Pickup Truck Face-Off: Chevrolet Silverado vs. Ford F-150

These two stalwart pickup trucks do the dirty work in different ways

The Chevrolet Silverado (left) and Ford F-150 (right) pickup trucks

The competitive full-sized pickup truck world has plenty of entrants, but there are really only two main contenders: the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and Ford F-150. They’re so popular that they're often the best- and second-best-selling vehicles in the U.S. 

There are some big differences between the two trucks, however, including how they drive and the type of engine and transmission.

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Full-sized pickup trucks range from basic two-door, rear-wheel-drive work trucks to luxurylike trucks that can tow heavy loads, carry five adults in comfort, and cost almost $70,000.

Still, there’s a lot more to these two trucks than popularity. Here, we take a deeper look at each one and compare how they fare in CR’s testing and in our exclusive survey results. Which has better fuel economy? Which has a more comfortable ride or superior handling? Does one have more standard safety features? After digesting all that, we’ll tell you which one is tops in our book.

Chevrolet Silverado

The Case for It
Chevrolet improved the Silverado with the 2019 redesign, particularly in key truck-centric capabilities, such as increased payload and towing capacities.

The 355-hp, 5.3-liter V8 engine is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. This combination gives the truck quick acceleration and much better response when the driver pushes down on the accelerator than in the previous-generation Silverado we tested. We got 17 mpg overall in our tests, a 1 mpg improvement.

The Silverado is nimble for a full-sized truck, thanks to its responsive steering and limited body lean through corners. 

In our braking tests, the Silverado had very short stops on dry pavement and average-length stops on wet pavement. The brake pedal felt firm, which helped the Chevy perform above average in our tests for a full-sized pickup truck.

Our Silverado had the optional dual-zone automatic climate control system, along with heated seats and a heated steering wheel. This is a lot better than the manual, single-zone system in our similarly priced F-150. The remote start activates the Chevy’s climate system, cooling the cabin in the summer and turning on the heat and the heated seats and steering wheel in the winter.

The infotainment system is very easy to use, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are both available.

The Silverado is also friendly to parents with young children. Our testers found that it is very easy to securely install child seats in the Silverado’s rear seat.

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