North Georgia Ford Compares 2019 Ford F-150 VS 2019 Chevrolet Silverado Near Chatsworth, GA

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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 LD doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

The F-150 has standard Pre-Collision Assist, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Silverado LD doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The F-150 (except XL/XLT)’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Silverado LD doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The F-150 (except XL/XLT) offers an optional 360-Degree Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Silverado LD only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or 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 LD doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the F-150 and the Silverado LD 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, rearview cameras, available four-wheel drive 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 LD:

 

F-150

Silverado LD

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

189

221

Neck Stress

301 lbs.

384 lbs.

Neck Compression

19 lbs.

48 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

119/121 lbs.

271/343 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

121

184

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.4 inches

Neck Stress

150 lbs.

174 lbs.

Neck Compression

4 lbs.

24 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 LD Double Cab:

 

F-150

Silverado LD

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 LD:

 

F-150

Silverado LD

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

22

67

Hip Force

174 lbs.

378 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Max Damage Depth

11 inches

17 inches

Spine Acceleration

42 G’s

66 G’s

Hip Force

460 lbs.

1018 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 2017, a rating granted to only 139 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Silverado LD was not even a “Top Pick” for 2016.

Warranty Comparison

The F-150’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Silverado LD’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 the engine in the Silverado LD.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the F-150’s reliability 13 points higher than the Silverado LD.

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’s optional 2.7 turbo V6 produces 17 lbs.-ft. more torque (400 vs. 383) than the Silverado LD’s 5.3 V8. The F-150’s optional 3.5 turbo V6 produces 20 more horsepower (375 vs. 355) and 87 lbs.-ft. more torque (470 vs. 383) than the Silverado LD’s 5.3 V8. The F-150’s optional 5.0 DOHC V8 produces 40 more horsepower (395 vs. 355) and 17 lbs.-ft. more torque (400 vs. 383) than the Silverado LD’s 5.3 V8. The F-150 Raptor/Limited’s standard 3.5 turbo V6 produces 95 more horsepower (450 vs. 355) and 127 lbs.-ft. more torque (510 vs. 383) than the Silverado LD’s 5.3 V8.

The F-150’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 57 lbs.-ft. more torque (440 vs. 383) than the Silverado LD’s 5.3 V8.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford F-150 is faster than the Chevrolet Silverado LD:

 

F-150 2.7

F-150 3.5

Silverado LD

Zero to 60 MPH

6.3 sec

6.1 sec

7.1 sec

Quarter Mile

14.8 sec

14.7 sec

15.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

92.1 MPH

95 MPH

90.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the F-150 V6 diesel 4x4 gets better fuel mileage than the Silverado LD 4x4 6-spd Auto (21 city/28 hwy vs. 15 city/21 hwy).

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

 

 

F-150

Silverado LD

 

4x2

2.7 twin turbo V6/10-spd. Auto

20 city/26 hwy

n/a

 

 

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

18 city/25 hwy

n/a

 

 

5.0 V8/10-spd. Auto

17 city/23 hwy

15 city/22 hwy

5.3 V8/Auto

4x4

2.7 twin turbo V6/10-spd. Auto

19 city/24 hwy

n/a

 

 

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

17 city/23 hwy

n/a

 

 

5.0 V8/10-spd. Auto

16 city/22 hwy

15 city/21 hwy

5.3 V8/Auto

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the F-150’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 LD doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The F-150’s optional fuel tank has 10 gallons more fuel capacity than the Silverado LD (36 vs. 26 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

 

F-150

Silverado LD

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

13 inches

The F-150 stops much shorter than the Silverado LD:

 

F-150

Silverado LD

 

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 LD (315/70R17 vs. 285/45R22).

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the F-150 6.5 ft. bed SuperCab’s wheelbase is 1.5 inches longer than on the Silverado LD (145 inches vs. 143.5 inches). The F-150 6.5 ft. bed SuperCrew’s wheelbase is 13.3 inches longer than on the Silverado LD 1500 Standard Box Double Cab (156.8 inches vs. 143.5 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 LD.

The F-150 5.5 ft. bed Platinum SuperCrew 4x4 handles at .77 G’s, while the Silverado LD 1500 Standard Box Double Cab 4x4 pulls only .74 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the F-150 6.5 ft. bed Regular Cab’s turning circle is 6.2 feet tighter than the Silverado LD 1500 Standard Box Double Cab’s (40.7 feet vs. 46.9 feet).

For greater off-road capability the F-150 6.5 ft. bed SuperCrew has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Silverado LD (9.3 vs. 8.9 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 LD (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 1050 pounds less than the Chevrolet Silverado LD.

Passenger Space Comparison

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 LD Double Cab.

Ergonomics Comparison

When three different drivers share the F-150 (except XL/XLT), the optional memory system makes it convenient for all three. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, steering wheel position, foot pedal distance and outside mirror angle. The Silverado LD doesn’t offer a memory system.

The F-150 (except XL/XLT)’s optional easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Silverado LD doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The F-150 XLT/Lariat/King Ranch/Platinum’s front power windows both open or close with one touch of the switches. The Silverado LD ’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’s standard exterior keypad (not available on F-150 XL). The Silverado LD 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 LD 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 LD’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.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the F-150 detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Silverado LD doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The F-150’s optional rear and side view mirrors have an automatic dimming feature. These mirrors can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Silverado LD doesn’t offer the luxury of automatic dimming mirrors.

Both the F-150 and the Silverado LD 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 LD.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the F-150 (except XL/XLT) keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Silverado LD doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the F-150’s optional (except XL/XLT) heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Silverado LD doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Both the F-150 and the Silverado LD 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 LD doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

A built-in pollen filter removes pollen, exhaust fumes and other pollutants from the F-150’s passenger compartment. This helps prevent lung and/or sinus irritation, which can trigger allergies or asthma. The Silverado LD doesn’t offer a filtration system.

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 LD 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 LD doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the F-150 owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the F-150 with a number “8” insurance rate while the Silverado LD is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the F-150 is less expensive to operate than the Silverado LD 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 LD, including $347 less for a muffler, $82 less for front brake pads, $219 less for a starter, $211 less for a fuel pump, $54 less for front struts, $415 less for a timing belt/chain and $26 less for a power steering pump.

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.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the F-150 first among large light duty pickups in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Silverado LD was rated third.

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 LD hasn’t been picked since 2008.

Motor Trend selected the F-150 as their 2018 Truck of the Year. The Silverado LD was Truck of the Year in 2007.

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

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