|290 - 450 HP||Horsepower||277 - 420 HP|
|265 - 510 LB-FT||Torque||305-460 LB-FT|
|2,309 LBS||Max Payload||2,280 LBS|
There has been an epic battle waging since the beginning of time. Well, at least, since the beginning of time for the creation of trucks, that is. In 1917, Ford released the world’s first truck known as the Model TT. The following year, Chevrolet unveiled its own truck, and the war began. Over 100 years have passed, and the two American automakers remained the biggest competitors in the truck market. So, now it’s time to compare the 2020 Ford F-150 vs 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500.
As light-duty, full-size pickup trucks, these two models immolate what hard work and independence truly mean. As worthy competitors, they have both set the bar high for trucks in general. Available in three different body styles, you can choose from varying bed lengths and cab configurations based on what you think you will need. The 2020 Ford F-150 is available in Regular Cab, SuperCab, and SuperCrew body styles with bed lengths varying between 5.5 feet, 6.5 feet, and 8 feet. Similarly, the 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 comes as a Regular Cab with an 8.1-ft bed, Double Cab with a 6.6-ft bed, and Crew Cab with a 5.8 or 6.6-ft bed.
Along with a few tech similarities, such as Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free calling and compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for seamless audio streaming, the two don’t really have anything else in common. The F-150 offers six engine choices, while the Silverado 1500 only has five (one engine has an option for an upgrade). As far as trim levels go, the F-150 has seven to choose from, and the Silverado 1500 is available in eight.
Let’s take a closer look at these two beautiful beasts to understand their differences further.
As we touched on previously, the 2020 Ford F-150 is available with six different engine options. The first option is a robust 3.3L V6 motor that pumps out 290 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque. It is coupled with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Second is a 2.7L Ecoboost V6 engine mated with a 10-speed automatic transmission. It generates 325 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. The third is the magnanimous 5.0L V8 that puts out 395 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque with its 10-speed automatic transmission.
Next is a 3.5L Ecoboost V6 motor that provides 375 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. Then we have a massive 3.0L PowerStroke V6 engine that generates 250 hp and an impressive 440 lb-ft of torque. The sixth and last engine choice is an H.O. 3.5L Ecoboost V6 that pushes out a staggering 450 hp and 510 lb-ft of torque. Estimated fuel economies for these engines have not been officially released yet, but we can safely assume that most will get gas mileage in the teens. As for maximum towing capacities, the limits vary depending on the cab configuration, bed length, and powertrain. The F-150 models can manage to haul anywhere between 7,400 and 13,200 pounds.
It is hard to out-perform a Ford truck, but the 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 puts up a good fight. The first engine option is available on the lower LT and RST trims. It’s a turbocharged 2.7L engine that is mated with an 8-speed automatic transmission and generates 310 hp and 348 lb-ft of torque. With advanced start-stop technology, it has a fuel economy set at 20 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway and can tow about 7,000 pounds. That’s lower than the F-150, but not by too much.
Second is a 4.3L V6 engine that is available on the Work Truck, Custom, and Custom Trail Boss trims and produces 285 hp and 305 lb-ft of torque. Using a 6-speed automatic transmission, it can haul 7,900 pounds. Next is a robust 5.3L V8 motor that pushes out 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque. Coupled with a 6 or 8-speed automatic transmission, it can tow 10,100 pounds without breaking a sweat. The fourth engine to consider is a turbo diesel 3.0L I-6 engine that produces 277 hp and 430 lb-ft of torque using start-stop technology and a 10-speed automatic transmission.
The last option is a massive 6.2L V8 engine that puts out 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. This motor is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission and is only available on LTZ and High Country trims. It has the ability to haul 13,400 pounds.
With seven available trim variations, the 2020 Ford F-150 has something for everyone. Whether you need a truck to get your contraction crew to multiple job sites or you are looking for a vehicle to take the family on an outdoor adventure, you can find it.
The base XL model offers dual 12-volt power outlets, FordPass Connect, and a 4G LTE Wifi hotspot to keep you connected everywhere you go. Cloth upholstery covers the cabin seats, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto enables smartphone integration for seamless audio streaming.
The next version is known as the XLT. This gets the pro-trailer backup assist to help with hooking up a trailer or RV. It also gets an upgrade to the infotainment system by adding Sync 3. The Lariat is one of the most popular trims. It’s a bit more luxurious with the addition of leather-trimmed seats with heating and cooling features for comfort year-round. Push-button start makes it easy to get in and go, cruise control enables you to relax on long drives, and satellite radio provides you with more entertainment options during your journey.
Next is the King Ranch model. You will never have to worry about getting stuck in a traffic jam again due to the SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link update that comes with the integrated navigation system. This model also has a 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system, an exceptional music listening experience. Stepping all the way up into the life of luxury, the Platinum version features heated/ventilated leather seats with dual-zone climate control. You and your travel companion can maintain different temperatures for enhanced comfort.
If you want something better suited to the outdoors, you can get the Raptor. This beast features better shocks for a smoother ride over rough terrain. Finally, the Limited trim is the cream of the crop. It adds a 360-degree camera system for better visibility. On SuperCrew models, it also adds a moonroof for stargazing.
On the other hand, the 2020 Chevy Silverado comes in eight trims. The base is the Work Truck, which is mostly a bare-bones model. It does feature the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 System displayed on a 7-inch touchscreen that operates with Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free calling. The Custom adds an upgraded 6-speaker stereo, and the Custom Trail Boss gets a 2-inch suspension lift.
Stepping up to the LT will add a 4G LTE Wifi hotspot, premium cloth upholstery, and carpeted floors. The LT Trail Boss offers a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and the RST model features push-button start technology. If you are looking for luxury, you can start at the LTX trim. With perforated leather seating and a voice-activated infotainment upgrade, this model is much more sophisticated. Lastly, the High Country version gets a 7-speaker premium Bose sound system with a subwoofer.
Both trucks can be decorated with black or chrome exterior accents depending on which trim level you go with.
As for paint colors, the new F-150 is available in a whopping 14 shades including Race Red, Agate Black, Blue Jeans, Lead Foot, Stone Gray, Abyss Gray, Magma Red, Iconic Silver, Magnetic, Silver Spruce, Oxford White, Velocity Blue, Rapid Red, and Star White.
The new Silverado 1500 only comes in 10 shades, including Summit White, Shadow Gray Metallic, Satin Steel Metallic, Black, Havana Brown Metallic, Silver Ice Metallic, Iridescent Pearl Tricoat, Northsky Blue Metallic, Cajun Red Tintcoat, and Red Hot.