So here we are, the year 2018. All the same, the greatest pickup truck rivalry in the United States of America carries on undeterred. As a matter of fact, it has only escalated to a whole new level. I have to say that as a truck enthusiast myself, I am pretty impressed by the show that these two monsters have staged. The beloved Chevrolet Silverado goes head to head against Ford's formidable F-150 year after year, and 2018 is going to be no exception by the look of things. So how should a potential buyer make the ultimate choice?. How do I choose between the 2018 Silverado and the 2018 Ford F-150? Join us as we find out how these two mean machines stack up against each other.
So, how do the trucks' prices compare?
Most people will start off their comparison by looking at the trucks' prices, so it is only fair that we should start in the same way. As it always happens with the price of all vehicles, the figures vary depending on the trim levels. The starting price for the 2018 Chevy Silverado is $27,785. On the other hand, we have the F-150 which comes at a slightly higher starting price of $27,880.
How do the trucks compare in performance?
This is one of the areas where the battle is staged. The Ford's V6 with its ten-speed automatic is just as good as the Silverado's V8 paired to its eight-speed automatic. In addition, both trucks have got good fuel economy which they achieve by employing different technologies. Ford has made a switch to using V6 engines mostly, but they retain one traditional V8.
When it comes to hauling, the Ford is the beefier guy, towing up to 13,200 pounds against the Silverado's 12,500 pounds. That is 700 lbs more than the Silverado which makes the Ford better if you are the kind of person who tags a boat along.
How does the ride quality compare?
The Chevy has generally been hailed as having a better cabin than its rivals, including the Ford F-150. Lower trim levels of the Chevy have better quality materials in the cabin, and that is exactly where it matters. This means you get a good and affordable workhorse, giving you value for your money. The Chevy is also quieter inside thanks to noise engineering tricks and has better ride quality. The handling on the Silverado also beats that of the Ford.
How are the fuel economy ratings?
The 2018 Silverado was awarded 18 mpg in the city and 24 mpg highway by the EPA. The F-150, on the other hand, scored better figures, averaging 20 and 26 mpg in the city and highway respectively.
Which is the better package ?
To decide this, you have to answer one question, for what purpose do most people buy trucks? In my opinion, the truck with reasonable capabilities, a better base price, better features and is more comfortable to take a ride around in wins it. The Chevy Silverado 1500 is just the perfect blend of brawn, aesthetics, and convenience making it the victor here.