Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Ford F-150 are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Chevrolet Silverado doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 6 points, IIHS rates the Pre-Collision Assist optional in the F-150 as “Superior.” The Silverado scores only 1 point and is rated only “Basic.”

Both the F-150 and the Silverado have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available four-wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the F-150 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 168 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Silverado was last qualified as a “Top Pick” in 2016.

Warranty

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The F-150’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Silverado’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability

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For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the F-150 have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of some of the engines in the Silverado.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the F-150’s reliability 14 points higher than the Silverado.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the F-150 second among large light duty pickups in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Silverado isn’t in the top three.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked 6th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Ford 5 places higher in reliability than Chevrolet.

Engine

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The F-150 has more powerful engines than the Silverado:

Horsepower Torque

F-150 3.3 DOHC V6

290 HP

265 lbs.-ft.

F-150 2.7 turbo V6

325 HP

400 lbs.-ft.

F-150 3.5 turbo V6

375 HP

470 lbs.-ft.

F-150 5.0 DOHC V8

395 HP

400 lbs.-ft.

F-150 Raptor/Limited 3.5 turbo V6

450 HP

510 lbs.-ft.

Silverado 4.3 V6

285 HP

305 lbs.-ft.

Silverado 2.7 turbo 4 cyl.

310 HP

348 lbs.-ft.

Silverado 5.3 V8

355 HP

383 lbs.-ft.

Silverado LTZ/High Country 6.2 V8

420 HP

460 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford F-150 turbo V6 is faster than the Chevrolet Silverado V8:

F-150 Silverado

Zero to 60 MPH

6.3 sec

6.6 sec

Quarter Mile

14.8 sec

14.9 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the F-150 gets better fuel mileage than the Silverado:

F-150

Silverado

4x2

2.7 twin-turbo V6/10-spd. Auto

20 city/26 hwy

20 city/23 hwy

2.7 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

3.3 V6/6-spd. Auto

19 city/25 hwy

19 city/22 hwy

2.7 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

2.7 twin-turbo V6/10-spd. Auto

19 city/25 hwy

16 city/21 hwy

4.3 V6/Auto

3.5 twin-turbo V6 (375 HP)/10-spd. Auto

18 city/25 hwy

17 city/24 hwy

5.3 V8/Auto

5.0 V8/10-spd. Auto

17 city/23 hwy

17 city/23 hwy

5.3 V8/Auto

3.5 twin-turbo V6 (450 HP)/Auto

17 city/22 hwy

16 city/21 hwy

5.3 V8/Auto

4x4

2.7 twin-turbo V6/10-spd. Auto

19 city/24 hwy

19 city/22 hwy

2.7 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

3.3 V6/6-spd. Auto

18 city/23 hwy

n/a

2.7 twin-turbo V6/10-spd. Auto

18 city/23 hwy

16 city/22 hwy

5.3 V8/Auto

3.5 twin-turbo V6 (375 HP)/10-spd. Auto

17 city/23 hwy

16 city/22 hwy

5.3 V8/Auto

3.5 twin-turbo V6 (450 HP)/10-spd. Auto

17 city/21 hwy

16 city/21 hwy

5.3 V8/Auto

5.0 V8/10-spd. Auto

16 city/22 hwy

16 city/21 hwy

5.3 V8/Auto

Regardless of its engine, the F-150’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) Chevrolet only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the Silverado LT/RST/LTZ/High Country/WT 2.7-liter.

The F-150 SuperCrew’s standard fuel tank has 2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Silverado Double/Crew Cab’s standard fuel tank (26 vs. 24 gallons). The F-150’s optional fuel tank has 8 gallons more fuel capacity than the Silverado Regular Cab’s standard fuel tank (36 vs. 28 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the F-150’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Silverado:

F-150 Silverado

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

13.5 inches

The F-150 stops much shorter than the Silverado:

F-150 Silverado

70 to 0 MPH

168 feet

186 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

114 feet

134 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the F-150 Raptor’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Silverado (315/70R17 vs. 275/60R20).

The F-150 Platinum/Limited’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Silverado’s optional 50 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the F-150 8 ft. bed Regular Cab’s wheelbase is 1.5 inches longer than on the Silverado 1500 Long Bed Regular Cab (141.1 inches vs. 139.6 inches).

The F-150 5.5 ft. bed Platinum SuperCrew 4x4 handles at .77 G’s, while the Silverado Short Bed LT Trail Boss Crew Cab pulls only .69 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The F-150 5.5 ft. bed Platinum SuperCrew 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.2 seconds quicker than the Silverado Short Bed LT Trail Boss Crew Cab (27.8 seconds @ .63 average G’s vs. 30 seconds @ .55 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the F-150 6.5 ft. bed Regular Cab’s turning circle is 3.9 feet tighter than the Silverado 1500 Long Bed Regular Cab’s (40.7 feet vs. 44.6 feet).

For greater off-road capability the F-150 6.5 ft. bed SuperCrew has a 1.3 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Silverado Standard Bed Crew Cab (9.3 vs. 8 inches), allowing the F-150 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The F-150 Raptor SuperCab’s minimum ground clearance is .6 inch higher than on the Silverado Short Bed Crew Cab Lifted (11.5 vs. 10.9 inches).

Chassis

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The Ford F-150 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 450 pounds less than the Chevrolet Silverado.

The F-150 6.5 ft. bed Regular Cab is 1 foot, 8.2 inches shorter than the Silverado 1500 Long Bed Regular Cab, making the F-150 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The front grille of the F-150 uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Silverado doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the F-150 5.5 ft. bed Limited SuperCrew 4x4 is quieter than the Silverado Short Bed High Country Crew Cab 4x4:

F-150

Silverado

At idle

35 dB

37 dB

Full-Throttle

73 dB

76 dB

Passenger Space

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The F-150 Regular Cab has 1.6 inches more front hip room and .6 inches more front shoulder room than the Silverado Regular Cab.

The F-150 SuperCab has 1.3 inches more front hip room, .7 inches more front shoulder room, .4 inches more rear headroom, 4.5 inches more rear hip room and .9 inches more rear shoulder room than the Silverado Double Cab.

The F-150 SuperCrew has 1.3 inches more front hip room, .7 inches more front shoulder room, .3 inches more rear headroom, .2 inches more rear legroom, 4.5 inches more rear hip room and .7 inches more rear shoulder room than the Silverado Crew Cab.

Cargo Capacity

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A low lift-over bed design makes loading and unloading the F-150 Regular Cab easier. The F-150 Regular Cab’s bed lift-over height is 34.7 inches, while the Silverado’s liftover is 36.1 inches. The F-150 SuperCrew’s liftover is only 34 inches.

Both the F-150 and Silverado have bed indentations that accommodate 2x4’s for two-tiered loading, but the F-150 also has indentations to separate the cargo box into three different sections length-wise.

Payload

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The F-150 has much higher optional payload capacities than the Silverado:

F-150 Silverado

Regular Cab 150

3270 lbs.

2250 lbs.

Extended Cab 150

2980 lbs.

2190 lbs.

Crew Cab 150

2890 lbs.

2180 lbs.

Regular Cab 150 4x4

3040 lbs.

2130 lbs.

Extended Cab 150 4x4

2730 lbs.

2180 lbs.

Crew Cab 150 4x4

2640 lbs.

2170 lbs.

Ergonomics

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In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the F-150’s standard exterior PIN entry system (not available on F-150 XL). The Silverado doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its extra cost OnStar® can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the F-150’s standard exterior PIN entry system (not available on F-150 XL). The Silverado doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its extra cost OnStar® can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

The F-150’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Silverado’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The F-150’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

The F-150 has a standard center folding armrest for the driver and front passenger. A center armrest helps combat driver fatigue. The Silverado Work Truck doesn’t offer a front seat center armrest.

The F-150 (except XL/XLT)’s optional Park Assist can parallel park by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Silverado doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® chose the Ford F-150 as its “Top Pick,” the highest scoring vehicle in its category, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Chevrolet Silverado isn't recommended.

Car and Driver performed a comparison test in its January 2019 issue and they ranked the Ford F-150 5.5 ft. bed Limited SuperCrew 4x4 higher than the Chevrolet Silverado Short Bed High Country Crew Cab 4x4.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the F-150 first among large light duty pickups in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Silverado isn’t in the top three.

The F-150 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” for 2 of the last 3 years. The Silverado hasn’t been picked since 2008.

Motor Trend selected the F-150 as their 2018 Truck of the Year. The Silverado was Truck of the Year in 2011.

The Ford F-Series outsold the Chevrolet Silverado by 57% during the 2019 model year.