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At Rick Hendrick Chevrolet of Buford, you'll find a wide selection of the latest 2020 Chevy Silverado. From the base trim of the 1500 model to top-tier 3500 HD packages. However, here at Rick Hendrick, we want to make sure you are fully satisfied with your eventual truck purchase, which is why it is important to compare the Chevy Silverado 1500 with other pickups on the market today, including the 2020 Ford F-150. If you find the Ford better fits your personal needs for the price point, there are plenty of Ford dealerships to shop around. But we believe, after comparing the 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 vs 2020 Ford F-150, you'll find the Chevy not only delivers improved performance in nearly every situation, but you'll receive even more truck for your dollar.
Both the Chevy Silverado and the Ford F-150 base trim comes in a regular, two-door cabin option. This is a great option when you want a work truck, or you don't have a need for the rear seat. On the 2020 Chevy Silverado Work Truck (which is the base trim), the MSRP starts at $28,300. The Ford F-150 base costs a hair more at $28,495.
If you wanted more truck, more power, and more internal features within the pickup, you'd want the Chevy Silverado High Country. This trim comes with a number of bed and cabin options for you to choose from. However, when you opt for the High Country with a Crew Cab, the MSRP will start at $53,300. On the other hand, the top-tier trim on the Ford F-150 is the Limited (although you might end up spending more for the Raptor as Ford produces a smaller number of this off-road trim, which results in often a higher price point). With the Limited trim that comes with a SuperCrew cab (similar to Chevy's Crew Cab), the starting MSRP is $67,485. For this kind of price, you'd expect some serious performance upgrades. But does the Limited trim quantify such a higher price point? Let's check out the other specs to find out.
As you might expect, there is no shortage of engine options for both the Chevy Silverado 1500 and the Ford F-150. The base Chevy Work Truck comes with a 4.3L V6 that produces 285 horsepower and 305 lb-ft of torque. As for the Ford, the F-150 base trim uses a smaller 3.3L V6 that produces 290 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque.
Both the Chevy and Ford come with several additional engines. For the Chevy, this includes a 2.7L turbo 4-cylinder, a 5.3L V8, a 6.2L V8, and a 3.0L Duramax turbo-diesel engine. In addition to the base model, Ford offers a 2.7L V6, a 5.0L V8, a 3.5L turbo V6, and a 3.0L Power Stroke diesel engine.
Many of these engines come as optional upgrades. If you want to go with the top-tier trim of the Chevy, you'll spring for the High Country, which comes standard with the 5.3L V8. This engine produces 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque. On the Ford, the Limited uses a 3.5L EcoBoost V6 that produces 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque. Ford also uses this engine in its Raptor model as well.
If you wanted to maximize performance in your Chevy, you could add in either a 3.0L turbo-diesel engine, which produces 277 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque or opt for a 6.2L V8, which produces 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. On the Ford, you don't have a 6.2L V8 option but a 5.0L V8 engine instead. However, there is a 3.0L Power Stroke V6 diesel engine that produces 250 horsepower and 440 lb-ft of torque. You’ll find that Chevy offers the more powerful diesel engine and at a more affordable price.
As you can see, the top-tier Ford does have more horsepower, but the top Chevy has more torque. Due to this, the Ford will have a slightly faster initial acceleration, but the Chevy will be able to tow more.
Just how much of a difference is the towing between the two? First, let's look at the base models. With the Work Truck Silverado, your pickup will tow 7,900 pounds out the door. You won't need any special features or add-ons for this. The Ford F-150 base model? 5,100 pounds. If you're looking for a work truck and don't want anything fancy, the Chevy Silverado is far and away better for towing.
How about the top-level trims? With the High Country Silverado and its 5.3L V8, the pickup can tow 11,500. And if you were to upgrade to the 6.2L V8, you'd up the towing performance to 12,000 lbs. If you really want to tow, go with the RST trim, it can tow up to 13,400 lbs when paired with the 6.2L V8 engine with the Max Trailering Package.
On the Ford Limited or Raptor models using the 3.5L EcoBoost V6, the towing is just 7,000 pounds. In fact, in order to maximize the towing on your Ford, you'll need to opt for the Ford F-150 XL SuperCrew, then add on the towing package, in order to hit 13,200 pounds, which is still no match for the Chevy Silverado, RST trim.
If you're going to spend time in your pickup, you're going to want it to have some solid entertainment features. If you were to opt for the Chevy Silverado Work Truck, the base package comes with AM/FM stereo, MP3 compatibility, an AUX jack for plugging in external audio devices via the 3.5mm headphone jack, smart device integration via Bluetooth, and an optional WiFi hotspot (data service required).
On the Ford F-150 base, you get an AM/FM stereo and AUX input, and FordPass Connect with a WiFi Hotspot. That's it. For anything else, you'll need to pay for compatible MP3, satellite radio, and smart device integration via Bluetooth. So not only does the base Ford F-150 comes with a smaller engine, inferior towing, but it costs more and requires you to pay for more of your entertainment features.
Let's say you decide to go with the upgraded trims, though. What kind of features should you expect on these top-tier pickups? On the Chevy High Country Silverado, the pickup comes standard with AM/FM stereo, AUX input, MP3 compatibility, smart device integration, HD radio, satellite radio, WiFi hotspot, navigation system, and a premium sound system (Bose Premium). All this runs through the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Premium System and Navigation, which is displayed on an 8-inch HD color touchscreen.
The Ford Limited package features an AM/FM stereo, AUX input, MP3 compatibility, HD radio, satellite radio, WiFi hotspot, smart device integration, navigation system, and a premium sound system. The premium sound system is a B&O Sound System by Bang & Olufsen. All of this runs through Ford's SYNC 3 and is displayed on an 8-inch HD color touchscreen.
For both the Chevy and the Ford, you will need to activate a data service to take advantage of the WiFi hotspot. This is similar to activating a data package for your tablet or another device. Additionally, on the purchase of your pickup, you will receive a three-month trial to SiriusXM radio (through both Ford and Chevy). There is no obligation to remain active at the conclusion of your three-month trial. When it ends, you will be notified of the conclusion of the trial and asked if you wish to extend the service. It does not auto-bill, and you will not need to do anything if you do not wish to extend your trial subscription. You can also cancel your data service at any time if you find you are not using it as much as you might have thought upon purchasing the pickup (although chances are you are using it more than you might assume).