Ford F-150 vs. Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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Zac Estrada is an automotive journalist and contributing writer who hails from Santa Barbara, CA. Zac attended Northeastern University's School of Journalism in Boston and currently runs the automotive blog Confessions of an Autoholic. 

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, Automotive Editor - January 8, 2015

There has long been a classic rivalry between the Ford F-150 and Chevrolet Silverado full-size trucks. While owners may stay loyal to their brand, there is a clear winner in this matchup.

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Ford has shaped the F-150 into a technological leader in the segment, with an aluminum body and turbocharged engines leading the list. Chevrolet gives a much more traditional entry and sticks to core principles that have made its trucks so popular for so many years. But which one's the right route?

What the Chevrolet Silverado Gets Right

The Silverado gets most of the basics right. Its large payload capacity, long list of optional bed lengths, cab sizes, drivetrains and its solid characteristics mean it does everything a pickup truck owner will demand of it. Prices are competitive for those looking at an inexpensive work truck, and it has proven power plants.

The interior is a pleasant place to be, as well, with large buttons and knobs and plenty of storage areas and power points to charge items. The Silverado is a practical package.

What the Ford F-150 Gets Right

For all of the Silverado's quiet competency, however, the 2015 Ford F-150 trumps it with innovation. That lighter, aluminum body affords it some tech tricks under the hood. Ford not only offers a stronger base V6 than Chevy, but the 2.7 and 3.5-liter Ecoboost V6s provide broad torque curves and strong power for towing and better efficiency.

There are more extensive technology features inside, too, with the Ford getting a better interior and more advanced connectivity.

Is There a Contest?

Yes, actually. The Silverado is quiet, comfortable and capable, boasting impressive payload figures and amenities like full-time four-wheel drive at a lower price point than Ford. And on paper, the fuel economy difference between engines can be minimal.

Our Verdict: Ford F-150

But while the Silverado will get the job done, the F-150 wins because it goes above and beyond what is expected.

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, Automotive Editor

Zac Estrada is an automotive journalist and contributing writer who hails from Santa Barbara, CA. Zac attended Northeastern University's School of Journalism in Boston and currently runs the automotive blog Confessions of an Autoholic. 

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