When it comes to the Ford F-150 vs. Chevrolet Silverado 1500, there's no wrong way to go. Compare these legends today at Your Minnesota Truck Headquarters.
Whether it’s for work or play, we demand a lot from our trucks. If you’re looking for a hard-working truck that can do it all, you'll want to check out these two legends. To find out which one is the best fit for you, check out our selection at Minnesota Truck Headquarters and compare the Ford F-150 vs. Chevrolet Silverado 1500 firsthand.
More Muscle for Miles
When you need horsepower, both trucks offer a variety of powertrain options to handle your workload. They also offer you optimal efficiency to minimize stops at the gas pump.
Ford’s 2.7L turbocharged engine with EcoBoost delivers more horsepower (325) and torque (400 pound-feet) than the 2.7L Chevy turbo (310-horsepower and 348 pound-feet of torque). The Silverado’s lineup of EcoTec V6 and V8 engines offer between 285 and 420 horsepower and up to 460 pound-feet of torque to help you effectively manage your workload. The F-150, though, offers higher overall mid-range horsepower (375-395) and gets the most out of their lower-displacement engines. The 3.5L High Output EcoBoost offers best-in-class 450-horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque.
The Silverado offers the horsepower you need to keep you and your projects on track. But if it’s pure brawn that lights you up, you’ll want the F-150’s combination of power and fuel economy.
Ultimately, a truck is as useful as its hauling capability. When considering maximum towing capability, the Silverado is still catching up to the F-150. The Ford can tow over 13,000 pounds, while the Chevrolet pulls a maximum of 12,200 pounds.
Maybe you don’t tow very often, but you need a truck that can haul it all. You can fit almost 72 cubic feet of cargo in the standard-size bed of the Silverado 1500, while the same bed in the Ford maxes out at 62 cubic feet. Even if you downsize to the short bed on the Chevy truck, you’ll still have the same volume, plus an extra two inches in length compared to Ford’s standard-size bed. For hauling heavy items, the F-150’s extra power gives you a maximum payload of 3,270 pounds, versus the Silverado’s 2,280.
The F-150’s massive muscle is a plus for heavy payloads and towing. But if you need a higher and longer box for hauling larger loads, you’ll want a Silverado 1500.
Details Matter When Time = Money
No matter how much you load in the back of your pickup, the easier it is to access your payload, the faster you can get to work—or play.
Both trucks offer a bumper step that can accommodate larger work boots, though the F-150’s tailgate step and assist makes accessing the bed easier. Silverado gives you more options for securing your load with 12 tie-downs throughout the cargo bed. The F-150 offers fewer tie-downs, but if you have more money to spend, the BoxLink system provides outstanding flexibility for securing cargo.
Ford and Chevrolet offer optional LED bed lighting and power outlets, so you can work when there’s no daylight. You get more power in the Silverado’s 120-volt outlet versus the 110-volt in the F-150, so you’ll want to consider your power needs when shopping for your next truck.
Although the F-150 makes it easy to access the bed, Chevrolet comes out ahead when you want more options for tying down your cargo without shelling out extra cash. Both of them offer convenient options for the bed and ways to securely store smaller items inside the cab.
It’s no secret that harsh weather conditions can wreak havoc on our roads. Both the Chevy and Ford maintain their composure on wet and snowy roads, and each truck can manage non-paved roads with confidence. The Silverado LT Trail Boss handles itself very well off-road while maintaining a style that fits in whether you’re at the worksite, trailhead, or the office. But if you go hard-core off-road, you’ll want the monster power of the F-150 Raptor. The four-wheel-drive, the off-road racing suspension, and 450 horses under the hood will carve out its road. This power also comes in handy during the winter months if you need to clear your roads: the F-150 offers a snow-plow package.
If you want a truck with all-weather and off-road capability that doesn’t scream “Monster Truck,” you’ll love the stylish versatility of the Silverado. However, if your agenda frequently includes clearing your road (for business or pleasure), the F-150’s capability is what you need.
Room to Relax
When you’re in charge of getting the crew to the job site, or you’re taking your squad out for a day of fun, keeping everyone comfortable is important. Both the Silverado and the F-150 seat up to six passengers and offer a smooth, comfortable ride. When your crew wants the room to stretch out after a long day, F-150’s crew cab offers a bit more space in the back seat compared to the Chevy. Taller drivers and front-seat passengers will be happy with the extra three inches of headroom and a bump up in legroom in the Silverado.
Now, let’s talk tech. Smartphone compatibility is almost a no-brainer these days. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard in the Silverado, but you’ll have to move up a trim level to get this in the F-150. Both trucks come with optional Wi-Fi hotspot capability, so you and your crew can stay connected, wherever you are.
Either of these two trucks will keep you and your passengers comfortable, even on longer drives. For smartphone compatibility across trim levels, Silverado wins out.
Whatever You Need, We Have the Right Truck
There are so many full-size truck options available. If you’ve narrowed your choices to the Ford F-150 vs. Chevrolet Silverado 1500, either will deliver years of capability and dependability. We’ve outlined a handful of the key features you’ll need to consider when buying your next truck. Visit Minnesota Truck Headquarters and let our experts know about all of your must-have features and capabilities. We’ll find some great options for you to test drive so you can be sure that you get the pickup that checks every item on your list. If you need additional customization on your truck, we can take care of that, too.
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