Why would you ever get a truck this size? We'll tell you why. Unrelenting torque and a towing capacity that's out of this world. Say hello to the Ford F-350 and the Chevy Silverado 3500. In this comparison guide, we'll focus on what makes this big a truck truly outstanding. And, in case you're wondering, we're not talking about infotainment systems and USB ports.
Towing Power: 2019 Ford F-350
This is why you are here. This is what sets a heavy duty truck apart from all the others. This is what they were made for. So how do the F-350 and Silverado 3500 compare in this oh-so-important category? The F-350 has a maximum towing capacity of 21,000 pounds, which increases to a monumental 32,000 pounds with a gooseneck hitch. If you regularly tow the same weight, like a boat, RV, or horse trailer, the F-350 can be programmed to remember certain trailers. Then the system calibrates brake gain and blind-spot settings accordingly. Finally, the power-extending side mirrors help you peer around wide loads.
Meanwhile, the Chevy Silverado 3500 does significantly worse in this category. With the normal configuration, the Silverado 3500 maxes out at 13,700 pounds. Upgrade to the double-rear-wheel configuration and you can get the Silverado up to 20,000 pounds. But even so, Ford retains the crown of towing capacity.
Payload Capacity: Tie
At this level of truck, we measure payload capacity by gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR). That's just a fancy way of saying the combined weight of the truck and its load. The 2019 Ford F-350 has a GVWR of 13,000 pounds. Meanwhile, the 2019 boasts almost the exact same number. If you're in the mood for hauling, either of these beastly trucks can do what needs doing.
Cab Length: 2019 Ford F-350
These two trucks might be able to haul about the same amount of weight, but that doesn't mean a thing if there's not enough room to hold that haul. So bed length is pretty important, and that's where the Ford F-350 wins out yet again. Its bed is 81.9 inches long compared to the Chevy Silverado 3500's 78.9 inch-long bed. A two-inch difference might not sound like much, but as anyone trying to fit a piece of furniture through a doorway can attest, sometimes two inches makes a world of difference.
When push comes to shove, you need a truck that can pull. And the Ford F-350 tows more than the Chevy Silverado 3500. And though they might tie in payload capacity, the longer cab on the Ford Super Duty means the F-350 has more versatility and utility there too. Stop wondering, and start driving a new 2019 Ford F-350, strong enough to take on whatever is thrown at it.