How Does the New 2021 Ford F-150 Compare to the Chevy Silverado

How Does the New 2021 Ford F-150 Compare to the Chevy Silverado

There's a reason why the Ford F-150 is the first pickup truck that comes to mind when you think of the segment. The first F-150 came from the Ford F-Series trucks, which date back to 1948. Ever since, Ford F-150's have been thought of as the quintessential pickup truck that delivers reliability, rugged performance, and exceptional productivity.

The latest 2021 Ford F-150 carries on the legacy of Ford by offering exceptional power, robust design, and cutting-edge features. Even with its legendary features and capabilities, the full-size pickup segment is one of the most competitive segments and faces challenges from various brands. One of the F-150's biggest competitors is the Chevy Silverado.

At Fred Martin Ford, we want to help you make the best decision for your driving needs and workplace productivity. Historically, the Ford F-150 has outsold Chevy Silverado, but year after year, these two titans clash. Compare the key aspects of each pickup to find out which comes out on top.

2021 Ford F-150 vs. 2021 Chevy Silverado


  • Towing Capability: The right level of power can make all the difference for your productivity on the worksite. The Silverado and F-150 have similar towing capabilities for their lower engine options, and both of their maximum towing capabilities are above 13,000 pounds. The Ford truck out-tows its Chevy rival, though, with up to 14,000 pounds of maximum towing capacity.
  • Drivetrain: Both trucks come with standard rear-wheel drive and offer four- or all-wheel drive as an option for most of their gas engines.
  • Engine Power: When it comes to raw engine power, the new Chevy Silverado can't keep up with the new Ford F-150. The F-150 offers as much as 430 horsepower and 570 pound-feet of torque, while the Silverado offers a maximum of 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque.
  • Payload: The new Ford F-150 again has the upper hand with a maximum towing capacity of 3,325 pounds of payload capacity to the Silverado 1500's 2,280 pounds.
  • Fuel Economy: The starting engine for the F-150 offers a combined EPA rating of 22 MPG to the Silverado's 17 MPG.


  • Lighting: Both trucks come with optional LED headlights, taillights, and cargo bed lighting. However, the F-150 comes with optional LED Mirror-Mounted Spotlights for even more visibility, as well as LED projector lights with dynamic bending headlamps.
  • Safety: Both trucks offer available features like bird's-eye view cameras and plenty of driver assistance features.
  • Infotainment: You can expect to find an 8-inch multimedia touchscreen display for both the F-150 and Silverado 1500. The F-150 also offers an available 12-inch touchscreen, something the Silverado doesn't offer.

The Results

As you can see, the 2021 Ford F-150 and Chevy Silverado 1500 are evenly matched in many categories, but the F-150 pulls ahead with superior performance and extra features. If you want to explore the features and capabilities of the 2021 F-150 for yourself, schedule a test drive today!

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