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2013 Chevrolet Silverado vs. Ford F-150

Thursday, August 9th 2012. | Review

The Chevrolet Silverado and the Ford F-150 are two of the premier trucks produced by the American car industry, thus it is only natural for Chevy Silverado Blog to have a comparison between the two. To begin with, the Chevy Silverado, you could certainly argue, is overall the better looking truck. The 2013 F-150 definitely looks a little more ‘box-like’. So if somebody gives high priority to the looks of their vehicle, which most people do, then the Silverado will definitely please them. From our comparison I feel the Chevy wins you over more easily in the styling department, which I think is especially true when comparing base-models and regular cab configurations. To me the F-150 just looks awkward in its regular cab configuration.

However, it is fair to say that the engine is the most important thing to look for in an automobile and without doubt the Ford takes that round. The Ford truck lineup benefits from a more recent engine lineup overhaul. The 5.0 liter V8 in the Ford F150 is a much newer design than the 4.8 liter V8 in the Chevrolet Silverado and understandably has more horsepower and torque (with better towing ability) and is also a little more fuel efficient. The F150 also comes with a 3.5 liter Eco-Boost V6 engine that provides even more performance while returning even higher mpg’s. Fortunately for the Silverado, all is not lost when it comes to performance and mileage; the hybrid version of this truck provides excellent mileage with considerable performance and is definitely going to appeal to environmentally conscience people. The Ford comes with a standard 6 speed automatic transmission but if you want your Chevy Silverado to have a 6 speed automatic transmission, then you will have to get the bigger 5.3 or 6.2 liter V8 engines.

2013 Ford F-150

Yet another aspect that needs to be compared with respect to the Chevy Silverado and the Ford F-150 is the price. Although for 2013 the basic model of the F-150 costs less than the basic Silverado model, the Silverado comes with more equipment as standard such as a CD player (the F150 only has a AM/FM radio as standard), stability control, heated outside mirrors, power windows and locks and 17 inch chrome-styled steel wheels.

Extended Cab Silverado

All in all, both the trucks are very good with each one having definite advantages over the other. However, if you want a great looking truck that has a good engine and comes with more standard equipment (better appointed), then the Chevrolet Silverado is the better option when it comes to base model trucks. It seems we are looking for Chevy to make some marked improvements over its current model year when it releases the 2014 Chevy Silverado, because right now Ford makes an especially compelling argument for its F-Series when it comes to the mid and high-end of their truck line-up. From what we know about the 2014 GM truck line-up so far, Ford should certainly worry about what the folks at GM are readying for us in early 2013.

Check back for to head to head comparisons with the 2013 Dodge Ram, the Toyota Tundra and more news on the 2014 Silverado!

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