The trusted and prestigious car publication, US News, recently published an article on the classic battle of Ford vs Chevy to find out which truck is better, the F150 or the Silverado. Here is the overview of the battle of the 2017 models:
Starting with the basics both vehicles are similar in size, seating capacities, and horsepower, as they both offer a basic trim that seats three, and come with V6 engines that produce up to 300 horsepower.Point for both trucks.
The Ford F150 wins the pricing competition, as it has a starting MSRP of just over $26,500, which Chevy cannot undercut.Even if you upgrade to the four-door truck, the Ford still beats the Chevy in price by about $4,000. Point for Ford
When it comes to safety both trucks received five stars from the NHTSA in overall rating, frontal crash, and side crash. Both trucks also received four stars in the rollover protection test. However, the Insurance Institute gave the F150 a rating of “Good” in all five of their categories, while it gave the Silverado a “Good” rating in only four of their five safety categories. Point for Ford again.
As pick up trucks go you’re not going to find the same amount of technology that you would in a 2017 Audi. With that in mind, the basic standard features do not contain as much in the way of gadgets and gizmos. Of course, when you go up in pricing options you will find plenty more, but for the purpose of this article we are only looking at the starting package, and in that category the Silverado beats the F150 by a USB port. Point Chevy.
When it comes to seat comfort US News gave the F150 the nod, citing versatile seat positions and leg room, even in the rear. They gave the point to Ford.
With respect to the bed of the truck, the F150 has the advantage in that it offers BoxLink, a system of movable tie-downs to allow the driver to have different configurations of storage capabilities in the cabin. The Silverado does not. Point Ford.
Here’s where we are going to deviate from the US News article. They gave the point to Chevy because the maximum towing capacity of the Silverado is 300 pounds heavier: 12,500 versus 12,200 for the F150. But we at McKie Ford think that the driver assist features in the F150, which the Silverado does not have, like the Dynamic Hitch Assist and Trailer Sway Control, more than make up for it. So we give the point to Ford here.
The turbochoargers that the F150 feature really help in the category of fuel economy. The 2.7 liter twin turbo V6 engine provides of up to 26 mpg on the highway. That beats the best from Silverado, which is 24 mpg. This one is clear to see. Point for Ford.
In the end we can objectively say that unless you are looking for interior technology from your pickup truck, you should get the 2017 F150. You will be more happy with its comfort, cargo space, towing abilities, fuel efficiency, and price!