Which new half-ton diesel truck is quicker? Is it the new 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 Duramax or a new 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel? We find out this video. We also run 0-60 mph on both trucks to get the real-world numbers for comparison.
2020 Chevy Silverado vs 2020 Ram
This comparison is between a V6 turbo diesel in the Ram and a straight-six diesel in the Chevy. They both have a 3.0-liter displacement, but they make different power. It’s an 8-speed automatic in the Ram, versus a 10-speed transmission in the Chevy.
Still, this is our closest match up yet. Both trucks are extended cabs with 2WD only, and both weigh about the same. The Ram 1500 Tradesman checks in at about 5,200 lbs, while the Silverado 1500 RST weighs about 5,100 lbs.
The newly updated 3.0-liter V6 EcoDiesel in the Ram is rated at 260 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque. This engine is mated to an updated 8-speed automatic transmission. This truck is equipped with a 3.21 rear axle ratio.
The all-new 3.0-liter I6 Duramax in the Silverado is rated at 277 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. It’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission and a 3.23 rear axle ratio.
In the end, we clock the Silverado 1500 2WD Duramax at 8.31 sec 0-60 MPH at our test track – IMI Motorsports. This is nearly 1-mile above sea level. The best time in the Ram 1500 2WD EcoDiesel we is (on a different day at the same track) 8.81 sec 0-60 MPH.
Here is the 2020 Ram 1500 0-60 MPH testing video.
While, I think the 3.0-liter Duramax is capable of running a 8.00 sec flat at our track, there is still precisely half a second separating these two trucks.
Join the drag racing fun in the video below.