Looking to buy a used pickup truck? Well, you most likely are because out of the top five best-selling vehicles in America- three are pickup trucks. Ford's F-Series and Chevrolet's Silverado hold the first and second place on the list respectively. Pickup trucks are no longer just tools for heavy duty jobs, they have become a car for people to also enjoy and drive around in style. Pickup trucks are stepping up their game when it comes to aesthetics, style, and power.
If you’re having trouble deciding between the two popular models, you’re not alone. Both trucks offer striking features and great value at a competitive price. Therefore, it might be difficult when it comes to deciding between the two. In this post, we have done a comparison of both vehicle models so that you can make your purchase decision more informatively.
2018 Ford F-150 SuperCrew
Starting Price: $35,545
Above Average: Capability, comfort, luxury amenities, high-tech towing aids
Below Average: Near-luxury features can mean near-luxury pricing
Consensus: Best-selling truck (and vehicle) in America for a reason
2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab
Starting Price: $37,830
Above Average: Reliability, towing and payload capacity, infotainment
Below Average: Conservative styling and technology
Consensus: Great capability and value in a reliable package
Now, let’s dive into a more detailed comparison of both models:
Prominent features of the 2018 Ford F-150
When it comes to capability, the Ford F-150 speaks for itself. It’s equipped with the most potent engine in the country- the 3.5 liter EcoBoost which has a towing capacity of up to 13,200 pounds and payload capacity of 3,230 pounds. Its base engine, the 3.3-liter V6, can tow up to 7,700 pounds and has a payload capacity of 1,990 pounds.
The Ford F-150 has extensive engine line-up and thereby offers a wide range of horsepower to suit different needs. It has six engine lineups, which is the highest among all other pickup truck brands from 2.7 liter Turbocharged Ecoboost to 5.0 Liter V8.
This pickup truck is also known for its tech features such as its optional 8-in touchscreen with Ford's Sync 3.0 infotainment system, which is considered as the most intuitive tech offering. It also comes with the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, along with 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity. A panoramic sunroof, 10-speaker Bang and Olufsen sound system are some of the added features which the Ford F-150 has to boast about.
Safety is a very crucial parameter when it comes to rating a vehicle. The 2018 F-150 received amazing scores across the board in Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), third-party crash-test ratings, and earning it an IIHS Top Safety Pick designation. It also comes with great driver-assistance features like adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, forward-collision warning, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, and parking assist.
Prominent features of the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado:
One of the most important advantages of the Chevy Silverado is its quiet and spacious interior. It comes with a whisper-quiet interior which you can hear while you’re driving. It’s not a quiet truck, on the contrary it is loud and powerful, but it has a noise-cancelling luxury cabin.
Space is another feature which the Silverado can boast about over its competition. The Chevrolet Silverado drivers enjoy about 43 inches of front-seat headroom and 45 inches of legroom. In the Ford F-150, the driver just gets under 41 and 44 inches, respectively.
When it comes to capability, Silverado isn’t much behind, although it isn’t at the top of the game. Its most potent engine, 6.8 liter V8 can tow up to 12,500 pounds with a payload capacity of up to 2,250 pounds. It’s entry-level engine can tow up to 7,600 pounds with a payload capacity of about 2,108 pounds.
Reliability is another parameter to consider when rating vehicles and this is where the Silverado 2018 tops the game. In a JD Power Dependability Study, which compared a 2015 Silverado to a 2015 F-150 over 3 years of use, the Silverado was awarded a 5 out of 5 stars, while the F-150 received 4 out of 5 stars, mainly due to a low score in the body and interior dependability category.
In the end, if you’re shopping for a full-size pickup truck, both the 2018 Ford F-150 and 2018 Chevrolet Silverado should be on your list as they both offer a variety of bed lengths, cab sizes, and interiors . However, the Ford F-150 has a slight higher edge as it’s more capable and tech-savvy.