People are passionate about their trucks and, in the automotive world, there’s no greater rivalry than the one between Ford and Chevy trucks. Both brands have zealous fanbases who are unshakingly loyal to their preferred truck.
Smart consumers don’t listen to the hype; they look for the facts. A head-to-head match-up of Ford’s flagship F-150 pick-up and the Chevy Silverado may surprise a few consumers shopping Indianapolis Ford dealers and Chevy dealers for a new pick-up.
Here’s how the two trucks stack up head to head:
The 2017 F-150 offers a wider range of engine options than the 2017 Chevy Silverado and, while the Silverado is more powerful than the F-150 at lower trim levels, the top of the line F-150 Raptor outclasses anything Chevy can produce.
- Performance – The F-150’s standard V6 engine produces 282 horsepower and 253 ft-lb of torque, while its twin-turbo V6 generates 325 horsepower and 375 ft-lb of torque. A V8 version puts out 385 horsepower and 387 ft-lb of torque, and a twin-turbo option V6 generates 375 horsepower and 470 ft-lb of torque. The Raptor model of the F-150 creates 450 horsepower.
The Silverado’s standard V6 engine cranks out 285 horsepower and 305 ft-lb of torque. Buyers can upgrade to two V8 engine options, one that generates 355 horsepower and 383 ft-lb of torque and one that puts out 420 horsepower and 460 ft-lb of torque.
- Payload & towing – The F-150 can carry a heavy load with no problems. The F-150 has a maximum payload of 3,270 lbs., about 1,000 lbs. more than the Silverado’s. The Silverado has a slight edge in towing capacity, but only by about 300 lbs. The F-150 more than makes up for that with some amenities that make towing easier than ever, including a special camera and a knob controller that help drivers better maneuver trailers attached to their vehicles.
- Infotainment – The F-150 has the SYNC 3 infotainment system, which is far easier to use and more logically laid out that the MyLink system available on Chevy Silverados. The SYNC 3 allows voice recognition, navigation, Siri Eyes Free, and much more.
- Interior – The F-150 is known for its roomy, comfortable seats. The 2017 F-150 offers drivers and passengers a spacious cabin made from quality materials. The Chevy Silverado is less impressive looking, and not quite as comfortable as the F-150. The layout of the F-150 is also more user-friendly than the Silverado’s set-up, making it easier for drivers to operate.
- Price – The base F-150 starts at around $26,730, while an entry-level Chevy Silverado will cost around $28,085.
The bottom line is that the Chevy Silverado is a good truck, but it’s not a great truck. For a true workhorse that also delivers a comfortable ride and great amenities, the Ford F-150 can’t be beat. Ford’s F-series of pick-up trucks have been the world’s best-selling trucks for decades, and it’s easy to see why. Ford puts its heart into this product, and it shows in the unrelenting drive for constant improvement and innovation among F-150 designers.
For Indiana consumers looking for great deals on new and pre-owned F-150s, Community Ford is the right dealership for you. Visit today to test drive a new F-150 and learn more about incentives and year-end sales.