The 2019 Chevrolet Colorado and the 2019 Ram 1500 are two very different pickup trucks. The Ram is an all-American full-size light-duty truck, while the Chevy is a midsize designed to appeal to markets all around the globe as well as to American consumers. Although full-size models have ruled the roost here for quite some time now, ask a Kellogg Chevrolet dealer and they'll tell you more and more people are choosing the Colorado over full-size rivals.
Buyers checking out the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado at a Chevrolet dealer in Kellogg will find it can do most of what the 2019 Ram 1500 does, but in a more affordable and more manageably sized package that has considerable appeal. As crew cab models are what the majority of buyers prefer, here we're going to put the crew cab versions of the Colorado and Ram 1500 head-to-head to see which is best.
If you’re shopping for a five-seat pickup as an all-around vehicle for the daily commute, ferrying the family around and for weekend adventures, the price advantage the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado has over the 2019 Ram 1500 is huge. The most affordable crew cab 1500 has a starting MSRP of $34,595, but you can get yourself a Colorado crew cab for as little as $26,700.
The Ram 1500 has just enjoyed a major redesign, but for some observers, the styling has taken a step backward and is now a bit more anonymous and a little less rugged-looking than it was before. The Ram used to have a really distinctive style, but it now appears to have been watered down a little now. The Colorado isn’t just a good-looking midsize pickup, this rugged, aggressive, sporty and attractive model has to be one of the best-looking of all pickups currently available.
Because we're comparing a midsize and a full-size truck here, it's no surprise the Ram doesn’t offer a four-cylinder and the Chevrolet doesn’t get a big V8. Both do have a V6 though, and it might come as quite a surprise the Colorado's V6 is the more powerful unit. The V6 in the 1500 develops 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque, but the Colorado V6 sees it and raises it with 308 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque. Somewhat inexplicably, the Colorado also has the advantage of a diesel engine option that's not available at all with the Ram.
Both trucks have good infotainment systems, but only the top three trim levels of the Ram come standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Even the most affordable versions of the Chevy get standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, which makes the Colorado look even better value for money. The standard infotainment screen in the Ram is only a 5-inch unit, but the standard touchscreen in the Chevy is a much more generous 7-inch unit.
Buyers could be forgiven for assuming the full-size Ram 1500 will have more interior space than the midsize Colorado, but that's not entirely true. The driver and front seat passenger in the Ram only get 40.9 inches of legroom and 40.9 inches of headroom, but in the Chevy there's 41.4 inches of headroom and a much more generous 45 inches of legroom.
If maximum towing capacity and payload is your number one priority, the full-size Ram 1500 would win in what would be an unfair fight. However, if outright capability isn’t all-important, the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado is a more affordable, stylish, generously equipped and maneuverable vehicle than the Ram and a much better buy.