2018 Ford F-150 vs. Competition

March 5th, 2018 by

2018 Ford F-150 vs. 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Americans love our pickups and so it stands to reason they would want to know which of these two trucks would be a better pick for them. Both trucks have new upgrades for their 2018 versions. Below will be a comparison of different features offered so you can see for yourself which will be the better option for you.

Performance and Exterior

While both the F-150 and the Silverado offer 6-speed automatic transmissions and 3 years/36000-mile warranties, the F-150 has the better gas mileage offering 20 miles per gallon compared to the 19 miles per gallon of the Silverado. Both vehicles also have 4WD but the Ford offers electronic hi-lo gear selection while the Silverado option is manual. Both vehicles offer heated mirrors. There are many customizable features for the exterior on both vehicles but the F-150 has many more options for packages available as listed below in comparison with the Silverado.

  • F-150 packages – Trailer Tow Package, Off-Road Package, Snow Plow Prep, XL Sport Appearance Package, Xl Chrome Appearance Package, Equipment Group 100A, XL Power Equipment Group (Fleet), CNG/Propane Gaseous Engine Prep Pack, Smokers Pack and Equipment Group 101A.
  • Silverado Packages – Chrome Essentials Package, Trailering Package, Snow Plow Prep Package, LT Convenience Package and Black Pack.

Interior and Technology

The next category to compare between the two vehicle options is the interior and technology. Again, even when it comes to the interior options the F-150 definitely outshines the Silverado in the amount of options it offers.

  • F-150 Interior Options – single-cd player with SiriusXM satellite radio (fleet), AM/FM radio with single cd player (fleet), full coverage rubber floor mats, carpeting and floor mats, manual driver lumbar (fleet), ford telematics powered by Telogis, SYNC (fleet), single-cd player with SiriusXM satellite radio, trailer brake controller and cruise control (fleet).
  • Silverado Interior Options – 110-volt AC power outlet, interior driver assist handle, SiriusXM satellite radio, color-keyed carpet floor covering with rubberized vinyl floor mats and all-weather floor mats.

Just looking at this comparison you can see that the F-150 obviously offers you many, many more options when it comes to the interior. As for the technology, even the experts say that the Sync 3 infotainment system that comes in the mid-tier and above options on the F-150 is easy to use and compatible with smartphones while the Chevrolet MyLink that comes in the Silverado didn’t work so well with certain devices and would therefore seem to be unreliable. You would obviously want to pick the option that will help you stay in touch when you need to.

2018 Ford F-150 vs. GMC Sierra

Performance and Drivability

The Sierra’s off-center driver position is annoying; even after you have driven it for quite a while it just never gets comfortable – at least compared to the F-150.

The 2018 Ford F-150 and the 2018 GMC Sierra 1500 both have 4-way manual driver and passenger seat adjustments as a standard feature in all models. They both also have 40-20-40 bench front seats. But the 2018 F-150 differs, because it has more front head room, hip room and shoulder room than the GMC Sierra. The F-150 has 40.8 inches of space for head room, 62.5 inches of space for hip room and 66.7 inches of space for shoulder room. The Sierra only has 42.8 inches, 60.7 inches, and 66.0 inches of space in each area, respectively.

Towing and Work Conditions

The F-150 has best-in-class towing ability, especially when compared to the Sierra. The lightweight aluminum body enables it to have more towing capacity than the heavier Sierra when both are fitted with the optional towing packages and most powerful engines.

The 2018 Ford F-150 comes standard on all models with a plastic drop-in bedliner, bed divider and rear privacy glass. The 2018 Sierra also comes with a bed liner, but does not include the bed divider, or privacy glass. A bed divider is extremely useful for transporting smaller things in the back of a truck that are better left in the truck bed, rather than inside the truck itself. Some examples of things that might be kept in the bed of a truck include oil, coolers and any other vehicle liquids that could potentially spill.

Creature Comforts

The F-150’s interior and fit-and-finish are second to none, while the Sierra does show some blemishes in fit-and-finish. Both vehicles are equipped with the latest technology gadgets.

Both vehicles offer air conditioning, front cupholders, a backup camera and electric power steering for ease of use and convenience when driving. Both vehicles include a clock, and also a tachometer for keeping an eye on the truck’s engine performance, but only the 2018 Ford offers an external temperature display. Displaying the outside temperature to the driver inside the vehicle is useful and convenient.

Both vehicles feature heated windows, which are beneficial in the winter months, to help keep ice from forming on and sticking to the truck’s windows. Only the Ford F-150 features digital keypad power door locks as a feature on some models. The 2018 Ford F-150 has a shorter wheelbase of 122.4 inches, while the 2018 GMC Sierra 1500 has a wheelbase of 143.5 inches. A shorter wheelbase makes a car more maneuverable and much easier to turn, which translates into a vehicle that is easier to drive around sharp turns like those found throughout city streets.

Safety Features

The GMC Sierra 1500 and the Ford F-150 are both similar when it comes to terms of safety. Both cars offer features such as dual front side-mounted airbags and dusk-sensing headlights. The F-150, however, offers 3 front headrests, while the GMC Sierra 1500 offers only 2. You can find a remote anti-theft system and front fog lights as an option on upgraded models of both trucks, but these features cost around $10,000 more on the Sierra 1500 because they are only available on the most upgraded version. With the F-150, these features are available on slightly upgraded models, starting at the mid-priced vehicle.

Value

It is difficult to compare trucks these days in terms of price. Both models base prices start at just over 25k but unless you are buying a truck to give to laborers for rough work, hardly any you see on the road are dressed in their base model configurations. More likely, somewhere north of 40k will be the configurations driving down the road.

In terms of value, it’s difficult to say which is best because of all the options available on each model, but suffice it to say, the Sierra will cost you more (a little at least) than its identical twin, the Silverado. Give us the F-150’s better fuel economy, good looks, towing capacity and better drivability and the choice becomes rather clear.

Choose the F-150 and you won’t be sorry as you smile a little every time you pull up to the fuel pumps or pass a Sierra owner on the road.

2018 Ford F-150 vs. 2018 Nissan Titan

When it comes to choosing a heavy duty truck, two of the top competitors in the market are the F-150 and the Nissan Titan. Both are great choices for anyone who needs a vehicle that packs a lot of power and can be counted on to haul a heavy payload. However, there are a few differences between the two that should be taken into consideration before making a purchase.

Performance

One of the main concerns for those interested in heavy-duty trucks is power. The Nissan Titan delivers some of that quality, sporting a 5.6-liter V8 engine that produces 394 lb-ft of torque.

The F-150 offers a selection of engines, with the most powerful being a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6. There is still a 5.0-liter V8 on offer, as well as a naturally-aspirated 3.3-liter V6 and a twin-turbo 2.7-liter V6. For those who want a truck that doesn’t necessarily have to be used as a heavy hauler all the time, the smaller engine options are nice and offer better fuel economy. That’s an unexpected bonus for buyers looking at full-size Ford trucks.

Also worth considering is the transmission configuration of the two vehicles. The F-150 uses the ten-speed automatic that was premiered in 2017. It pairs nicely with all of the engine options (except for the 3.3 naturally-aspirated, which gets an electronic six-speed automatic).

The Titan employs a seven-speed automatic, but it can hesitate a bit over gear selection. A few issues have been reported with the Titan holding a lower gear during steady speeds and only upshifting when the driver releases the gas pedal. While responsive to quick demands for speed, the seven-speed also has been known to reach for a higher gear before determining that a lower gear is required.

Towing

Most individuals who buy a vehicle like this are planning to move some heavy cargo, and as such, towing capacity is an important consideration. The Titan is capable, boasting a minimum tow rating much higher than many others in its class with just over 9,100 pounds. However, it does top out at 9,740, which is less impressive than many of its competitors, especially the Ford F-150. The F-150 can haul an incredible 13,200 pounds at its maximum capacity.

Trims

Another area where the trucks differ drastically is the number of trim levels. The F-150 has a number of different trims, including the XL, King Ranch, XLT, Lariat, Platinum, Raptor, and Limited. Nissan, on the other hand, has streamlined the lineup of the Titan to only the S and SV in two-door options. More trims are available on the four-door Titans, but those looking for a smaller cab may find the options for the more basic trims lacking.

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