2018 Ford F-150 vs Chevy Silverado 1500

April 4th, 2018 by

2018 Ford F-150 vs Chevy Silverado 1500

2018 Ford F-150 vs Chevy Silverado 1500

We buy pickup trucks these days for much more than just commercial work duty, which probably goes a long way towards explaining why they’re as comfortable, varied, and well-equipped as they are today. The 2018 Ford F-150 is still preeminent in the full-size light-duty segment, but let’s see just how good it is by comparing it directly to its closest rival, the Chevy Silverado 1500.

Performance: Ford F-150

Performance can cover a lot more with pickup trucks than it does with cars, but the first measure many buyers will look at is still going to be how powerful the available engines are. It’s not an exaggeration to say the 2018 Ford F-150 has the widest range of engine options available in its class, and there’s more than enough power and performance for every light-duty need. Whether you want an economical V-6, as powerful V-8 or a torquey turbodiesel, it’s all here. The Silverado 1500 can offer as much as 420 horsepower and 460 lb.-ft. of torque, which isn’t at all bad, but the Ford can see it and raise it on both counts.

Capability: Ford F-150

If power isn’t your number one concern for your new truck, there’s every chance capability will be. As far as towing and hauling are concerned, it’s always a good idea to have something in reserve and the F-150 certainly allows for that. The maximum you can tow with the Ford is now a very serious 13,200 pounds, while the payload rating is almost as impressive at a substantial 3,270-pound maximum.

To be fair to the Silverado, it isn’t a million miles behind on towing as it can manage 12,500 pounds, a figure that would have put it ahead of the F-150 until this year. The Ford is even further ahead for hauling as its maximum payload is way ahead of the Chevy’s 2,250 pounds.

Fuel Economy: Ford F-150

Many trucks cover a lot of miles during their working lives, so getting a few extra miles per gallon can add up to a lot of money over time. The current Silverado 1500 is due for an update, so along with a number of other things, the fuel economy ratings are a little behind the times right now. The best ratings for the Chevy come from the 4.3-liter V-6 at 18 mpg in the city, 24 mpg on the highway and 20 mpg combined.

The Ford F-150 isn’t exactly light years ahead of its rival here, but the 20 mpg in the city, 26 mpg on the highway and 22 mpg combined it manages with the enhanced 2.7-liter V-6 EcoBoost is going to add up considerably over years of use.

Features and Equipment: Ford F-150

With the vast array of different models and configurations offered for both of these vehicles, finding exactly which model is right for you and which of the two trucks offers more for the money can be a challenge. When it comes to the basics, you won’t find a lot of difference between the two. But if you’re looking for some of the most up-to-date, cutting-edge safety and driver-assist features you might find the Silverado 1500 lacking quite a bit of what the F-150 has to offer. The F-150 family can basically be divided up into the basic categories of work, fun and muscle, and it absolutely excels in every one of the three.

Come back next year and these two trucks might be closer than they are now, as the Silverado 1500 is set for some major updating. Until then though, it’s easy to see why the Ford remains firmly on top because it does everything a truck should do at least a little better than the Chevy does.

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