For a while now, both Chevrolet Silverado and Ford F150 (the whole F series, actually) are among the most popular and respected trucks on the market, if not one of the most popular cars altogether.
The sales today are booming, customer demand is rising, and, with all those years of tries and errors, these truly American pick-ups have turned into something really amazing.
I still remember folks having 2011 Ford F150 vs Chevy 1500 comparisons all over the Inet – 4 years later, these two are still at each other’s throats.
They’re very powerful (would you expect something less?), comfortable, reliable, safe, and fairly priced.
Another big advantage of both the Ford F150 and the Chevy Silverado is an impressive choice of various set-ups and configurations, both in body styles and powertrain. So, which one of the Ford F150 vs Chevy Silverado rivalry is the better pick? That question has been asked by a couple of generations, and they never really came to a solid conclusion.
To help you make up your mind, I’ve compiled a list of all the pros and cons of both brands, including reliability, MPG, safety, tech, and price.
Ford F150 VS Chevy Silverado – What’s New In 2015?
The Ford F150 truck has gone through a complete redesign this year. We’ve got a new approach to styling, and improved interior, a bunch of equipment and features for safety and comfort, as well as a fancy new 2.7-lit V6 EcoBoost engine, and aluminum construction with reduced weight, which allows for better fuel-efficiency. So, 2015 is a very busy year for the F150.
As for the Silverado, the 2015 model year doesn’t really bring anything new to the table. That’s because the vehicle already had a full redesign last year, including the introduction of new basic and optional features, new styling and improved interior (much like the 2015 Ford), and, of course, new engines. For 2015 we’ve got a new optional 8-speed automatic transmission, paired to the 6.2-lit V6, and a new trim level – LS.
Comparing The Reliability
When it comes to durability Ford Toyota and Chevrolet are the leaders in the market. So, let’s compare the Ford F150 vs Chevy Silverado and see who’s got the better score.
Even though the 2015 F150 is too fresh to get a score from the pros at J.D.Power, the 2014 edition earned 4 circles in the Power Circle Ratings, and I’m guessing that’s not gonna change for the latest model. Silverado also gained a 4-cirlce rating, which stands for better than average reliability.
As for the warranty, both the Silverado and the F150 offer the same deal: 3 years or 36K miles of front-to-back coverage; still, the new Chevy manages to outrun its rival by offering 5 years or 100K miles of powertrain protection against the 5 years or 60K miles deal from Ford. Nevertheless, I can’t really name Chevy the winner of this round, as those 40K miles are just a simple marketing thing: I’m 100% positive that the F150 will give you more than 100K of loyal service. So, its’ a draw, fair and square.
Chevy Silverado 1500 VS Ford F150 – Comparing The MPG
Both trucks come packed with an impressive line-up of powertrain configurations. In both the F150 and the Silverado the standard-level engine is a V6. The new Ford has a 3.5-lit, 283HP unit, good for 25 miles per gallon on the highway, and 18 mpg in the city; the Silverado boasts a 4.3-lit, 285 Horsepower V6 engine, capable of 24 mpg hwy/18 mpg city.
The Ford truck also can be equipped with a 2.7-lit EcoBoost V6 engine, that’s mighty for 325HP and returns about 26 mpg hwy/19 mpg city.
If you’re a fan of big and mighty engines, both competitors offer not one, but two impressive units. The Chevy’s 5.3-lit V8 is good for 355HP and returns up to 23 mpg hwy/16 mpg city, while the more sophisticated 6.2-lit V8 is as strong as 420HP and provides 21 mpg hwy/15 mpg city.
The F150, on the other hand, offers a 385HP V8, that’s capable of 387 lb-ft of torque and 21 mpg hwy/15 mpg city; the other option – a turbocharged V6 – is good for 365 HP and 420 pound feet of torque and boast an impressive efficiency of 24 mpg hwy/17 mpg city.
To sum up, we can see that the Ford F150 provides slightly better fuel-efficiency than its rival with every powertrain configuration.
This isn’t a Ford Raptor vs Chevy Silverado comparison, but, with the 150’s impressive results, you could easily pick it as your new best friend on the off-road journeys.
Crash-Tests And Safety Features
In the government’s NHTSA crash-tests the 2015 Silverado earned a perfect 5-star rating. And even though the new F150 hasn’t yet been tested, I doubt it will be able to outrun the Chevy. The previous edition gained a 4-star score, so, I’m guessing the 2015 model will do the same.
As for safety equipment, both trucks provide pretty much the same standard features: side-curtain airbags, traction and stability control, and anti-lock brakes. The F150 offers more gadgets, such as a blind monitoring system, forward-collision warning (with brake priming), a 360 degree camera and inflatable seat belts. None of that is available with the basic-level Silverado.
So, I guess it’s fair to announce this round of the Ford F150 vs Chevy Silverado 1500 battle a draw: The Silverado has excellent crash-test results, and the F150 comes packed with more features.
Ford F150 VS Chevy Silverado – Technology
If you’re a fan of tech, you’ll be happy to know that both trucks provide all the latest features. Chevy’s truck offers an 8-inch touchscreen, paired to the MyLink infotainment system, a rear-seat Blue-Ray player (pretty cool, huh?) remote ignition, and a hill-descent control system, which is great for off-road activities.
However, the F150 is the true king of tech, as it provides adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beam control and parallel parking assist, power retractable running boards, as well as great-looking LED head- and tail-lights. So, with all those riches, Ford is easily the winner of this round of the Ford F150 vs Chevy Silverado 1500 competition.
When it comes to pricing, the two trucks are almost identical. And from a value perspective, you’ll get pretty much the same solid deal. The F150’s payload capacity is a bit higher, and it can tow a bit harder, plus, it’s MPG is a little better. Chevy’s truck, on the other hand, is a bit cheaper, so, that gives us a draw once again because none of these little differences are significant enough for you to start a list of pros and cons and spend long nights thinking it all over and over again.
After all, as I like to say, it’s a matter of personal taste -, especially with trucks. I can’t really pin-point the obvious winner for your guys, so, you’ll just have to make your picks based on your heart’s callings, I guess. On the other hand, if you value each penny, then the F150 still looks like a better choice if you add up the slight advantages in tech and in HP. Other than that, this is a square fight.
What do you think? Please, write down in comments, who is the winner in Ford F150 VS Chevy Silverado battle.
If you like to read Comparison Reviews, read also this one: “Ford Fusion VS Honda Accord – Great Sedan Battle”.
Be sure to watch this video 2015 Ford F-150 EcoBoost V6 vs. Chevy Silverado V8: