When it comes to which trucks are better – Ford vs Chevy – lots of people will insist on one or the other, vehemently, right off the bat. Brand loyalty can be fierce. Which trucks are really better overall, though? Maybe, if we take a look at exactly what trucks Ford and Chevrolet have to offer and their features, we can come to our own conclusions.
Ford doesn't make a mid-sized truck. Chevrolet does. The Chevy Colorado is a mid-sized truck that is actually not much smaller than the full-size Silverado. It is almost the same length, but the width of the Colorado is almost 6" less than the Silverado. So, it is a bit more maneuverable.
Chevrolet has eight different trim/model options. You basically custom-build your truck, choosing your preferred cab, bed, drive (2- or 4-wheel) and engine. There are about 25 different configurations with various trims, packages, and accessories. Ford has seven different trim/model options with about 40 possible configurations.
Base price for a Ford F-150 ranges from $27,000 to just over $60,000. Chevy Silverado 1500 trucks range in base price from $28,780 to just over $58,000. Prices are, of course, dependent on the trim/model.
Let's go back to apples to apples -- the Ford F-150 and Chevy Silverado 1500. The Ford F-150 gets 15-19 mpg in the city and 21-26 mpg on the highway, depending on which trim/engine you get. The Chevy Silverado 1500 gets 15-18 mpg in the city and 21-24 mpg on the highway, also, depending on which engine you get.
Ford has four engine options for the F-150. The 2.7L EcoBoost with twin turbochargers. It gives the truck 8,500 lbs. maximum towing and 2,210 lbs. maximum payload. It also features the gas-saving Auto Start-Stop Technology that shuts the motor off when the truck stops. The 3.5L Ti-VCT (twin independent variable cam timing) FFV V6, which has the best V6 fuel economy ratings and can tow up to 7,600 lbs. The 3.5L EcoBoost with Auto Start-Stop Technology and Ti-VCT, which can tow up to 12,200 lbs. Last but certainly not least is the 5.0L TiVCT V8, which can handle a total payload of 3,270 lbs. Chevy offers three different engines. The 4.3L V6 with up to 7,600 lbs. of towing capacity, the 5.3L V8 with up to 11,100 lbs. of towing capacity and the 6.2L V8 with up to 12,500 lbs. of towing capacity.
Ford and Chevrolet have done a stellar job of keeping current with today's hi-tech world. Ford offers Driver-assist Technology to make driving their F-150's easier, safer and more enjoyable. Their Pro Trailer Backup Assist includes a 360-degree camera with a split-view display so that you can back a trailer into place with the greatest of ease. Ford's BLIS, or Blind Spot Information System, which includes cross-traffic alert, lets you know if a vehicle is coming toward you from either side while you are backing up. They also offer Lane-Keeping System which lets you know if you are drifting into another lane. Curve Control/AdvanceTrac/RSC slows the truck down if you are approaching a curve too fast. Active park assist helps you find a parking space and parallel park. You can also get SYNC 3, SYNC Connect with 4G LTE WiFi, SiriusXM radio, voice-activated Traffic and Travel Link, an 8" productivity screen, MyKey, an 8" LCD touchscreen, Applink, 110V/400W inverter outlet, wireless charging and two Smart Charging USB Ports. Chevy offers an Integrated Brake Controller, Auto Grade Braking, StabiliTrak with Trailer Sway Control, Hill Start Assist and a Rear Vision Camera. Their Enhanced Driver Alert Package provides: Lane Keep Assist, Forward Collision Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert, Low-Speed Forward Automatic Brake, Safety Alert Driver Seat, Rear Vision Camera and Front and Rear Park Assist. You can get controls on the steering wheel that you can use to answer phone calls and control the MyLink display and cruise control. Chevy also offers USB ports, an 110V power outlet, a 7" or 8" digital touch-screen, wireless charging, and 4G LTE Wi-Fi.
The Chevy Silverado 1500 comes with six airbags standard and a high-strength steel safety cage. OnStar Automatic Crash Response is also available along with a free-trial period. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the Silverado a Good rating, which is the highest possible, in all crash tests except the "Small overlap front" in which it got a Marginal rating. In front crash prevention it got a Basic rating. The headlights and child seat anchors (latch) ease of use got a Poor rating. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the 2017 Chevy Silverado 1500 an overall safety rating of 5 out of 5 stars. The Ford F-150 comes with AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control (RSC), front airbags, side airbags and Safety Canopy side curtains, Curve Control, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes and a tire pressure monitoring system. The SOS Post-Crash Alert System comes standard. In IIHS crash testing, the 2017 F-150 got a Good rating on all tests, Basic for Front crash prevention, Poor for headlights and Marginal for child seat anchors (latch) ease of use. The NHTSA gave the 2017 F-150 an overall safety rating of 5 out of 5 stars.