Ford vs. Chevy Trucks

2020 Ford F-150 vs. 2020 Silverado 1500

No matter what kind of truck you need for your toughest jobs in Northern Chicago, both Ford and Chevy offer compelling options. In fact, you might even find that the sheer variety is a little overwhelming! Thankfully, you have the experts at Lynch Truck Center in your corner. We’ve put together a comprehensive guide to Ford vs. Chevy trucks, covering midsize, light-duty, and heavy-duty options, so you can start your next adventure on the right foot.

If at any point you decide that you’d like more information on one of our models, don’t hesitate to reach out. We’ll provide you with all of the details you need to move forward with confidence.


Ford vs. Chevy Trucks: Midsize and Light Duty

Ford Ranger vs. Chevy Colorado

  • Towing: The midsize Ranger can tow up to 7,500 pounds with gas power. That’s impressive, but it isn’t enough to beat the Colorado truck’s 7,700-pound diesel maximum.
  • Payload: The Ranger snatches a win in payload with an impressive 1,860-pound maximum. The Colorado, for its part, can haul a payload of up to 1,550 pounds.
  • Cargo Space: Chevy and Ford are close on cargo capacity in this segment. With their longer boxes, the Ranger and the Colorado offer 51.8 cubic feet and 49.9 cubic feet of cargo space, respectively.
  • Fuel Economy: EPA-estimated mileage of up to 21 mpg city and 26 mpg highway makes the Ranger a smart choice for those who are always on the go. With 18 mpg city and 25 mpg highway, the Colorado is a pretty strong choice, too.

Ford F-150 vs. Chevy Silverado 1500

  • Towing: In the highly competitive light-duty market, Chevy currently leads Ford on towing capacity. You’ll be able to tow up to 13,400 pounds with a Silverado 1500, or 13,200 pounds with a Ford F-150.
  • Payload: On hauling, however, Ford tends to dominate. The F-150 truck’s maximum payload of 3,270 pounds gives it an advantage over the Silverado 1500, which can haul up to 2,250 pounds in its cargo bay.
  • Cargo Space: With the smallest bed, the Chevy offers 63 cubic feet compared to the Ford truck’s 53 cubic feet. Upgrade to the largest bed, and the Chevy has 89 cubic feet. With just 77 cubic feet at maximum, the Ford falls a little short here.
  • Fuel Economy: Efficiency-conscious drivers will appreciate that the diesel-powered Silverado 1500 nets up to 33 mpg highway. The ford F-150 diesel, when last tested, only got around 29 mpg highway.
2020 Ford F-150 Near Stream

Ford vs. Chevy Trucks: Heavy-Duty vs. Super Duty Pickups

Before we dive into specs and capabilities, it’s worth noting that the lineups for these powerful Ford and Chevy trucks aren’t perfectly symmetrical:

  • The Ford Super Duty lineup is a little larger, with options including the F-250, the F-350, and the F-450, too.
  • The Chevrolet Heavy-Duty pickup lineup includes the Chevy Silverado 2500 HD and the Chevy Silverado 3500 HD.

Despite this difference separating their lineups, the Heavy Duty and Super Duty ranges offer similar capabilities. For simplicity’s sake, we’ve focused on towing:

  • F-250 vs. Silverado 2500 HD – The Ford F-250 can tow up to 22,800 pounds, while the Silverado 2500 HD can tow up to 18,500 pounds.
  • F-350 vs. Silverado 3500 HD – This match-up is much closer, with the F-350 achieving a maximum towing capacity of 35,750 pounds. The Silverado 3500 HD gets up to 35,500 pounds.
  • Why Choose the Ford F-450? – If you’re looking for as much power as you can get in a heavy-duty pickup, you should know that the F-450 offers a maximum towing capacity of up to 37,000 pounds.

Heavy-Duty Torque: You can get up to 910 lb-ft of torque with a Silverado 2500 HD or a Silverado 3500 HD. The Ford Super Duty offers up to 1050 lb-ft of torque. Both achieve the maximum rating with their respective diesel engines.


Ford vs. Chevy Trucks: Chassis Cab Models

Choosing the perfect chassis cab is no easier–and arguably more difficult–than choosing the perfect pickup. If you’re going to make the right decision, you’ll need to get familiar with all your options:

  • Ford Chassis Cab trucks are grouped under the Ford Super Duty Chassis Cab header. The Range includes the F-350 Chassis Cab and the F-450 Chassis Cab, as well as the F-550 and the F-600, which are only available in this configuration.
  • Drivers with the most demanding jobs may also wish to consider the F-650 and the F-750, Medium Duty trucks that also technically fall within the Super Duty lineup.
  • Chevy, for its part, offers four Chassis Cab models. These include the Silverado 3500 Chassis Cab, as well as the Silverado 4500 HD, Silverado 5500 HD, and Silverado 6500 HD.

Now it’s time to see how they measure up. Here we’ve focused on payload ratings, which tend to be more important for drivers who choose chassis cabs:

  • F-350 Chassis Cab vs. Silverado 3500 Chassis Cab: Payload ratings in the Ford F-350 Chassis cab top out at 7,940 pounds. This Silverado can haul up to 7,571 pounds of cargo.
  • F-450 – F-600 vs. Silverado 4500 – 6500: The most capable F-600 can haul up to 15,090 pounds as a payload. The Silverado HD Chassis Cab wins out here with a maximum payload of 15,940 pounds.
2020 Ford F-450 Towing Boat

What Kind of Truck Do You Need?

Comparing Chevy vs. Ford trucks sets you on the path to success, but there are a few other things you should keep in mind if you want to find the perfect model for your Milwaukee and Racine job sites:

  • Pickup vs. Chassis Cab: Pickup trucks tend to offer higher horsepower ratings and towing capacities, but chassis cab models are built for heavy payloads. They are also more customizable, which makes them preferable for many industries.
  • Gas vs. Diesel Trucks: Gas power is preferred by those who want to maximize horsepower or acceleration, but diesel trucks tend to last longer and offer higher tow ratings, making them ideal for commercial settings.

Compare Chevy vs. Ford Trucks in Person at Lynch Truck Center

Comparing Chevy vs. Ford trucks on paper can tell you a lot about what both these brands have to offer, but when all is said and done, it’s how you feel behind the wheel that really counts. Come in and see both Ford and Chevy trucks in person when you check out the new model inventory at the Lynch Truck Center, your source for every personal and commercial trucking need.


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