Jones Automotive Group Compares 2019 Ford F-150 VS 2019 Chevrolet Silverado Near Phoenix, AZ

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2019 Ford F-150

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2019 Ford F-150

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2019 Chevrolet Silverado

Safety Comparison

The rear seatbelts optional on the F-150 SuperCrew inflate when a collision is detected, helping to spread crash forces over a much larger area of the body and limiting head and neck movement. This can help prevent spinal and internal injuries. The Silverado doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

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

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the F-150 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 139 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Silverado has not been tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

The F-150’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Silverado’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability Comparison

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the F-150 have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of some of the engines in the Silverado.

The F-150 has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Silverado doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked 6th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2018 Auto Issue reports that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Ford 3 places higher in reliability than Chevrolet.

Engine Comparison

The F-150 has more powerful engines than the Silverado:

 

Horsepower

Torque

F-150 3.3 DOHC V6

290 HP

265 lbs.-ft.

F-150 2.7 turbo V6

325 HP

400 lbs.-ft.

F-150 3.5 turbo V6

375 HP

470 lbs.-ft.

F-150 5.0 DOHC V8

395 HP

400 lbs.-ft.

F-150 Raptor/Limited 3.5 turbo V6

450 HP

510 lbs.-ft.

Silverado 4.3 V6

285 HP

305 lbs.-ft.

Silverado 2.7 turbo 4 cyl.

310 HP

348 lbs.-ft.

Silverado 5.3 V8

355 HP

383 lbs.-ft.

Silverado LTZ/High Country 6.2 V8

420 HP

460 lbs.-ft.

The F-150’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 135 lbs.-ft. more torque (440 vs. 305) than the Silverado’s standard 4.3 V6. The F-150’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 92 lbs.-ft. more torque (440 vs. 348) than the Silverado’s optional 2.7 turbo 4 cyl. The F-150’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 57 lbs.-ft. more torque (440 vs. 383) than the Silverado’s optional 5.3 V8.

As tested in Car and Driver the F-150 Raptor/Limited 3.5 turbo V6 is faster than the Chevrolet Silverado V8:

 

F-150

Silverado

Zero to 60 MPH

5 sec

6.1 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

5.7 sec

6.5 sec

Quarter Mile

13.7 sec

14.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

100 MPH

95 MPH

Top Speed

107 MPH

98 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the F-150 V6 diesel 4x4 gets better fuel mileage than the Silverado 5.3 V8 4x4 8-spd Auto (21 city/28 hwy vs. 16 city/22 hwy).

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

 

 

F-150

Silverado

 

4x2

2.7 twin turbo V6/10-spd. Auto

20 city/26 hwy

17 city/23 hwy

5.3 V8/Auto

 

3.5 twin turbo V6 (375 HP)/10-spd. Auto

18 city/25 hwy

n/a

 

4x4

2.7 twin turbo V6/10-spd. Auto

19 city/24 hwy

16 city/22 hwy

5.3 V8/Auto

 

3.5 twin turbo V6 (375 HP)/10-spd. Auto

17 city/23 hwy

16 city/20 hwy

6.2 V8/Auto

 

5.0 V8/10-spd. Auto

16 city/22 hwy

15 city/20 hwy

5.3 V8/Auto

Regardless of its engine, the F-150’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) Chevrolet only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the Silverado LT/RST/LTZ/High Country/WT 2.7-liter.

The F-150’s optional fuel tank has 7.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Silverado Regular Cab’s standard fuel tank (36 vs. 28.3 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the F-150’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Silverado:

 

F-150

Silverado

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

13.5 inches

The F-150 stops much shorter than the Silverado:

 

F-150

Silverado

 

70 to 0 MPH

174 feet

186 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the F-150 Raptor’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Silverado (315/70R17 vs. 275/60R20).

The F-150 Platinum/Limited’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Silverado’s optional 50 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better maneuverability, the F-150 6.5 ft. bed Regular Cab’s turning circle is 5.6 feet tighter than the Silverado Short Bed Crew Cab’s (40.7 feet vs. 46.3 feet).

For greater off-road capability the F-150 6.5 ft. bed SuperCrew has a 1.3 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Silverado Standard Bed Crew Cab (9.3 vs. 8 inches), allowing the F-150 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The F-150 Raptor SuperCab’s minimum ground clearance is .6 inch higher than on the Silverado Short Bed Crew Cab Lifted (11.5 vs. 10.9 inches).

Chassis Comparison

The Ford F-150 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 600 pounds less than the Chevrolet Silverado.

The front grille of the F-150 uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Silverado doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

The F-150 SuperCab has 1.3 inches more front hip room, .7 inches more front shoulder room, .4 inches more rear headroom, 4.5 inches more rear hip room and .9 inches more rear shoulder room than the Silverado Double Cab.

The F-150 SuperCrew has 1.3 inches more front hip room, .7 inches more front shoulder room, .3 inches more rear headroom, .2 inches more rear legroom, 4.5 inches more rear hip room and .7 inches more rear shoulder room than the Silverado Crew Cab.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The F-150 has stake post holes, to allow the containment of tall, light loads. The Silverado doesn’t offer stake post holes.

Ergonomics Comparison

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the F-150’s standard exterior keypad (not available on F-150 XL). The Silverado doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system, and its extra cost OnStar® can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

The F-150’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Silverado’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The F-150’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the F-150 (except XL/XLT) offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Silverado doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

The F-150 (except XL/XLT)’s optional Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Silverado doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® chose the Ford F-150 as its “Top Pick,” the highest scoring vehicle in its category, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The F-150 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” for 2 of the last 2 years. The Silverado has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

Motor Trend selected the F-150 as their 2018 Truck of the Year. The Silverado has never been chosen.

The Ford F-Series outsold the Chevrolet Silverado by 55% during the 2018 model year.

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