Ford F-150 vs Chevy Silverado 1500 vs GMC Sierra 1500: What should I buy?
Ford F-150 vs Chevy Silverado 1500 vs GMC Sierra 1500: What should I buy?

Ford F-150 vs Chevy Silverado 1500 vs GMC Sierra 1500: What Truck to Choose

If you are looking for a light-duty truck, you will have many options to consider, the three of which should be the Ford F-150, the Chevy Silverado 1500, and the GMC Sierra. All three brands consider their pickup the best combination of qualities their customers need in terms of towing, carrying capacity, economy and comfort.

At our used car dealership, we have a wide range of these trucks, so the chances are good that you will find the one you need. But at Indy Auto Man, we want the decision for your next car to be well-informed, so we are here to help you with the comparison of these three most popular models. 

F-150 vs Silverado vs Sierra 1500: Pros and Cons

Ford F-150, Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra are the most popular trucks on the market. You can pull trailers, use them for everyday transport or journeys over long distances. They can carry anywhere from two to six passengers and come in countless makes, cab types, bodies and wheelbases. Such a truck can be your work car, everyday transport and a luxury item, all in one. But what’s the difference?

In comparison to competitors, the Ford F-150 is the best-selling truck in the US. It hasn’t been redesigned since the 2015 model year, but in 2018 F-150 received more fuel-efficient engines. The latest models are perfectly equipped with electronics. It has the highest safety ratings.

The Chevrolet Silverado doesn’t concede in power and towing capacity, but lags Ford in interior refinement and safety ratings. However, if you are looking for a large cargo bed – Chevy will be the right choice. 

The GMS Sierra also has low crash-test scores, but can boast big tow ratings. Among its advantages, you can also notice its roomy and quiet cabin.

Comparing a pre-owned Sierra and a used Silverado 1500 in terms of price, the last one will save you money. Chevy is generally priced lower than the competitors.  

As a used car dealership, we offer a wide range of pre-owned trucks, so we prepared a table comparing the trucks of the 2019 year of manufacture. 

2019 Ford F-1502019 Chevrolet Silverado2019 GMC Sierra
Engine3.3L V64.3L V64.3L V6
Horsepower290 hp @ 6,500 rpm285 [email protected] 5,300 rpm285 hp @ 5,300 rpm
Torque265 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm305 lb-ft @ 3,900305 lb-ft @ 3,900
Transmission10-speed  A/T6-speed A/T6-speed  A/T
Fuel Economy21 MPG (20 city/24 hwy)21 MPG(16 city/17 hwy)17 MPG (15 city/21 hwy)
Also AvailableTurbo 2.7-, 3.5L turbo V6; 5.0L V8; 3.0L turbodiesel V6; hybrid; 4WD5.3L V-8 / 6-speed auto;2.7L Turbo / 8-speed auto;5.3L V-8 / 8-speed. auto;6.2L V-8 / 10-speed auto;2.7L I4; 5.3-liter V8; 6.2L V8; 3.0L turbodiesel; 8 and 10-speed automatic; 4WD
Specs
Max Seating Capacity666
Wheelbase145 inches147.4 inches147.43 inches
Overall Length231.7 inches231.7 inches231.7 inches
Width79.9 inches81.2 inches81.24 inches
Height75.6 inches75.5 inches75.51 inches
Max Payload1,745 to 2,238 pounds1,745 to 2,543 pounds1,610-2,280 pounds

Engines and MPG

If you are going to buy a truck to carry things or tow something, you need high power under the hood. Speaking about the 2021 models, the F-150 can offer you a standard 3.3L Ti-VCT V6 engine, while the Sierra 1500 and Silverado 1500 come with a 4.3L EcoTec3 V6 engine.

However, with the pre-owned trucks, you can find different engine configurations available for each model. Come to Indy Auto Man and choose the best combination for your needs. 

And what about gas mileage? Can such a big vehicle with a lot of space for passengers and cargo sustain it on an impressive level? With each of these three truck models, the answer is: yes. 

The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 achieves an EPA-estimated 33 highway and 23 city MPG, while the Ford F-150 can offer an EPA-estimated 26 highway MPG and 25 city MPG. As for the GMC Sierra 1500, it gets an EPA-estimated 23 highway and 20 city MPG.  

Buy Ford F-150, Chevy Silverado 1500 or GMC Sierra 1500 in Indianapolis
Buy Ford F-150, Chevy Silverado 1500 or GMC Sierra 1500 in Indianapolis

Ford vs GMC vs Chevy Towing Capacity Comparison

Each of these three light-duty trucks will be your great helper in towing your favorite belongings thanks to their impressive pulling force.

Sierra and Silverado can both produce 285 horsepower, but the max towing capacity will depend on how the truck is equipped and the chosen trim level. The Sierra can reach up to 11,800 pounds, and the Silverado offers 13,300 pounds of maximum towing capacity. As for the F-150, the base-level model pushes out 290 horsepower and can tow up to 14,000 pounds. 

If you are going to tow a trailer, a boat, or a camper, come to Indy Auto Man and choose Ford F-150, Chevy Silverado or GMC Sierra – any of them can manage this task with ease. 

Special Features

When it comes to choosing between the trucks of the same price category with similar tech parameters, the car buyer used to pay attention to the features of each model.  

As for F-150, Silverado and Sierra, all of them have a rear-view camera as standard equipment. 

The F-150 can boast storage bins under the seats and the glove box, while the Sierra has a multi-functional tailgate. Chevy Silverado can win your sympathy with the latest pickup truck design.

In each of these trucks, you will find a driver-information center or a productivity screen to access all essential indicators such as gas mileage, tire pressure and any warning lights.

At our car lot, you will find many makes of these trucks and will surely find the one you need. 

Safety Issues

The Ford F-150, the Chevy Silverado, and the GMC Sierra are all great trucks with their pros and cons. But when it comes to a purchase, you should pay special attention to the matter of safety. Each model has a black spot in its biography. 

Recently, the General Motors recalled 410,019 2015-2016 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra models over concerns that the inflators for the airbag system can rupture in the event of a crash.

While Ford cars are well-known for their safety and reliability, it occurred that 107,850 2013 F-150 trucks has also been recalled to fix faulty software.  

You can check your truck for safety issues here or just come to Indy Auto Man. We know the ins and outs of each series by the year of release, and will be happy to discuss all the matters you are interested in.

Auto Insurance Rates

When choosing your truck, you should also consider how much you will spend on it each year, including insurance costs. 

The Ford F150 comes in 10 models, and the cost of insurance depends on the price of the model you choose. For example, as of 7.15.2021 the basic 2012 F150 XLT with two doors and a V6 engine may cost $19,500. The annual cost for insurance coverage for such a vehicle will depend on your driving history.  In addition, there are more Ford F-150 on the road than any other model, so consider insuring it against theft. Indy Auto Man offers ETCH theft protection policy for $215.

The Chevy Silverado, unlike the Ford F150, has 4 basic passenger models. Find out the annual cost of coverage for a short cab with two-wheel drive, V6, from Gabe Greene with Carmel, Indiana Allstate Insurance agency or Will Ramey with Legacy Insurance Enterprises LLC. For the Silverado Hybrid in the similar price range, the insurance cost is typically a little bit more. As for the theft count, it is the same as for F-150. 

Insurance for GMC Sierra can also be obtained from Will Ramey: Legacy Insurance or Gabe Greene: Allstate Insurance.

In comparison to the competitor half-ton pickups, it will be a bit  less per year than the Chevy Silverado and a bit  more than the F150.

If you want to know the insurance rate for the exact model, taking into account all the additional factors such as your age and driving experience, come to Indy Auto Man, and our specialists will connect you with an insurance agent who can  get the figures. 

Should I Buy the F-150, Silverado 1500, or Sierra 1500?

There is no better way to decide what truck suits you best but test-drive. Visit Indy Auto Man in Indianapolis today and take any truck from our rich assortment for a test drive!

You will get an opportunity to estimate the impressive power and towing capacity of the model you like, discuss all pros and cons with our specialists, and decide whether F-150, Silverado or Sierra will become your favorite car for many years to come.