2019 Chevrolet Silverado LD vs. 2019 Ford F-150

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Silverado LD and F-150 SuperCrew have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Silverado LD has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The F-150’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Silverado LD are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The F-150 doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

Both the Silverado LD and the F-150 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available four-wheel drive and rear parking sensors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Chevrolet Silverado LD is safer than the Ford F-150:

 

Silverado LD

F-150

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

28%

30%

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.4 inches

Neck Injury Risk

29%

38%

Leg Forces (l/r)

106/166 lbs.

469/233 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH, results indicate that the Chevrolet Silverado LD is safer than the Ford F-150:

 

Silverado LD

F-150

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.6 inches

.8 inches

Abdominal Force

83 G’s

85 G’s

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

 

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty

The Silverado LD’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the F-150’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Chevrolet pays for the first scheduled maintenance on the Silverado LD. Chevrolet will pay for the first oil change, lubrication and any other required maintenance in the first year. Ford doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the F-150.

Reliability

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Silverado LD has a standard 720-amp battery. The F-150’s 610-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Silverado LD first among large light duty pickups in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The F-150 isn’t in the top three.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 28 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.

Engine

The Silverado LD’s 5.3 V8 produces 65 more horsepower (355 vs. 290) and 118 lbs.-ft. more torque (383 vs. 265) than the F-150’s standard 3.3 DOHC V6. The Silverado LD’s 5.3 V8 produces 30 more horsepower (355 vs. 325) than the F-150’s optional 2.7 turbo V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Chevrolet Silverado LD is faster than the Ford F-150 V6:

 

Silverado LD

F-150

Zero to 60 MPH

7.1 sec

7.6 sec

Quarter Mile

15.5 sec

15.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

90.8 MPH

88.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Silverado LD’s fuel efficiency. The F-150 doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Chevrolet Silverado LD uses regular unleaded gasoline. The F-150 with the 3.5 turbo V6 engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Silverado LD has 3 gallons more fuel capacity than the F-150’s standard fuel tank (26 vs. 23 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

The Silverado LD stops much shorter than the F-150:

 

Silverado LD

F-150

 

60 to 0 MPH

127 feet

140 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Silverado LD has larger standard tires than the F-150 (255/70R17 vs. 245/70R17).

The Silverado LD has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The F-150 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

The Silverado LD has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The F-150 doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The Silverado LD 1500 Standard Box Double Cab 4x4 handles at .74 G’s, while the F-150 Raptor SuperCab pulls only .70 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Silverado LD’s turning circle is tighter than the F-150’s:

 

Silverado LD

F-150

Extended Cab Standard Bed

46.9 feet

47.1 feet

Extended Cab Standard Bed 4x4

46.9 feet

47.1 feet

Passenger Space

The Silverado LD Double Cab has 2 inches more front headroom, 1.4 inches more front legroom and 1.1 inches more rear legroom than the F-150 SuperCab.

Cargo Capacity

The Chevrolet Silverado LD has a standard EZ Lift-and-Lower Tailgate, which prevents the heavy tailgate from falling with a crash and causing injury. It allows adults and children to easily open and close the tailgate with one hand to better facilitate loading and unloading. Tailgate assist costs extra on the Ford F-150.

The Chevrolet Silverado LD has a standard CornerStep, which allows for much easier access to the cargo area. A Tailgate Step costs extra on the Ford F-150.

The Silverado LD has an all welded cargo box to eliminate possible corrosion spots and to provide better chassis stiffness. The cargo box in the F-150 is bolted through the bed to the frame with large bolts. These bolts are a prime area for corrosion to start as the normal flexing of the truck’s chassis causes them to eat through the finish; they can also snag cargo as it slides in and out.

Payload and Towing

The Silverado LD’s minimum standard towing capacity is much higher than the F-150’s (9000 vs. 5000 pounds).

The Silverado LD has a much higher standard payload capacity than the F-150 (1810 vs. 1000 lbs.).

Ergonomics

The Silverado LD’s standard power windows allow the driver or passenger to lower and raise the windows without leaning over or being distracted. Power windows cost extra on the F-150.

The Silverado LD’s front and rear power windows all open fully with one touch of the switches and its driver’s window also automatically closes, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The F-150’s basic optional power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them. The F-150 XLT/Lariat/King Ranch/Platinum’s rear windows don’t open automatically.

The Silverado LD’s standard power locks allow the driver or passenger to lock or unlock all the doors at a touch without leaning over. Power locks cost extra on the F-150.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Silverado LD is less expensive to operate than the F-150 because typical repairs cost less on the Silverado LD than the F-150, including $141 less for a water pump and $118 less for fuel injection.

Recommendations

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the Silverado as the 2014 North American Truck of the Year. The F-150 was Truck of the Year in 2009.

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