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Ford F150 vs. Chevy Silverado

By Autolist Staff | January 17, 2019

2018 Ford F-150

2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Automotive Website Analyzed


97%

The Best

You should buy it

100%

The Best

You should buy it

Our User's Take

What owners think


100%

Would Buy Again

2 Ratings

50%

Would Buy Again

2 Ratings


What’s better about the 2018 F150?

It’s newer. Barely. The 2018 Chevy Silverado is the last model year for its generation; the 2019 model is all-new. While this generation of F150 is also getting long in years, it will still be a slightly more modern choice. Plus Ford has done a better job of keeping the F-150 current versus the Chevy.

Turbo power. Ford has wholeheartedly embraced turbocharged engines and it offers two of them on this generation of F150. Both are excellent and offer excellent power, refinement and capabilities. The 2018 F150 also offers an optional (and expensive) diesel engine. This generation of Silverado, meanwhile, doesn’t offer any turbo engines or diesel options.

Better crash test ratings. The Ford F-150 was an IIHS Top Safety Pick for 2017 while the Silverado was not. Key differences in Driver-side front overlap crash results, active safety features and headlights were what separated the two rivals from Ford and Chevy.


What’s better about the 2018 Silverado?

Infotainment. Ford’s Sync system started off with poor performance when it was launched years ago and while it’s gotten better with subsequent generations, it’s still not as good as Chevy’s. The Silverado’s screen is more responsive, the menus are more intuitive and we even prefer the graphics over those in the Ford.

V8 options. While the Ford has a variety of turbocharged V6 engine available in it (many as pricey options), it only offers a single V8. But some buyers just want a V8. Which is why Chevy’s Silverado may hold an advantage here...it offers two V8s: a 355-horsepower, 5.3-liter unit and a 420-horsepower, 6.2-liter unit. There’s also an additional 5.3-liter V8 with eAssist, a mild hybrid system that uses a small electric motor to add another 13 horsepower, 44 pound-feet of torque and 1 MPG better fuel economy ratings than the regular 5.3-liter unit.

Cheaper. A reasonably well-equipped Silverado with the 5.3-liter V8 is generally cheaper than the comparable Ford F-150 with a turbo V6 that has approximately the same towing and payload capabilities.


Autolist’s take:

Chevy’s Silverado is handsome, refined and easy to drive on a daily basis. But this was the last year of the generation and Ford’s F-150 does all of those things as well as the Chevy and it has other advantages as well. The turbo V6 engines are sublime and the safety features are better, which mean we can say without hesitation Buy the Ford.

Cost of Ownership

2018 Ford F-150

2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Annual Fuel Costs

$2,113
15k miles at $2.254/gal
$1,989
15k miles at $2.254/gal
Fuel Economy

15 mpg (miles per gallon)
City
15 mpg (miles per gallon)
City
18 mpg (miles per gallon)
Highway
21 mpg (miles per gallon)
Highway

Safety

2018 Ford F-150

2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

NHTSA Crash Test Results

4 stars
Overall
5 stars
Overall
Safety Features

Available
Autonomous Braking
Available
Autonomous Braking
Available
Blind-Spot Warnings
-
Blind-Spot Warnings
Standard
Adaptive Cruise Control
Standard
Adaptive Cruise Control
Available
Lane-Keep Assist
Available
Lane-Keep Assist
Available
Cross-Traffic Alert
-
Cross-Traffic Alert

Interior

2018 Ford F-150

2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Interior Features

Available
Leather
-
Leather
Available
Moonroof
Available
Moonroof
Available
Heated Seats
Standard
Heated Seats
Standard
Keyless Entry
Standard
Keyless Entry
Available
Climate Control
Standard
Climate Control
Technology

Available
Apple Carplay
-
Apple Carplay
Available
Android Auto
-
Android Auto
Standard
Satellite Radio
Standard
Satellite Radio
Standard
Bluetooth
Standard
Bluetooth
Available
Navigation System
Available
Navigation System

Under the Hood

2018 Ford F-150

2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Powertrain

10-Speed Shiftable Automatic
Transmission
8-Speed Shiftable Automatic
Transmission
4X4
Drivetrain
4X2
Drivetrain
Drivetrain

450 HP @ 5000 RPM
Horsepower
420 HP @ 5600 RPM
Horsepower
510lb-ft @ 3500 RPM
Torque
460lb-ft @ 4100 RPM
Torque
V6
Cylinders
V8
Cylinders