2019 Ford F-150 vs Chevrolet Silverado 1500
The Chevy Silverado 1500 has plenty of deserved accolades to its name. But the Ford F-150 is, and has been for some time, not just the best-selling truck, but the best-selling vehicle in America. There's a reason for that, which we hope to show. In this comparison guide, we pit two pickup heavyweights against each other and see which one comes out on top.
Price: 2018 Ford F-150
You can find a Ford pickup to meet any budget. The Ford F-150 starts at $27,700 for the XL trim. This barebones workhorse is a no-nonsense that keeps its nose to the grindstone. Ford really stripped down a powerful truck to its essentials. Besides the 290-horsepower 3.3-liter V6 engine, there's nothing else to note, except the rearview camera with Dynamic Hitch Assist. But follow the trim levels to the opposite side of the F-150 lineup and you'll find the F-150 Limited. This luxury liner of a truck starts at $61,000 and comes with too many standard features to list here, including exclusives like twin-panel moonroof, 360-degree camera, and pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection. The F-150's V6 engine is a beast, making 375 horsepower, 470 pound-feet of torque and towing up to 13,200 pounds, when properly equipped. You'll find five more trim levels between.
Meanwhile, the Chevy Silverado 1500 starts at just over $28,000 while its top-tier trim is the High Country, starting at $55,000. Like the F-150 XL, the Silverado 1500 W/T gives just the essentials while the High Country wows us with features and tech. The High Country comes standard with leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front bucket seats, heated steering wheel, upgraded MyLink infotainment system, and wireless device charging. But this category goes to the Ford F-150 for its lower starting price and multiplicity of options.
Horsepower, Torque, and Towing: 2018 Ford F-150
What would a comparison between pickup trucks be without this category? The truth of the matter is, the ability to haul and tow is the quintessential test of the pickup and the reason the class exists. It comes as no surprise then that the best-selling pickup in America is the class leader in hauling and towing. The F-150 can tow up to 13,200 pounds when properly equipped. That's with its best engine: the 375-horsepower twin-turbocharged V6 engine that produces a whopping 470 pound-feet of torque. But the Raptor trim offers even more power, 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. Now that's power to rule the road.
The Chevy Silverado 1500 can tow up to 12,500 pounds, which is respectable but less than the Ford F-150. The best of the Silverado's three engines is the 6.2-liter V8 Flex-Fuel making 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. As you can see, the Ford F-150 is a triple threat, beating out the Chevy Silverado in horsepower, torque, and towing capacity. Starting at a lower price and offering a better work truck, it's no wonder Ford outsells the competition.