Current Ford F-150 vs the 2014 Chevy Silverado
Ford has been the sales leader in the full-size pickup truck market for as long as we can remember. It is a fiercely competitive market that Ford takes very seriously, they are constantly innovating their products to stay one step ahead of the competition. With Chevy recently revealing some vital numbers on its engines for the 2014 Silverado we have a better idea than ever of what to expect from the competition. Which brings us to the question: How will Ford compete in the near future until their 2015 F-150 is released?
How is Ford currently looking in comparison to Chevy’s new 2014 Silverado and Sierra? I say they are looking very good, especially for a truck that will have been on the market for 3 to 4 years. Chevy brings three all new “EcoTec3″ engines to the table, they come with direct injection, they all feature cylinder deactivation and they put down some impressive power numbers. So far we have 285 hp & 305 ft/lb for their 4.3L V6 and 355 hp & 383 ft/lb for their 5.3L V8.
So what does Ford bring to the table here? To start we have of course the 3.7L V6 at 302 hp & 278 ft/lb, these numbers are close to the Silverado, but the difference isn’t huge. Chevy likes to claim class-leading torque for their V6, and it is a 27 ft/lb difference, but they do need 0.6L more to get it. Then, it get’s interesting, as we move on to GM’s new “EcoTec3″ V8, displacing 5.3L, Ford actually has two engines here, to compete, their 5.0L Traditional V8 (360 hp & 380 ft/lb) and their even more powerful 3.5L EcoBoost V6 (365 hp & 420 ft/lb). For their V8 Ford brings practically the same amount of power to the table here, but when it comes to the Ecoboost V6 the Ford absolutely outclasses the new 5.3L from Chevy, with a whopping 37 ft/lb’s of torque extra on tap down low in the RPM range, where it counts. You may have noticed that I haven’t yet mentioned the big V8’s (both coming in at 6.2L) from either manufacturers, this is because we are still waiting on numbers from Chevy’s new 6.2L V8.
Another number that matters is fuel economy. Chevy has done something interesting here, they haven’t yet told us what numbers to expect from their base V6. But they have gone ahead and released their numbers for the 5.3L V8. Is this because Ford’s base V6 beats Chevy’s new 4.3L offering? Are they scrambling to put together an option package that’ll beat it? Conveniently, their V8 does happen to beat Ford’s EcoBoost V6, but only by a mere 1mpg on the highway (16/23 vs 16/22). We’ll find out more as Chevy is willing to share more of their numbers with us. Both for 4.3L fuel economy and of course power & fuel economy from their 6.2L V8.
Now I’d like to talk about towing. Chevy claims to have class-leading towing capabilities. But what do these numbers even mean anymore? 1/2 ton trucks these days will tow well over 10,000 pounds these days if properly equipped and if it were me and I was dealing with numbers like that, I would look to a heavy-duty solution. Not to mention the fact that these numbers cannot be properly compared because each manufacturer publishes their numbers in accordance to their own standards, not a standard that every automaker is adhering too. So, yes, the V8 Chevy will offer a tow rating of 11,500 pounds vs Fords 3.5 V6 at 11,300 pounds. Which, again, with so many numbers we’ve gone through in this article, is a negligible difference and in this case not even a number that can be taken seriously due to difference in testing procedures at each manufacturer.
All in all the numbers in this article are very close. Which is very impressive for Ford’s truck having been on the market for 3-4 years by the time the new Silverado’s and Sierra’s will be available. In same cases the numbers are even in Ford’s favor. So, in the end, I am very confident that Ford has what it takes to compete with Chevy while they take their time to develop what is sure to be a very impressive truck for the 2015 model year, especially if the Atlas Concept is any indication..
Update: Ford w/Ecoboost beats 2014 Silverado
Update: Click here for a comparison between the 2.7 liter EcoBoost equipped 2015 F-150 and the 5.3 liter V8 Silverado
Update 4/28/2015: Check out a 2.7 EcoBoost vs 5.3 GM EcoTec3 V8 dyno comparison here