Compared: Chevy Silverado 1500 & Ford F-150


Buying a new vehicle takes a lot of research before you know which option is best for you. Looking at the manufacturer site, reading reviews by the automotive press, and talking to friends & family. Sometimes, after all of that you still don’t have a clear idea of which model to go with. Viewing the data and specs side by side can help bring clarity to the decision-making process. The Chevy Silverado 1500 and Ford F-150 have been locked in a battle for America’s truck business for decades. Let us help you decide. Below you’ll find information about some of the things that matter most when considering a truck: horsepower, gas mileage, bed capacity, and towing capacity.


One of the most common uses of a truck is to tow, haul, or carry things in the bed. That requires serious power. The 2021 Silverado 1500 features a 4.3L EcoTec V6 engine as standard equipment that produces 285hp. The 2021 Ford F-150’s standard model comes with a 3.3L Ti-VCT V6 engine that makes 290hp. There are of course plenty of different configurations, including engine size and output, to choose from that will increase the amount of horsepower available to you.

Base Horsepower

Silverado 1500: 285
F-150: 290


There used to be a time where mentioning ‘trucks’ and ‘good gas mileage’ in the same sentence was enough to bring the house down. These days, that’s not necessarily the case. Modern light-duty trucks are far more efficient when it comes to both city and highway driving and are the equal of many cars on the road. Some of this is due to weight-saving engineering, more advanced fuel injection systems, as well as a variety of other technological advances. You no longer have to plan your trip by where the gas stations are.

Estimated MPG

Silverado 1500: 23 city / 33 highway / 28 combined
F-150: 25 city / 26 highway / 25 combined


What sets a truck apart from a car or SUV is the bed. Having a large, open space that you can be used to haul your bicycles to your favorite trail, a load of mulch from the home center, or equipment at the work site. The only limit is imposed by the size of the cargo box. Each of these trucks offer three different bed sizes, which helps provide versatility, but can also make deciding tougher. Our recommendation is to give this option serious thought as it can impact everything else about the truck.

Truck Bed Capacity
(small / medium / large)

Silverado 1500: 62.9 cu ft / 71.7 cu ft / 89.1 cu ft
F-150: 52.8 cu ft / 62.3 cu ft / 77.4 cu ft


One of the primary reasons people buy a truck is to tow a trailer, camper, or boat. This capability creates a lot of opportunities for you to enjoy life in the great outdoors. Depending on what you need to tow, the base engine may be sufficient. If you need more power, there’s definitely a configuration that will give you the power and torque you need.

Maximum Towing

Silverado 1500: 13,300 lbs
F-150: 14,000 lbs


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