Ford F-150 Challenges the Competition

What competition?  Grille to grille, there's no question about it. Drivers in Salem, Silverton, Independence, Turner, and Gervais are serious about their trucks. With so many excellent options on the market, how do you select a single model out of the embarrassment of riches that is the light-duty pickup segment?


Ford F-150 Faces Off Against Chevy Silverado & Ram 1500

Which full-size pickup provides the work-ready performance you need? At Skyline Ford, we have a clear favorite. Luckily we don't have to stretch the facts to prove why the Ford F-150 outshines two of its greatest rivals, the Chevrolet Silverado, and the Ram 1500. Here is how the trucks stack up in four critical categories.


  • Ford F-150's 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost® engine generates a powerful 365 horsepower, and 420 pound-feet of torque at 2,500rpm.
  • The Chevy Silverado 1500 uses a considerably larger 5.3-liter V8 engine, but generates only 355 horsepower. Its torque peaks at 383 pound-feet at 4100rpm, meaning you have to spin the engine faster to get the same pulling power the Ford gives you as soon as your foot touches the pedal.
  • The Ram 1500 offers a similarly-sized 3.6-liter V6 as the F-150, but produces even less power -- 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet torque.



Towing and Payload:

Numbers will vary considerably depending on your truck's configuration. For this comparison, we looked at models equipped with the same engine options compared above, crew cab style, four-wheel drive, and an axle ratio between 3.42 and 3.55.

  • The Ford F-150 uses its lighter-weight aluminum body to its advantage, allowing it a high max payload capacity of 2,060 pounds. Tow rating is estimated at 10,600 pounds, putting it ahead of the competition.
  • Chevrolet Silverado offers a handy 9,100-pound tow capacity, and 1,730-pound payload.
  • Ram 1500 lags behind again, hamstrung by its under-powered engine. It is rated to tow up to 7,160 pounds, and carry a 1,640-pound payload.


  • Nothing feels worse than being put out of work because of an injury. The 2016 Ford F-150 strives to keep you protected behind the wheel -- it earned an IIHS Top Safety Pick, and a 5-Star Overall Safety Rating from the NHTSA.
  • The 2016 Chevy Silverado offers okay protection. It also earned a 5-Star Overall Safety Rating from the NHTSA, but failed to prevent serious leg injuries or maintain safety-cage structure in small-overlap collision testing by the IIHS.
  • The Ram 1500 performed marginally in the IIHS small-overlap test, and also demonstrated weaknesses in the IIHS roof-strength test. This is particularly concerning because the NHTSA reported the four-wheel-drive Ram 1500 was more likely to rollover than either the Ford or Silverado. It earned only a 4-Star Overall Safety Rating from the NHTSA.



  • The 2016 Ram 1500 wins this category, with the lowest MSRP range, between $27,340 and $53,860. The low price comes at a cost, however. The Ram is the only of these three half-ton pickups that does not offer basic front-crash-prevention technology, and you will have to fork over extra cash for a less-wimpy engine option.
  • The 2016 Ford F-150 has the broadest MSRP range of the trio, starting at $27,735 and topping out at $63,505. The first trim level to offer optional adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support is the F-150 Lariat, starting at $40,065. When configured with four-wheel drive and SuperCrew cab (as used in the tow-rating comparison above), the price jumps up to about $45,845.
  • The 2016 Chevy Silverado 1500 ranges from $28,390 to $54,610. When configured with comparable options and equipment to the F-150 Lariat with four-wheel drive, crew cab, and collision warning, it costs about three grand more.

We hope we were able to illuminate for you the differences between these three full-size pickups by comparing similarly-configured models. Some dealers will try to make their vehicle look superior by pitting a high trim level model against the base model of a rival, but the F-150 shines without stacking the numbers.

Nevertheless, all pickup trucks can be customized with several engine, cab, bed, drivetrain, transmission, axle, trim, and package options, making the permutations endless!  Be sure to contact SkylineFord for the details and hard numbers on a specific truck you are interested in, or compare the F-150 to other large SUVs and trucks in our new inventory.

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