2017 Ford F-150 vs Chevrolet Silverado 1500

2017 Ford F-150 vs Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Ford and Chevrolet are like two brothers when it comes to full-size truck domination--always competing and trying to one up each other. The truth is that you've been considering the 2017 Ford F-150 and the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, you're on the right track. These two American truck powerhouses are at the top of the list of best in class. But which one wins when we put them side by side?

2017 Ford F-150 vs Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Fuel Economy

One of the concerns of many truck buyers is fuel economy. You want a truck that can deliver all the power and capacity that you need and still save you a little money in the monthly budget. The Silverado performs at an average of 18 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway averaging out to 20 mpg overall. These numbers are pretty good for a full-size truck.

The F-150 gets 18 mpg in the city and 24mpg on the highway as well, averaging out to 21mpg according to the same source. The slightly higher fuel economy will save you about $100 over the course of a year. This category is nearly a draw, but the aluminum alloy body gives the Ford F-150 a slight edge in fuel economy.

Tech Features

Truck buyers still want to be connected, especially if the truck you're buying is a part of your daily work life. The F-150 has a new feature that integrates technology in a big way. The new FordPass app can be synced between your smart phone and your truck allowing you to lock, unlock, turn on and off the engine, request roadside assistance or even check out some diagnostics on the truck. You can also sync your phone inside the car as well and run your music and text messaging hands free.

The Silverado has the MyChevy App to answer to the FordPass, the Chevrolet tech equivalent. The Silverado goes a bit farther though with things like Teen Driver Mode, which allows you to customize a set speed warning or a max volume for the radio. The Silverado also is the first full-size pickup to sport a wireless charging station for your phone. So, when it comes to technology, the Chevrolet comes out on top.

Safety Features

When you're driving a full-size truck, you want a full-sized safety package behind you. The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 has some great safety features like lane keeping assistance that will help guide the truck back into your lane if you're drifting. This paired with a great safety test results are what have given the Silverado its five star safety rating.

The F-150 doesn't have the same lane keeping assistance but has a couple things that we feel make up for it. The Ford's blind spot information system will alert you if someone's hiding in your blind spot when you're trying to change lanes, important when you're driving a big vehicle. Another awesome feature is the F-150's 360 degree around view camera with split screen. The around view uses multiple cameras to create a bird's eye view of what's on every side of the truck. These sweet extras, when combined with the Ford's 5 star rating, are what causes the F-150 to just edge out the Silverado 1500.

Towing Capacity

The reason for a truck is its capability and rugged performance. The Chevrolet doesn't disappoint, by giving the Silverado 1500 the highest towing capacity in its class. A 12,500 lb towing capacity gives you plenty of freedom to haul just about whatever you'll need in normal life plus more. Add that capacity to features like trailer sway prevention and it's clear that the Silverado 1500 is a great choice.

The 2017 Ford F-150, however, has just a few things that help it pull ahead in capacity. Although the F-150 has a slightly lower towing capacity, and we mean slightly, it has a few things the Silverado lacks. The F-150 uses a ten gear transmission to help provide the smoothest trailering experience and reduce engine stress. One thing that truly sets the 2017 Ford F-150 apart is Ford's trailer back up assist. The back up assist, when engaged, lets you use the rear camera and assist knob to guide the trailer exactly where you want it. Just turn the knob the way you want the trailer to go and take the stress out of the task.

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2017 Ford F-150 vs Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Both the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and the 2017 Ford F-150 are fantastic trucks, with the capacity to get the job done and deliver solid performance. But the F-150 edges slightly ahead because of the thoughtful options Ford has added to its most popular vehicle. The 2017 Ford F-150 is built to deliver in performance and comfort--you won't be disappointed.

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