The used car market is full of great trucks : the 2015 Ford F-150 and the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado are two beasts that come to mind when consumers think about purchasing a not-too-old full-sized pickup truck. So let’s compare the F-150 and the Chevrolet Silverado 1500.
2015 Ford F-150 vs. 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Comparison
Both the F-150 and the Silverado have several engines to compare. The first engine on the 2015 F-150 is a 3.5-liter V6 giving out 283hp and 255lb-ft of torque.
You can further choose between an EcoBoost 2.7-liter V6 turbo producing 325hp and 375lb-ft of torque; a 5.0-liter V8 making 385hp and 387lb-ft torque, and finally, a 3.5-liter V6 turbo that produces 365hp and 420lb-ft torque. All of them are mated to a six-speed auto.
The 2015 Silverado 1500 offers fewer engines, starting with the 4.3-liter V6 with 285hp and 305lb-ft torque. There’s also a 5.3-liter V8 with 355hp and 383lb-ft of torque. Then there’s the biggest; a 6.2-liter V8 with 420hp and 460lb-ft torque.
There are two gearboxes offered; a six-speed auto on the first two engines and an eight-speed on the third one.
The quickest acceleration done by a 2015 Silverado 1500 is about 5.7s and 5.8s for the 2015 F-150.
Interior Quality and Technology
The Ford F-150 loses to the Silverado in this comparison. The upholstery can be upgraded to leather, along with massaging front seats that can be powered, heated, and ventilated. A heated steering wheel is also available. The 2015 F-150 includes standard four- or six-speaker stereo and a 4.2-inch display.
Available features include cruise control, a moonroof, rain-sensing wipers, dual-zone automatic climate control. Also available is proximity keyless entry, push-button and remote start.
The Silverado also offers leather seats that are heated and ventilated in its well-insulated noise-cancelling cabin full of soft-touch plastic components. Its cabin features gizmos that are large and easy to use.
The base Silverado only comes with standard A/C, a 4.2-inch display, and USB connectivity. It also offers dual-zone climate control, and satnav. Other options are an 8-inch touch screen, satellite radio, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi connectivity.
Space and Towing
Both the 2015 Ford F-150 and the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado offer good headroom and legroom for their passengers. They both offer a choice of 8’, and 6’6 bed lengths.
The basic truck bed is 5’8 and 5’6 in the trucks, and the maximum towing capacities are 2,720 and 2300lbs, respectively. The Chevy can tow up to 12,000lbs, and the Ford can do up to 12,200lbs.
Safety and Fuel Economy
The 2015 F-150 has been awarded an overall safety rating of five stars by the NTSHA, just like the Silverado 1500. However, it doesn’t offer any standard driver assistance features.
Still, you can get options such as lane departure warning, a rearview camera, blind-spot monitoring, forward collision warning, rear parking sensors, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, rear cross-traffic alert, and a surround-view parking camera.
The 2015 Silverado offers a rearview camera, plus front and rear parking sensors. You can also equip it with a forwarding collision and lane departure warning.
The F-150’s highest fuel mileage is obtained with the 2.7-liter V6 turbo, at 19mpg and 26mpg. For the Silverado, the top economy is achieved with the V6 at 18mpg and 24mpg.
Price and Warranty
While comparing the F-150 and the Silverado, a similarity is in the prices for used models. You’ll also find that Ford has held up its value better, costing from $18,607 to $39,056 in the market. You can pay from $18,678 to $35,918 for a used Silverado. You can also find a 2015 F-150 under a powertrain warranty if it has less than 100k miles.
The Ford F-150 wins this one. The 2015 F-150 beats the 2015 Silverado (barely) in all the comparisons except the acceleration and interior ones. It also holds up its value better, and you can find one with a powertrain warranty.