North Georgia Ford Compares 2021 Ford F-150 VS 2021 Chevrolet Silverado Near Jasper, GA

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2021 Ford F-150

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2021 Chevrolet Silverado

Safety Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Ford F-150 are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Chevrolet Silverado doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The F-150 offers optional Post Collision Braking, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Silverado doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The F-150 offers optional Reverse Brake Assist that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Silverado doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The F-150’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Silverado doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

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

Warranty Comparison

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

Reliability Comparison

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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.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Ford 9 places higher in reliability than Chevrolet.

Engine Comparison

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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 5.0 DOHC V8

400 HP

410 lbs.-ft.

F-150 3.5 turbo V6

400 HP

500 lbs.-ft.

F-150 3.5 turbo V6 hybrid

430 HP

570 lbs.-ft.

Silverado 4.3 V6

285 HP

305 lbs.-ft.

Silverado 2.7 turbo 4-cylinder

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.

As tested in Car and Driver the Ford F-150 V6 hybrid gas is faster than the Chevrolet Silverado:

F-150

Silverado turbo 4 cyl.

Silverado V8

Zero to 60 MPH

5.4 sec

7 sec

6.1 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

13.7 sec

18.2 sec

n/a

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

5.9 sec

7.1 sec

6.5 sec

Quarter Mile

13.9 sec

15.4 sec

14.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

101 MPH

93 MPH

95 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

F-150

Silverado

4x2

3.3 V6/10-spd. Auto

20 city/24 hwy

20 city/23 hwy

2.7 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

n/a

16 city/21 hwy

4.3 V6/Auto

2.7 twin-turbo V6/10-spd. Auto

20 city/26 hwy

17 city/24 hwy

5.3 V8/Auto

3.5 twin-turbo V6/Auto

18 city/24 hwy

17 city/23 hwy

5.3 V8/Auto

5.0 V8/10-spd. Auto

17 city/24 hwy

15 city/21 hwy

5.3 V8/Auto

4x4

3.3 V6/10-spd. Auto

19 city/22 hwy

19 city/22 hwy

2.7 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

n/a

15 city/20 hwy

4.3 V6/Auto

2.7 twin-turbo V6/10-spd. Auto

19 city/24 hwy

16 city/22 hwy

5.3 V8/Auto

3.5 twin-turbo V6/10-spd. Auto

18 city/23 hwy

16 city/22 hwy

5.3 V8/Auto

5.0 V8/10-spd. Auto

16 city/22 hwy

16 city/21 hwy

5.3 V8/Auto

n/a

16 city/21 hwy

5.3 V8/Auto

n/a

16 city/21 hwy

6.2 V8/Auto

n/a

15 city/19 hwy

6.2 V8/Auto

Regenerative brakes improve the F-150 PowerBoost’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Silverado doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

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/2.7 Turbo/6.2 V8.

The F-150 SuperCrew’s standard fuel tank has 2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Silverado Double/Crew Cab’s standard fuel tank (26 vs. 24 gallons). The F-150’s optional fuel tank has 8 gallons more fuel capacity than the Silverado Regular Cab’s standard fuel tank (36 vs. 28 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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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

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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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

122.8 inches

n/a

Extended Cab Long Bed

164.1 inches

n/a

Crew Cab Standard Bed

157.2 inches

157 inches

For better maneuverability, the F-150 6.5-foot Regular Cab’s turning circle is 3.4 feet tighter than the Silverado 1500 Long Bed Regular Cab’s (41.2 feet vs. 44.6 feet).

For greater off-road capability the F-150 8-foot SuperCab has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Silverado Standard Bed Crew Cab (8.7 vs. 8 inches), allowing the F-150 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

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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.

The F-150 6.5-foot Regular Cab is 1 foot, 8.4 inches shorter than the Silverado 1500 Long Bed Regular Cab, making the F-150 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

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The F-150 Regular Cab has 1.6 inches more front hip room and .6 inches more front shoulder room than the Silverado Regular Cab.

The F-150 SuperCab has 1.3 inches more front hip room, .7 inches more front shoulder room, .4 inches more rear headroom, 2.4 inches more rear hip room and 1.2 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

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A low lift-over bed design makes loading and unloading the F-150 Regular Cab easier. The F-150 Regular Cab’s bed lift-over height is 34.7 inches, while the Silverado’s liftover is 36.1 inches. The F-150 SuperCrew’s liftover is only 34 inches.

The Ford F-150 has a standard Tailgate Lift Assist, which prevents the heavy tailgate from falling with a crash and causing injury. It allows adults and children to easily open and close the tailgate with one hand to better facilitate loading and unloading. Tailgate assist costs extra on the Chevrolet Silverado.

Both the F-150 and Silverado have bed indentations that accommodate 2x4’s for two-tiered loading, but the F-150 also has indentations to separate the cargo box into three different sections length-wise.

Ergonomics Comparison

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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 available exterior PIN entry system. The Silverado doesn’t offer an exterior PIN 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 help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the F-150 offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Silverado doesn’t offer cornering lights. The F-150 (except XL/XLT) also offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

The F-150 has a standard center folding armrest for the driver and front passenger. A center armrest helps combat driver fatigue. The Silverado Work Truck doesn’t offer a front seat center armrest.

The F-150 (except XL/XLT/Lariat) offers optional massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the Silverado.

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

Recommendations Comparison

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The F-150 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” for 2 of the last 4 years. The Silverado hasn’t been picked since 2008.

Motor Trend selected the F-150 as their 2018 Truck of the Year. The Silverado was Truck of the Year in 2011.

The Ford F-Series outsold the Chevrolet Silverado by 41% during the 2020 model year.

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