Here at Hendrick Chevrolet, we want to dispel a myth: HEMI rules all.

The HEMI V8 engine found in Ram Trucks is actually nothing special. In fact, a head to head comparison of the Ram 1500 and the Chevy Silverado 1500 will show you that Chevy Silverado’s V8 outperforms the HEMI.

Don’t believe us? Let’s just run the numbers. This won’t take long.

Chevy Silverado EcoTec3 V8 Outperforms Ram’s HEMI

North Carolina truck owners, you owe it to yourself to know the facts on which truck offers superior V8 performance. When you have a long day ahead of you, on the road or on the job, it’s the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 that will carry the biggest payload, tow the heaviest cargo, and take you the furthest.

Here’s how Chevy’s 6.2L EcoTec3 V8 stacks up against Ram’s 5.7L HEMI V8

EcoTec3 V8 HEMI V8
Horsepower 420 hp 395 hp
Torque 460 lb.-ft. 410 hp
Max. Payload Capacity 2,260 lbs. 1,880 lbs.
Max. Towing Capacity 12,000 lbs. 10,650 lbs.
EPA Fuel Economy 15 city / 21 hwy mpg 15 city / 22 hwy mpg

It’s hard to get more objective than math, and the numbers clearly show that Chevy’s V8 offers superior performance with comparable fuel economy. That’s what a lot of people would call getting more bang for your buck.

At Hendrick Chevrolet, we know how important brand history is, and the HEMI is nothing if not an iconic engine. It’s the kind of technology that makes all other trucks better.

But Chevy’s small block V8 engines have put in equally impressive work over the years, and just because the name isn’t as catchy doesn’t mean the EcoTec3 can be dismissed. It makes its own case, especially with fuel saving technology like Active Fuel Management, Direct Injection, and Continuously Variable Valve Timing.

The Silverado 1500 also benefits from Chevy’s 8-speed transmission for optimal distribution of power whether your truck is running 4×2 or 4×4.

Find a 2016 Chevy Silverado 1500 in Raleigh

While we have your attention, we want to make the more subjective argument that the Chevy Silverado is more awesome than the Ram 1500. As evidence, we submit the dozen or so special edition Silverado models.

Consider these examples:

  • Chevy Silverado Rally Edition: Features Rally striping on hood and sides, 22-inch gloss black wheels, and 4-inch round assist steps
  • Chevy Silverado Midnight HD Edition: Features black 18-inch wheels, black bumpers and grille, bold Z71 badging, Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac® off-road tires, black Chevy bowtie emblems, and a standard spray-in bedliner
  • Chevy Silverado Special Ops Edition: Features unique naval inspired graphics, 20-inch black aluminum wheels, black bowties, deep-tinted windows, Sport Assist steps, all-terrain tires, bed-mounted Sport Bar with Special Ops signature, and a spray-in bedliner
  • Chevy Silverado Realtree® Edition: Features black exterior paint and Realtree® graphics, embroidered head restraints and camouflage accents, black leather-appointed interior, Rancho® shocks, black bowties, black off-road assist steps, and bold Z71 badging

At Hendrick Chevrolet, we pride ourselves on being able to find the exact vehicle our customers want. If you’re interested in one of these special edition 2016 Chevy Silverado models, let us know. We also encourage you to schedule a test drive so you can experience the power of the EcoTec3 V8 engine firsthand. Browse our full inventory of Chevrolet Trucks and find one that’s right for you.

We hope to hear from you soon.