Ford F350 vs. Chevy Silverado – A Tale As Old As Time

In the Story of Heavy Duty vs. Super Duty… Who is Beauty and Who is the Beast?

If you’ve ever owned a Chevy or Ford truck, you know of the rivalry between the two companies. In fact, the rivalry goes all the way back to post World War II America where the two fought to become the country’s favorite car producer. The battle still rages on today, and for the fellow truck-lovers out there, we know that extends to the Ford F-350 Super Duty Lineup and the Chevrolet Silverado. If you want to get some more info before you consider buying your next truck, or you just want to rub it in someone’s face, let’s take a look at the numbers and see if we can define a winner between the Ford F350 and the Chevy Silverado once and for all.

The Ford F-350 Super Duty Lineup

Before we get into the individual trucks, let’s talk for a minute about the lineup. In 2019, Ford F-350 Super Duty had 6 different variations to choose from, including the XLT, Lariat, and Platinum just to name a few. While these different trim levels were designed to fit different needs, they all have the quality and craftsmanship you can expect from a Ford Super Duty pickup truck. Don’t just take our word for it, though! Let’s take a look at some trims and see the specs. 

Ford F-350 Platinum 4×4

Ford F-350 Platinum 4x4

Max Towing Capacity: 12,100 lbs

Payload Capacity: 6,428 lbs

Horsepower: 440 hp

As with the other trim levels, the Platinum also has the option for a 6.2L V8 gas engine or the 6.8L Power Stroke turbo diesel engine, both with a 6-speed automatic transmission. We have a beautiful diesel engine model in stock with trailer brakes, tinted glass, and a beautiful leather-wrapped steering wheel.

One of the best things about this model is that it only has 30K miles and a single previous owner. That’s just about as new as you can get on a used Ford Super Duty!

Ford F-350 Lariat 4×4 

Ford F-350 Lariat 4x4

Max Towing Capacity: 21,000 lbs

Payload Capacity: 7,640 lbs

Horsepower: 450 hp

The Lariat also comes with the option for the Power Stroke Diesel engine, if you couldn’t already tell by that impressive amount of horsepower. T The Lariat has all of the same power and capacity as the XLT and has some added creature comforts, such as a spacious crew cab that can comfortably seat five, and the Sync 3 dash display with optional navigation. 

Take a look at this beautiful 2019 Lariat we have in stock with only 6k miles on it!

Ford F-350 XLT 4×4 

Ford F-350 XLT 4x4 truck

Max Towing Capacity: 26,500 lbs

Payload Capacity: 7,050 lbs

Horsepower: 440 hp

The XLT 4×4 is powered by a 6.7L Power Stroke turbo diesel engine giving you all of the strength you need to perform any tough job. With great performance output at low rpm’s and factory-installed engine breaks for the diesel models, this is a great truck for pulling big loads behind you. 

To get a better idea of what the XLT trim is all about, take a look at all the XLT’s we have in stock.

The Voice of the People

Well, that’s all good for the specs, but what do the people actually think about their truck after driving it? The overall rating on Consumer Affairs put the F-series trucks at a quite respectable 3.8/5 stars. Let’s take a deeper look at what folks had to say.

Reasons to Buy a Ford F-350 

  • Excellent Towing Capabilities – Ford has always been known for its excellent towing capacity, and the F-series has some of the best capacity in class!
  • Diesel Option Provides Lots of Power – The option to get the diesel-powered engine gives you the option for even bigger torque and power for the toughest jobs.
  • Spacious Crew Cab – No matter what trim level you choose, the crew cabs on the F-series trucks have lots of room for passengers of all shapes and sizes.

Reasons Not to Buy a Ford F-350 

  • Blind Spots – Visibility can be an issue in the F-series with larger than average blind spots. For people with a smaller body frame, this might not be the best truck.

Reviews

To really give a voice to the people, here are some real review of the F-series trucks from Consumer Affairs:

“Recently got back into a pickup truck – having owned many Fords, Chevy, and several Suburbans over past 30 years. It’s been 15 years since my last “pick-up” and almost 10 since my last AWD Sub. Could NOT be happier with the 2011 F350 XLT 6.7 diesel I found – secondhand with 29,000 KMs/18,000 miles on. Original “owner” had specifically leased the truck to pull a fifth wheel.”

-M., Kimberly, BC

“I bought a 2005 F350 with the 6.0 engine in 2009 with 46,000 miles. Once the truck got to around 90,000 miles it has been one issue after another. Leaking EGR cooler ($1300), a brake piston that stuck in the out position which caused the piston to break ($400), 2 other brake pistons that stuck in the out position but was lucky enough to catch before further damage, turbocharger froze up ($300), rust under the windshield ($600), broken idler pulley which is almost impossible to change without removing half the cooling system ($200).”

-Steve, Texas City, TX

Chevrolet Silverado Heavy Duty Pickup Truck

All right Silverado fanatics, you saw that we didn’t spare any feelings for Ford, how do you think Chevrolet is going to stack up? Let’s take a look at the trucks and what people are saying about them. For the purpose of keeping our coverage even, we’re going to talk about the Silverado 1500, Silverado 2500 and  Silverado 3500.

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 

Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Max Towing Capacity: 9,400 lbs

Payload Capacity: 2,180 lbs

Horsepower: 420 hp

Every Silverado comes with state of the art Durabed liner for the toughest truck bed possible. It also has 12 tie-down points, three times more than any other truck in its class. You might notice that the first model we have listed here only has a towing-capacity of 9k lbs vs 12k pounds for the smallest F-series. What it lacks in raw power, though, it more than makes up for in advanced towing technology that will make towing at maximum capacity a breeze.

If that sounds like a truck that you could get behind, check out this lovely 2018 model we have in stock!

Chevrolet Silverado 2500 

Chevy Silverado 2500

Max Towing Capacity: 15,400 lbs

Payload Capacity: 3,276 lbs

Horsepower: 440 hp

It can be hard to know what information to trust on the internet. We like to think of ourselves as a trustworthy source, but there are other sources that are harder to deny. So if you like a truck with good buzz around it, you’ll be happy to know that the Silverado 2500 won the J.D. Power Award for most dependable Heavy Duty pickup in 2016.

If that tickles your fancy, take a look at what we have in stock for Silverado 2500’s!

Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD

Chevy Silverado 3500 HD

Max Towing Capacity: 23,100 lbs

Payload Capacity: 6,11L2 lbs

Horsepower: 445 hp

Chevy’s biggest monster, the Silverado 3500HD boasts a massive 910 lb-ft torque. While it does have a slightly smaller towing and payload capacity than XLT, the 3500HD does beat it out for maximum horsepower. It also received the Kelley Blue Book Award for Best Resale Value in a Full-Sized Pickup Truck in 2018.

We’ve got a great selection of Silverado 3500’s in stock, and at great prices, take a look for yourself! And it’s your lucky day because we have this Silverado 3500 Deisel truck in stock.

What do the People Say?

Reasons to Buy a Chevrolet Silverado 

  • Advanced Trailering Technology – Chevrolet brings all of the high-tech gadgets to the table when it comes to towing capabilities on their trucks. If you want some high-tech assistance, it doesn’t get any better.
  • Engine Options – Each trim level of Silverado comes with several options for the engine allowing you to really customize your truck for your specific wants and needs.
  • Slim Design – Make no mistake, this is a heavy-duty truck, but you also won’t feel like an oversized monster on the road. 

Reasons Not to Buy a Chevrolet Silverado

  • Low Max Towing Capacity – The numbers don’t lie. Unless you go with the biggest and baddest option, the Silverado just can’t pull as much weight as an F-series.

Reviews

While the reviews for the Chevrolet Silverado on Consumer Reports are actually at the exact same rating as the F-350 at 3.8/5 stars, the rating for the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 specifically were at a slightly higher 4/5 stars. 

“Smooth ride and enough room for everyone. It hauls everything we need easily and has a good tow package. It also looks very inviting and pretty then its interior is very spacious and easy to clean. And it has good gas mileage. But maybe it could come with running boards as factory item already on it. Otherwise, very good and would purchase again.”

– Marcha, Provo, UT

“I bought my 2001 Chevy Silverado 2500HD brand new in 2001. I still own it today. It now has approximately 155,000 miles on it. My first real complaint is that I’ve had to repair the power windows 8 times. Six times on the driver’s side, and twice on the passenger side. My next real complaint is how quickly the rocker panels have rusted out, completely. And just last weekend, on May 2nd, 2015, I did a complete front brake job on it, only to discover badly rusted brake lines. In fact after installing the new brakes, (calipers, rotors, and ceramic pads), one of the brake lines ruptured in two places from being weakened by severe rust. Now I have to replace all the brake lines on the truck from front to back. Plus, 3 years ago, my “ABS” & red “BRAKE” lights came on, and I was told I needed a new ABS control module, which would cost me around $1,300.00”

– Rick, Hoffman Estates, IL

The Jury Is In

Well, kind of. You can’t make us choose between the F-350 and the Silverado! It’s like asking a parent to choose their favorite child. You can’t tell the truth when they’re both in the room. What we will say is that these are really unique trucks with really different purposes. Hopefully, this article helped you decide some of those tough feelings. We get it, it can be hard to choose. If you want to really see which truck is better for yourself, find your nearest Northwest Motorsport and take one for a test drive!