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Battle of the Bruisers: 2016 Chevy Silverado vs. Ford F-150


F-150 may have reached the top of the mountain first in terms of sales, but Silverado is picking up steam in the full-size pickup segment thanks to the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. At McCarthy Chevrolet in Olathe, we have seen the Silverado grow into its own, and a battle between the F-150 has been an inevitable marquee matchup. With superior features, an improved cabin, and excellent payload-towing capabilities, Chevy’s newest pickup is aiming to end the “Chevy Silverado vs. Ford F-150” debate with a swift knockout punch.

2016 Chevy Silverado

See why the Silverado was voted one of the best full-size trucks for the money by US News. Stop by our Chevy dealership near Kansas City to take a test drive of the Silverado. We guarantee you’ll be amazed. Call us at (913) 267-5341 to speak with our sales team and schedule your time with one of America’s best new pickups.

Silverado’s Interior Superiority

Inside the Silverado 1500 is a well-trimmed cabin full of features—features you’d expect from a high-end SUV, not a pickup. First and foremost among these praise-worthy features is the upgraded edition of the MyLink infotainment system. Refined for the 2016 Silverado, this MyLink system is intuitively laid out and simple to use. Its available 8.0-inch touchscreen is interfaced so intuitively that a monkey could figure it out; the voice-command functionality is superb, and its effectiveness was not lost on us during testing. Available OnStar 4G LTE connectivity is a bonus.

The base 1500 pickup offers ample storage space and compartments, and the dash and center stack might be some of the best among full-size trucks. The gauges and seat material look and feel upscale, while the switches and buttons that line the dash are large enough to be utilized by gloved hands. Silverado’s safety features are on par with most modern vehicles including the Ford F-150, but rear-seat head airbags and the StabiliTrak system with Proactive Roll are exclusive to Chevy’s 2016 pickup.

2016 Chevy Silverado Interior

The top-end High Country model Silverado boasts some serious cabin appointments. Features include a power sunroof, satellite radio, seven-speaker Bose audio, dual-zone climate control AC, a rearview camera, parking sensors, a rear-seat entertainment system, Bluetooth connectivity, and several safety and driver-assist systems. Our favorite feature is the wireless charging station, which is handy for the on-the-go driver in all of us. Just slide behind the wheel and toss your phone onto the pad—that’s all there is to it. The High Country Silverado also offers two more inches of headroom than the F-150.

The Ford F-150, while certainly no slouch in the comfort department, plays second fiddle to the Silverado and its upscale interior. The dash plastics within the F-150 are sensible yet feel low-rent, and the overall cabin design leaves a lot to be desired. Another common complaint is the Sync 3 infotainment system, which many users and testers have found to be clunky. Some even had difficulty pairing their phones and devices to Ford’s proprietary system. In all, the F-150’s interior seems much less accessible to the average day-to-day user.

Proving that No Engine is Alike

No comparison of two full-size pickups would be complete without paralleling towing capabilities and engines.

The base Silverado 1500 2WD work truck is fitted with a 4.3L V-6 engine. Producing 285 hp at just about 5300 rpm, its 305 lb-ft of torque bests the 253 lb-ft of torque from the F-150’s 3.5L V-6 engine. The Silverado garners an EPA-estimated rating of 18 mpg city and 24 mpg highway, slightly higher than Ford’s base model’s 17/24 mpg ratings. Also available to Chevy’s Silverado lineup are a 5.3-liter V-8 that generates 255 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque, and a 6.2-liter V-8 that puts out 420 hp and 460 lb-ft torque. The High Country trim also comes with a 26-gallon fuel tank, which is three gallons larger than the F-150 Super Crew’s.

The Ford F-150 comes with the standard 3.5L V6, but two other engines are available. The twin-turbo 2.7L V6 is the best of the bunch in terms of power and efficiency—it produces 325hp and 375 lb-ft torque at 19/26 mpg city/highway—while the 5.0L V8 boasts respectable numbers of 385 hp and 387 lb-ft torque, but struggles to match up to the Silverado’s 6.2L V8.

Of course, all that power equates to towing capability—a metric in which both Chevy and Ford have led the pack. The base Silverado’s V6 has a max towing capacity of 7,600 pounds, which just manages to out-tug the 7,500-pound maximum of the F-150. The 5.3L V8 is Chevy’s most popular engine due to its 11,500-pound towing capability, while the 6.2L V8 can plow around with 12,000 pounds in tow. Ford’s 2.7L turbo V6 can pull about 8,500 pounds while its higher-end V8 maxes out at just over 11,000 pounds.

Critics of the F-150 have noted that handling and ride quality are noticeably weak, in large part because of sensitive braking. The Silverado, on the other hand, delivers an SUV-like ride with superior handling, and its four-wheel disc brakes and firm brake pedal are top in its class. In their review of the 2016 Chevrolet 1500, Car and Driver even writes that other truck manufacturers should benchmark Chevy’s brake pedal as it’s a far cry from the “mushy and overboosted units in other pickups.”

Buy the Winning 2016 Silverado 1500 near Kansas City

In the Silverado 1500, Chevy has produced a one-of-a-kind pickup that is climbing the ranks toward the top. With a lower MSRP than the F-150, along with the bevy of features and incredible towing capabilities, the 2016 Silverado is designed to pack a punch—a punch that lands squarely on Ford’s chiseled jaw.

For the best prices on our 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 trucks and other new Chevy vehicles, check out our current Chevrolet specials. When you’re ready to embrace a new era of pickups, visit our Chevy dealership near Kansas City. Call us at (913) 267-5341 to schedule a test drive, or stop by the McCarthy Chevrolet showroom at 675 North Rawhide Drive in Olathe, KS. Our staff is ready to pair you up with the vehicle of your dreams.

Keep Our Roads Safe – Don’t Text and Drive

Too many lives have been lost due to the tempting urge to text while driving which is why McCarthy Auto Group is taking a strong stand against texting and driving. Studies prove that teens who text and drive spend approximately 10% of their driving time outside of their lane. There is also a minimum of 5 seconds where the driver’s attention is taken away from the road when sending a text message. These frightening statistics provide significant reasons for why we at McCarthy Auto Group are determined to stop texting and driving.

McCarthy Auto Group is proud to support Miss Johnson County 2016 and Miss Kansas Kendall Schoenekase in her Kansas Care Campaign to keep both Kansas and Missouri roads safe. Kendal shares her impactful story about why she started her Kansas Care Campaign on her website, and she is passionate about putting an end to texting and driving.

With amazing new technologies offered in our many of our vehicles at McCarthy Auto Group, texting while driving can be prevented and McCarthy Auto Group is committed to keeping our Kansas and Missouri roads safe. If you have been affected by texting and driving and want to get involved, you can visit Kendall Schoenekase’s Facebook page to get more information and let your voice be heard. McCarthy Auto Group wants everyone to be safe on the roads, but it all starts with you. Save a life… don’t text and drive.

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