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The 2016 Ford F-150 vs. the 2016 Chevy Silverado

Ford f150 limited pickup truck driving down the Kansas Turnpike with a chevy silverado 1500

With size, power, and MSRP that seem similar, the Ford F-150 and the Chevy Silverado have been staunch rivals in the light-duty truck arena for years now, but when put side-by-side the Ford F-150 is the clear winner. While at a glance the 2016 Ford F-150 and Chevy Silverado may seem like they have almost as many similarities as differences, it is those differences that set the Ford F-150 apart from its competitors. Though the Ford F-150 and the Chevy Silverado display only minor variations in horsepower, torque, cab size, and towing capacity, the Ford F-150's innovative suite of unique features are what have made it America's best-selling pickup truck for 39 straight years, and made it The Car Connection's pick for 2016. Advantage: Ford F-150

Vehicle Power and Handling

Both the Ford F-150 and the Chevy Silverado bring similar amounts of power to the road, though how they handle that power varies. With horsepower ranging from around 282 to 385 and torque between 253 and 420, the F-150 appears, at a glance, to be slightly outstripped by the Silverado. But at 4,462lbs, the Silverado carries a lot of weight in its steel construction, while the aluminum body of the F-150 lets it do more with less, giving it a towing capacity of up to 12,200lbs—the best in its class—and also beating out the Silverado in fuel efficiency, with up to 26 miles-per-gallon on the highway, all without sacrificing performance or handling. Advantage: Ford F-150

Vehicle Design and Features

With quiet cabins designed to incorporate intuitive storage solutions and glove-friendly controls, both the Chevy Silverado and the Ford F-150 offer the kinds of interior comfort and styling that you've come to expect from today's high-end trucks, with the top-of-the-line versions of each truck also boasting fine detailing like real wood trim and leather interiors.

Where the Ford F-150 stands out most is in its innovative line of available bed features, which you can customize to your needs, including LED lights and deployable bed steps that make handling cargo a breeze. Of course, safety is always a priority, and both trucks boast 5-star government crash test ratings, though only the F-150 is a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Advantage: Ford F-150

Our Conclusions: The Ford F-150 is the Better Truck

At the end of the day, most anyone in the industry will tell you that both the Ford F-150 and the Chevy Silverado are great trucks, available in a range of options to suit any job or lifestyle, with solid horsepower, good fuel economy for their class, and 5-star crash test ratings. But there's a reason why the Ford F-150 has remained America's top-selling truck for almost four decades. When it comes to towing capacity, fuel efficiency, and innovative solutions, the Ford F-150 is the truck to beat.

As the only truck in its class with an aluminum body and bed, not to mention the only half-ton pickup with the ability to run on compressed natural gas or propane, the 2016 Ford F-150 boasts a wide range of class-exclusive features, including in-house-developed Curve Control, and twin-turbocharged, direct-injection EcoBoost gas engine technology. Plus full flat-load floors on both the SuperCab and SuperCrew, and a best-in-class maximum payload of 3,270 lbs. to go along with its best-in-class towing capacity of 12,200 lbs.

And all that is before you add in any of the 2016 Ford F-150's class-exclusive available features like Active Parking Assist, dynamic hitch assist, front view camera or 360 degree camera with split-view display, adaptive cruise control and collision warning with break support, stowable loading ramps, LED side-mirror spotlights, PowerScope power-folding or power-telescoping trailer tow mirrors, Pro Trailer Backup Assist, Smart Trailer Tow Connector, remote tailgate release, and more. Inside the cab you can enjoy available multicontour seats with Active Motion, a Panoramic Vista Roof, and inflatable rear safety belts in the SuperCrew.

If you're sold and would like to pick up your new Ford F-150 today, or just learn more about what your Kansas Ford dealerships have to offer, why not stop by Rusty Eck Ford in Wichita and see the difference in our new Ford cars and trucks.