There are few trucks on the road tougher than the Ford F-150 and Chevy Silverado 1500. Combining power and performance with top-flight tech, these rugged pick-up trucks prove tough while providing a high-quality driving experience.

For a better feel, check out this 2021 Ford F-150 vs. 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500 comparison our team at Fred Beans Ford of West Chester has put together for drivers around the West Chester, Glenn Mills, and Malvern areas.

2021 Ford F-150 vs 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500: Towing Capacity

When it comes to finding your next truck, you'll want to be sure it can haul. Whether you're looking to do some work around the house or need a truck for commercial use, you'll find both the F-150 and Silverado 1500 are up to the task.

The Ford F-150 comes equipped with a maximum towing capacity of 14,000 pounds when paired with Ford's 3.5-liter EcoBoostÒ V6 engine, while the Silverado 1500 is similarly capable with a maximum towing capacity of 13,300 pounds.

For a more in-depth look at the F-150's towing limits, check out this table for each F-150 engine and its corresponding towing capacity.

Ford F-150 Engine

Towing Capacity

3.3L Ti-VCT V6

8,200 pounds

2.7L EcoBoostÒ V6

10,100 pounds

3.5L EcoBoostÒ V6

14,000 pounds

3.5L PowerBoost™ Full Hybrid V6

12,700 pounds

5.0L Ti-VCT V8

13,000 pounds

3.0L Turbo Diesel V6

12,100 pounds

Additionally, a similar breakdown for the Silverado 1500 and its towing capacities can be found below. These capacities can fluctuate depending on cab size and powertrain.

Chevy Silverado 1500 Engine

Towing Capacity

2.7L Turbo

9,300 pounds

4.3L V6 w/Active Fuel Management™

7,900 pounds

5.3L V8 w/Active Fuel Management™

10,100 pounds

5.3L V8 w/Dynamic Fuel Management™

9,800 pounds

6.2L V8 w/Dynamic Fuel Management™

13,300 pounds

Duramax® 3.0L Turbo-Diesel

9,500 pounds

2021 Ford F-150 vs 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500: Power & Performance

Under the hood of both the F-150 and Silverado, you'll find a powerful V6 engine. While the Silverado gets 285 horsepower, the F-150 has slightly more muscle with 290 horsepower.

The F-150 features an electronic 10-speed automatic transmission, while the Chevy truck is equipped with a 6-speed automatic transmission. While both engines offer great power and control, the F-150 will allow for more optimized operation as its gears will shift more efficiently.

For increased efficiency, the F-150 also comes with a selectable drive mode feature where you can choose between different modes for even better performance behind the wheel. The standard drive modes featured are as follows:

  • Normal
  • Eco
  • Sport
  • Tow/Haul
  • Slippery
  • Trail

While the F-150 and Silverado 1500 possess great power and grit, they'll also work hard to save you from frequent visits to the gas pump. The Silverado received an EPA-estimated 16 city and 21 highway MPG, while the F-150 earned an even better EPA-estimated 20 city and 24 highway MPG.

2021 Ford F-150 vs 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500: Interior

Inside both the F-150 and Silverado 1500, you'll find enough room to fit three passengers, which can be upgraded to six with larger cabs. Other interior dimensions for the F-150:

Front Headroom

40.8 inches

Front Legroom

43.9 inches

Front Shoulder room

66.7 inches

Front Hip room

62.5 inches

As important as space is to your interior experience, technological amenities also weigh significantly. Both vehicles impress here as well, as you'll find an up to date multimedia experience in each.

The Silverado 1500 offers a 7-inch Chevrolet Infotainment Touchscreen, while the F-150 offers an 8-inch Center-Stack Screen for an improved experience that features better interactivity highlighted by a larger display. Both trucks also come with an additional screen that shows driving statistics. Again, the F-150 performs better here with a 4-inch display, compared to a 3.5-inch display for the Silverado 1500.

Another feature that really sets the F-150 apart is its FordPassä Connect system. This system allows you to take your cellphone integration with your vehicle a step further, allowing you to perform a number of tasks from your phone pertaining to your vehicle. These tasks/features include:

  • Lock/Unlock Vehicle Doors
  • Remote Start
  • Calendar Set-Up in conjunction with Remote Start
  • Locate Vehicle
  • And more!

The FordPassä Connect system also comes with a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot to allow for further connectivity and enhanced experience behind the wheel. The F-150 also features a SYNCÒ 4 system that further enhances this experience with voice control and navigation. A 4G LTE hotspot is available on the Silverado 1500 but does not come standard on the vehicle.

2021 Ford F-150 vs 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500: Style & Design

Outside of the impressive technological amenities offered by both the F-150 and Silverado 1500, you'll find both trucks were designed to create a high-quality experience on the road. While your truck works hard eating up tough miles, you'll be enjoying a smooth ride within the cabin.

Ford F-150

Chevy Silverado 1500

Overall Length

231.7 inches

229.5 inches


145.4 inches

139.56 inches

A longer wheelbase and overall length contribute to a smoother experience between your vehicle and the road. For example, when you run over a pothole, you won't feel as much on the inside of the vehicle with a longer wheelbase and overall body. Both trucks are equipped to handle this well, with the F-150 slightly edging out the Silverado 1500.

2021 Ford F-150 vs 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500: Conclusion

After examining the 2021 Ford F-150 vs. 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500, we believe that the F-150 is the better vehicle for drivers throughout the West Chester, Glenn Mills, and Malvern areas. The F-150 combines power, grit, and technology to create a versatile and comfortable driving experience.

Ready to take a test drive in the 2021 F-150? Stop by Fred Beans Ford of West Chester to feel the power behind the latest and greatest Ford truck.

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