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What You Need To Know About The New Silverado’s Advantage


In the titanic struggle in the light-duty pickup truck market, the Chevy Silverado and Ford F-150 have been duking it out for many, many years. Both trucks are as all-American as baseball, hotdogs, and apple pie…wait a minute…that slogan sounds mighty familiar.

There are die-hard Ford fanatics just as there are committed Chevy aficionados. But no matter what side of the pickup truck picket fence you happen to be on, these are two tough competitors and worthy contenders for “top truck” awards.

Let’s take a closer look at both the 2017 Chevy Silverado 1500 and the 2016 Ford F-150 to see which of these legendary trucks has the competitive edge.


Chevy “Steels” The Advantage

You’ll pardon the pun, but here’s one big advantage that the new 2017 Chevy Silverado for sale near Kansas City at McCarthy Chevrolet Buick GMC has over the F-150. Ford took a leap of faith by switching to an aluminum body. This controversial move was much discussed in automotive circles. Designed to save weight, the F-150’s aluminum bed is subject to punctures and other damage.

By comparison, the 2017 Chevy Silverado’s roll-formed, high-strength steel bed with 9 cross-members through-frame welded for additional lateral support, has what it takes to get the job done, from the worksite to your weekend projects. Using dependable high-strength steel is just one of the many reasons why the Silverado was awarded the “Highest Ranked Large Light Duty Pickup In Initial Quality” J.D Power & Associates.

Want proof? Then check out this amazing video that proves how the Silverado’s high-strength steel bed can take more punishment compared to the F-150:



Silverado’s Fresh New Look

Regarding styling, the new 2017 Chevy Silverado 1500 comes strongly out of the gate with a fresh new look that’s both rugged and sophisticated. With a bulging hood, new LED-accented headlights, a front grille proudly displaying Chevy’s bowtie logo, and expressive wheel arches, the Silverado manages to balance a more refined and aerodynamic appearance with a muscular, all-business attitude.

The F-150 takes a more “in-your-face” approach with a massive front grille, unusual “C-shape” headlights, bulging wheel wells, and boxy, upright stance. The overall look of the F-150 comes off as almost brutish and overdone.

Both the 2017 Chevy Silverado and 2016 Ford F-150 come in traditional cab and box configurations. Each offers regular, extended, and crew cab seating from 3 to 6 people, respectively. Boxes and bed lengths range from short and medium to large, depending on which wheelbase and cab combination you choose.

Innovative Silverado Features

Because the Silverado is built for both work and play, it offers some handy innovations, including integrated corner steps on the rear bumper and hand grabs on the rear stake mount. These features make it easy to climb into and out of the cargo bed.

The F-150 offers a clumsier, optional tailgate step that must unfold and retract from inside the tailgate. That’s great if you have a lot of time on your hands to go through the exercise of deploying it. Chevy, however, knows that time is money. That’s why they focus on useful features that are simple and easy to use.

Silverado’s Spacious & Well-Equipped Interior

This same philosophy extends to the Silverado’s spacious, quiet, and luxurious cabin. Chevy designers worked tirelessly to craft an interior that is both beautiful and functional. Sometimes it’s the little things, like placing the shifter on the steering wheel column to free up more center console space, that counts most. Steering wheel-mounted controls, easy-to-read electroluminescent analog gauges, a huge center console big enough to swallow a laptop, tablet, even hanging file folders.


You’ll also find more front legroom in the Silverado compared to the F-150; specifically, 45.27 inches compared to 43.9 inches. And there’s more front headroom in the Silverado as well.

Silverado Takes The Tech Prize

Another area where the Silverado trumps (not to be taken as a political endorsement) the F-150 is technology. Both the Silverado and the F-150 feature long lists of standard and available infotainment and navigation technologies. These include Bluetooth®, hands-free calling, available voice-activated features, streaming audio services, SiriusXM® Radio, large color touchscreen displays, and so forth.

However, where the Silverado pulls out ahead of the Ford is by offering both Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ in their 2017 models as standard equipment with the Chevy MyLink™ infotainment bundle. Owners of the 2016 Ford F-150 can upgrade to these features at an extra charge as it is not offered as standard equipment through Ford’s SYNC® infotainment system.

Another sought-after technology that Chevy offers is 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity. This strong Wi-Fi signal lets you connect up to 7 wireless devices. It’s a great tool for turning your Silverado into a rolling office with job site connectivity when you need it and where you need it. Plus, the Silverado is the first full-size pickup to offer an available wireless charging for compatible smartphones. And you’ll also appreciate the 4 USB outlets, 110-volt outlet, and 12-volt rear-seat ports that make charging and connecting multiple devices a breeze.

 Silverado Offers More Horsepower & Torque

Turning to performance, you’ll see that the 2017 Chevy Silverado has the horsepower, payload capacity, and towing prowess to get the job done. The Silverado offers 3 advanced powerplants that combine a variety of cutting-edge technologies such as variable valve timing, active fuel management and direct injection to maximize performance and fuel economy.

Let’s start with the Silverado’s standard 4.3-liter EcoTec3 6-cylinder engine. It gives you 285 horsepower and a best-in-class 305 lb.-ft. of torque. Compare this to Ford’s entry-level 3.6-liter V6 that gives you 282 horsepower at a higher 6250 rpm, compared to the Silverado’s engine achieving this 285 hp at a lower 5300 rpm. This means you’ll get the sweet spot in the Silverado’s power band earlier than you will on the F-150.


You’ll hit the Silverado’s prodigious 305 lb.-ft. of torque on its 4.3-liter V6 at 3900 rpm, compared to hitting just 253 lb.-ft. of torque at 4250 rpm with the Ford’s 3.6-liter V6. And surprisingly, Ford’s mill uses sequential multi-port fuel injection, compared to the Silverado’s more advanced direct injection technology. EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings for these two V6 engines are virtually identical.

When you step up to Chevy’s behemoth 6.2-liter EcoTec 3 V8, you’ll command 420 horsepower at 5600 rpm and 460 lb.-ft. of torque at 4100 rpm. Compare this to Ford’s top-end 5.0-liter, sequential multi-port V8 engine that offers 385 horsepower at 5750 rpm and just 387 lb.-ft. of torque at 3850 rpm. Moreover, the Silverado’s V8 pulls a best-in-class 12,500 pounds. Ford claims 12,200 pounds of towing capability for its 3.5-liter V6. Need we say more?

Have Your Silverado Your Way

Both the Silverado and F-150 offer a variety of cab, box, and trim configurations. On Chevy’s side, you can choose from the WT (work truck) LS, LT, LTZ, Custom, legendary LTZ71 and LTZ Z71 off-road 4X4s, and ultra-lux High Country models. Similarly, Ford offers its model range from the base XL all the way up to its fully equipped Platinum and Limited editions.

Additionally, Chevy offers several unique Special Edition models that add an extra blast of street cred, capability, and style. The Rally 1 and Rally 2 models, for example, feature bespoke black sport alloy wheels, rally striping, and other unique accents. The stealthy Silverado Z71 Midnight Edition stands out either day or night. And outdoor enthusiasts are sure to love the special Silverado Realtree® Edition.

Featuring a black exterior, distinctive Realtree exterior graphics, Rancho® shocks, black leather and camouflage interior appointments, and Chevy’s legendary Z71 off-road capabilities, the Realtree is your perfect outdoor traveling companion. You won’t find any of these special editions available on the F-150, either.

Summing it all up, the 2017 Silverado 1500 takes the Ford F-150 with better performance and towing power, more technology, fresh styling, high-strength steel construction, and innovative engineering. While we’ll admit that there will always be those who prefer Ford over Chevy, we think the new 2017 Chevy Silverado is one pickup that can look the F-150 squarely in the headlights and proclaim: “Game over!”

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