb. payload capacity2, but the Ram 3500 only has a 6,720-lb. payload capacity3. And while you certainly aren’t interested in a new truck for its efficiency, the Silverado 3500HD can carry more fuel, as its fuel tank can hold 36 gallons, compared to only 32 gallons in the Ram 3500.

We know that you also want your new truck to be more than just powerful, but give you the features you want most, and this comparison of the 2016 Chevy Silverado 3500HD vs 2016 Ram 3500 near Washington, DC, also shows which prevails there, as well. For starters, you won’t find a touchscreen at all in the Ram 3500 until you're at the SLT trim level, which is second. And even then, it’s only has a 5-inch display. However, the Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD has an available touchscreen in its base level, and it boasts a 7-inch display. Not only is the touchscreen bigger in the Silverado 3500HD, but it also has support for Apple CarPlay™4 - the latest in smartphone integration. You won’t find such feature in any trim level of the Ram 3500.

Both the 2016 Silverado 3500HD and the 2016 Ram 3500 can turn your work truck into a hotspot on wheels with available Wi-Fi5, but in the Ram 3500, you’ll have to download an app to activate. In the Silverado 3500HD, its signal is powered by OnStar®, and you’ll be connected as soon as the engine turns on. Additionally, both give you the option of streaming your playlists using Bluetooth®6 technology, but only the Silverado 3500HD pumps out these tunes from premium Bose® speakers.

Here at Pohanka Auto Group, we want nothing more than to see you behind the wheel of the right heavy-duty work truck for you, and we hope our side-by-side look at the 2016 Chevy Silverado 3500HD vs 2016 Ram 3500 near Washington, DC, has helped you make the right choice. When you’re ready to make the Silverado 3500HD your own, visit us to take one for a test drive.


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1 Requires Silverado 3500HD Regular Cab 2WD SRW with fifth-wheel hitch. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the Trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

2 Rating is for Silverado 3500HD Regular Cab Long Box 2WD DRW. Maximum payload ratings are intended for comparison purposes only. Before you buy a vehicle or use it to haul people or cargo, carefully review the Vehicle Loading section of the Owner’s Manual and check the carrying capacity of your specific vehicle on the label on the inside of the driver’s door jamb.

3 When properly equipped. See dealer for details.

4 Vehicle user interfaces are products of Apple and their terms and privacy statements apply. Requires compatible smartphone and data plan rates apply.

5 Requires a compatible mobile device, active OnStar service and data plan. 4G LTE service available in select markets. Visit onstar.com for coverage map, details and system limitations.

6 Go to gmtotalconnect.com to find out which phones are compatible with the vehicle.

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