As two of the most celebrated full-sized trucks on the road, the 2018 Ford F-150 and Chevrolet Silverado 1500 bring the heat with rugged capabilities and modern, work-friendly technology. Which of these pickups meets your demands? Check out our comparison guide to find out.
2018 Ford F-150 vs Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Power & Performance: Ford F-150
With its class-exclusive aluminum body panels and bed, the F-150 is the lightest truck in the segment. That means that it's also the easiest to handle, moving through tight spaces with surprising ease. This full-size truck's tight steering and lightweight body also help you move through rugged territory with increased precision.
When you hit the throttle, the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 plunges forward with surprising speed. However, its overall performance doesn't quite match that of the competition. Around turns, body roll reduces the Silverado's overall composure. The steering also feels heavy, even for this segment, with minimal feedback as you move down winding roads.
Work-Friendly Utility: Ford F-150
When you choose the F-150, you're essentially upgrading your life on the job. With the Pro Trailer Backup Assist system, a dial on the dash guides your trailer in the proper direction. You'll avoid jackknifing or holding up traffic as you back a trailer into your driveway. The Ultimate Trailer Tow camera system features a number of cameras to help you hook up a trailer, keep an eye on your cargo bed on a windy day, or back into a parallel space with a handy top-down look at your truck.
The 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 also offers a number of on-the-job perks. As with many competitors, you can equip your Silverado with a 110-volt power outlet. Use it to charge power saws or drills wherever you go. And, with cargo box tie-downs and a spray-on bedliner, it's easy to organize your cargo and protect the bed from damage. You don't get any class-exclusive innovations, like Ford's Trailer Tow cameras, but the Silverado still helps you get the job done in style.
Learn More about the Ford F-150
The 2018 Chevrolet Silverado is a major contender in the full-size segment, but the Ford F-150 is our overall pick. When you test-drive yours, you'll see why it's been America's best-selling vehicle for decades on end. This new generation is light on its feet, giving you both substantial power and maneuverability. You'll also appreciate the ample towing and hauling capabilities, which give you the means to tackle major jobs. And, with innovative features like the new trailer backup system, this full-size pickup certainly makes your life easier.