2020 Ford F-250 vs 2020 Chevy Silverado 2500HD – Cincinnati, OH

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  • 2020 Ford F-250

    A silver 2020 Ford F-250 is angled left.

    Starting at

    $33,705

    2020 Chevy Silverado 2500HD

    A silver 2020 Chevy Silverado 2500HD is angled right.

    Starting at

    $34,100

    475Max Horsepower (hp)445
    1050Max Torque (lb-ft)910
    22,800Max Towing (lbs)18,500

    Is there a more iconic rivalry than Ford vs Chevy? Probably not. And if you are in the market for a three quarter ton truck, then you have probably considered comparing the 2020 Ford F-250 vs 2020 Chevy Silverado 2500HD. At first glance, these two heavy-duty trucks may appear somewhat similar. Both come with either gasoline or diesel V8 engines and offer many comparable features. However, a more in-depth comparison will reveal that the Ford F-250 is both more capable and more comfortable across the board. 

    Inside the 2020 Ford F-250, you will find both the most powerful gasoline engine in the segment and the most powerful diesel engine in the segment. This translates directly in superior payload and towing ratings than the 2020 Chevy Silverado, with the Ford being able to pull up to a staggering 22,800 pounds against just 18,500 pounds for the Chevy. Finally, the Ford F-250 also offers a much more extensive range of technology and features for comfort, entertainment, and safety. And to top it all off, the 2020 Ford F-250 is not only more capable than the 2020 Chevy Silverado 2500, but it has a lower price tag too. To completely grasp the superiority of the F-250, though, it is essential to dive a little deeper. 

  • Performance

    A gray 2020 Ford F-250 is driving on a rural road.

    When it comes to comparing the powertrains of the Ford and the Chevy, the blue oval wins hands down. While both of these three quarter ton trucks offer the choice between a gasoline V8 or a turbo-diesel V8, the Ford offers engines that are significantly more powerful than those in the Chevy. 

    Comparing Gas Engines

    The base engine in the 2020 Chevy Silverado 2500 is a 6.6L V8 producing 401 hp and 464 lb-ft of torque. This is undeniably a powerful engine and is, in fact, more powerful than the 2020 Ford F-250’s base 6.2L V8 with 385 hp and 430 lb-ft of torque. However, the Ford F-250 also offers a much larger 7.3L pushrod V8, generating 430 hp and 475 lb-ft of torque. 

    This upgraded engine is, in fact, the most powerful gasoline engine in any truck of this class, and its rugged cast-iron block and forged steel crankshaft mean that it is as durable as it is capable. And although this larger engine is an optional upgrade, the lower starting price of the 2020 Ford F-250 means that you will likely have some extra money to put toward the larger engine than if you were buying the 2020 Chevy Silverado 2500HD.

    What Diesel Has to Offer

    However, if you want the most powerful truck available, then you are probably considering the available turbo diesel engines. The diesel option in the 2020 Chevy Silverado 2500 is a 6.6L Duramax V8 that is rated for 445 hp and 910 lb-ft of torque. This engine is also paired with an Allison ten-speed automatic transmission instead of the six-speed automatic that comes with the base gasoline engine. 

    However, the 2020 Ford F-250 again offers even more power with its 6.2L Power Stroke V8 turbo diesel engine that generates an incredible 475 hp and 1,050 lb-ft of torque. And like the diesel option for the 2020 Chevy Silverado 2500, the diesel engine in the 2020 Ford F-250 comes paired with a modern ten-speed automatic transmission. Though in this case, it is a TorqShift unit that offers up to eight separate transmission modes to help maximize the engine’s power no matter the terrain or task. In short, no matter whether you prefer gasoline or diesel, the engine options for the 2020 Ford F-250 are simply superior to those of the 2020 Chevy Silverado 2500.

  • Payload and Towing

    A white 2020 Ford F-250 is towing a boat at sunset on a highway near Cincinnati, OH, after winning the 2020 Ford F-250 vs 2020 Chevy Silverado 2500HD comparison.

    A three quarter ton truck is a work vehicle, and if you are considering one, then it means that you need something that can haul and tow loads that a more common half-ton truck is incapable of handling. And when comparing the payload and trailer weight ratings of the 2020 Ford F-250 vs the 2020 Chevy Silverado, the Ford comes out ahead across the board. 

    Capabilities in the Best Configurations

    In its best configuration, the 2020 Chevy Silverado 2500 is capable of hauling up to 3,979 pounds and towing up to 18,500 pounds. Meanwhile, the 2020 Ford F-250 can haul up to 4,160 pounds and tow up to 22,800 pounds. This significant difference in tow ratings makes the Ford F-250 the far more capable choice for the number one task that these trucks are called upon to perform. However, as any experienced truck driver knows, the headline numbers rarely tell the full story behind what a truck is capable of because the best configurations are not necessarily the most popular configurations.

    Standard Capabilities

    The maximum payload of the 2020 Ford F-250 does fall to 3,470 pounds, behind the 3,760 pounds of the 2020 Chevy Silverado 2500 in the standard configurations. However, when it comes to towing, the Ford F-250 remains in the lead. In the same four-wheel drive, crew cab, standard bed configuration and with a conventional trailer hitch, the 2020 Chevy Silverado 2500 tops out at 14,500 pounds for its gasoline engine and 18,000 pounds for its diesel engine, while the 2020 Ford F-250 can pull 15,000 pounds with its gasoline engines and 20,000 pounds with its diesel engine. Yes, that is correct, the F-250 with its base 6.2L engine can pull more than the Silverado 2500 with its more powerful 6.6L engine. 

    When set up for 5th wheel or gooseneck towing, the Silverado 2500 in this configuration can haul up to 16,650 pounds with its gasoline engine or 18,500 pounds with its diesel engine. Here the base 6.2L engine of the Ford F-250 does come up short, being limited to the same 15,000 pounds that it can pull with a conventional hitch. However, its larger gasoline engine can pull up to 18,600 pounds, which is more than the Chevy diesel, and the Ford diesel is rated for 19,100 pounds even with a crew cab and four-wheel drive. So if you need a truck that can pull a heavy trailer, then the 2020 Ford F-250 is the best choice for the task in almost any configuration.

  • Technology

    The infotainment screen and dashboard are shown inside a 2020 Ford F-250.

    While the 2020 Ford F-250 and 2020 Chevy Silverado 2500 are both highly capable work trucks, they also come with plenty of state of the art technology for entertainment, safety, and convenience. 

    Fun Technology

    The infotainment systems in both trucks include center displays measuring up to 8 inches, providing plenty of screen space for navigation or camera views, as well as support for smartphone integration through Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. But while the top sound system in the Chevy Silverado 2500 is a Bose seven-speaker setup, the Ford F-250 offers a ten-speaker Bang and Olufsen surround sound system with a 1,000-watt output. 

    And when it comes to comfort and convenience, the 2020 Ford F-250 again has the edge. With features such as power-adjustable pedals with memory settings that allow a truck to be easily configured for drivers of different sizes or the pair of three-prong power outlets in its cabin that let you charge and operate tools or large electronics, the F-250 is fully equipped. Additionally, the Ford F-250 offers Ford’s unique Pro Trailer Backup Assist feature. This piece of sophisticated technology is invaluable when backing up with a trailer attached, as it allows the truck to precisely calculate the necessary steering inputs and semi-autonomously maneuver the truck and trailer where you want it to go.

    Technology Leads to Safety

    When it comes to advanced safety technologies, the 2020 Ford F-250 again has a real lead over the 2020 Chevy Silverado 2500. The Chevy can be equipped with an extensive suite of safety technologies that includes automatic emergency braking, blind-spot, and rear cross-traffic alert, front and rear park assist, a following distance indicator, and even surround vision. However, many of these technologies are only available on the top trim of the 2020 Chevy Silverado 2500 and even then only as an optional package. 

    In contrast, all but the base trim of the 2020 Ford F-250 come standard with automatic emergency braking, and blind-spot warning with rear cross-traffic assist, and the Lariat trim and above also offer adaptive cruise control to make long highway drives more relaxing. In short, the 2020 Ford F-250 makes far better use of technology to improve all aspects of the driving experience.

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