You should buy it
You should buy it
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.
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.
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.
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