The automotive landscape is changing rapidly, with consumers increasingly choosing sport-utility vehicles and pickup trucks over conventional coupes and sedans. As a result, the two most prominent carmakers in the US – Ford and Chevrolet – are in the process of purging the majority of passenger cars from their respective lineups.
That will eventually leave both brands with sports cars, including the Ford Mustang and the Chevrolet Camaro and Corvette (and perhaps an electric car or two) as their only traditional cars.
On the plus side, both brands are adding some novel SUVs to dealers’ showrooms. Chevrolet has just launched its revamped subcompact Trailblazer crossover, and Ford has unveiled a new line of off-roaders that bring back the Bronco nameplate. Both brands continue to be strongly represented in both the full-size and midsize pickup truck segments.
Here, we’re taking a close look at how each automaker stands up to each other on a segment-by-segment basis. All of the vehicle information presented here comes from US News’ extensive new car rankings and reviews.
Note, however, that since we constantly update our vehicle scores as new information becomes available, the scores you see here may not precisely match the information on our review pages.
Are Chevy full-size trucks better than Fords? When it comes to rugged, off-road rides and capable towing and hauling performance, two automakers are a cut above the rest: Chevrolet and Ford.
When you talk to truck lovers, they’re fiercely loyal to their favourite brand, and both Chevy and Ford edge out all the rest of the competition. However, when it comes down to it, Chevy has the edge over Ford. Here’s why.
Chevrolet Vs. Ford Trucks: Power & Performance
Both of these full-size trucks were designed with towing and hauling performance high on the agenda, but the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 has the edge.
That’s mostly thanks to its classic V8 engine lineup. When you select the 5.3-litre V8 engine, your Silverado kicks out 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque for a responsive ride, even when you’ve got a bed full of bricks and mortar.
To take that performance to the max, test-drive a Silverado with the 6.2-litre V8 engine. That 6.2-litre V8 supplies 460 horses and 460 pound-feet of torque, giving you all the extra power you need to traverse rugged boulder fields and steep mountain passes. Depending on the configuration, a Silverado with this engine can tow max loads of 12,500 pounds.
The 2018 Ford F-150 offers buyers four engines, with a turbodiesel V6 expected later this year. However, none of the current offerings provides quite as much horsepower as you get with the 6.2-litre V8 Silverado 1500, although some come close.
The F-150’s 5.0-litre V8 engine, for example, makes 395 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. With the turbocharged 3.5-litre V6 engine, you’ll enjoy 375 horses and 470 pound-feet of torque.
With the 2018 model, the F-150 has elevated their towing max to 13,200, about 700 pounds more than the Chevy, but that hefty number is based on the workman-like base XL, a model that buyers may find restrictive in terms of features and options. The Chevy max is based on its middle trim, a truck that will offer far more to potential buyers.
Chevrolet Vs. Ford Trucks: Features
In terms of comfort and convenience, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 truly shines. It offers features you won’t find on the F-150, including the OnStar telematics system.
This safety technology comes standard on all but the entry-level Work Truck trim, with features like on-demand roadside assistance and automatic collision alert. OnStar also includes a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot, which means passengers can connect up to seven devices and surf the Web from anywhere.
Speaking of modern technology, these trucks also come standard with the MyLink infotainment system, which includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, displaying smartphone apps directly on your central touchscreen.
The Silverado also increases convenience with standard bed lighting, giving you the ability to load and unload the bed with maximum visibility.
With the F-150, you won’t get quite so much standard equipment. If you want modern technology and convenience, you’re going to have to pay extra for it.
The Sync 3 infotainment system is available – with its own Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities – but doesn’t come standard on every model.
Then there’s the F-150’s Ultimate Trailer Tow System Camera System, which does everything from help you hook up a trailer to keep an eye on the cargo in the truck bed. Fabulous equipment, but, again, you have to pay extra for it.
Chevrolet Vs. Ford Trucks: Value For Your Money
While a few hundred dollars won’t necessarily matter in the grand scheme of things, the value should.
Even if you start with the base model Chevrolet Silverado 1500, you’re getting a wide range of modern comfort and convenience features at an excellent price, with a starting MSRP of around $28,300.
Contrast that with the Ford F-150, which offers a base model XL for about $1000 less but also gives you less for your money.
That XL won’t offer a 7-inch touchscreen or the MyLink system, Bluetooth, power locks, or two years of scheduled maintenance. Even at its base model, you get more for your money with the Chevrolet.
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Reasons Chevy Truck Are Better Than Ford
Chevrolet Towing Capacity
As of 2020, the Chevy Silverado is the new class leader for towing. According to US News and
World Report, the Chevrolet Silverado can handle 13,400 (compared to the Ford F-150 max capacity 12,100) when correctly configured with the 6.2-litre V8 engine.
If your 2020 Silverado sports the chevy tow package, you’ll get a very high tech trailer camera system. Plus, the experience is made more user friendly with the implementation of a smartphone app.
Additionally, when equipped with the turbodiesel engine, the 2020 Chevy Colorado’s highest capacity is 7,700 pounds.
This beats the 2020 Ford Ranger which tops out at 7,500. It’s also worth noting that, when powered by the turbodiesel, the 2020 midsize Chevrolet pickup gets up to 30 mpg on the highway.
Chevrolet Colorado Compact Pickup Truck
The 2020 Colorado boasts undeniable performance. Also, this more midsize’s loaded and easy-to-use infotainment system gives it a leg up on the competition.
Additionally, it made it onto US News and World Report’s list of “Best Diesel Trucks of 2020” alongside some heavy-duty hauling favourites like the RAM 1500. We can appreciate the Chevy Colorado for its array of designated off-roading packages.
The 2020 Chevrolet truck lineup boasts many desirable options. The Silverado alone has five engines available ranging from the 285 horsepower 4.3 litre V6 to the 420 horsepower 6.2 litre V8, to a variety of diesel options (with best-in-class fuel economy) that are available to every truck in the lineup, including the compact Chevy Colorado.
Colorado has three available engines while the Ford Ranger is equipped with the same engine across every trim level.
There is also a new option for a Chevy performance package, which adds a little more horsepower to the V8. Whether you want the class-leading max tow rating or a designated off-road prowler from the midsize sect, Chevy has it handled just a tiny bit better than Ford. Assuming we are leaving the F-150 Raptor out of it, of course.
Standard Tech On A Chevy Pickup
The Chevrolet trucks far outpace Ford’s lineup in terms of standard infotainment technology. Every Chevy truck comes standard with a 7-inch touch screen display. The standard infotainment system comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity.
The Ford pickup truck, however, is basic when it comes to its base model infotainment. Radio and Bluetooth are pretty much it. If you like good tech in your base models, you’ll prefer a Chevrolet over a Ford.
Reasons Why Ford Is Better Than Chevy
Ford’s F-series Has Much Better Engines To Choose From
The F-Series trucks sell like hotcakes!! On the other hand, GM couldn’t even outsell the F-Series with its Silverado and Sierra twins.
Plus, even with the F-150’s aluminium body, that model plus the Super Duty (F-250, F-350, and the occasional F-450 and F-550) lineup remains tougher, stronger and more opening to engine options than the Silverado and Sierra series will ever be.
Unlike the Silverado/Sierra 1500, the F-150 initiates the full-size pickup truck segment with much more various engine and transmission options to choose from.
The F-150 goes from the base 3.3-liter V6 and 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6, all the way to two 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 versions and a Mustang GT-bred 5.0 V8! And all of the engines are much more modern.
Whereas, the GM twins’ pushrod 4.3 V6, 5.3 and 6.2 V8 all date back to 2004, with the only major change being the cylinder blocks.
The Silverado and Sierra 1500 also offer a 2.7-litre engine, but keep in mind, that 2.7 is a single-turbo with only four cylinders; whereas the F-150’s 2.7 is twin-turbo with six cylinders, making it the most complex/simple 2.7 of the two trucks (if you count GM’s twins as one). Ford offered a diesel in the F-150 before Chevy did in the Silverado 1500, too.
In regards to the heavy-duty trucks, the 2500 and 3500 series of the GM twins have either a 6.6-litre gas or turbodiesel V8.
Ford one-upped GM with a 7.3 Godzilla pushrod. The 6.6 gas engine used in the GM twins barely makes more power than the 6.2 Boss used in the Super Duty trucks. Besides, the F-250 and F-350 Super Duty have three engines to choose from; the 6.2 Boss and 6.7 Power Stroke, while the 7.3 Godzilla already replaces the outdated 6.8 Triton V10. Ford made a smart move, while the 6.6 Duramax goes way back to 2001.
Ford Has A Fascinating History (And More Supercars!!!)
Ford created the GT40 to defeat Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and won. The GT40 race car was so successful, and Ford created three street-legal models: the Mark III, and the 2005 and 2017 GT. All three were supercars, unlike, say, a souped-up Camaro or Corvette.
Following the late 1990s and early 2000s, Ford decided to bring two icons back, neither of which got direct competitors from Chevy during their entire production! The (SVT) Lightning which was based on the regular cab 1997-2003 F-150.
The Thunderbird which rode on the same DEW98 platform as the Lincoln LS and Jaguar S-Type sedans.
Ford Introduced The First Pony Car
The Mustang introduced the pony car segment, long before the Chevy Camaro and Pontiac Firebird / Trans Am were even thought of.
As of 2006, the supercharged Shelby GT500 has been dominating the muscle car segment with the best performance figures. It took Chevy 5 more years to release the Camaro ZL1.
It Makes Its Performance Suvs Unique
Unlike the Chevy Blazer RS or Tahoe RST, or especially the failed TrailBlazer SS and Saab 9-7X Aero, which look no different from your English teacher’s SUV. Ford at least makes their SUVs angry.
Full-size Pickup Truck: Ford F150 Or Chevy Silverado?
- Ford bests the Chevy Silverado in sales.
- Ford beats the Silverado for a combination of towing, on-road handling, off-road capability.
- Ford F-Series is a better turner on the corners.
- Ford’s fuel economy is a smidge better than Silverado. And it beats the Ram pickup. But all three pickups are very close.
Which Brand Has The Best Subcompact Crossovers, Ford Or Chevy?
- Sub-compact crossovers is an increasingly important category in the auto industry because they are supplanting small affordable sedans as the entry-level vehicle.
- Ford’s EcoSport is disappointing on several levels. Its interior is cheapish, and its MPG, despite the name, is disappointing.
- The Chevy Trax has a pleasing interior despite its value pricing.
- Trax has a useful cargo area and is often sold at a great price because of heavy discounting in the category.
Which Brand, Ford Or Chevy, Sells The Best Compact Suvs?
- The Ford Escape is one of the top sellers in this popular category for very good reason. It’s a great design and package for everyday life.
- Escape’s handling is superior, and it has an attractive interior.
- Escape has a hybrid version, and will soon offer a plug-in hybrid.
- The Chevy Equinox is no slouch, with good road manners and very good seating. But the interior is dull.
- Chevy Equinox has less storage than Escape.
Which Brand Has The Best Midsize Suvs
- Ford’s crossovers and SUVs are the stars and centre of the Ford showroom these days.
- Ford has three midsize SUVs–the Edge, the Explorer and Flex. The Edge and Explorer are better in every way over the Chevy Traverse. The new Explorer edges out the all-new Chevy Blazer for towing, a hybrid package, and interior.
- Ford’s engine offerings are more fuel-efficient.
- Explorer and Edge interiors are superior to the Traverse.
- The Ford Flex is the oldest between the two brands but still offers a very solid experience for those who enjoy its retro design.
Which Brand Has The Better Large Suvs, Ford Or Chevy?
- The Ford Expedition was all-new for the 2018 model year and rates higher than the Chevy Tahoe and Suburban for interior design, content and features.
- The Ford Edge has a fuel-efficient twin-turbo V6, a better three-row seat configuration than the old model, and the ability to get two versions of different lengths.
- The Tahoe comes close to the big Expedition, but it’s snug the third row, and below-average cargo space gives the Expedition, big enough to carry a little-league soccer team, an edge. For people who tow, the Tahoe and Suburban have greater brand loyalty and recognition, but those people should test-drive the Expedition.
Which Has The Best Entry-level Vehicles, Ford Or Chevy?
- Ford has gotten out of the entry-level-vehicle business for now, as Focus and Fiesta have gone out of production.
- For the 2020 model year, Chevy will continue to sell Spark and Sonic. And they are still selling down the 2019 Cruze. The Sonic is roomy for a small car, and the seating is comfortable too. The Chevrolet Spark is small, with limited rear-seat and cargo room, but it occupies an important niche for budget buyers.
- We think it’s a shame Ford has gotten out of the business of selling new Focus and Fiesta models. They are still abundant on the used car market, and we’d almost recommend finding one with low mileage rather than buying a new EcoSport or Chevy Spark. We also recommend finding a low-mileage Chevy Cruze.
For more than 100 years, Ford and Chevy have competed in the showroom and racetrack. For all of that time, consumers have cross-shopped the vehicles in both stables—each brand in the Ford vs. Chevy rivalry has a legion of very loyal buyers.