There has indeed never been a better time to be in the market for a new pickup. With a wide variety of manufacturers competing to produce the best and most powerful truck they can, all of the benefits go straight to the consumer. But with so many excellent options available, it can be rather overwhelming to look past the slick marketing and gimmicks to find the truck that is truly the best decision for your hard-earned money. To help make things a little easier, we’re going to pit the 2019 Chevy Silverado vs the 2019 Ford F-150. By taking a closer look at these two excellent trucks, hopefully, we can help make this decision just a bit easier.
Let’s get things started here with one of the most crucial aspects of any self-respecting pickup: the power and performance. Regardless of what your specific agenda is, there is likely a good reason for you wanting a pickup apart from the rugged aesthetic. These machines can haul, tow and off-road like no other, but some of them do it just a bit better.
To start things off, the F-150 offers a standard 3.3L Ti-VCT V6, which delivers reliable performance specs, specifically 290 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque. If you’re looking for a little extra power out of your F-150, Ford also offers a 5.0 TI-VCT V8 and a 3.0L Power Stroke Turbo Diesel. Regardless of your choice, these engines are backed by either a six or ten-speed automatic transmission that enhances acceleration and improves overall performance.
When it comes to turning off of the beaten path, the F-150 also has you covered. Through its unique electronic shift-on-the-fly system, the driver is able to choose between two four-wheel drive modes depending on your setting.
What the Chevy Silverado lacks in flashy features, bells, and whistles, it more than makes up for in its raw power and ability to perform in any situation.
The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 comes standard with the innovative 4.3L V6 with active fuel management. This engine outputs a formidable 285 horsepower and 305 lb-ft of torque.
In addition to their focus on raw power and large towing capacities, Chevy also takes the time to ensure that even the biggest towing jobs and heaviest hauls go as smooth as possible. Their updated Stabilitrak feature compares your steering input with the vehicles actual response, and if necessary, applies to brakes to keep you moving in a safe and straight line.
Another unique safety feature of the SIlverado is Chevy’s digital steering assist and hill start assist technologies. Tailored specifically for towing and hauling scenarios, the digital steering assist helps make the wheel feel light and manageable for the driver, even when they’re carrying heavy loads. The hill start assist feature maintain’s the Silverado’s brakes on steep grades in order to give the driver enough time to accelerate without drifting backwards.
Now that we have the raw power out of the way let’s focus a bit more on the technology that is devoted to making short work out of even the toughest jobs. Chevy and Ford have implemented years of experience and innovation to provide two of the most technologically advanced pickup trucks to date.
Soon after settling in behind the wheel of your new F-150, you will notice the vibrant head-up display. The productivity screen, as Ford likes to call it, is a unique and easy-to-use HUB that organizes and presents a wealth of information about your vehicle. Fuel amount, fuel consumption, your odometer, your vehicle maintenance status, and much more are all presented in a simple and attractive package.
Another unique tech feature of the F-150 is its available adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go technology. This system allows you to set a cruising speed and distance from the vehicle in front of you. Once it is set, the system will automatically accelerate and brake in order to maintain your preset distance.
The Silverado builds off of years of experience to implement a number of impressive technological systems that help to provide you with every convenience possible on the road.
The first one we’ll cover is the available forward collision alert system. Working in a similar fashion to the dynamic cruise control on the F-150, the forward collision alert detects when front-end collisions are imminent and alerts the driver to the potential crash. It is also capable of alerting the driver if it thinks they are following a vehicle too closely. This system also works in tandem with front pedestrian braking, which can detect pedestrians and automatically apply the brakes if the situation necessitates it.
For when you’re making tight maneuvers around the job site, Chevy offers the available rear cross traffic alert rear camera mirror, and front and rear park assist systems. The rear cross traffic alert activates when your vehicle is in reserve and provides alerts to help you avoid running into any traffic approaching from the left or right. This system also works in conjunction with the rear mirror camera, which uses a camera to provide a detailed view of the area behind your vehicle.
Lastly, the front and rear park assists is an available feature that activates when the driver is moving below 5 miles per hour. The system provides distance-to-object alerts that help the diver park and avoid collisions with nearby detected objects both directly ahead and behind the truck. Now you can deftly weave through crowded job sites or among bikes and toys in the family driveway to ensure that your Silverado remains free of scratches or dings.
Crunching the Numbers
Now that we’ve taken a look at some of the more exciting features and numbers behind both the Ford F-150 and the Chevy Silverado let’s break down the facts and see who takes the cake.
Staring at $28,155, the Ford F-150 is an all-around solid truck. Its focus on raw performance and doing justice to the iconic Ford name make this sound investment for anyone looking to get a pick up that is dependable and capable. However, the Chevy Silverado starts at only $145 more than the competition. Now even if you do consider yourself a Ford loyalist, for only about $145 more and with everything the Silverado has to offer, those numbers are certainly difficult to argue with.
Visit Your Local Chevy Dealer Today!
After taking a close look at both the Chevrolet Silverado and the Ford F-150, the final decision remains solely on you, the consumer. And if you do decide to go with the mechanically superior Chevrolet Silverado, your best bet is to head down to your local Chevy dealer and strike up some conversation. With their team of professionals dedicated to finding you the best vehicle for the least amount of money, a trip to your local dealer is as wise as it is simple. Head on down today to test drive and buy a Silverado of your very own.