2018 Ford F-150 vs. 2018 Chevy Silverado
Considering how incredible the Ford F-150 series has been shown to be over the last several years, few would fault the automaker for maybe taking a model year off. That is just not the way Ford Motor Company operates. The manufacturer is very motivated to keep its highly popular full-size pickup truck at the top of the class; where it has presided over its competitors for more than 30 years. With the new model year underway at Heritage Ford, that means it's time to show how this year's class stands up against its rivals. Taking a look at the 2018 Ford F-150 vs. 2018 Chevy Silverado, the results of this year's improvement should give the new Ford F-150 little problem in holding on to its top spot in the segment.
A thumbnail sketch of the improvements made to the 2018 Ford F-150, currently available at Heritage Ford, shows a truck that is getting improvements to performance and fuel-economy across almost every trim level. In the powertrain department, Ford has added a pair of new engines for customers to choose from. The new standard power plant is a naturally aspirated 3.3-liter, V-6 engine that makes 290 horsepower — giving it a slight edge over the base engine found with the 2018 Chevy Silverado. Also being introduced to the F-150 platform is a brand new turbocharged, V-6 diesel-powered engine. This is the first time Ford has used diesel engine in its light-duty series. Chevy trucks only offer diesel engine in their heavy-duty pickups.
|2018 Ford F-150||2018 Chevy Silverado|
|3.3-liter, V-6||Engine||4.3-liter, V-6|
|Six-speed automatic||Transmission||Six-speed automatic|
|Yes||Avail. Diesel Engine||No|
Why is the 2018 F-150 better than the Silverado?
Beyond the improvements made to the overall performance of the 2018 Ford F-150, the automaker has also made fuel economy a top priority. Both the new F-150 and its Chevy competitor offer fuel-saving technology built into its engine lineup. However, only the 2018 Ford F-150 uses an engine start/stop system that automatically shuts the engine down during inefficient stop-and-go driving. This prevents unneeded fuel from being burned at all.
Also contributing to the improved fuel economy of the 2018 F-150 is the company's new 10-speed automatic transmission, that is available with two different engines, the turbocharged, 2.7-liter, V-6 and the brawny 5.0-liter, V-8. Chevy trucks can get an eight-speed automatic, but its only available on top end trims with its largest, V-8 engine.