Together, the F-150 and Chevrolet Silverado 1500 prop up the full-size truck segment – they represent a staggering 55% of all U.S. pickup sales – but which model takes the “best in class” trophy?
To get to the bottom of this Silverado vs. F-150 debate, we took a deep dive into both truck’s spec sheets, lists of features, and overall critic ratings. Follow us, friend, and a winner shall be crowned.
The 2019 Silverado 1500 enters its fourth generation with a complete revamp. It shed 450 pounds of curb weight yet, surprisingly, increased its dimensions in its cabin and bed. Maximum payload has also increased, which coincides with the inclusion of a new 2.7L turbo-4 engine option. Interior storage areas, including underneath cubbies, have grown, and several ’18 features return as standard fare.
Ford’s F-150 may be the best-selling truck of the two, but its last redesign came in 2015, with a 2018 refresh thrown in the mix. In all, the F-series is lacking the same modern flourishes that help the new Silverado shine.
Silverado vs. F-150: Pricing
Both the Chevy Silverado and F-150 are priced comparably: you can expect to pay about $28,000 for each base model.
However, moving up the range, the Silverado High Country has a lower MSRP ($53,000) than the trim-topping Ford F-150 Limited ($67,000). If you build your Chevy Silverado 1500 to include all the proverbial bells and whistles, you’d pay $10,000 less than you would for a comparably packaged F-150 Limited.
Silverado vs. F-150: Bed Volume
Chevrolet’s redesign of the Silverado revolves around a deepened and widened truck bed. Having the largest bed in the entire segment – it’s 20% larger than the F-150 – the Silverado 1500’s total cargo capacity is 62.9 cubic feet with the 5-foot-8-inch bed, 71.7 cubic feet with the 6-foot-6-inch standard box, and a ridiculous 89.1 cubic feet with the 8-foot cargo box. A total of 12 standard tie-downs are also built into the Silverado’s bed, which is 8 more than what the F-150 includes.
The F-150’s cargo volume for short, standard and long boxes are 52.8 cubic feet, 62.3 cubic feet, and 77.4 cubic feet, respectively. Additionally, Ford opted for a shorter 5-foot-6-inch short bed, and it doesn’t have a power-up/-down liftgate like the Silverado.
Silverado vs. F-150: Base Engines & Towing
Six engines are available with the Ford F-150, starting with a base 3.3L V6 that makes 290 hp and 265 lb.-ft. of torque. Max towing and payload ratings for this powerplant come in at 7,700 pounds and 1,990 pounds, respectively.
Four engines are available with the Chevrolet 1500 – a fancy-schmancy 3.0L turbo-diesel is on the way – including the brand-new 2.7-liter turbo-four. Base Silverado models come standard with a 4.3L V6 that makes 285 horsepower and 305 lb.-ft. of torque, which is best in its class. With this engine, the Silverado can tow up to 7,900 pounds and haul payloads up to 2,250 pounds – far greater than the F-150 offers.
Silverado vs. F-150: Technology
Standard on every Silverado is a stunning 7.0-inch touchscreen with infotainment, a USB charge port, Bluetooth, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration. Optional amenities include a wireless phone charging pad, satellite radio and navigation, a premium 7-speaker Bose sound system, Wi-Fi, and a larger 8-inch HD display. Teen Driver technology is also exclusively found in the Silverado 1500, as are features like a segment-first head-up display, Safety Alert Seat, Rear Camera Mirror, and Rear Seat Reminder.
Base Ford F-150 tech aims for functionality, which means standard systems are far from plentiful. Shoppers will need to upgrade to the XLT model to receive Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, for instance, and it lacks the high-end safety gear that’s found in the rival Chevy truck.
Build Your New Silverado Truck Today
There’s no denying that the Ford F-150 is an excellent truck, but when it comes to comfort, technology, cargo capacity, and overall charm, the 2019 Silverado 1500 takes the cake.
At McCarthy Chevrolet, we’re here to prove you can have that cake and eat it, too. Contact our Olathe truck dealership at 913-324-7200 to book a test drive in a new Silverado 1500, learn more about our special incentives and current lease options, or start your application for a Chevy truck loan.
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