In a battle that has been raging since the earth was a formless mass, it is time once again for Ford and Chevy to step back into the ring. Which is best in terms of tech, capacity, safety, power, and more? Now’s the time to settle this. Which will stand victorious in the end?
In this category, we’re looking at price, hauling, and passenger capacities.
Starting at $39,165, the F-150 XLT seats up to six in SuperCrew spec and can handle up to 2,650 lbs in the box when properly equipped with Ford’s Ecoboost 3.5L V6.
In WT trim, Silverado fires an opening salvo with a miss, coming in at $42,095. Seating is available for up to six in crew cab spec, and even with a much larger available 6.2L V8, the max payload is only 1,780 lbs. It’s a clear win for Ford in the capacities category.
In this round, we’re looking at gizmos that up the ante on luxury and convenience.
Ford doesn’t include much tech for the base XLT beyond manual single zone AC and an outside temperature display, plus a full gauge pack. But you can spec optional extras on your XLT, like dual-zone climate control and an 8-inch productivity screen.
Silverado WT claws back some ground here, with auto stop/start, Bluetooth, and a standard color infotainment touchscreen with a six-speaker sound system. It’s a clear win for Chevy.
From airbags to driver aids, we’re looking at all things pertaining to safety.
Ford stacks safety deep into the F-150, with roll stability control, six airbags, tire pressure monitoring, and much more.
Chevy returns fire with all of the above and more: a teen driver mode. That’s another win for Chevy.
How much can they trailer? Let’s find out.
F-150 can tow up to 11,200 lbs. There’s even an optional upgrade to take it all the way up to 13,800 lbs, which is almost 7 tons.
Silverado can tow up to 9,000 lbs, with no optional upgrade in WT trim. F-150 snags another win.
We’re tied at 2-2, and the final category is the most important bragging right of all.
F-150 XLT’s 3.5L Ecoboost twin-turbo V6 produces 400 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque, and it does it on 87 octane pump gas.
Silverado’s nearest competitor is the venerable 6.2L V8, which produces 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. This engine doesn’t require premium fuel either, and since Chevy outguns Ford on power but Ford outguns Chevy on torque, we have a draw.
Who’s the Winner?
It’s a draw! Once again, the contestants will have to retire until the next round, when hopefully, one contender will rise above and be victorious. For now, the lesson learned is that each of these trucks is supremely capable no matter what you throw at it. Knowing that both Ford and Chevy trucks are extremely good, it comes down to personal preference.