2017 Ford F-150 vs Chevrolet Silverado 1500

2017 Ford F-150 vs Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Whether you're looking for work or to get around the hunting lease, a full-size pickup, like the 2017 Ford or F-150 or the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, is probably your best bet. Both trucks have the power and clearance to get you around the ranch and tow what you need. Before you decide, check out this toe-to-toe comparison of these two American truck titans.

2017 Ford F-150 vs Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Bed Capability

The bed of the Silverado is made out of rolled steel, which is stronger and more puncture resistant than the F-150's aluminum alloy bed. In a side-by-side stress test, the Silverado showed a few dents and scratches where the F-150 showed a few cracks.

In our opinion, the F-150 barely beats out the Silverado because a bed's capability is about both durability and usability, not just which one can resist damage. The Ford has a bigger payload capacity as well the BoxLink system, which allows you to adjust and lock in where the tie-downs are located without losing strength. It's a really close call, but the F-150 has more built-in functionality.

Towing

Towing is a challenging comparison, because these two heavyweights are so closely matched. The Silverado has the ability to tow the most weight between the two. The Chevy tows 12,500lbs to the Ford's 12,200lbs. In the towing world though, 300lbs isn't really that much.

So which truck gets the nod? We are impressed by the F-150's thoughtful ProTrailer back up assist. The ProTrailer System takes some of the guess work out of backing the trailer, by allowing drivers to just turn a knob the direction you need the trailer to go and the truck does the work. This feature makes the F-150, and its full complement of features, available even to a truck novice, and that puts the F-150 in the winner's circle.

Technology

Ford offers some fun technology in the Ford F-150, beginning with the Sync3 system, that allows you to connect your smart phone and your truck so you can stream your music, make hands-free calls and texts, or find the closest gas station. The F-150 also has a handy remote release tailgate so you can open up the back without needing to leave the cab.

The Silverado has a similar infotainment system in the Chevrolet MyLink, but we are impressed by a few of the other sweet features available on the Silverado 1500. The Silverado's 4G LTE wifi has the capability of connecting up to seven devices for you and your passengers. The MyChevrolet mobile app lets you set parking reminders, start the engine, check diagnostic info, and more. That's all nice, but where the Silverado wins the day in the tech category is the wireless phone charging station. No more lugging cords around? We are sold.

Safety

The Silverado 1500 has an overall 5-star safety rating. A great crash rating and features like Lane Keep technology and rear cross traffic sensors contribute to its stellar rating.

The F-150 has also has an overall 5-star safety rating, Lane Keep technology, and rear cross traffic sensors as well. The Ford F-150 edges ahead with the 360-degree around view camera with split screen display. This unique view lets you see everything that's immediately surrounding your truck to help you avoid parking accidents.

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2017 Ford F-150 vs Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Both the Ford F-150 and the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 are durable, capable, and American-made, but in this head-to-head comparison the 2017 Ford F-150 pulls ahead. The best payload in class, coupled with a fully flat rear load floor with under seat storage and a stellar safety package, gives you a full-size pickup with power and convenience.

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