2018 Ford F-150 vs. 2018 Chevy Silverado

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  • 2018 Ford F-150

    Grey 2018 F-150 compared against a Silverado

    Starting at

    $27,705

    2018 Chevy Silverado

    Black 2018 Chevy Silverado vs. Ford F-150

    Starting at

    $28,300

    450 hpMax Horsepower355 hp
    510 ft-lb.Max Torque383 ft-lb.
    5 PassengersMax Seating6 Passengers
    18/24MPG16/23
    13,200 lbsTow Capacity5,500 lbs
    3,270 lbsMax Cargo Rating1,840 lbs

    For many people, this is the ultimate showdown between high-quality, high-performance, American-made trucks: the 2018 Ford F-150 vs. 2018 Chevy Silverado. Both trucks have made quite the name for themselves over the last few decades thanks to their numerous powerplant and drivetrain options, towing and cargo capabilities, and extra convenience and safety features. Since they are often number one and number two in the truck world, it can be difficult to know exactly which one to choose when you’re searching for a new vehicle of this kind.

    It is difficult to go wrong with either one, but if you look at the specific specifications and details each truck has to offer, you will quickly begin to see how the Ford F-150 edges out the competition in subtle and important ways. From better fuel efficiency to more powerful engine options, Ford has gotten things right for truck customers in recent years. The current models of both trucks sport a lot of advanced features and capabilities that will leave any driver happy. Simply put, however, the F-150 has the Silverado beat in almost all categories.

    It’s important to keep in mind that a well-rounded truck has more than just great power under the hood. These days, safety and convenience are two of the most important factors you can expect in a great truck. In all of these categories, Ford has stopped at nothing to provide its customers the latest and greatest in automotive truck design. In fact, much of the 2018 model is leading the way in current truck design.

    Here is a more detailed look at how the 2018 Ford F-150 edges out the Chevy Silverado.

  • Interior

    These days, a truck is more than just its chassis and engine. While it is important to have enough towing and cargo capacity along with a durable frame, truck drivers want more from their vehicles of choice. For some, it is just as important to have a great interior experience. That is why you can find a number of standard and optional interior features that will make the driving experience safer and more comfortable altogether. Both trucks start rather spartan at the base trim levels. The F-150 sports large front bucket seats with the option of a rear bench that can hold up to three people. The Silverado has a similar design with rear passenger options in the extended and full trims. Each truck also comes with a standard set of driving features such as an infotainment system, heating and air conditioning, power windows, and other small touches. Upgrade options will, in part, depend on the trim you choose. For example, you can choose the Chevy Silverado High Country trim if you want the premium amount of luxury which includes leather surfaces and heating elements built right into the seats. The Ford F-150, on the other hand, comes with optional leather heated seats in addition to a unique massage function available in the front passenger area. Technology is another area you should consider when comparing these two trucks. The Chevy Silverado infotainment system is a capable yet somewhat outdated option that includes a basic package of truck settings and information. The F-150, using Ford’s Sync3 infotainment system, includes the same set of features in addition to optional GPS navigation, Apple Carplay or Android Auto compatibility, electronically adjustable pedals, and controls for the optional dual pane sunroof. Safety wise, both trucks come with a standard set of front and rear airbags including side bags. Additional intelligent safety features such as forward collision prevention, blind side monitoring, cross traffic monitoring, and parking sensors are mostly available in optional technology and safety packages available from the respective manufacturers. Both the F-150 and Silverado have high safety ratings from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. The most efficient engine and drivetrain combination for the F-150 manages 26 mpg highway and 20 MPG city. The Silverado, on the other hand, comes in at 18 mpg city and 24 mpg highway.

  • Exterior

    Trucks are unique among other vehicles for one reason: they know how to haul both people and cargo around. Whether it is a short trip or a long vacation, the extra space a truck can offer is important for people and professionals alike. That is why so many trucks, particularly Ford and Chevy vehicles, are used for commercial purposes. When comparing both truck options in terms of cargo capacity and towing limits, both have a lot to offer with the F-150 once again shining just a little bit more. In terms of strict towing capacity, both trucks have the ability to pull a large amount of weight when needed. The Chevy Silverado has a maximum towing capability of 12,500 pounds. The Ford F-150, on the other hand, manages to offer even more hauling capabilities with a maximum load of 13,200 pounds. The extra 700-pound difference can be important if you’re looking at larger trailers or more cargo to haul per trip. This, in combination with the greater fuel efficiency, can make the F-150 the perfect choice when maximum range and towing is important. For cargo in the truck, something important to consider is the bed/cabin combination options each truck offers. The Chevy offers a respectable five combination trim line with the potential to have a full cabin/full bed truck for maximum passenger and cargo hauling. The F-150 offers an additional four combinations, for a total of nine bed/cabin configurations you can choose from. In terms of sheer weight, the Silverado has a limit of 2,250 pounds for maximum hauling compared to the F-150’s maximum 3,270-pound limit.

  • Performance

    For many truck owners, the only thing that matters the most is performance. How well a truck can handle itself is a combination of the engine, drivetrain, and overall build quality of the chassis. A truck that can’t provide the necessary towing capacity while surviving the typical abuse on the road isn’t worth driving. Fortunately, both of these trucks provide ample power and durability. When comparing engine options alone, the Ford F-150 wins hands down. Why? When you look at the maximum specifications you can get from each model, it is clear that the Ford F-150 has more to offer under the hood. For example, the maximum 450 hp and 510-pound-feet of torque from the F-150 outshines the more limited maximum 420 hp with 460-pound-feet of torque from the Silverado. This means the F-150 can hold more and haul heavier loads when trailering is necessary. The Ford F-150 outshines the Silverado, in part, due to its superior chassis design and construction. Unlike other trucks that use a heavy steel frame which cuts down on fuel efficiency, Ford switched to an all-aluminum chassis back in 2015. Being lighter than steel, aluminum is the perfect choice to increase the overall fuel efficiency to ratings normally seen in smaller cars and SUVs. Aluminum can also withstand the same types of abuse as steel without requiring more bulk. The Silverado is quite a capable truck, especially when compared to other non-Ford options. Unfortunately, Chevy has yet to match the power and towing capabilities the F-150 can put down on a regular basis. If you want the most in terms of possible horsepower, torque, and towing capacity, the F-150 wins hands-down.

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