2016 Ford F-150 vs 2016 Chevy Silverado 1500

2016 Ford F-150 vs Chevy Silverado 1500
2016 Ford F-150 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
  19 city / 26 hwy MPG Fuel Economy * 18 city / 24 hwy MPG
  325 hp Horsepower 285 hp
  375 ft-lbs. Torque 305 ft-lbs.
  12,000 lbs. Maximum Towing Capacity 9,400 lbs.
  Standard Keyless Ignition N/A

2016 Ford F-150 vs 2016 Chevy Silverado 1500

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People who need a truck that works just as hard as they do usually are in the market for a Class 2, light duty pickup truck. These vehicles can still tow and haul like the big boys, but come in at a price that's more affordable than a heavy duty diesel truck. The 2016 Ford F-150 and the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 are two standout trucks that are nearly neck-and-neck in terms of features. The Chevrolet Silverado is well-known for its dependability, while the Ford F-150 excels in innovative features. Yet, which one reigns supreme?


One of the main reasons to buy a half ton pickup is for towing. The 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 has an impressive 12,000 lbs. maximum towing capacity, but that figure represents the V8 engine configuration with a pricey maximum trailering package. The 2016 Ford F-150 trumps those stats with its own maximum conventional towing capacity of 12,200 lbs. That's just with the 3.5 Liter EcoBoost engine, not any other additional configurations. The Ford F-150 also has best-in-class payload with the ability to carry 3,270 lbs. Even the four-wheel drive Silverado configurations don't even come close, with a maximum payload of only 1900 lbs. The Ford F-150 and the Silverado 1500 get relatively good gas mileage, but the F-150 edges out the Chevy with a combined mpg of 22 miles per gallon. That's only two more mpg, but those numbers can really add up over time.


If you're getting behind the wheel of a truck, you're going to want one that has top of the line safety features. The 2016 Ford F-150 has a five star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and was awarded a top safety pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). It's the only pickup truck that can boast both of those accolades. It has a Forward Collision Warning system available on the Supercab that can warn the driver that a crash is possible and even bring the truck to a full stop if a crash is eminent. The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 has forward collision and lane keeping assist alert systems, but it's only available on its most premium truck package.


Both the Ford F-150 and the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 give you plenty of optional trims to choose from. Yet, the Ford F-150 is aimed at providing occupants with a more comfortable riding experience. The Ford F-150 offers slightly more shoulder and hip room in the front. The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 has an 8-inch touchscreen display screen; the Ford F-150 does, too. Yet, it also has an 8-inch digital display gauge cluster. The Ford F-150 Limited has cooled and heated front seats, as well as heated rear seats. The Chevy only has heated front seats on its premium LTZ package.

Both of these light duty, half ton pickups are built for heavy duty work. They both have class-leading capabilities and lots of options to choose from. Yet, the Ford F-150 edges out the competition in every single category. It has better towing, payload, handling and interior trims. Yet, you can judge for yourself by stopping into your local Ford dealer. Test drive an all-new 2016 Ford F-150 today and see why it's getting so much attention.

* EPA estimated MPG may vary by transmission, trim, and individual driving behavior.