2018 Chevrolet Silverado vs. 2018 Ford F-150

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The 2018 Chevrolet Silverado is a pickup truck at the top of its class. Long-lasting and dependable, the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado was designed and built with the driver in mind, capable of meeting many possible needs. The family of trucks has a variety of trims, each designed to tailor to the driver’s style and preferences, though each trim reflects Chevrolet’s commitment to innovation, durability, and safety. With all of these features and capabilities, the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado clearly outshines its competition. Don’t believe us? The specs speak for themselves.

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Technology

Silverado

Along with its stellar performance and safety features, the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado has a whole host of convenient technologies to keep you connected on the go. With Chevrolet’s MyLink touch display, make hands-free calls, access directions, or listen to music playlists. The MyLink display is also compatible with Apple Carplay™ and Android Auto™. Also available in the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado are built-in 4G LTE Wi-fi, USB ports, a 1100V power outlet, a wireless charging pad for compatible smartphones, and steering wheel controls to answer calls, interact with MyLink, or set cruise controls.

F-150

The 2018 Ford F-150 has an available eight-inch LCD productivity screen that provides information on specs from fuel economy to towing data. It also has SYNC Connect® available, which is powered by FordPass™, allowing the user to track the truck’s location and remotely lock, unlock, and start the truck, The driver can also lock, unlock, and lower the tailgate from the key fob.

While the F-150 has some nice conveniences, the Silverado is equipped with more large-scale and all-around more useful technologies that the driver will use every time.

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Safety

Silverado

The 2018 Chevrolet Silverado has a threefold approach to safety: prevent, protect, and respond. With these three goals in mind, the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado has numerous safety features that work together to prevent accidents from occurring, protecting the driver and the passengers in the event of an accident, and responding the accident in its aftermath.

To prevent accidents from happening, the Silverado includes low-speed Forward Automatic Braking, Lane Keep Assist with lane departure warning, Forward Collision Alert, safety alert driver’s seat, front and rear park assist, and rear vision camera. The low-speed Forward Automatic Braking will automatically apply the brakes when the vehicle senses that an accident is imminent at low speeds. This protects the driver and may even prevent the accident from occurring. Lane Keep Assist alerts the driver when drifting and will even gently maneuver the vehicle back into the lane, and the Forward Collision Alert will notify the driver of impending accidents. The front and rear park assist alert the driver of cross traffic in parking lots or driveways. These features all work together to make sure that the driver and the passengers are never put at risk.

In the event of an accident, the Silverado is designed to protect the occupants of the vehicle with six standard airbags and a high-strength steel safety cage that prevents the cab from crushing.

To protect the vehicle’s occupants after an accident, many Chevrolet models are equipped with a free trial of OnStar, which will contact you immediately in the event of a crash and dispatch emergency assistance even if you are unable to respond.

The Silverado also has Teen Driver, an available system that helps protect your teens when you’re not in the car with them. This technology promotes safe driving habits by giving audiovisual warnings when the teen is going over a certain speed, muting the radio if any occupant isn’t wearing a seatbelt, and providing the industry’s first in-car report card to parents, providing a snapshot of the teen’s driving.

F-150

The 2018 Ford F-150 has a handful of useful safety features, such as a 360-degree camera with a split-view display that enables the driver to see all sides of the vehicle, a useful feature when maneuvering in tight spaces. It also has a Blind Spot Information System®, which uses the mirror to signal the driver when another vehicle has entered the F-150’s blind spot. Pre-Collision Assist gives audiovisual alerts to the driver when a vehicle or pedestrian is too close to the front of the vehicle, charging brakes for extra responsiveness. If the driver does not apply the brakes in these situations, the brakes can automatically apply. Finally, the Lane-Keeping System will vibrate the steering wheel if the vehicle detects drifting.

While the 2018 Ford F-150 does have some useful safety features, the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado beats it out with its superior collision detection and prevention systems, its more capable drifting detection and prevention, and its special features that keep one of the most vulnerable and precious driving populations safe: teens.

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Performance

Silverado

The 2018 Chevrolet Silverado has a lineup of powerful, fuel-efficient engines to ensure that you can save fuel while still getting the job done. The available engines include a 4.3L V6, a 5.3L V8, and a 6.2L V8. These small block engines contain fuel-saving technologies such as Active Fuel Management™, Direct Injection, and Continuously Variable Valve Timing.

With the 6.2L V8 engine, the Silverado has a maximum horsepower of 420 at 5600 rpm and 460 lb.-ft. of torque at 4100 rpm. The vehicle gets an EPA estimated 15/21 mpg in the city and on the highway. It also has a maximum towing capacity of 12,500 pounds and a maximum payload of 2,250 pounds.

To get even more fuel economy, some models are equipped with eAssist Powertrain, a type of hybrid technology that pairs with the 5.3L V8 engine. This technology can see up to a 12 percent improvement in fuel economy.

Other features that make the Silverado a powerhouse of performance include a tow/haul mode that reduces shift cycling, StabiliTrak™ with trailer sway control to prevent and manage swaying trailers and hill start assist to help prevent rollback.

F-150

The 2018 Ford F-150 has five engines available: a 2.7L EcoBoost®, a 3.5L EcoBoost®, a 3.3L Ti-VCT V6, a 5.0L TI-VCT V8, and a Raptor DOHC 24-Valve, High-Output 3.5L EcoBoost®, the best engine available on this model. With this engine, the F-150 gets 450 horsepower and 510 lb.-ft. of torque. It gets an EPA-estimated 15/18 MPG in the city and on the highway. Its maximum towing capacity is only 8,000 pounds, and its maximum payload is only 1,200 pounds.

This engine is only available on one of the trucks in the F-150’s family, whereas the Silverado’s most powerful engine is available in three of the various Silverado configurations. While its horsepower and torque may be better than the Silverado’s, its maximum capacities are nowhere close to the Silverado’s capabilities.

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