When you're navigating the rough Appalachian terrain in the Kittanning, Slippery Rock, and Worthington areas, you need a truck that won't let you down.

The 2018 Ford F-150 and Chevy Silverado are both trustworthy options, but only one offers the muscle Harrisville and Clarion drivers need.

Butler County Ford compared these two pickups on performance, trailering, and payload capabilities to see which one works the hardest for Western PA drivers.

2018 Ford F-150 vs Chevy Silverado: Performance Specs

When you have a big job to do, you need the power to match it. Both the 2018 Ford F-150 and Chevy Silverado come standard with formidable engines in their base models.

However, when you consider all the engines available, the power in the F-150 truly begins to stand out.

While the available 6.2L V8 engine in the Silverado generates a maximum 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque, the available 3.5L V6 EcoBoost® engine in the F-150 delivers a maximum 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque.

If you need a pickup that brings a highly powerful engine option to the table, the F-150 is the clear go-to here.

Trailering Capabilities

Since both pickups offer such powerful engines, you can expect some impressive trailering capabilities from each of them, too.

The Silverado features a maximum conventional towing weight of 12,500 pounds. The F-150, however, surpasses it with a maximum conventional towing weight of 13,200 pounds with the right combination of powertrain, rear axle, and available towing options.

The F-150 also features available 4-wheel drive (4WD) in the base model for enhanced stability and control while towing heavy weights. Silverado drivers, on the other hand, are stuck with 2-wheel drive unless they upgrade to a higher trim level.

The available Pro Trailer Backup Assist™ feature in the F-150 also offers additional trailering control.  This feature keeps the trailer steady and headed in the intended direction-as indicated by a knob on the dashboard-when reversing into a parking space.

The Silverado doesn't make a comparable feature available, so drivers may have more difficulty with precise parking maneuvers.

F-150 vs Silverado Payload and Curb Weight

When considering payload, both the F-150 and Silverado absolutely offer a lot of space in their beds. Both trucks come standard with a 6.5-foot bed, with smaller and larger options available.


While they both fit a similar volume, the F-150 can handle much more weight. The Silverado offers a maximum payload of 2,250 pounds, but the F-150 laps it with a maximum payload of 3,270 lbs.

Instead of being built from heavy steel like the Silverado, the F-150 is built from high-strength military-grade aluminum alloy, which is why it can handle so much more. This light material decreases the truck's weight by hundreds of pounds.

We see this in a comparison of the curb weights between the F-150 and the Silverado. The base model of the Silverado has a curb weight of 4,510 pounds vs. the F-150, which has a curb weight of 4,069 pounds- a difference of over 400 pounds.

With its lightweight body and hefty payload capabilities, the 2018 Ford F-150 is the truck to choose if you need to do some heavy lifting.

2018 Ford F-150 vs Chevy Silverado: The Winner

After comparing the 2018 Ford F-150 vs. the Chevy Silverado, the F-150 proved itself as the stand-out option for Worthington, Clarion, and Harrisville drivers who need a powerful engine and impressive hauling capabilities.

If you're in the Slippery Rock or Kittanning areas and you want to try the F-150 for yourself, come to Butler County Ford and we'll get you behind the wheel. Schedule your test drive today

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