THE BIG TRUCK DEBATE ? FORD VS. CHEVY
Aug 10th, 2019
In 1918, Chevrolet came out with its first truck, the Chevrolet 490 Light Delivery. 7 years later, in 1925, the Ford Model T Runabout was born. This was the beginning of a life-long rivalry.
Fast forward to 2017, and technology has come quite a long way. With so many advances in technology throughout the years, Ford and Chevrolet have been in a never-ending battle in the Truck market. Most commonly compared ? The Ford F150 and the Chevrolet Silverado 1500. While both are incredible vehicles, there can only be one winner.
Ford loves to push the fact that their aluminum bodied, twin-turbocharged V6 F150 runs 18mpg in the city and 25mpg on the highway compared to the Silverados 5.3L V8 that only runs 16mpg/23mpg. Although this may be the case when both trucks are empty, when both trucks are doing what they were built to do ? transport heavy loads ? the Silverado actually bests the F150 in fuel economy because of those twin turbos in the F150 constantly running, ruining its fuel economy.
Another area that the Ford claims to outdo Chevy is towing capacity. Ford boasts that the F150?s towing capacity is best in class at 12,500 lbs. Although this may be true, this is only in the single cabs, which is not the most popular model. In the dual cabs, the Silverado outperforms the F150 by over 2000lbs! To prove this I built a similar F150 and Silverado 1500, both with the same packages.
The base model Ford F150 starts at $29,990 for a 2WD Reg Cab completely stock. The equivalent 2WD Reg cab in the Silverado 1500 starts at $29,885. Both vehicles have almost identical pricing from the base models, but as you move up in trims and packages the F150 quickly becomes much more expensive than a similar Silverado. For instance, a fully loaded Silverado 1500 2LT 4WD Crew Cab has an MSRP of $51,790. An F150 4WD Supercrew Lariat has an MSRP of $59,299?almost an $8000 difference!
Not only is it cheaper to buy a Silverado, but a 1500 will also maintain its value and be viable for resale down the road. As soon as an F150 with its twin turbo?d V6 goes out of warranty, its value drops significantly. Those turbo?s can be unreliable and cost around $3000 each to repair!
After taking out both a Ford F-150 Lariat and a Chevrolet Silverado 1500 HighCountry, I have to say that this last piece is up to personal preference. Without a doubt in my mind the Silverado has a much more appealing interior, although the Ford?s was still very nice. As for feel, the Silverado feels much more bulky and square while the ford ? although also very bulky ? has a slightly smoother feeling to it. The seats in the Silverado have you sitting tall and upright, while the Ford uses bucket seats that really let you sink in. Both have nice big centre consoles with plenty of room and just about every gadget you could think of. Acceleration and Deceleration are smooth and seamless. Basically, both vehicles do their job perfectly in their own way when it comes to the overall driving experience.
I have to give this one to the Chevrolet Silverado 1500. Between its reliability, fuel economy, pricing, and its smooth driving, it ended up coming out as a clear winner. The Ford F-150 is still a fantastic vehicle, but when it comes down to it I would put my money into the Chevy any day of the week.