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To call this comparison a popularity contest is both an accurate description and, at the same time, a misleading one. Very few items fit the popular perception of American ingenuity and rugged individualism more than the pickup truck. To this end, there are two companies that are instantly recognizable to the average driver: Chevy and Ford. The battle between the 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 vs 2022 Ford F-150 is fierce, and it doesn't take the knowledge of an industry insider to tell you that these trucks dominate both the road and the marketplace as the premier examples of the pickup.
There is a contest of popularity in the sense that both models are always at odds with one another to be at the top of the pecking order. However, this isn't a popularity contest in the strictest sense of the term. This contest is one of performance, versatility, and being the best option for the millions of workers who keep America running on all six cylinders. (Or, as we'll see, sometimes eight). The determining factors that establish dominance are measured in capability and not recognition. Determining a winner is the reason why we're gathered here today. The 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 and the 2022 Ford F-150 are here to slug it out in a contest where only one can be declared the winner. There's a lot of ground to cover, so allow us to begin.
While it can be assumed that some people purchase a pickup for the sole purpose of having a status symbol and to keep up appearances, the average truck owner possesses a multitude of reasons for wanting a truck, and very few have to do with personal expression. Much like the cowboys of years past, necessity calls for a workhorse that's reliable and up to the individual tasks that can be found throughout a typical work week. A horse is only as reliable as its strength, and modern trucks come with an array of powerful engines to choose from.
The Silverado 1500 and the F-150 both come equipped with a variety of engines. These are the workhorses of the modern age, and much depends on them to ensure that an average day's toil is completed on time and correctly. To this end, both trucks come equipped with a variety of engines that are designed to fulfill the obligatory tasks that make up the average workday. From the diminutive but mighty to the big, bad, and boisterous, we're going to look at what makes each one tick and how they compare with their counterparts.
We'll begin our examination with the smaller workhorses, both of which prove that size has no bearing on performance. Ford's offering on the smaller side of things is the Ecoboost 2.7L V6. Turbocharged and a part of the Ford family since 2015, its capabilities include 325 horsepower with the ability to generate 400 lb-ft of torque. These admirable numbers are paired with a combined 22 MPG, which is impressive for a V6. Ford also offers a 3.3L V6 that serves as the base engine for the F-150. Capable of 290 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque, it's a solid introductory engine.
Chevy, on the other hand, has a more recently manufactured offering for its small-scale engine. A 2.7L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine rivals Ford's scaled-down V6. Capable of 310 horsepower and generating 430 lb-ft of torque, these are specs that will certainly appeal to those who want big things out of small packages. However, it's Chevy's diesel workhorse found in the Duramax 3.0L inline-six that stands out among all the offerings. 277 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque are both generated by what some affectionately refer to as the "baby Duramax." A combined 26 MPG sets this engine apart from so many others as an offering that's capable of tackling big jobs while not requiring a lot of trips to the pump. The Duramax's incredible longevity ensures that any Silverado equipped with this diesel dynamo will be running for a long time.
When it comes to the big guns, there are options available. Ford has focused a great deal of emphasis on its V6 options and only has one V8 to offer. Ford's reliable workhorse, known as the "Coyote," once again makes an appearance. A 5.0L V8 capable of generating an impressive 395 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque, this is the tried and tested veteran that has been part of the F-150 since 2011.
Chevy, on the other hand, understands the old phrase that "two is better than one." The Chevy Silverado can come equipped with two different V8 offerings, starting with a 5.3L capable of 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque. For those who need the maximum amount of power at their disposal, a 6.2L V8 belts out 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. A mind-blowing towing capacity of 13,300 lbs means there's very little that Silverado can't do for you. While both vehicles have a diverse array of engines available, the variety offered by Chevrolet is without question the most unique in the entire industry.
There's a likely chance that if you're utilizing a pickup for a strenuous workday, you are probably concerned with staying safe on the job site. Of course, practicing safety isn't limited to the workplace; it extends to wherever you or your truck might be. There's a lot to pay attention to when you're behind the wheel, and safety never takes a backseat to anything. In today's comparison, the emphasis isn't so much about what is offered by Ford or Chevy, but on how available the products are to the average driver. A manufacturer has an obligation to keep its drivers safe, and getting the best safety features available shouldn't be hindered by a higher than normal price tag.
Both the Silverado and F-150 have an impressive amount of safety and driver assistance features to offer anyone behind the wheel a decent amount of peace of mind. Ford received an impressive report card this year as the NHTSA awarded the 2022 F-150 a five-star safety rating. While automated emergency braking and pedestrian detection are standard across the board for all F-150s, they're some of the few things that are. The F-150 does boast impressive safety features, but alas, the only way to take advantage of them is by opening your wallet and accessing the higher trim levels.
Chevy takes the initiative and equips the Silverado with a plethora of features that come standard. Like its Ford-manufactured counterpart, the 2022 Silverado comes standard with automated emergency braking and pedestrian detection. However, Chevy takes the availability of its safety features a step or two further by making lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, and automatic high beams standard across all trims. One item that is available on upper trim levels and revered by many is GM's Super Cruise technology. Taking adaptive cruise control to the next level, this hands-free technology might single-handedly change the way we think of drive assistance.
All in all, Chevy and Ford are neck and neck as to what sort of offerings they have available. But as far as accessibility goes, Chevy's willingness to make more features standard across the board makes the Silverado the better investment for consumers.
While the primary function of the pickup truck has been akin to that of a workhorse, even the hardest working cowboys need a place to kick off their boots and relax. Both the Silverado and F-150 lack for nothing in the area of providing comfort to the drivers who depend on them. The F-150 possesses an interior that bears the resemblance of a luxury sedan and not a vehicle that's known for getting its hands dirty. One of the more impressive features offered by Ford is a shift lever that can be laid flat to provide a larger workplace should the situation warrant one.
The Chevy Silverado addresses the possible issue of an obstructing gear shifter by placing it on the steering column. If it's an upscale workspace that you're looking for, the Silverado's Multi-Flex tailgate turns any cargo bed into a mobile office. For interior design, Chevy gives a variety of options for the discerning driver. Comfort, like art, is subjective. Whether you're a driver who just needs the essentials or thinks that pampering is necessary for a hard day's work, there's a Silverado trim that's ideal for you. Those who enjoy the existence of a Spartan will be satisfied with the base trim, while the LTZ and High Country trims are ideal for those who crave culture and refinement.
Because infotainment centers are as common as seat belts these days, Ford and Chevy both provide this modern necessity. The F-150 comes standard with an 8" infotainment screen, though a larger 12" screen is available. The Silverado outclasses the F-150 by introducing a new 13.4" touchscreen with an emphasis on being user-friendly. You don't need to be a tech wiz to navigate the features, which is another point in Chevy's favor.