American Icons: Chevrolet Silverado vs. Ford F-150

November 26th, 2014 by

Chevy Silverado vs Ford F-150

Ford and Chevrolet are easily two of the most trusted car manufacturers in the U.S. While both make an excellent variety of driving machines, both are probably most known – at least in this neck of the woods – for their trucks: the Chevrolet Silverado and the Ford F-150.

Both trucks have excellent reputations with drivers, and have proven themselves reliable through the years of production.

But, for those currently searching the market for a new vehicle, the question is how does the Silverado stack up against the F-150?

The short answer is very well.

Both trucks start retailing in the mid-$30,000 range. Both trucks are available with V-6 and V-8 engine options. Both trucks earned four-star overall safety ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

But where the Silverado steps ahead is initially in miles per gallon numbers. The Silverado can be expected to get 18 miles per gallon in town and around 24 mpg on the highway.

The Silverado can be purchased with an in-vehicle assistance service – something that Ford does not currently offer. Cruise control also comes standard with the Chevrolet and not with the Ford.

Under the hood, the Chevrolet Silverado offers more torque than the Ford F-150, and comparable horsepower statistics. That means the Silverado can both tow more and carry more in the bed than its Ford counterpart.

And to cap things off, the warranty times and miles of the Chevrolet Silverado are better than those offered by Ford.

It’s a close match, as any battle between American icons can be expected to be, but with the Chevrolet Silverado the consumer gets more truck for the money.