2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Versus 2013 Ford F-150
2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Vs. 2013 Ford F-150
*Disclaimer: The following article will compare the 2014 Chevy Silverado 1500 with the 2013 Ford F-150 as this is the Ford vehicle the engineers were competing with while designing the 2014 Chevy Silverado 1500. If the author is permitted to fully experience BOTH 2014 models a comparison between current model years will be drawn.*
Once again, I apologize for the disclaimer but someone might read the article and feel robbed that I’m only comparing the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado to the 2013 Ford F-150. However, being that I am employed by Autostar USA which has multiple domestic new car and several pre-owned dealerships we still do not have a Ford dealership that I can easily walk in and get a feel for the vehicle to compare with the Silverado. If we do pick up a Ford dealership at some point in the near future I will definitely make sure to compare both the 2014 Chevy Silverado 1500 and the 2014 Ford F-150 but at this time there are no plans to do so. I apologize if this offends anyone. If you have a Ford dealership and would be willing to allow me the pleasure of comparing these two vehicles side-by-side I would be more than happy to do an in-depth, objective (as I can manage) comparison between the two. That said, let’s get down to the meat of it all (most of which is information found on both manufacturer’s websites and on General Motor’s internal website). As I did in my previous post, 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Versus 2013 Ram 1500, we’re going to start by listing some of the things that the 2013 Ford F-150 did well (before presenting why the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is superior). First, it’s worth mentioning that the Ford F-150 has been the sales leader in the light duty pickup segment for several years and until recently has carried on a legacy of sorts. As such, Ford has been hesitant to change much on their truck and the last major redesign for the F-150 was back in 2009. The 2013 model carries over the same previous designs and adds a few new features and the addition of a luxury, Limited, model. The 2013 F-150 is available in 10 models from the XL all the way to the Limited. They start just under $25,000 for the entry level and go up to an MSRP that starts around $54,000 for the new, loaded Limited model. Four engines are offered: the 302 hp 3.7L V6, 365 hp turbocharged EcoBoost 3.5L V6, 360 hp 5.0L V8 and a 411 hp 6.2L V8. These engines are shared in other line-ups including the EcoBoost in the crossover (Ford Flex and similar) and the Mustang line that also uses the 3.7L V6 and the 5.0L V8. All engines are paired with 6-speed automatic transmission with a manual shift version available on some models (the Silverado has this feature standard on all models). It features a top towing rating of 11,300 lbs and a top payload rating of 3,120 lbs which are both best-in-class rating for the 2013 model year. Exclusive features include the 4.2″ productivity screen, tailgate step and side box steps. The 2013 Ford F-150 is a great vehicle indeed, but let’s look into the ways that the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is a serious challenge to the long-time leader of the segment with a Silverado that’s stronger, smarter and more capable than ever before.
- Silverado’s all-new EcoTec3 engines offer an outstanding combination of power and efficiency with a combination of three technologies: Direct Injection, Active Fuel Management and Variable Valve Timing (which makes the Cylinder Deactivation possible). The 355 hp 5.3L V8 delivers best-in-class V8 fuel economy of 16/23 (2WD; 16/22 in 4WD) that beats both Ford V8 engines and the EcoBoost V6. The 2014 Silverado 1500 5.3L V8 with the MAX Trailering Package delivers best-in-class trailering capacity at 11,500 lbs (and the 6.2L V8 is expected to deliver best-in-class power when it’s released later into the model year).
- Silverado’s EcoTec3 engines are designed specifically for use in trucks and to meet the demands of truck owners, whereas 75% of the engines available in the Ford F-150 are found in other cars and crossovers and placed into a full-size pickup.
- Silverado’s MyLink systems are intuitive and easy to use with features like gesture and natural voice recognition. In contrast, Ford’s SYNC and MyFord Touch systems are still not up to par and need structured voice commands, have less intuitive operation and cannot compete with the 8″ diagonal MyLink touch-screen’s tap, drag and swipe screen functions.
- Ford’s “productivity center” is similar to Silverado’s 4.2″ Diagonal Driver Information Center, including the steering wheel control functions, but the Silverado also adds MyLink control that Ford does not offer.
- Silverado offers several new box features that overshadow Ford’s with the CornerStep Rear Bumper which, unlike the F-150, does not require opening the tailgate or any moving parts to make box access simple and Silverado’s segment-first movable upper tie-downs and available LED under-rail lighting (a complement to the Cargo Box Lamps) which Ford has nothing to compete.
- Silverado features the quietest cabin in the segment with all the extensive noise reduction strategies; we even did a Christmas Video showcasing the 2014 Chevy Silverado High Country: “Quietest Truck on the Market!“
- Ford has long been criticized for ride quality that is “jittery” especially in 4WD. Silverado’s ride and handling are expected to be segment-leading.
- Ford does not offer anything to compete with Silverado’s segment-first safety technologies: Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning and Safety Alert Seat.
- With Silverado’s OnStar even more extensive safety and security is available: OnStar’s GPS connection provides immediate assistance after a collision rather than the SYNC’s 911 Assist that requires a paired cell phone; OnStar features that SYNC can’t match including First Assist, Crisis Assist, Stolen Vehicle Assistance, Roadside Assistance, available Family Link and live Advisor Turn-by-Turn Directions.
- Silverado also offers segment-first Front Park Assist and available heated cloth front bench or bucket seats (unavailable on F-150).
While the Ford F-150 has been a long-time favorite in the full-size pickup market, and they are decent enough vehicles, they also seem to have had little incentive to change up what they’ve been offering to meet the ever-changing needs of consumers. Silverado on the other hand has listened to what the people who drive trucks have been asking for and aimed to meet their needs as efficiently and cost-effective to the consumer as possible and I believe that it has done just that. Don’t take my word though, I work for car dealers (but I DO find time to get you guys the information you need to make the best decision for YOUR unique needs)! Give our World Class Internet Department a call today at (800) 680-0835 today and schedule your test drive to check out our pickups for yourself and see why they’re better than the competition!
Thank you very much for reading! I hope you found the information you were looking for and will come and check out the Silverado before making a decision on your next full-sized pickup.
Jason Lee Gibson
Your Automotive Digital Informant