2023 Ford F-150 vs 2023 Chevy Silverado 1500

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  • 2023 Ford F-150

    A white 2023 Ford F-150 Platinum is shown angled left.

    Starting at

    $33,695[a]

    2023 Chevy Silverado 1500

    A black 2023 Chevy Silverado 1500 High Country.

    Starting at

    $36,300

    14,000Max Towing (lbs)13,300
    3,325Max Payload (lbs)2,260
    265-640Torque (lb-ft)383-495

    Shopping for a new truck can be exciting––you’ll get to test drive a few, see what each one has to offer, and then face the tough decision of which one you’ll end up taking home. It’s exciting, yes, but it can also be confusing. Trucks seem pretty straightforward, but all of the best options have a lot of features and options that you need to comb through. Take the 2023 Ford F-150 vs 2023 Chevy Silverado 1500, for instance. Both of these trucks offer multiple engines, cab styles, bed sizes, trims, and more to choose from, and things only get more detailed from there.

    With almost ten years of experience over Chevrolet, Ford has been around long enough to know what people want. The Ford F-150 remains the top choice for North American drivers for a reason. Not only is it the best-selling pickup truck, it’s the top-selling vehicle in the United States, with other brands like Chevrolet still attempting to catch up. This doesn’t mean that other trucks aren’t worth looking over, but it should be noted that the Ford F-150 is the whole package, whereas some other pickups will need different size tires, additional packages, optional features, and other alterations before they’re ready to rumble toward your next adventure, project, job site, or family vacation. Curious about the difference between the Ford F-150 and the Chevy Silverado 1500? Let’s take a look at the 2023 models and see how they measure up.

  • Exterior

    A black 2023 Ford F-150 is shown towing a boat on a foggy day.

    Similar at First Glance, but Differences Shine Upon Closer Inspection

    At first glance, it might be difficult to tell which one of these trucks stands out––they’re both set squarely with a lot of muscle beneath the stylish exterior. However, there are details that begin to catch your eye as you take a closer look. As far as similarities go, both the Silverado 1500 and Ford F-150 come with black front and rear bumpers, daytime running lamps, and silver-painted steel wheels.

    The Silverado 1500 comes with LED headlights and taillights, auto high beams, and many available options like the hard-folding tonneau cover by REV, front license plate bracket, and assist steps. The F-150, on the other hand, comes equipped with halogen lamps and fog lamps, LED box lighting and onboard scales with SmartHitch, hooks on the front, and a spare tire carrier. The Ford F-150 also comes with something the Silverado 1500 does not, and that is Pro Power Onboard. This system allows you to use your truck as a generator. Plug-in tools at the worksite or equipment for your next tailgate.

    Packages and Other Add-Ons to Customize Your Truck

    If you want to increase the number of features in your truck, then choose one of the many available packages that come with these trucks.

    The 2023 Silverado 1500 has available exterior packages for the base model, such as:

    • Assist Step and Tonneau Value Package I - Includes a soft roll-up tonneau cover and black work steps for easy entry and exit from the truck.
    • Chrome Package - Adds chrome accents around the truck, such as chrome recovery hooks and a polished exhaust tip.
    • Dark Essentials Package - Adds black Silverado trim and nameplates, black "Chevrolet" tailgate decal, and black bowtie emblems.
    • Snow Plow Prep Package - Adds a heavy-duty air filter, skid plates, a 220-amp alternator, heavy-duty front springs, and a power feed for backup and roof light.

    Packages to improve the exterior of the base Ford F-150 include:
    Snow Plow Prep - Adds electronic shift-on-the-fly and a snow plow mode button.

    • XL Chrome Appearance Package - Adds chrome accents throughout the body.
    • STX Appearance Package - Adds 18-inch aluminum and black wheels, body-color bumpers and grille, "STX" box-side decal, and privacy glass.
    • STX Black Appearance Package - Adds black accents with 20-inch black wheels, front and rear bumper, body side decals, and dual exhaust with black tips.
    • Trailer Tow Package - Adds seven-pin wiring harness, class IV trailer hitch receiver, trailer brake controller, and tailgate LED.

    These are just some of the packages you can get on the base trims, but moving up the trim lines will open up more opportunities for customization. While both trucks have some great options available, we would have to suggest you check out the Ford F-150 for some pretty exciting options, like the wheel upgrades.

  • Interior

    The black interior of a 2023 Ford F-150 Heritage is shown during a 2023 Ford F-150 vs 2023 Chevy Silverado 1500 comparison.

    Which Truck Has the More Comfortable Interior?

    While you do like to see your truck’s exterior, you don’t spend the majority of your time in the pickup bed or walking around the truck. The inside is where you’ll spend most of your time, driving to and from appointments, meetings, and school events, or road-tripping, transporting animals, and taking your family to a weekend in the woods with camping gear, fishing equipment, and of course, a cooler full of snacks, drinks, and sandwiches. Which of these two pickups do you think would offer the best experience during these trips?

    The Ford F-150 has a lot to offer drivers in the interior. You have an available interior work surface––just stow away the gear shift for a flat area to put your laptop, building plans, or to eat your lunch. Flip and fold rear seats make it easy to load up the back of the truck for a day out on the lake or a week-long camping excursion. You can get the available leather seats for a touch of class and comfort. With a standard eight-inch or available 12-inch touchscreen screen, you'll find it easy to control your SYNC 4 infotainment system. The Silverado also offers leather seating, and there is a standard seven-inch touchscreen, but it lacks when it comes to other features like flexible seating and interior workspaces.

    Safety Features Bring More Comfort and Peace-of-Mind

    When it comes to safety, we know you care about protecting yourself, your loved ones, and your vehicle, whether you’re trying to drive over icy patches and snowy roads, going off-roading and encountering mud and gravel, or you’re stuck in traffic and are carefully watching the cars ahead of, beside, and behind you. The priority should always be on keeping everyone safe, both inside and outside the car, which is why Ford has outfitted the 2023 F-150 with plenty of safety measures to ensure that you have what it takes to be able to handle a variety of tough situations as you go about your day. Luckily, both of these trucks are pretty well-equipped.

    The Ford F-150 comes with the following driver-assist and safety features standard:

    • Rear view camera with dynamic hitch assist
    • AdvanceTrac with roll stability control
    • Curve Control
    • Four-wheel anti-lock brakes
      You have the option to add features like:
    • BLIS with Cross-Traffic Alert
    • Intersection Assist
    • BlueCruise - A semi-autonomous, hands-free driving system

    The 2023 Silverado 1500 comes standard with:

    • Forward Collision Alert and Automatic Emergency Braking
    • Following Distance Indicator
    • Front Pedestrian Braking
    • Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning

    This is also a pretty good set of standard features to have. Both of these trucks have a lot to offer in terms of safety and driver assistance features, which is something we expect from these two automakers.

  • Performance

    A grey 2023 Ford F-150 Tremor is shown towing a small camping trailer.

    Which One Has the Most Power?

    One of the biggest reasons people get interested in pickups in the first place is because of their reputation for peak performance, especially when equipped with the right combination of engine and transmission. Some pickups offer a variety of engine choices as well as the option to go hybrid, while others concentrate on a few solid engine choices that run on either gas or diesel. Some have different options depending on the trim level, while others seem to have found a tried and true product and decided to stick with it.

    The 2023 Ford F-150 Engine Options

    The 2023 Ford F-150 has several engine options to choose from. The starting engine is a 3.3L V6 that produces 290 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque. Next up is the 2.7L turbo V6 that gives you 325 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. Following that is the 5.0L V8 that spits out an exciting 400 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque. If you want the most when it comes to towing, opt for the 3.5L turbo V6 that comes with 400 hp, 500 lb-ft of torque, and a max towing capacity of 14,000 lbs.

    A few unique options for the F-150 include the 3.5L turbo V6 hybrid option that generated 430 hp and 570 lb-ft of torque. If fuel economy is your concern, this is the engine to go with. However, if excitement is your priority, choose the Raptor trim with its 3.5L high-output V6 that creates 450 hp and 510 lb-ft of torque or the Raptor R with a 5.2L high-output supercharged V8 that puts out an exciting 700 hp and 640 lb-ft of torque.

    The 2023 Chevy Silverado 1500 Engine Options

    The Chevy Silverado 1500 has a much smaller lineup of only four engines. The base is a 2.7L high-output I-4 that produces 310 hp and 430 lb-ft of torque. Next up, you have the 5.3L V8 making 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque. If you want the most excitement and towing power, go with the 420-hp 6.2L V8 with 460 lb-ft of torque and a max towing capacity of 13,300 lbs. Finally, Chevy does offer a diesel engine, which will give you 305 hp and 495 lb-ft of torque.

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