2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 vs. 2020 Ford F-150
The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 remains one of the most popular pickup trucks in the game. And the new 2020 Silverado comes with a stylized exterior, modern interior, and tons of customization options to prove that Chevrolet will keep innovating even on its most ubiquitous models. The half-ton Chevrolet offers an excellent variety of powertrain choices that are highlighted by a fuel-efficient, torque-rich Duramax diesel as well as a fast and powerful 6.2-liter V-8.
The quiet and comfy cabin will likely impress even the most steadfast Silverado fans. Meanwhile, its myriad high-tech driver assistance features, such as adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist, will please parents who use their Silverado for more than just working or off-roading.
Pickup trucks have morphed into the swiss army knives of the auto industry and the 2020 Ford F-150 is trying its hardest not to fall behind the curve. You can still build a standard work truck with a regular cab and an 8.0-foot bed, but the most popular versions of the F-150 are the family-friendly four-door trucks with shorter beds and lots of added features. But how does it compare to the Silverado? Read on to find out.
What’s New for 2020?
Even though Chevy introduced an all-new Silverado in 2019, they still found time to add numerous enhancements for the 2020 model year. The 6.2-liter V-8 and 10-speed automatic transmission more widely available across the lineup, which has been a popular move with our customers. The Duramax diesel 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder engine also finally joins the options list. The 2020 Silverado also gained more driver and towing assistance features. These include the newly available adaptive cruise control as well as camera technology shared with the 2020 Chevy Silverado HD.
Many would call this a maintenance year for the F-150. Not too much has changed on any particular features. The added availability of the Power Stroke turbo-diesel V-6 on the more affordable XLT trims is the largest highlight of the bunch. Drivers will be happy to note that Lariat trucks, which are one level up from the XLT, now come standard with Ford’s suite of advanced driver-assistance technologies that it calls Co-Pilot360. Finally, the XLT and Lariat models now have an optional Black Appearance package, and three new available colors—Iconic Silver, Rapid Red Tinted Clearcoat, and Star White Metallic Tri-Coat.
- Work Truck
- High Country
Clearly, these Chevy pickup trucks cater to a wide assortment of prospective buyers due to their sheer flexibility and wide spectrum of features. If you’re not sure where to begin, we recommend looking at an LT model with the 5.3-liter V-8, crew cab, all-wheel drive, and the standard bed length. Then, you compare other specific features and models from there. There are also several packages that are more than worth their price, including the Z71 Off-Road package enhances the truck’s looks and its trail capabilities. Likewise, you can choose the Convenience package, which includes a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, remote start, a heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel, and more.
- King Ranch
While the nostalgia of a regular-cab, two-door truck tugs at our feels, there is no denying the versatility of the SuperCrew 4×4 with a 6.5-foot cargo box. That’s why we recommend starting with the Lariat for your comparison. You can upgrade to an EcoBoost V-6 for $600 or the Power Stroke turbo-diesel for $3000 if you’re looking for more performance.The Lariat cabin comes fitted with an 8.0-inch touchscreen equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, two-zone climate control, and heated and ventilated front seats. When it comes to add-on packages, the Trailer Tow package and integrated trailer-brake controller are must-have options if you plan to haul heavy loads with any frequencyl.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
As we previously mentioned, there are a wide range of engines—including a V-6, two V-8s, a turbocharged four-cylinder, and a diesel inline-six— available for the 2020 Silverado. Which means it’s a pickup that can handle any job you throw its way. Of the two V-8s, the 420-hp 6.2-liter is a standout. On the open road, this big truck will drive smaller than it is, giving you handling that is surprisingly agile and a suspension that delivers a smooth ride. Those looking for a rugged Silverado 1500 will appreciate the Trail Boss model that features a 2.0-inch lift, improved tires, and other upgrades that make taking the trail less traveled easier and more entertaining.
The Silverado is a great contender for performance and handling, regardless of your engine option.
The F-150 has a great selection of sophisticated engines including a 3.0-liter diesel that is good for 440 lb-ft of torque. Most engines pair well with Ford’s 10-speed automatic transmission. The F-150 doesn’t reach the level of comfort of the Silverado’s suspension offers but the available engine options give you some compelling choices between the two models. The F-150s ride is composed on smoother surfaces but can’t handle harsh bumps the way the Silverado can.
Towing and Payload Capacity
When properly equipped, the 2020 Silverado 1500 can tow up to 13,400 pounds—1200 more than the strongest outgoing model. Likewise, the Chevy pickup truck can haul more than 2000 pounds of payload in its cargo bed. This means the top Silverado puts out just a bit more power than the F-15 when towing and can haul around the same weight.
The strongest engine isn’t a red-blooded V-8 but a powerful twin-turbo V-6 that is capable of towing up to 13,200 pounds and hauling 2,300 pounds. An F-150 without the Trailer Tow package can tug up to 7000 pounds with either the V-8 or the top-tier V-6. The King Ranch model with the 375-hp V-6 engine seems to put out the best performance in the group.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
From the stripped-down Work Truck model to the lavishly luxurious High Country, the Silverado can be equipped in a multitude of ways– all depending on your needs and wants. Base models offer the essentials, including manually adjustable front seats, manual locks and windows, and vinyl seats. Moving up the range unlocks all sorts of interior upgrades and technology add-ons, including a head-up display, ventilated front seats, and wireless smartphone charging. The Silverado also features clever storage cubbies spread throughout the cabin. While the Chevy lacks the innovative multifunction tailgate and carbon-fiber-reinforced cargo bed that’s available on the half-ton Sierra, its range of different bed lengths will undoubtedly satisfy nearly all truck drivers.
The Ford F-150 comes in three body styles: Regular, SuperCab or SuperCrew. The first model seats three people, while the other two have room for six. The interior for the F-150 looks good and feels sturdy, featuring quality materials and a decent amount of hard plastic. This gives you a reliable mobile office wherever you go. Moving up trim levels will get you access to more safety and infotainment features to improve your commute. While the mix of features isn’t quite to scale with the Silverado, both trucks offer great versatility when it comes to cabs and beds.
Infotainment and Connectivity
Every 2020 Silverado 1500 is equipped with a touchscreen infotainment system that supports Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a mobile hotspot. Higher trim levels receive a larger 8.0-inch touchscreen and more desirable features that include a Bose audio system, built-in navigation, wireless smartphone charging, and more.
Yesterday’s luxury sedan is today’s full-size pickup, and the F-150 has the space and equipment to prove it. It seduces with options that range from massaging seats to a panoramic sunroof. The F-150’s optional touchscreen infotainment system has handsome graphics, is a snap to learn, and is loaded with useful features. All that holds it back is its lazy reaction to user inputs.
While the Silverado just edges out the F-150 when it comes to technology upgrades, there’s plenty of storage space and worker-friendly add-ons for either truck.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
The Silverado 1500 earned unspectacular crash-test ratings from the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Still, the Silverado can be equipped with myriad driver-assistance technology. Key safety features include:
- Available forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking
- Available blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert
- Available lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist
The F-150 pickup can be equipped with almost every advanced safety system that is available on passenger cars, plus a clever driver aid that makes the confusing work of backing up a trailer as easy as twisting a knob. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has rated the F-150 as one of the safest pickups on the market with its 2017 Top Safety Pick rating. Key safety features include:
- Available automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
- Available adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go technology
- Available lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist
Bonus: Silverado Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Chevy covers the half-ton Silverado with a competitive warranty, incredible customer service, and plenty of certified technicians ready to keep your Silverado running like new. As a bonus, every Silverado 1500 gets one complimentary scheduled maintenance visit.
- Limited warranty covers 3 years or 36,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers 5 years or 60,000 miles
- Complimentary scheduled maintenance is covered for the first visit
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