Ford F-150 vs. Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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, Automotive Editor - February 6, 2019

In case you didn't know, there's a never-ending war raging between the Ford F-150 and the Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The two full-size pickup trucks are some of the most popular vehicles on the market because they go above and beyond just being heavy-duty vehicles that can tow a lot of cargo. These modern offerings have seating for up to six, all of the latest features, comfortable rides, and high-level trims that get awfully close to being luxurious.

For the 2019 model year, Chevrolet unveiled an all-new Silverado model, cutting weight out by utilizing aluminum, which is something Ford did with the F-150 a couple of years ago. The Silverado 1500 also has a new design, an all-new four-cylinder engine, a larger bed, and more features. It looks like 2019 is the year that Chevrolet really takes the fight to Ford with the Silverado 1500.

See a side-by-side comparison of the F-150 & Silverado 1500 »

What the F-150 Gets Right

Prices for pickup trucks continue to rise every year, but the F-150 is the best option for consumers on a budget. The F-150 is available in a two-door regular cab model that starts at $29,750. The new Silverado 1500 isn't available in a two-door model, but starts off as a double cab model (with two half-sized rear doors) that has a price tag of $33,695. That's a difference of $3,945 in the F-150's favor.

The F-150 and the Silverado 1500 are full-size pickup trucks, so towing is still a major priority for the vehicles. In that department, it's the F-150 that once again gets the nod. When properly equipped, the F-150 can tow up to 13,200 pounds. The Silverado 1500 lags behind with a towing capacity of up to 12,200 pounds.

When it comes to torque, which is what you need if you're going to do any towing, the F-150 comes out on top. The pickup's available twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 makes 470 pound-feet of torque. The Silverado 1500's available 6.2-liter V8 is rated to make 460 lb-ft of torque.

What the Silverado 1500 Gets Right

While the Silverado 1500 is more expensive than the entry-level F-150, the pickup comes with more standard features. Chevrolet's Infotainment 3 System is standard and comes with a 7-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a six-speaker audio system, a 3.5-inch driver information screen, a manual tilt steering column, power windows, Rear Seat Reminder, and 17-inch steel wheels.

When it comes to cargo space, the Silverado 1500 narrowly bests the F-150. With the 6.5-foot bed, the Silverado can hold 62.9 cubic feet of cargo, while the F-150 has a 62.3 cubic foot box.

Both the Silverado 1500 and the F-150 come with modern, turbocharged engines, but they also have naturally-aspirated V8s, too. Consumers seeking the largest, most powerful V8 will gravitate toward the Silverado 1500. The Silverado 1500's available 6.2-liter V8 is rated to make 420 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. The F-150's largest engine is a 5.0-liter V8 that produces 395 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque.

Is it All About Towing?

Over the years, full-size pickup trucks have gravitated toward being do-it-all machines, but towing is still one of the major reasons to purchase a large truck like the Silverado 1500 and Ford F-150. If you're looking to tow cargo, the F-150 is the clear winner, being able to out tow the Silverado 1500.

Our Verdict: Ford F-150

The Ford F-150 may not be the newest full-size pickup on the market, but it's still one of the better options thanks to a wide range of powertrains, extensive body and bed options, and affordably priced trims.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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