Ford versus Chevrolet, a rivalry spanning across the ages of automotive history. This competition has been made particularly apparent from the manufacturers’ pickup truck assembly lines. Even more so now that vehicle makers across the board are abandoning their homestead of cars in favor of SUVs and trucks. Ford and Chevrolet’s F-150, Ranger, Silverado, and Colorado are now poised to be at the forefront of this head to head matchup in the middle of the titan truck market. In this article we’ll be looking at the differences between these different models, both compact and full sized, to help you make your next best decision when searching for your vehicle.
The Ford F-150 and Chevrolet Silverado, two of the most competitive options in the full size truck market are consistently pitted against each other model year after model year, and it’s easy to see why. Performance wise, both trucks perform markedly similar, with their range of available powertrain options, going from 290 horsepower to 450 horsepower for the F150 and 285 horsepower to 435 horsepower for the Silverado. Where the F-150 outputs more power, the Silverado offers greater towing capacity, however narrow at 13,400 for the Silverado and 13,200 for the F-150.
It’s worth noting that an available Turbodiesel engine on the Silverado does offer better fuel economy than the powertrains offered by Ford, with a strong performance boost to match. However, Ford is the number one selling truck, and vehicle for that matter, for a reason. With the slight advantage in power and superior JD Power ratings for reliability, the F-150 will bring power for longer, making it the more attractive choice for American buyers.
In terms of comfort, safety, and interior quality, Ford looks to have the edge on Chevrolet as well. Particularly for the F-150, higher quality materials across trim levels along with an available 8-inch touch screen equipped with Ford’s easy to use Sync-3 infotainment system place this model above Chevrolet’s Silverado, which lacks the upscale feel of the F-150 and also notably keeps the prevalent forward collision warning safety feature as an option while it is standard on both the Ford F-150 and Ranger.
The Ranger’s mantra appears to be if it’s not broke don’t fix it when it comes to their powertrain, offering one choice, the Turbocharged 4 cylinder outputting 270 horsepower. While the Colorado offers 3 distinct choices ranging from the base 200 horsepower 4-cylinder to the top 308 horsepower v6. The Colorado comes ahead in this sector, offering choices to potential customers where Ford doesn’t adopt this mantra with the Ranger. This lack of choice does equate to better fuel economy overall for the Ranger when compared to the varied economy of the Colorado.
Mirroring the F-150, the Ranger also offers an 8-inch touchscreen equipped with Sync 3 in this compact truck. Whereas the Colorado offers their user friendly 7-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. For connectivity, Colorado takes the cake here, offering easier smartphone integration to its users.
Overall, the pickup truck lineup offered by Ford and Chevrolet are close matches, with compact and full size each highlighting their own world of drivability and features for their respective audiences. No matter which one you end up driving home with, make sure to reach out to us here at North End Motors, our committed sales staff will be able to help you make an informed decision, no matter where you are in your journey to your next vehicle. From our family to yours, stay safe and stay healthy this holiday season.
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The article above includes information collected from a variety of sources on the Ford and Chevrolet pickup truck lineup. Consumers should pursue a variety of sources both online and with their preferred automotive dealer when researching new vehicles. The information offered above was on the 2020 model years for each respective model. North End Motors Inc. is not to be held liable should the above information be used in any way other than for what it is intended to be, a short introduction to these vehicle’s features.