|2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500||vs.||2018 Ford F-150|
|4.3-liter V-6||Engine||3.3-liter V-6|
|6-speed Automatic||Transmission||6-speed Automatic|
|305 lb-ft||Torque||265 lb-ft|
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The 2018 Chevrolet Silverado is one of the most popular trucks on the market. Its big rival is, of course, the Ford F-150. How do they compare in terms of capability and features this year? We think the Silverado’s differences make it the better buy.
There’s a lot of back and forth over which engine is best. Kelley Blue Book notes that the Silverado’s V8 with its eight-speed automatic transmission is just about as fuel efficient as the Ford’s V6 with its ten-speed automatic. This shows just how difficult it is to compare these trucks with regard to performance. Silverados offer a traditional V6 and two V8s. Its eAssist system to improve fuel economy is now available on more models. Although Ford has switched mostly to V6 engines, it still offers one traditional V8. In terms of hauling, the Silverado leads its class in tow ratings for the crew cab editions. It can tow up to 12,500 pounds. That’s plenty for those who pull a camper or a big boat. It’s also ample for those who pull a flatbed full of lumber or a trailer with some horses.
One thing reviewers say repeatedly is the Silverado has a higher quality cabin than its rivals, particularly the Ford F-150. The Chevy’s cabin materials are more inviting at the lower trim levels where it counts this most. This helps you get the most for your money when buying a work truck or other inexpensive Silverado trim. Chevy was also the first truck company to quiet the ride. Today’s Silverado’s enjoy more sound insulation to shut out road noise. The powertrains have been subject to noise engineering tricks to reduce the intrusion of engine noise into the cabin. Furthermore, these trucks have a better ride quality. U.S. World News & Report writes that its ride is cushioned and composed even when you aren’t driving on smooth pavement. This good ride quality also translates into better, more predictable handling. This should please the daily driver.
If you choose the basic trims, you get more standards when you choose the Silverado over the Ford F150. Only Silverados have the built-in CornerStep on both sides of the rear bumper. That’s a leg up every time you need it. Then there’s the dash tech. Only the Silverado starts you off with a seven-inch touchscreen. You get a full system at the start without paying for a higher trim. In fact, only Chevy can offer WiFi at the base level too. It comes with an OnStar subscription. Regular drivers will appreciate having this connectivity when they are stuck at remote worksites. The Silverado High Country piles on leather and amenities, but it won’t cost you as much as the top trims on the Ford.
Whether you need a work truck, a fun truck or something in between, the 2018 Chevy Silverado is sure to meet your expectations. Take a test drive at Mountain View Chevrolet.Schedule Test Drive
MSRP excludes destination, taxes, title and registration fees. Starting at MSRP refers to the base model, optional equipment not included. Pricing and offers may change at any time without notification. To get full pricing details, see your dealer.
All figures are EPA estimates. Actual mileage may vary.