|7,850||Max Payload (lbs)||7,442|
Henry Ford’s passion for mechanics as a child paved the way for a revolutionary idea that ultimately put the world on wheels. The automaker set out to make transportation more reliable and readily accessible to those who needed it most. Those early Ford models improved the efficiency of American farmers and factory workers, gave families a more reliable means of transportation, and opened everyone to a world of possibilities in terms of where they could travel. It’s this spirit of innovation that we see in Ford’s current lineup, and it’s certainly what fuels the Blue Oval’s healthy competition among rivals like Chevrolet, which is widely apparent when you slate the 2022 Ford F-350 vs 2022 Chevy Silverado 3500 HD.
The Chevy Silverado 3500 HD rests on the heavy-duty moniker while Ford’s F-350 is part of its Super Duty lineup of trucks that are built Ford tough. Both trucks are capable workhorses and are comparably priced, with the 2022 F-350 starting at $36,715 and the 2022 Silverado 3500 HD at $36,500.* The F-350 gives drivers a few more choices with its lineup extending from the XL, XLT, and Lariat to the King Ranch, Platinum, and Limited, while the Silverado 3500 HD is limited to the Work Truck, LT, LTZ, and High Country. You’ll also find fewer powertrain choices in the Chevy lineup, but more on that in a moment.
How else does the Ford F-350 take the lead over the Chevy Silverado? The rugged road warriors can each handle their own, but there’s no escaping the fact that the Ford outperforms the Chevy in nearly every category. This starts with the heartbeat under its hood and extends from its best-in-class payload to its suite of innovative technology that puts everything you need within reach or sight.
The 2022 Ford F-350 gains a fast lead ahead of the 2022 Chevy Silverado 3500 HD when you start looking at performance and capability. Ford’s Super Duty lineup gives you three powertrains to choose from, which means you have a wide range of power and capability to design a truck that best meets your needs. These options start with the 6.2-liter V8 engine that’s known as the “Boss” and is mated to either a 6-speed or 10-speed automatic transmission. The Boss delivers 385 horsepower and 430 lb-ft of torque. This engine provides you with a maximum 16,700-pound towing capacity.
While the Super Duty’s Boss can certainly handle its own, you’ll find even more capability when you equip the F-350 with the 7.3-liter V8 engine. Dubbed the “Godzilla,” the V8 has the most gas horsepower and torque in its class to the tune of 430 ponies and 475 lb-ft of torque. It’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission and boosts the F-350’s max towing capacity to 21,200 pounds.
At the top of the Super Duty’s food chain is the 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbo-diesel V8 that’s paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission. This combination delivers 475 horsepower, which is best-in-class, and 1,050 lb-ft of torque for one of the best ratings in the segment. The F-350’s diesel powertrain readies the truck to tow loads up to 35,750 pounds on a conventional trailer, 37,000 pounds on a gooseneck, and a best-in-class fifth-wheel capacity of 32,500 pounds. No wonder the F-350 never breaks a sweat!
You won’t find anything like the Boss or Godzilla in the 2022 Silverado 3500 HD lineup. The 3500 HD comes equipped with either a 6.6-liter gasoline engine or a Duramax 6.6-liter turbo-diesel V8. The 6.6-liter gas engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, delivers 401 horsepower and 464 lb-ft of torque, and its maximum trailering weight is 17,370 pounds. For hauling heavy loads, you’ll want the Silverado 3500 HD outfitted with the 6.6-liter Duramax and 10-speed Allison automatic transmission that delivers 445 horsepower, 910 lb-ft of torque, and a max trailering capability of 36,000 pounds. While impressive, the Silverado’s performance, power, and capability still pale in comparison to the 2022 F-350 Super Duty.
The 2022 F-350 and the 2022 Silverado 3500 HD are rugged workhorses that are designed to handle every demand with ease. They can tow heavy loads, navigate city traffic, log thousands of miles on dirt roads, and so much more. To extend this capability, Ford and Chevy equip the trucks with a variety of tools that work with you and for you at every turn. The intention of these tools is the same - to enhance and extend the capability of each truck - but the tools themselves are different across the brands.
The F-350 embodies the “Built Ford Tough” slogan in every aspect of its design. This is apparent in the Tremor Off-Road Package that makes the F-350 a solid performer on the trail and other rugged terrains. In short, the F-350 is no longer limited to the pavement.
The Tremor Off-Road Package adds 35-inch maximum traction tires to the truck, which delivers its best-in-class water fording capability of up to 33 inches. The package also outfits the F-350 with an off-road-tuned front and rear suspension as well as selectable drive modes like Rock Crawl and Trail Control that enhance the truck’s performance whether traveling on dirt, mud, sand, rocks, or snow. You can even add an integrated electric winch, which is built into the steel bumper and is great for pulling yourself out of dicey situations like deep mud pits.
While the Tremor package increases the F-350’s off-road prowess, the Super Duty’s truck bed is designed to make loading cargo easier. The available integrated tailgate step and bedside steps make accessing the truck bed easier, while the remote release and power locking features add greater convenience when your hands are full. Ford also offers the available BoxLink system that allows you to conveniently stow and secure your tools in the truck bed.
Like the F-350, the Silverado 3500 HD comes with a variety of features that extend its capability. However, you won’t find anything like the Super Duty’s Tremor Off-Road Package or an integrated winch on the Chevy. Instead, the Silverado 3500 HD is focused more on trailering and towing with features like the eight-camera system that delivers 15 unique views around the truck and trailer for easier maneuverability. The 3500 HD can also be outfitted with Chevy’s Multi-Flex Tailgate that has six unique functions to make accessing the truck bed more convenient.
Technology is another integral component to rugged road warriors like the 2022 F-350 and the 2022 Silverado 3500 HD. It’s apparent that Ford leads the full-size truck segment in innovation with a suite of cutting-edge technology that puts everything you need right where you need it. The heart of this technology starts with the new 12-inch touchscreen display that’s home to Ford’s renowned SYNC 4 infotainment system. The system offers a split-screen view that allows you to use multiple tools at once, whether you’re streaming your favorite music, navigating the quickest route to your destination, or responding to a text message. With the SYNC 4 system, the possibilities for connectivity are endless.
Beyond keeping you connected, the F-350 goes to great lengths to give you the confidence you need to tow a trailer with the Ultimate Trailer Tow Camera System that features Pro Trailer Backup Assist. While the Silverado 3500 HD offers 15 unique camera views, you won’t find anything comparable to Ford’s Pro Trailer Backup Assist. This tool allows you to use a knob on the center console to guide the trailer into the designated spot while using the Trailer Tow Camera System and Trailer Reverse Guidance. This tool makes parking a trailer easier than you can imagine by giving you a real-time view of your rig so that you can navigate with confidence.
You’ll also have plenty of confidence behind the wheel of the F-350, knowing that the Ford Co-Pilot360 suite is working as an extra set of eyes around your truck and trailer. The suite is designed to prioritize your safety and minimize the potential for front, rear, and side collisions. The tools include Pro Trailer Backup Assist, Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning with Brake Support, Blind Spot Information System with Trailer Coverage, Lane-Keeping Alert, Auto High-Beam Headlamps, a Rear View Camera, Hill Descent Control, and Trail Control.
The 2022 Silverado 3500 HD doesn’t offer a 12-inch touchscreen display and, instead, comes standard with either a 7-inch or 8-inch display with navigation and smartphone integration. Unlike the F-350, it doesn’t offer a split-screen view or anything comparable to the Pro Trailer Backup Assist feature. As far as safety, Chevy is committed to keeping you safe in the driver’s seat and gives you access to a variety of tools like Rear Park Assist, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Automatic Emergency Braking, IntelliBeam Headlamps, and Rear Park Assist, most of which are available upgrades rather than standard features.