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The pickup truck body style is truly unique, standing far and away from other form factors that promise great utility. Utility and power are the forefront purpose of every pickup truck. Usually tooled with robust engine blocks, and plenty of sturdy materials, driving a pickup truck can be not just a comfortable experience, but a remarkable one as well. At Raceway Chevy, we are no stranger of the pickup truck, and host a wide variety of models in our state-of-the-art showroom. Our customers from all across the Bethlehem, PA area praise the line of pickup trucks found under the Chevy brand. One of the crowd favorites is the 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500, a classic, with a wide array of trim options and enough engine variants to satisfy even the pickiest pickup truck enthusiast. That said, we’re also no strangers to competition and love to discuss the intriguing matchup of the 2019 Chevy Silverado vs 2019 Ford F-150. While the Ford F-150 may have plenty of history beneath its chassis, the Chevy Silverado 1500 is a relative newcomer with tremendous value and plenty of vintage spirit. So, which pickup truck is superior?
We’d be remiss if we didn’t start this comparison of pickup trucks without first starting with engine power. What truly makes a great pickup truck is the amount of horsepower, torque, and towing capacity that the vehicle can put out. While truck bed length, special features, and auto safety tech all play a huge role in driver satisfaction and experience, the engine of a pickup truck can truly define the nature of a driving experience.
So, how do the Ford F-150 and the Chevy Silverado 1500 compare? Well, considering that the Ford F-150 has a history dating back to the late 1940s, we’d only find it appropriate to start with the 2019 Ford F-150’s engine. Well, for starters, the Ford F-150 comes with a broad range of seven different trim options including the XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Raptor, Platinum, and Limited. With so many trim options its fair to say that both the Chevy Silverado 1500 and the Ford F-150 offer a wide number of engine variants to choose from, though, the Ford F-150 falls a bit short. While the base 3.3L Ti-VCT V-6 engine puts out 290 horsepower and 265 lb-ft worth of torque, some drivers would prefer to have more powerful options, without jumping significantly in price. Utility and power stand to be of huge importance in the pickup truck category, but not all drivers want a gas-guzzling engine beneath their hood in order to gain performance. If you invest well beyond the starting price of $28,155 MSRP, you’ll find engine builds that go all the way up to a 395-horsepower 5.0L V8 machine and the 450-horsepower Raptor trim, which will certainly deliver should you need it.
Where the 2019 Ford F-150 misses the mark, the 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 hits the nail on the head. The 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 can be equipped with the full spectrum of engine variants from a punchy turbo four-cylinder to range-topping V-8s and a great starting V-6 engine. When you pay the starting price of $28,300 MSRP, you’ll be situated with a 4.3-liter V-6 engine that puts out around 285 horsepower and 305 lb-ft worth of torque. Much like the 2019 Ford F-150 you can find a wide variety of trim options for the Chevy Silverado 1500 including the Work Truck, Silverado Custom, Custom Trail Boss, LT, LT Trail Boss, RST, LTZ, and High Country. Several trims give access to a powerful four-cylinder, giving drivers far greater control when it comes to the kind of pickup they want to drive. At the same time, the 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 offers some pretty serious machinery with configurations like the Trail Boss, bringing a considerable amount of oomph beneath the hood.
While horsepower, torque, and cylinder count all play a huge role in overall driver satisfaction, what plenty of pickup truck drivers are looking for is towing capacity. Towing puts your engine to the test and showcases the overall build quality of your vehicle. Both the 2019 Ford F-150 and the Chevy Silverado 1500 offer some heavy-duty towing limits, however, the Chevy Silverado 1500 is superior. Base model range towing capacity in the Silverado starts 6,700 lbs, while the F-150 base model range enters in at only 5,000 lbs. The weight Ford F-150 can haul is certainly worthy of note, but it might be disappointing to some drivers, and their wallets, to have to move up in trim level.
A huge aspect of driving a pickup truck is the bed that the truck carries. A great truck bed can define a pickup and make a massive difference between great value and a package that falls a little short. Both the Chevy Silverado 1500 and the Ford F-150 come with an array of truck bed lengths and cab styles, plenty to satisfy all types of pickup truck drivers. It is important to note that one package is far more valuable than the other.
The 2019 Ford F-150 can be purchased with a 5.5ft. (66in.) or 6.5ft. (78in.) truck bed, and Regular or SuperCab models taking advantage of truck bed lengths of up to 8ft. (96in.). What defines the truck bed length of the Ford F-150 and any pickup truck is the cab style you choose. For the 2019 Ford F-150, you’ll find three different cab styles, the Regular Cab, Super Cab, and SuperCrew Cab. These cab options allow you to create a pickup truck that ranges from a utility-focused two-door to a sprawling comfort-centered four-door pickup.
How does the 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 compare? Well, drivers of Crew Cab, short bed configuration of the Chevy Silverado will find a 69.9in. truck bed behind them. You can expand that bed length to 79.4in. or a top length of 98.1in.. Just like the Ford F-150, you’ll find three different cab options, including the Regular Cab, Double Cab, and Crew Cab. Based on the measurements, the 2019 Chevy Silverado is the superior vehicle when it comes to truck bed length because when you need to close the tailgate on your cargo, those extra inches matter
When it comes to interior bells and whistles, both the Ford F-150 and the Chevy Silverado 1500 offer comparative packages. Depending on what cab style you get you’ll either enjoy plenty of rear-seat comforts, or a pair of well-designed front seats, with a tighter rear row. The SuperCrew Cab offers up to 43.6in. of legroom in the rear and 43.9in. of legroom in the front for each cab style. When it comes to driving amenities, the 2019 Ford F-150 offers pretty smooth riding, thanks to the option of acoustic glass. That said, interior comforts of the base model F-150 are pretty spartan, offering few luxuries beyond reasonable head and legroom.
The base model of the 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500, on the other hand, enjoys a better cabin layout that may be far from luxurious. But, it still provides some smart add-ons that you won’t find on the base model of the Ford F-150. Front legroom for each configuration is a generous 44.5in., with rear reaching 43.4 in. in the Crew Cab. Inside the Chevy Silverado 1500, you’ll find plenty of soft-touch surfaces, as well as a deep center console, and conveniently located power outlets.
To be fair, both pickups increase their offerings as you move up the trim option ladder, and top trims offer luxuries that are truly remarkable in the truck world. That said, the Chevy Silverado 1500, certainly starts stronger than its Ford brand competitor.
Last but far from least in this competition is the active safety and other smart features that both vehicles offer. Vehicles nowadays come with a wide array of auto tech that makes driving far simpler and safer by providing preventative measures of safety. Both vehicles come with some pretty basic packages at the start. However, the 2019 Chevy Silverado is certainly a step up. Both the Chevy Silverado 1500 and the Ford F-150 offer standard features like airbags, seatbelts, and some solid rollover resistance. The 2019 Chevy Silverado takes things a step further by adding a rearview camera, StabiliTrak, and teen driver features to the mix. Both the Chevy Silverado 1500 and the Ford F-150 can be purchased with more advanced safety features, but you’ll have to move to higher trim options.