2021 Chevy Silverado 1500 vs. 2021 Ford F-150

2021 Chevy Silverado 1500 vs. 2021 Ford F-150

2021 Chevy Silverado 1500


2021 Ford F-150

5 out of 5

J.D. Power Predicted Reliability

4.5 out of 5
5.75 feet, 6.6 feet, 8 Feet

Bed Sizes

5.5 feet, 6.5 feet, 8 Feet
Available on All Trims

Multi-Flex Tailgate

Up to 33 mpg highway

Fuel Economy

Up to 27 mpg highway
28 gallons

Fuel Tank

23 gallons

Comparing the Ford F-150 vs. Chevy Silverado? Don’t be fooled by slightly higher maximum capacities of the Ford. The 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500 offers better diesel fuel economy, a larger fuel tank, more useful bed options, and a higher predicted reliability rating, so you can really make the most of its power on Carmel and Noblesville job sites. For all these reasons and more, the Silverado is a better all-around pick.

Ford F-150 vs. Chevy Silverado: Engine Options & Capacities

Just about every driver wants to compare Ford vs. Chevy pickups on engine performance and capability. However, first looks can be deceiving. Although the Ford offers a little bit more power across the lineup, the vast majority of work-related tasks can be easily handled by either truck! Plus, the Silverado 1500 has several significant performance advantages:

  • Diesel Fuel Economy: Both trucks offer diesel engines, but the Chevy truck’s Duramax® diesel is much more efficient than its rival. You can enjoy up to 33 mpg highway with the Silverado 1500. The F-150 diesel, on the other hand, tops out with 27 mpg highway.
  • Fuel Tank Capacity: Every Chevy Silverado 1500 includes a 28-gallon fuel tank, so you can go longer in between trips to the gas station. The Ford just has a 23-gallon tank.
  • Towing Capacity: Many pickup owners want to bring home the biggest, toughest truck, but between the Silverado 1500 and the Ford F-150, there isn’t a major real-world difference. The two offer maximum capacities of 13,300 and 14,000 pounds, respectively. In fact, if we’re comparing V8s, it’s the Silverado that comes out ahead.

Ford F-150 vs. Chevy Silverado: Dimensions, Beds, and Features

Which pickup truck is more comfortable to ride in? Compare the Silverado 1500 vs. F-150 on a few key specs:

  • The Silverado Regular Cab offers 44.5 inches of 1st-row legroom, compared to 43.9 inches in the Ford.
  • If you often travel with a group, you should know that the Silverado Double Cab offers 35.2 inches of rear legroom. That’s a small but noticeable advantage over the Ford, which offers 33.5 inches in its SuperCab configuration.

The largest beds offered by both models are roughly 8 feet in length. However, if we compare the other bed options, it’s clear that the Silverado offers more impressive capacities:

  • The short bed on the Silverado measures 5 feet and 10 inches. On the Ford, the short bed measures 5 feet and 6 inches.
  • The mid-size bed on the Silverado measures 6 feet and 7 inches. The same option on the Ford is slightly shorter, at 6 feet and 5 inches.

Last but not least, we should point out that the Silverado offers one all-new capability feature that’s completely unavailable on the Ford. The new Chevrolet Multi-Flex Tailgate can be configured in six different ways to facilitate transport for a much wider range of cargo. It can even fold down to form a step when you need it! Any driver comparing the Ford F-150 vs. Chevy Silverado 1500 needs to take this advantage into account.

Ford F-150 vs. Chevy Silverado: Predicted Reliability

You depend on your truck day-in and day-out, so why shouldn’t you choose the model that’s ready to go the distance? Neither pickup is a bad option, but the new Silverado 1500 is the better option for hard-working Indianapolis and Westfield drivers:

  • The Ford F-150 earned a J.D. Power Predicted Reliability rating of 4.5 out of 5.
  • That would be a fantastic score–if it wasn’t going up against the Silverado. This year’s Silverado 1500 earned a perfect 5-point predicted reliability rating from the same agency.

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