It's our job to make sure you find the right vehicle for you. Below we've created a chart so you can gather helpful information on these two vehicles at a quick glance, with some more detailed explanations below.

2016 Ford F-150 vs. 2016 Chevrolet Silverado

Important note: For the purposes of this comparison, we'll use the base trims for each model.

 2016 Ford F-1502016 Chevrolet Silverado
Engine5.0L V85.3L V8
Torque387 lb-ft383 lb-ft
Max Towing12,200 lbs12,000 lbs
Max Payload3,270 lbs1,960 lbs
MPG19 city/26 highway15 city/21 highway

Exclusive 360-degree camera, Bluetooth, USB

Rearview camera, USB 



The F-150 and Silverado each provide a number of different engine options for buyers to select. The V6 engine on each truck allows for approximately 280 horsepower and features great fuel economy. Traveling up the engines in the Ford F-150 doesn't hurt fuel economy nearly as much as in the Chevrolet Silverado.

Past the base V6 engine, Ford offers an additional three engine choices in the F-150. Of those three additional engines, two are twin turbocharged. This allows for a maximization of both power and fuel by using smaller and lighter engines.

To compare the middle engine levels offered from the F-150 and Silverado, Ford provides for an EPA-estimated 19 city and 26 highway mpg. On the other hand, the Silverado can only offer 15 city and 21 highway mpg.



Both the 2016 Ford F-150 and 2016 Chevrolet Silverado offer some of the highest rated towing capabilities available today. The F-150 will max out at a 12,200-lb limit while the Silverado hits its max at a 12,000-lb limit.

However, the all-aluminum body of the F-150 will provide an edge in terms of payload capacity. The lighter construction of the body on the F-150 will allow for more weight to be carried in the bed. Thus, the F-150 can achieve a max payload of 3,270 lbs while the Silverado can only handle a max payload of 1,960 lbs. The difference of over 1,300 lbs is quite sizeable.



Ford and Chevy both feature a wide array of trim levels in the F-150 and Silverado. The more modest features can be found in the Ford XL or Chevy Work Truck trim levels. Additionally, Ford's luxury level Limited and Chevy's High Country provide for a bit of a more upscale, sophisticated feel.

Pertaining to interior technology, the F-150 comes standard with Bluetooth, a rearview camera, smartphone integration, a USB port, and Ford's voice-activated SYNC system. Additionally, Ford offers an exclusive 360-degree camera system which can't be found anywhere else. While Bluetooth is not available in the Silverado's standard trim level, you will still find a rearview camera and USB port.

2016 Ford F-150 vs. 2016 Chevrolet Silverado

Both the 2016 Ford F-150 and 2016 Chevrolet Silverado are great trucks that feature a wide array of options and selections. But when it comes down to engine capabilities and max payload limit, the F-150 is the clear winner. Those looking for an excellent balance between power and efficiency and for the ability to haul as much as possible, the 2016 Ford F-150 is the clear winner here.

Now that you've started your research we strongly suggest test driving both vehicles to help you make the decision that is right for you. Richmond Ford has two stores. Richmond Ford West in Glen Allen, VA (most convenient to those in Short Pump, Ashland, and Wyndham) and Richmond Ford Lincoln of Richmond, VA (convenient to Chesterfield, Henrico, and Mechanicsville). Click on either store for our Escape inventory and schedule a test drive for the vehicle (or vehicles!) of your choosing. Our product specialists and sales team will be happy to answer any questions you have.

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