Ford F-150 vs. Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Learn How the Ford F-150 Matches up to its Chevy Competitor

This is a competition that's been going on for years, and one that shows no signs of letting up. The iconic Ford F-150 has long been a class leader when it comes to pickup trucks, with the Chevrolet Silverado offering healthy competition in the hearts and minds of American truck buyers. Each of these legendary pickups has a well-deserved reputation for offering the capability, durability, and toughness that today's drivers demand, and neither has ever been accused of lacking a tough work ethic. Read on to see how these two standard-bearers fare in a head-to-head matchup.

Ford F-150 vs. Chevrolet Silverado Price

From the start, the Ford F-150 features a lower Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price than does the Silverado, so you can either pocket the savings or use them to upgrade trim levels or add desired features. Then, when you consider the fact that the Ford F-150 offers better EPA-estimated fuel economy both in city and highway driving, your savings continue to add up throughout your entire ownership.


Ford F-150 vs. Chevrolet Silverado Interior

Both the F-150 and Silverado start with basic introductory models, but as you move up in available trim levels the interior features, furnishings, and technologies become quite deluxe. The Ford F-150 has the edge over the Silverado from the start, thanks to its much more comfortable front seats. Also, the Ford SYNC® 3 infotainment system is much more user-friendly than the Chevy's MyLink system, and it's evident at first glance that the F-150 features the more comfortable, attractive, and ergonomic interior.


Ford F-150 vs. Chevrolet Silverado Features

Base models of each pickup include standard air conditioning, power steering and cloth seats. However, the introductory F-150 comes with many other standard features that either aren't offered for the base Silverado, or will cost you yet more money to add -- proving again that the F-150 offers the best value from the start. These include variable speed intermittent wipers, a passenger vanity mirror, auto-off headlights, and even a full-size spare tire!

When it comes to configuring your truck, both the F-150 and the Silverado are available in single cab, extended cab, and crew cab options, with short, standard- and long-bed setups to boot. However, the Silverado is only available in five cab/bed configurations; the F-150 provides you with nine from which to choose -- including a crew cab/long-bed combination that delivers the most combined cab and bed space of all.



Ford F-150 vs. Chevrolet Silverado Performance

Both trucks offer drivers a choice of engines from which to choose. However, the Ford F-150 offers a roster of five engines; the Silverado only has three. The standard engine in the F-150 is a 3.3-liter V6 that produces 290 horsepower, besting the Silverado's standard 4.3-liter V6 and its output of 285 horsepower. At the top end of the performance range, the Ford F-150 boasts an available 3.5-liter EcoBoost® V6 that manufactures 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque, outperforming the Silverado's 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V8 and its output of 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque.


That difference really shows up when you look at each truck's towing and payload capacity. The Ford F-150 has a max towing rating of 13,200 pounds, topping the Silverado's max rating of 12,500 pounds. If you regularly to carry items in your truck's bed, then the F-150 is clearly the best choice for you. It features a maximum payload capacity of 3,270 pounds, more than 1,500 pounds more than the Silverado is rated to haul.

It's worth noting that the F-150 routinely earns praise for having the better handling and ride of the two pickups, thanks to a military-grade aluminum body that allows for more responsive, nimble handling and a more composed feel when you're riding down the road.


Ford F-150 vs. Chevrolet Silverado Safety

Both pickups earned a 5-Star Overall crash safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, but the F-150 earned higher scores in Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests while on its way to a Top Safety Pick designation. In addition, the F-150 is a class leader when it comes to safety thanks to collision warning and avoidance systems -- so you can drive I-90 and I-80 with an added sense of security.

Visit our Sheffield Village Showroom to Explore the Ford F-150

We think you'll agree that the F-150 seems to be the far superior pickup of the two. Of course, the best way to determine that for yourself is to visit our showroom and take one of our F-150 models out for an illuminating test drive. We look forward to helping you and answering any questions you might have.


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