2021 Ford F-150 vs 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

2021 Ford F-150 vs 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

There are few segments as competitive as the full-size pickup truck class. With each automobile manufacturer usually just having one full-size truck in its model lineup, the class is small, but competition is fierce. Two of the most popular models are the Ford F-150 and Chevrolet Silverado 1500. Both have stout histories and loyal fan bases, but a head-to-head comparison shows where one is strong and the other is lacking.

 

Loyalists will always flock to the brand that they know and love, but the numbers do not lie. For over 55 years, Canadians have chosen Ford and its F-Series pickup trucks as their preferred models of choice. That includes the full-size F-150. And with a complete redesign for the 2021 model, the F-150 keeps distancing itself from the competition.

 

2021 Ford F-150

2021 Ford F-150

 

Canada's most popular truck provides a configuration to meet every driver's needs. Ford offers the 2021 F-150 in eight model variations: XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum, Limited, Tremor, and Raptor. Starting at $34,079, the XL comes standard with many high-tech features, including an 8-inch touchscreen SYNC4 infotainment system, rear view camera with dynamic hitch assist, and 3.3-litre Ti-VCT V6 engine that delivers 290 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque.

 

Six different powertrain options are offered on the F-150, including the class-exclusive full-hybrid powertrain, and when properly equipped, it offers best-in-class available towing and best-in-class available payload. The F-150 is also the most capable off-road full-size pickup truck with the Tremor and Raptor trim levels being built to withstand the harshest elements and toughest trails.

 

2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

 

Widely respected as a full-size pickup truck, the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 offers many great attributes with its capability and versatility. Its available 6.2-litre V8 powertrain is astounding, it offers a great driving position, and excellent braking. However, it is simply bested by its competitors, including the F-150. The Silverado's cabin is woefully outdated; the ride quality is harsh; and it is more expensive than the competition.

 

Starting at $32,048, Chevrolet offers the 2021 Silverado 1500 in no less than seven model configurations: Custom, Custom Trail Boss, LT, RST, LT Trail Boss, LTZ, and High Country. It also offers five different powertrains, including a 4.3-litre EcoTec3 V6 that comes standard on the Custom and Custom Trail Boss models, and a 5.3-litre EcoTec3 V8 that is standard on the other models.

 

When properly equipped, the Silverado 1500 offers 6,033kg of max towing capability, 1,034kg of max payload, and 2,523L of available cargo space.

 

Decades of Being the Best

Decades of Being the Best

 

The 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 might come in below the F-150 in terms of initial price, but in terms of value, Ford blows it out of the water. Ford offers more model configurations that are better equipped in terms of power, performance, safety, and technology. Ford's upgrades and inventive features, focusing on both driver and drivetrain productivity, make it the best value and best equipped pickup truck in its class.

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