North Georgia Ford Compares 2017 Ford F-150 VS 2017 Chevrolet Silverado Near Jasper, GA

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2017 Ford F-150

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2017 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.

The F-150 Lariat/Raptor/King Ranch/Platinum offers an optional 360-Degree Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Silverado only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

To help make backing safer, the F-150 (except XL)’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Silverado doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the F-150 and the Silverado have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, available four-wheel drive, collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems and blind spot warning systems.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford F-150 is safer than the Chevrolet Silverado:

 

F-150

Silverado

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

189

298

Neck Injury Risk

30%

38%

Neck Stress

301 lbs.

406 lbs.

Neck Compression

19 lbs.

189 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

119/121 lbs.

174/350 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

121

235

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.4 inches

Neck Stress

150 lbs.

165 lbs.

Neck Compression

4 lbs.

65 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Ford F-150 SuperCab is safer than the Silverado Double Cab:

 

F-150

Silverado

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Restraints

GOOD

GOOD

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

POOR

Tibia index R/L

.58/.49

1.14/.48

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford F-150 is safer than the Chevrolet Silverado:

 

F-150

Silverado

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

22

68

Hip Force

174 lbs.

269 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

11 inches

17 inches

Spine Acceleration

42 G’s

51 G’s

Hip Force

460 lbs.

971 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

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 2016, a rating granted to only 102 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Silverado is not a “Top Pick” for 2016.

Warranty Comparison

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

There are over 29 percent more Ford dealers than there are Chevrolet dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the F-150’s warranty.

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 the engines in the Silverado.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the F-150’s reliability will be 74% better than the Silverado.

Engine Comparison

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

 

Horsepower

Torque

F-150 2.7 turbo V6

325 HP

375 lbs.-ft.

F-150 3.5 turbo V6

375 HP

470 lbs.-ft.

F-150 5.0 DOHC V8

385 HP

387 lbs.-ft.

F-150 Raptor 3.5 turbo V6

450 HP

510 lbs.-ft.

Silverado 4.3 V6

285 HP

305 lbs.-ft.

Silverado 5.3 V8

355 HP

383 lbs.-ft.

Silverado 6.2 V8

420 HP

460 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the Ford F-150 twin turbo V6 is faster than the Chevrolet Silverado V8:

 

F-150

Silverado

Zero to 60 MPH

5.7 sec

6.7 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.4 sec

7.3 sec

Quarter Mile

14.3 sec

15.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95 MPH

92 MPH

Top Speed

104 MPH

99 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

 

 

F-150

Silverado

 

RWD

2.7 turbo V6/6-spd. Auto

19 city/26 hwy

18 city/24 hwy

4.3 V6/Auto

4x4

2.7 turbo V6/6-spd. Auto

18 city/23 hwy

17 city/22 hwy

4.3 V6/Auto

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

 

 

F-150

Silverado

 

4x2

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

18 city/25 hwy

16 city/23 hwy

5.3 V8/Auto

4x4

2.7 turbo V6/6-spd. Auto

17 city/23 hwy

17 city/22 hwy

4.3 V6/Auto

 

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

17 city/23 hwy

16 city/22 hwy

5.3 V8/Auto

 

5.0 V8/6-spd Auto

15 city/21 hwy

15 city/20 hwy

5.3 V8/Auto

 

 

n/a

15 city/20 hwy

6.2 V8/Auto

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the F-150 ECOBoost’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Silverado doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford F-150 uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Silverado with the 6.2 V8 engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The F-150’s optional fuel tank has 2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Silverado Long Bed’s standard fuel tank (36 vs. 34 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 inches

The F-150 stops much shorter than the Silverado:

 

F-150

Silverado

 

70 to 0 MPH

174 feet

186 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

114 feet

131 feet

Motor Trend

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. 285/45R22).

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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

 

F-150

Silverado

Regular Cab Standard Bed

122.4 inches

119 inches

Extended Cab Short Bed

134.2 inches

n/a

Extended Cab Standard Bed

145 inches

143.5 inches

Extended Cab Long Bed

163.7 inches

n/a

Crew Cab Short Bed

145 inches

143.5 inches

Crew Cab Standard Bed

156.8 inches

153 inches

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the F-150 is 2 inches wider in the front and 3 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Silverado.

The F-150 5.5 ft. bed Platinum SuperCrew 4x4 handles at .75 G’s, while the Silverado 1500 Short Box High Country Crew Cab 4x4 pulls only .73 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For greater off-road capability the F-150 6.5 ft. bed SuperCrew has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Silverado 1500 Standard Box Regular Cab (9.3 vs. 8.6 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 2.6 inches higher than on the Silverado 1500 Standard Box Double Cab (11.5 vs. 8.9 inches).

Chassis Comparison

The Ford F-150 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 450 pounds less than the Chevrolet Silverado.

Passenger Space Comparison

The F-150 Regular Cab has 1.8 inches more front hip room and .7 inches more front shoulder room than the Silverado Regular Cab.

The F-150 SuperCab has 1.8 inches more front hip room, .8 inches more front shoulder room, 1.6 inches more rear headroom and 4.5 inches more rear hip room than the Silverado Double Cab.

The F-150 SuperCrew has 1.8 inches more front hip room, .7 inches more front shoulder room, 2.7 inches more rear legroom, 4.4 inches more rear hip room and .2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Silverado Crew Cab.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The F-150 shortbed has a much larger cargo box than the Silverado Regular Cab shortbed (62.3 vs. 61 cubic feet). The F-150 Regular Cab longbed has a much larger cargo box than the Silverado Regular Cab longbed (77.4 vs. 76.3 cubic feet).

The F-150 SuperCrew longbed has a larger cargo box than the Silverado Crew Cab longbed (62.3 vs. 61 cubic feet).

A low lift-over bed design makes loading and unloading the F-150 easier. The F-150 Regular Cab’s bed lift-over height is 34.7 inches, while the Silverado Regular Cab’s liftover is 36.3 inches. The F-150 SuperCab’s bed lift-over height is 34.1 inches, while the Silverado Double Cab’s liftover is 34.8 inches. The F-150 SuperCrew’s bed lift-over height is 34 inches, while the Silverado Crew Cab’s liftover is 34.9 inches.

Ergonomics Comparison

The F-150 XLT/Lariat/King Ranch/Platinum’s front power windows both open or close with one touch of the switches. The Silverado ’s front passenger window doesn’t close automatically.

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 XLT/Raptor/Lariat/King Ranch/Platinum’s exterior keypad. 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.

Intelligent Access optional on the F-150 (except XL/XLT) allows you to unlock the driver’s door, tailgate and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading cargo, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Chevrolet Silverado doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

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.

Both the F-150 and the Silverado offer available heated front seats. The F-150 SuperCrew also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Silverado.

Both the F-150 and the Silverado offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the F-150 SuperCab/SuperCrew has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Silverado doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

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 Lariat/King Ranch/Platinum’s optional Lariat/King Ranch/Platinum 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.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the F-150 is less expensive to operate than the Silverado because it costs $666 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the F-150 than the Silverado, including $228 less for a water pump, $427 less for an alternator, $99 less for front brake pads, $30 less for a fuel pump, $83 less for front struts, $55 less for a timing belt/chain and $120 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

The Ford F-150 has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

 

F-150

Silverado

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

FALSE

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

FALSE

Truck Trend performed a comparison test in its May 2015 issue and they ranked the Ford F-150 5.5 ft. bed XLT SuperCrew 4x4 first. They ranked the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Short Box High Country Crew Cab 4x4 third.

Motor Trend selected the F-150 as their 2012 Truck of the Year. The Silverado was Truck of the Year in 2007.

The Ford F-Series outsold the Chevrolet Silverado by 39% during the 2016 model year.

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