Greene Ford Compares 2013 Ford F-150 VS 2013 Chevrolet Silverado Near Buford, GA

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2013 Ford F-150

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2013 Chevrolet Silverado

Safety Comparison

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the F-150 FX4/Raptor’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Silverado doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

Both the F-150 and the Silverado have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available four-wheel drive.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford F-150 is safer than the Chevrolet Silverado:

F-150

Silverado

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Stress

175 lbs.

253 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

231/360 lbs.

440/740 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH, results indicate that the Ford F-150 is safer than the Chevrolet Silverado:

F-150

Silverado

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.5 inches

.5 inches

Abdominal Force

110 G’s

144 G’s

Hip Force

248 lbs.

361 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

In a 31 MPH side-impact test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crashes a 3300 pound sled into the side of new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford F-150 SuperCrew is safer than the Silverado Crew Cab:

F-150

Silverado

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Structure

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Driver

Head Protection Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Head Injury Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Torso Injury Rating

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Pelvis/Leg Injury Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Rear Passenger

Head Protection Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Head Injury Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Torso Injury Rating

GOOD

MARGINAL

Pelvis/Leg Injury Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Head Injury Criterion

57

63

Shoulder Movement

14 mm

17 mm

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety ( IIHS) performs roof strength tests. In that test the F-150 earned the top rating of “Good” because its roof supported over four times the F-150’s weight before being crushed five inches. The Silverado was rated two rankings lower at “Marginal.”

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the general design of front seat head restraints for their ability to protect front seat occupants from whiplash injuries. The IIHS also performs a dynamic test on those seats with “good” or “acceptable” geometry. In these ratings, the F-150 with power recline seats is safer then the Silverado:

F-150

Silverado

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Head Restraint Design

GOOD

GOOD

Distance from Back of Head

22 mm

68 mm

Distance Below Top of Head

6 mm

45 mm

Dynamic Test Rating

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Seat Design

Pass

Pass

Neck Force Rating

Low

Medium

Max Neck Shearing Force

0

183

Max Neck Tension

326

528

(Lower numerical results are better in all tests.)

For its top level performance in frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the F-150 SuperCrew as a “Top Pick” for 2013, a rating only granted to 137 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Silverado was not a “Top Pick.”

Warranty Comparison

The F-150’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Silverado’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability Comparison

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the F-150 have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the engines in the Silverado.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Ford F-150 2WD V8’s reliability will be 8% better than the Silverado with the best reliability rating.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2012 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 11 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked 13th.

Engine Comparison

The F-150 has more powerful engines than the Silverado:

Horsepower

Torque

F-150 3.7 DOHC V6

302 HP

278 lbs.-ft.

F-150 5.0 DOHC V8

360 HP

380 lbs.-ft.

F-150 3.5 turbo V6

365 HP

420 lbs.-ft.

F-150 6.2 SOHC V8

411 HP

434 lbs.-ft.

Silverado WT 4.3 V6

195 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

Silverado 4.8 V8

302 HP

305 lbs.-ft.

Silverado 5.3 V8

315 HP

335 lbs.-ft.

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 6.0 V8 hybrid

332 HP

367 lbs.-ft.

Silverado LT/LTZ 6.2 V8

403 HP

417 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford F-150 V6 is faster than the Chevrolet Silverado V8:

F-150

Silverado

Zero to 60 MPH

7.4 sec

8.2 sec

Quarter Mile

15.7 sec

16.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89.4 MPH

87.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the F-150 gets better fuel mileage than the Silverado:

F-150

Silverado

4x2

V6/Auto

17 city/23 hwy

15 city/20 hwy

turbo V6/Auto

16 city/22 hwy

15 city/22 hwy

5.3 V8

4x4

V6/Auto

16 city/21 hwy

14 city/18 hwy

5.0 V8/Auto

14 city/19 hwy

13 city/18 hwy

4.8 V8

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford F-150 uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Silverado LT/LTZ requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The F-150’s optional fuel tank has 2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Silverado Long Box’s standard fuel tank (36 vs. 34 gallons).

 

The F-150 has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Silverado doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the F-150’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Silverado:

F-150

Silverado

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

13 inches

Rear Rotors

13.7 inches

11.61” drums

Opt Rear Rotors

 n/a

13.5 inches

The F-150’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the Silverado are solid, not vented.

The Ford F-150 has standard four-wheel disc brakes for better stopping power and improved directional control in poor weather. Rear drums are standard on the Silverado. Drums can heat up and make stops longer, especially with antilock brakes, which work much harder than conventional brakes.

The F-150 stops much shorter than the Silverado:

F-150

Silverado

70 to 0 MPH

196 feet

202 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

117 feet

150 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

150 feet

185 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the F-150 Raptor’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Silverado (315/70R17 vs. 285/45R22).

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The F-150 has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Silverado’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the F-150’s wheelbase is longer than on the Silverado:

F-150

Silverado

Regular Cab Standard Bed

125.9 inches

119 inches

Extended Cab Short Bed

133.3 inches

n/a

Extended Cab Standard Bed

144.5 inches

143.5 inches

Extended Cab Long Bed

163.1 inches

157.5 inches

Crew Cab Short Bed

144.5 inches

143.5 inches

Crew Cab Standard Bed

156.6 inches

n/a

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the F-150 is 2.2 inches wider in the front and 3.3 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Silverado.

The F-150 5.5 ft. bed Limited SuperCrew 4x4 handles at .77 G’s, while the Silverado 1500 standard box LTZ Extended Cab 4x4 pulls only .73 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The F-150 5.5 ft. bed Limited SuperCrew 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Silverado 1500 standard box LTZ Extended Cab 4x4 (28.3 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 28.9 seconds @ .55 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the F-150’s turning circle is tighter than the Silverado’s:

F-150

Silverado

Crew Cab Short Bed

47 feet

47.2 feet

Crew Cab Short Bed 4x4

47 feet

47.2 feet

Crew Cab Standard Bed 4x4

50.4 feet

n/a

Passenger Space Comparison

The F-150 Regular Cab has .1 inches more front legroom and 1.4 inches more front shoulder room than the Silverado Regular Cab.

The F-150 SuperCab has .1 inches more front legroom, .7 inches more front shoulder room, .4 inches more rear headroom, 3.5 inches more rear hip room and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Silverado Extended Cab.

The F-150 SuperCrew has .1 inches more front legroom, .7 inches more front shoulder room, 4.8 inches more rear legroom and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Silverado Crew Cab.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The F-150 shortbed has a much larger cargo box than the Silverado shortbed (65.5 vs. 60.7 cubic feet). The F-150 Regular Cab longbed has a much larger cargo box than the Silverado longbed (81.3 vs. 75.5 cubic feet).

The F-150 SuperCrew shortbed has a much larger cargo box than the Silverado Crew Cab shortbed (55.4 vs. 53.2 cubic feet).

A low lift-over bed design makes loading and unloading the F-150 easier. The F-150 Regular Cab’s bed lift-over height is 34.1 inches, while the Silverado Regular Cab’s liftover is 34.7 inches.

The Ford F-150 has a standard tailgate assist feature, which prevents the heavy tailgate from falling with a crash and causing injury. It allows adults and children to easily open and close the tailgate with one hand to better facilitate loading and unloading. Tailgate assist costs extra on the Chevrolet Silverado, and isn’t available on the Silverado LS.

Ergonomics Comparison

The F-150’s front power windows open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Silverado’s standard power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens automatically.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the standard exterior keypad (not available on F-150 XL/STX). The Silverado doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system, and its extra cost OnStar ® can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

The F-150 Platinum/Limited’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Silverado’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Both the F-150 and the Silverado offer available heated front seats. The F-150 King Ranch/Platinum/Limited also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Silverado.

Standard Sync AppLink for the F-150 (not available XL/STX) allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations, searching the internet, following twitter accounts and other online activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Silverado doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

The F-150 (except XL/SXT/XLT) offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet in the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters, which can break or get misplaced. The Silverado doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages Comparison

The F-150 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The Intellichoice estimates that the F-150 will retain 38.56% to 54.35% of its original price after five years, while the Silverado only retains 27% to 41.75%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the F-150 is less expensive to operate than the Silverado because it costs $252 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the F-150 than the Silverado, including $185 less for a water pump, $137 less for an alternator, $55 less for front brake pads, $148 less for fuel injection, $26 less for a fuel pump, $133 less for front struts, $31 less for a timing belt/chain and $83 less for a power steering pump.

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