2020 Chevrolet Silverado vs. 2020 Ford F-150

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Safety

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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 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 and the F-150 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available four-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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

Reliability

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To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Silverado has a standard 730-amp battery (730 optional and 850 Diesel). The F-150’s 610-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 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 fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 31 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.

Engine

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The Silverado’s 3.0 turbo diesel produces 27 more horsepower (277 vs. 250) and 20 lbs.-ft. more torque (460 vs. 440) than the F-150’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel.

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

Silverado

F-150

Zero to 30 MPH

2.4 sec

2.8 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.2 sec

7.9 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

12.8 sec

13.5 sec

Quarter Mile

15.6 sec

16.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

88.7 MPH

86.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Silverado turbo diesel gets better fuel mileage than the F-150 turbo diesel:

Silverado

F-150

RWD

3.0 turbo V6/10-spd. Auto

23 city/33 hwy

22 city/30 hwy

3.0 turbo V6/Auto

4x4

3.0 turbo V6/10-spd. Auto

23 city/29 hwy

21 city/28 hwy

3.0 turbo V6/Auto

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

The Silverado Double/Crew Cab’s standard fuel tank has a gallon more fuel capacity than the F-150 Regular/SuperCab ’s standard fuel tank (24 vs. 23 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Silverado stops much shorter than the F-150:

Silverado

F-150

70 to 0 MPH

175 feet

206 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

123 feet

140 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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

The Silverado 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

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The Silverado 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.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Silverado’s wheelbase is longer than on the F-150:

Silverado

F-150

Extended Cab Standard Bed

147.5 inches

145 inches

Crew Cab Short Bed

147.4 inches

145 inches

Crew Cab Standard Bed

157 inches

156.8 inches

The Silverado 1500 Standard Bed RST Double Cab 4x4 handles at .81 G’s, while the F-150 Raptor SuperCab pulls only .68 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Silverado Short Bed High Country Crew Cab 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.7 seconds quicker than the F-150 Raptor SuperCab (27.5 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 29.2 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

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

Silverado

F-150

Regular Cab Long Bed

44.6 feet

46.1 feet

Extended Cab Standard Bed

46.3 feet

47.1 feet

Crew Cab Short Bed

46.3 feet

47.8 feet

Extended Cab Standard Bed 4x4

46.3 feet

47.1 feet

Crew Cab Short Bed 4x4

46.3 feet

47.8 feet

Crew Cab Standard Bed 4x4

49.5 feet

51.1 feet

Chassis

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To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Silverado Diesel has an electronically controlled liquid-filled front engine mount. A computer-controlled electric current in the liquid changes its viscosity, allowing the mount to dampen the engine completely at all RPMs. The F-150 uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Silverado Short Bed High Country Crew Cab 4x4 is quieter than the F-150 Raptor SuperCab:

Silverado

F-150

At idle

37 dB

41 dB

Full-Throttle

76 dB

86 dB

70 MPH Cruising

66 dB

68 dB

Passenger Space

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The Silverado Regular Cab has 2.3 inches more front headroom and .6 inches more front legroom than the F-150 Regular Cab.

The Silverado Double Cab has 2.2 inches more front headroom, .6 inches more front legroom and 1.7 inches more rear legroom than the F-150 SuperCab.

The Silverado Crew Cab has 2.2 inches more front headroom and .6 inches more front legroom than the F-150 SuperCrew.

Cargo Capacity

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The Silverado Regular Cab has a much larger cargo box than the F-150 shortbed (89.1 vs. 62.3 cubic feet). The Silverado has a much larger cargo box than the F-150 longbed (89.1 vs. 77.4 cubic feet).

The Silverado Double Cab has a much larger cargo box than the F-150 SuperCab shortbed (72.7 vs. 62.3 cubic feet).

The Silverado Crew Cab shortbed has a much larger cargo box than the F-150 SuperCrew shortbed (62.9 vs. 52.8 cubic feet). The Silverado Crew Cab longbed has a much larger cargo box than the F-150 SuperCrew longbed (71.7 vs. 62.3 cubic feet).

The Silverado’s cargo box is larger than the F-150’s in every dimension:

Silverado Double Cab

Silverado Regular Cab

F-150 SuperCrew

F-150 Regular Cab

Length (short/long)

79.4”

98.2”

67.1”/78.9”

78.9”/97.6”

Max Width

71.4”

71.4”

65.2”

65.2”

Min Width

50.63”

50.63”

50.6”

50.6”

Height

22.4”

22.4”

21.4”

21.4”

The Chevrolet Silverado 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 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.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the Silverado LTZ Texas/LTZ Convenience/LTZ Plus/High Country has a standard power cargo door, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The F-150 doesn’t offer a power cargo door.

Payload and Towing

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The Silverado’s minimum standard towing capacity is much higher than the F-150’s (7400 vs. 5000 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Ford F-150 6.5 ft. bed SuperCrew is only 13200 pounds. The Silverado 1500 Standard Bed Double Cab 4x4 offers up to a 13400 lbs. towing capacity.

The Silverado has a much higher standard payload capacity than the F-150:

Silverado

F-150

Extended Cab 1500

2040 lbs.

1840 lbs.

Crew Cab 1500

2040 lbs.

1200 lbs.

Regular Cab 1500 4x4

2130 lbs.

1740 lbs.

Extended Cab 1500 4x4

2020 lbs.

1780 lbs.

Crew Cab 1500 4x4

2020 lbs.

1200 lbs.

Ergonomics

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The Silverado LTZ/High Country offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The F-150 doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Silverado’s basic optional 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.

On a hot day the Silverado’s driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote (optional feature). The driver of the F-150 can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

When the Silverado LTZ/High Country is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The F-150’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Silverado, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Bluetooth costs extra on the F-150.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Chevrolet Silverado LTZ Convenience Package/High Country has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The F-150 doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Silverado owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Silverado will cost $105 less than the F-150 over a five-year period.

Recommendations

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Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its June 2019 issue and they ranked the Chevrolet Silverado Standard Bed Work Truck Crew Cab 4x4 higher than the Ford F-150 5.5 ft. bed XL SuperCrew 4x4.

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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