The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 has been fully updated for the 2019 model year, launching a whole new generation of this Chevy pickup truck. The must mean it’s time to revisit one of the biggest rivalries in the automotive industry. Which does it better? The Chevy Silverado or the Ford F-150? The Ford too has a new look, since the F-150 was refreshed for 2018. What’s old is new again. Check out this comparison to see how these recently updated pickups compare.
Reliability: 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500
We’re no fortune tellers, so we cannot guarantee how long your new pickup will last or how often it’ll need to be repaired. But we can give you the opinion of the experts over at JD Power and Associates. Their reliability ratings give a good estimate of how well your truck will fare over the course of its life, especially in your first few years of ownership. The 2019 Chevy Silverado received a great score, netting 4 out of 5. That’s well above the industry average of 3. Meanwhile, the Ford F-150 is in the middle of the road, with a score of 3 out of 5. That’s why our money’s on the Chevy Silverado 1500.
Cargo Space: 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500
To be fair, Chevy only wins this category by a hair. Because if you want the largest truck bed available, both the Ford F-150 and the Chevy Silverado 1500 offer a large-and-in-charge 8-foot truck bed. But just in case you don’t have that big of a garage, let’s look at the other two bed configurations. In addition to the 8-foot bed, the Chevy Silverado 1500 offers 6-foot-6-inch, and 5-foot-8-inch. Meanwhile, the Ford F-150 offers a 6-foot-6-inch and a 5-foot-6-inch. And there’s that difference. Like we said, there’s just a hair’s difference in these options.
Perhaps you’re wondering how full you can fill your truck. Well, in terms of payload capacity, the Ford F-150 wins the day, but, again, only by the smallest margin. The Chevy Silverado hauls loads up to 3,000 pounds in weight, while the Ford F-150 beats that number by just 300 pounds.
There was once a time when tech features were foreign to the pickup truck market. Crank windows, no A/C, AM radio. That was it. Times are a-changin’ because the Silverado 1500 and F-150 have almost as many features as an SUV or sedan. And one doesn’t necessarily have an edge over the other in this category though you do want to pay attention to which truck has the options you want.
The Chevy Silverado has a Work Truck trim level, but that’s not at all for tech lover. Step up one, if you please. The Custom trim level’s standard features include rearview camera, cruise control, keyless entry, Teen Driver, and Chevy's Infotainment 3 system with a 7-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, a USB port, a six-speaker audio system, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.
The F-150 is famously cheap, but the inexpensive base XL trim level is feature-poor. If you’re looking for tech features, it’s better to step up to the XLT trim for $34,160 to get MyKey, SYNC 3 infotainment system with Wi-Fi hot spot, USB port, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.