Full-size trucks are very popular vehicles among Americans. They can haul heavy payloads, tow large trailers and can be equipped with features ranging from crank windows to nearly all the features you'd find in a luxury vehicle. According to The Wall Street Journal, the two best-selling vehicles last month in the U.S. were trucks - the Ford F-Series and the Chevrolet Silverado. How do these two trucks stack up against each other?
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The F-150 and Silverado 1500 have a lot of similarities, but there are a few key differences between them. While both trucks come with a base V6, Ford offers one V8 and two turbocharged (EcoBoost) V6 engines in the F-150, including one as its top engine. By comparison, Chevrolet's availability of a standard V6 or two V8 choices is a more traditional offering in a segment where a V8 engine has long been a default choice. Although Chevy's optional V8s have a bit more horsepower and torque than Ford's EcoBoost V6s, they also have lower EPA fuel economy ratings. Regardless of cylinder count though, the F-150 can tow and haul more than the Silverado 1500 when properly equipped.
Both trucks are available in three cab styles – a three-seat regular cab and extended and crew cab configurations that have seating for up to six people. Both are available with the same infotainment features. The Ford F-150 costs a bit less than the Chevy Silverado, and although both carry the same basic warranty coverage, Chevy's powertrain warranty covers an additional 40,000 miles.
The Ford F-150 bests the Chevrolet Silverado in our rankings most noticeably in the performance category. There are few complaints in terms of performance on the Silverado's end, but reviewers are especially taken with the F-150's nimble handling and the power from the available EcoBoost V6 engines. They both have similar interior scores and are available with similar features, although the F-150 offers massaging front seats, which are unavailable on the Silverado. On the other hand, the Silverado 1500 trumps the F-150 with a higher reliability rating.
So which truck should you buy? On paper, the F-150 has the upper hand in terms of base price, maximum fuel economy and maximum tow and hauling capabilities. However, overall reviewer opinion on both trucks is favorable. The F-150 currently ranks just above the Silverado in our rankings. Both trucks rank higher than rivals like the Toyota Tundra and Nissan Titan, but are beat by the Ram 1500.