Chevrolet Silverado 1500 vs. Ford F-150

The Silverado and the Ford F-series are two of the best-selling trucks in America, and it can be hard to choose between them.

You need a truck that has uncompromising hauling power to get where you’re going, and you don’t want to trust your work to the wrong vehicle. This comparison could help you choose which truck is perfect for your toughest jobs.


Most people consider price to be one of the most important considerations for a new vehicle, especially if one is out of their price range. The 2017 Silverado 1500 and the 2017 Ford F-150 are not only competitors in the same segment but also in similar price. The Silverado has a slightly more expensive base MSRP of $27,585 for the regular cab, while the F-150 starts at $26,540 for the regular cab. With three major cab configurations (regular, double, and crew) and three truck bed sizes (short, standard, and long) from each manufacturer, models can vary greatly by price. Crew cabs (4 full doors) with a full-size bed can easily cost well over $35,000 for both the Silverado and the F-150.

Towing and Payload

One of the reasons you're probably considering a truck is its utility. Being able to pull everything you need is a requirement, and one truck definitely outperforms the other. The Chevy Silverado 1500 has a maximum towing capacity of 5,500 to 9,400 pounds. This is significantly less than the Ford F-150, which has a maximum towing capacity of up to 12,200 pounds. Ford prides itself on the fact that it can tow more than any other truck on the market, and the 2017 F-150 lives up to the name.

The payload of the two trucks aren’t as drastic as the maximum towing capacity, but Ford’s F-150 can carry more and take heavier loads. The Silverado can carry up to 1,870 lbs., but the F-150 seems designed with commercial users in mind since the maximum payload is 1,910 lbs. With the option to purchase the Heavy-Duty Payload Package for $1,500, payload increases to 3,300 lbs.

Engine and Fuel Economy

The Silverado has had better mileage than the F-150 in the past, but this year the two trucks are comparable. The Silverado has a 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V8 engine with four-wheel-drive. This engine has an estimated fuel economy of 16 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway.

Ford’s F-150 got a complete drivetrain overhaul this year, with a new 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine. Moving away from the classic six-speed, the new transmission is a 10-speed automatic, which has also improved fuel economy. Now, the truck gets an estimated 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.


The Silverado comes equipped with a 4.2-inch display screen with options to increase the size to a seven-inch touch-screen. It also has USB ports and a four-speaker entertainment system. Unfortunately, the 2017 Silverado doesn’t come with Bluetooth connectivity, but it is an add-on option if you want to have it installed as part of the Chevrolet MyLink systems.

Ford hasn’t released the technology features that will be included with the 2017 F-150, but we can take a couple of guesses based on this year’s. The 2016 F-150 had an eight-inch LCD screen with SYNC connectivity to allow Bluetooth streaming from your phone. It also has steering-wheel controls to make a phone call or control your music without distractions.

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