SAFETY

Ford F-150 and Chevrolt Silverado 1500 Safety

Both the Chevrolet Silverado and Ford F-150 SuperCrew have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Silverado has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Ford F-150's child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can't know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The Chevrolet Silverado LTZ/High Country/LT Regular Cab offers optional Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking, 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 Ford F-150 offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

Both the Chevrolet Silverado and the Ford F-150 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, lane departure warning systems and rearview cameras.

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

  Chevrolet Silverado Ford F-150
  Driver
STARS 5 Stars 5 Stars
  Passenger
STARS 5 Stars 5 Stars
Chest Compression .4 inches .4 inches
Neck Injury Risk 34% 38%
Leg Forces (l/r) 336/152 lbs. 469/233 lbs.

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

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 Chevrolet Silverado is safer than the Ford F-150:

  Chevrolet Silverado Ford F-150
  Front Seat
STARS 5 Stars 5 Stars
Chest Movement .6 inches .8 inches
Abdominal Force 72 G's 85 G's
  Rear Seat
STARS 5 Stars 5 Stars
  Into Pole
STARS 5 Stars 5 Stars
HIC 216 414

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

  WARRANTY

Ford F-150 and Chevrolt Silverado 1500 Warranty

The Silverado's corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the F-150's (6 vs. 5 years).

Chevrolet pays for scheduled maintenance on the Silverado for 2 years and 24,000 miles. Chevrolet will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance (up to 2 oil changes). Ford doesn't pay scheduled maintenance for the F-150.

  RELIABILITY

Ford F-150 and Chevrolt Silverado 1500 Reliability

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Silverado has a standard 730-amp battery (720 V8). The F-150's 610-amp battery isn't as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Silverado first among large light duty pickups in their 2016 Initial Quality Study. The F-150 isn't in the top three.

J.D. Power and Associates' 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 11th.

J.D. Power and Associates' 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 79 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 31st.

  ENGINE

Ford F-150 and Chevrolt Silverado 1500 Engines

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

  Chevrolet Silverado Ford F-150
Zero to 30 MPH 1.9 sec 2.3 sec
Zero to 60 MPH 5.7 sec 6.3 sec
5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start 6.2 sec 6.6 sec
Passing 30 to 50 MPH 3 sec 3.5 sec
Passing 50 to 70 MPH 3.9 sec 4.5 sec
Quarter Mile 14.3 sec 14.9 sec
Speed in 1/4 Mile 98 MPH 95 MPH

  FUEL ECONOMY AND RANGE

Ford F-150 and Chevrolt Silverado 1500 Fuel Economy

On the EPA test cycle the Chevrolet Silverado RWD eight-speed Auto 5.3 V8 gets better city fuel mileage than the Ford F-150 RWD Auto V8 (16 city/22 hwy vs. 15 city/22 hwy).

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine's cylinders helps improve the Silverado's fuel efficiency. The F-150 doesn't offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The Silverado Short Bed/Standard Bed's standard fuel tank has 3 gallons more fuel capacity than the F-150's standard fuel tank (26 vs. 23 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

  BRAKES AND STOPPING

Ford F-150 and Chevrolt Silverado 1500 Brakes and Stopping

The Silverado stops much shorter than the F-150:

  Chevrolet Silverado Ford F-150
70 to 0 MPH 178 feet 188 feet

source: Car and Driver

  TIRES AND WHEELS

Ford F-150 and Chevrolt Silverado 1500 Wheels and Tires

For better traction, the Silverado has larger standard tires than the F-150 (255/70R17 vs. 245/70R17).

The Silverado LT/LTZ/High Country's optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the F-150's optional 55 series tires.

For better load carrying, ride, handling and brake cooling the Silverado LT/LTZ/High Country offers optional 22-inch wheels. The F-150's largest wheels are only 20-inches.

  SUSPENSION AND HANDLING

Ford F-150 and Chevrolt Silverado 1500 Suspension and Handling

The Silverado has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The F-150 doesn't offer variable-assist power steering.

The Silverado 1500 Short Box LT Crew Cab 4x4 handles at .78 G's, while the F-150 5.5 ft. bed Platinum SuperCrew 4x4 pulls only .75 G's of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Silverado 1500 Short Box LTZ Crew Cab 4x4 executes Motor Trend's "Figure Eight" maneuver quicker than the F-150 6.5 ft. bed SuperCab 4x4 (28 seconds @ .75 average G's vs. 28.5 seconds @ .69 average G's).

For better maneuverability, the Silverado's turning circle is tighter than the F-150's:

  Chevrolet Silverado Ford F-150
Regular Cab Standard Bed 40 feet 40.7 feet
Regular Cab Long Bed 43.9 feet 46.1 feet
Extended Cab Standard Bed 46.9 feet 47.1 feet
Crew Cab Short Bed 47.2 feet 47.8 feet
Regular Cab Standard Bed 4x4 40 feet 40.7 feet
Extended Cab Standard Bed 4x4 46.9 feet 47.1 feet
Crew Cab Short Bed 4x4 47.2 feet 47.8 feet
Crew Cab Standard Bed 4x4 48.6 feet 51.1 feet

  CHASSIS

Ford F-150 and Chevrolt Silverado 1500 Chassis

The Silverado is shorter than the F-150, making the Silverado easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces:

  Chevrolet Silverado Ford F-150
Regular Cab Standard Bed 205.6 inches 209.3 inches
Regular Cab Long Bed 224.4 inches 227.9 inches
Extended Cab Standard Bed 230 inches 231.9 inches
Crew Cab Short Bed 230 inches 231.9 inches
Crew Cab Standard Bed 239.6 inches 243.7 inches

The Silverado LTZ/High Country 6.2 V8 uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The F-150 doesn't offer active noise cancellation.

  PASSENGER SPACE

Ford F-150 and Chevrolt Silverado 1500 Passenger Space

The Silverado Regular Cab has 1.6 inches more front headroom and 1.4 inches more front legroom than the F-150 Regular Cab.

The Silverado Double Cab has 2 inches more front headroom, 1.4 inches more front legroom and 1.1 inches more rear legroom than the F-150 SuperCab.

The Silverado Crew Cab has 2 inches more front headroom, 1.4 inches more front legroom and .1 inches more rear headroom than the F-150 SuperCrew.

  CARGO CAPACITY

Ford F-150 and Chevrolt Silverado 1500 Cargo Capacity

The Silverado Crew Cab shortbed has a larger cargo box than the F-150 SuperCrew shortbed (53.4 vs. 52.8 cubic feet).

The Chevrolet Silverado has a standard CornerStep, which allows for much easier access to the cargo area. A Tailgate Step costs extra on the Ford F-150.

The Silverado has an all welded cargo box to eliminate possible corrosion spots and to provide better chassis stiffness. The cargo box in the F-150 is bolted through the bed to the frame with large bolts. These bolts are a prime area for corrosion to start as the normal flexing of the truck's chassis causes them to eat through the finish; they can also snag cargo as it slides in and out.

  PAYLOAD AND TOWING

Ford F-150 and Chevrolt Silverado 1500 Payload and Towing

The Silverado's minimum standard towing capacity is much higher than the F-150's (5500 vs. 500 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Ford F-150 8 ft. bed Regular Cab is only 12200 pounds. The Silverado Double Cab offers up to a 12500 lbs. towing capacity.

The Silverado has a much higher standard payload capacity than the F-150:

  Chevrolet Silverado Ford F-150
Extended Cab 1500 1890 lbs. 1660 lbs.
Crew Cab 1500 1840 lbs. 1200 lbs.
Regular Cab 1500 4x4 1890 lbs. 1700 lbs.
Extended Cab 1500 4x4 1840 lbs. 1600 lbs.
Crew Cab 1500 4x4 1770 lbs. 1200 lbs.

  ERGONOMICS

Ford F-150 and Chevrolt Silverado 1500 Ergonomics

The Silverado's optional front and rear power windows all open fully with one touch of the switches and its driver's window also automatically closes, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The F-150's basic optional power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them. The F-150 XLT/Lariat/King Ranch/Platinum's rear windows don't open automatically.

The Silverado's standard power locks allow the driver or passenger to lock or unlock all the doors at a touch without leaning over. Power locks cost extra on the F-150.

When the Silverado LTZ/High Country is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The F-150's mirrors don't automatically adjust for backing.

  ECONOMIC ADVANTAGES

Ford F-150 and Chevrolt Silverado 1500 Econimic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Silverado owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Silverado will cost $870 less than the F-150 over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Silverado is less expensive to operate than the F-150 because typical repairs cost much less on the Silverado than the F-150, including $78 less for a starter and $226 less for fuel injection.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Chevrolet Silverado will be $1304 to $5075 less than for the Ford F-150.

  RECOMMENDATIONS

Ford F-150 and Chevrolt Silverado 1500 Recommendations

IntelliChoice recognized the Chevrolet Silverado as a "Best Value of the Year" for the 2015 model year.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Silverado third among large light duty pickups in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner's expectations. The F-150 isn't in the top three.

The Silverado was chosen as one of Car and Driver's "Top Five Trucks" for 4 of the last 16 years. The F-150 has never been a Car and Driver "Top Five Truck" pick.

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the Silverado as the 2014 North American Truck of the Year. The F-150 was Truck of the Year in 2009.


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