What's the Difference: Ford F-150 vs Chevy Silverado 1500


Ford F-150 vs Chevy Silverado 1500

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It's the same when comparing vehicles.

That's why we created this simple guide for comparing the F-150 vs the Silverado. You'll learn what they have a common and what makes each pickup truck unique. Then, it's up to you to choose which best suits all your needs.

But first, a quick overview of both.

Ford F-150 vs Chevy Silverado 1500

Features Ford F-150 Chevy Silverado 1500
Fuel Economy 19 MPG City - 24 MPG Highway 19 MPG City - 22 MPG Highway
  • 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6
  • 3.5-liter PowerBoost hybrid V6
  • 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6
  • 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V8
  • 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6
  • 3.0-liter PowerStroke V6 diesel
  • 3.3-liter Ti-VCT V6
  • 2.7-liter L3B turbo 14 four-cylinder
  • 5.3-liter L84 EcoTec3 V8
  • 3.0-liter LM2 Duramax inline-six
  • 2.7-liter L3B four-cylinder
Drivetrain 4WD 4WD
Bed Length 66" to 96″ 69.6" to 98.4″
Towing Capacity 5,000 to 11,300 lbs 8,900 to 11,000 lbs

Ford F-150 Summary

The Ford F-150 has been the industry's best-selling light-duty full-size pickup truck for 45 years in a row. It's an American icon that offers truck owners everything they want and need for work and for play.

The 2023 Ford F-150 has eight models to choose from:
  • Ford F-150 XL
  • Ford F-150 XLT
  • Ford F-150 Lariat
  • Ford F-150 King Ranch®
  • Ford F-150 Platinum
  • Ford F-150 Limited
  • Ford F-150 Tremor™
  • Ford F-150 Raptor®

No matter which F-150 engine you pick, you won't go wrong. Engine options include:
  • The base 290-horsepower 3.3L Ti-VCT V6 engine
  • 325-horsepower 2.7L EcoBoost® V6 engine
  • 400-horsepower 5.0L V8 engine
  • 400-horsepower 3.5L EcoBoost® V6 engine
  • 430-horsepower full hybrid 3.5L PowerBoost™ V6 engine
  • 450-horsepower 3.5L high-output EcoBoost® V6 engine

Excluding the Tremor™ and Raptor® which come standard with four-wheel drive (4x4), the powertrain for all Ford F-150 trucks pairs a 10-speed automatic transmission with rear-wheel drive (RWD) and 4x4 as an option.

The F-150 has available Regular Cab, SuperCab, and SuperCrew® configurations.

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Summary

First introduced in 1999, the Chevy Silverado is a classic light-duty full-size truck. The most recent redesign was in 2019, when the manufacturer introduced a new body style, a 10-speed automatic transmission option, and added a 3.0-liter six-cylinder turbo-diesel engine to the powertrain options.

The 2023 Chevy Silverado 1500 has nine models to choose from:
  • Silverado WT
  • Silverado Custom
  • Silverado Custom Trail Boss
  • Silverado LT
  • Silverado RST
  • Silverado LT Trail Boss
  • Silverado LTZ
  • Silverado ZR2
  • Silverado High Country

The base engine in the Silverado is a 310-horsepower turbocharged 2.7-liter four-cylinder. This engine comes standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission. There are also three optional engine choices:
  • 355-horsepower 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 engine with a 10-speed automatic transmission
  • 420-horsepower 6.2L EcoTec3 V8 engine with a 10-speed automatic transmission
  • Duramax® 3.0L turbo-diesel inline-six with a 10-speed automatic transmission

Chevy Silverado pickups are rear-wheel-drive (RWD) with available four-wheel-drive (4x4).

The Silverado has available Regular Cab, Double Cab, and Crew Cab configurations.

What's the Difference: F-150 vs Silverado
Reliability and Quality

J.D. Power is a global consumer research firm that crunches data gathered from thousands of consumers. The data is analyzed to provide real-world reviews and rankings. One of their most valuable reports is their "predicted reliability score." A score of 91-100 is considered the Best, 81-90 is Great, 70-80 is Average, and 0-69 is Fair and considered below average.

The 2023 Ford F-150 has a predicted reliability score of 86 out of 100.

The 2023 Chevy Silverado has a predicted reliability score of 83 out of 100.

In their full-size pickup truck category, U.S. News & World Report ranks the Ford F-150 #1 out of 9, while the Chevrolet Silverado ranks #6 out of 9.

Tow Ratings and Trailering Equipment

Ford F-150

The Ford F-150 is the benchmark for all full-size trucks, offering best-in-class tow ratings and payload capacity in the light-duty pickup segment.

Maximum available towing capacity by engine type:**
  • 3.3L Ti-VCT V6: 8,200 lbs.
  • 2.7L EcoBoost® V6: 10,100 lbs.
  • 3.5L EcoBoost® V6: 14,000 lbs.
  • 3.5L PowerBoost™ hybrid: 12,700 lbs.
  • 5.0L Ti-VCT V8: 13,000 lbs.

When equipped with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost® engine and the Max Trailer Tow Package, both the SuperCab with the eight-foot box and SuperCrew 4x2 deliver a max towing capacity of 14,000 pounds.**

The Ford F-150 offers an impressive array of intelligent trailering equipment to help you hitch, maneuver, and tow with confidence. This includes:
  • Smart Hitch
  • Onboard Scales
  • Smart Trailer Tow Connector
  • Dynamic Hitch Assist
  • Continuous Controlled Damping

Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Maximum available towing capacity by engine type:**
  • 2.7L turbocharged four-cylinder: 9,500 lbs.
  • 5.3L EcoTec3 V8: 11,000 lbs.
  • 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V8: 13,300 lbs.
  • Duramax® 3.0L turbodiesel inline six-cylinder: 13,300 lbs.

The Silverado can be equipped with a variety of trailering technologies to help you tow with confidence. Highlights include:
  • Trailer Sway Control
  • Hill Start Assist
  • Auto Grade Braking
  • Trailer Side Blind Zone Alert
  • Hitch Guidance with Hitch View

The Chevy Silverado LTD and Silverado HD offer a Technology Package with eight available cameras that provide up to 14 different camera angles.

Safety and Driving Assistance

Ford F-150

Starting at the XL trim level, every Ford F-150 features a comprehensive list of safety features. Standard Ford Co-Pilot360™ technologies include:
  • Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB)
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Blind Spot Information System (BLIS®) with Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Tailgate-Mounted Rear View Camera
  • Automatic High-Beam Headlamps
  • Audible Lane-Keeping alert
  • Pro Trailer Backup Assist™

Also Available:

BLIS® with Trailer Coverage: Changing lanes in traffic while towing a boat or trailer used to be stressful. Ford's BLIS® gives you stress-free lane-changing by sounding an alert when another vehicle is in your blind spot or if a vehicle is alongside your trailer.

Hill Descent Control™: With Hill Descent Control™, navigating inclines with a trailer in tow is a cinch. Hill Descent Control™ keeps the vehicle at a set speed and applies the brakes as needed as you move down a steep hill.

BlueCruise: Hands-free driving is no longer science fiction. Ford's BlueCruise combines the cutting-edge technologies of Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Centering, and Speed Sign Recognition with a driver-facing camera.

Chevy Silverado 1500

The Chevy Silverado WT base trim comes equipped with the following safety and driver-assist features:
  • Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Following Distance Indicator
  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Front Pedestrian Braking
  • HD Rear Vision Camera
  • Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
  • Teen Driver technology
  • IntelliBeam auto high beams

Also available:

Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert: This technology detects vehicles in your blind zone and vehicles approaching at fast speeds. The system helps you avoid lane change collisions through visual alerts in your side mirrors.

Super Cruise: Control speed and steering with this optional hands-free driver assistance technology, even when you're towing. It can be used on more than 200,000 miles of compatible roads in the U.S. and Canada. Available on High Country models.

Infotainment and Technology

Standard multimedia features on the Ford F150 include:
  • Next-generation hands-free SYNC® 4 infotainment system
  • Eight-inch LCD capacitive touchscreen with swipe capability
  • FordPass® Connect with 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ connectivity
  • Bluetooth®* compatibility
  • SiriusXM® satellite radio
  • Ford+Alexa

Standard multimedia features on the Chevy Silverado 1500 include:
  • Chevrolet Infotainment 3 System with a seven-inch color touchscreen
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • Bluetooth®* connectivity
  • Voice command pass-through to phone for compatible phones
  • Apple CarPlay® capability
  • Android Auto™ capability
  • SiriusXM® satellite radio trial subscription
  • Multiple USB ports

The 2023 Chevrolet Silverado also offers an enhanced in-vehicle experience with available 13.4-inch color touchscreen display and Google built-in compatibility, 12.3-inch reconfigurable Driver Information Center, and seven-speaker Bose® Premium Sound System.

Shop Ford F-150 Near Burleson, TX

Hands down, the Ford F-150 is one of the most powerful, versatile, and reliable full-size pickup trucks on the market today. For the best selection of America's favorite full-size trucks in Cleburne, Dallas, Hillsboro, Midlothian, and Waco, visit AutoNation Ford Burleson.

Maybe you want to compare the F-150 vs the Silverado in person? Give us a call to find out if we have a Silverado available. Then, one of our knowledgeable sales associates will be happy to take you on a test drive.

Once you've found the perfect new truck, our finance department will customize a finance package designed specifically with your budget in mind. With our large network of banks, credit unions, and other lenders, our dealership can offer some of the most flexible terms and competitive loan rates available.

You can even start the finance process at home using our secure online credit application. Try our payment calculator to get an idea of your payment options.

At AutoNation Ford Burleson, you'll also find a wide range of used Ford cars, trucks, and SUVs. Every used vehicle on our lot receives a comprehensive 125-point safety inspection performed by factory-trained technicians. Plus, every used vehicle is backed by a CARFAX® vehicle history report.

Ready to cruise the highways in a beautiful new Ford F-150? Give us a call to schedule a test drive or stop by our showroom. Located at 850 North Burleson Boulevard, we're less than three miles southeast of Centennial Park on Scarlet Sage Parkway.

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**Before towing, confirm your vehicle and trailer are compatible, hooked up and loaded properly and that you have any necessary additional equipment. The maximum you can tow depends on base curb weight plus the total weight of any cargo, occupants, and added vehicle equipment.