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2018 Ford F-150 vs. the Competition

With any number of commendable half-ton trucks on the market, our Green Cove Springs and  Gainesville customers often find themselves choosing between our own 2018 Ford F-150 vs. the competition--which consists of the two other "Detroit Three" automakers, the RAM 1500 and Chevrolet Silverado 1500. But where the Blue Oval's truck handily trounces both in the sheer number of best-in-class advantages, not every truck buyer from our corner of Florida is in search of "the ultimate." That's why it sometimes pays to take a closer look.

The Ford F-150, RAM 1500, and Chevrolet Silverado come in a variety of models, cab-style and bed combinations, and countless features for work or play. Each has at least one acclaimed V8 engine, and two can be equipped with a light-duty diesel. Yet where each diverge may surprise you. We invite you to read on to see how the F-150 and its rivals compare.

Ford F-150 vs. RAM 1500

For 2018, the RAM 1500 retains the same basic abilities and look it's carried since 2009--which is anything but a ding, considering it's one of the most comfortable-riding trucks on the market. But between the new model coming for 2019 and the current truck, the RAM can't touch the F-150's innovative use of military-grade aluminum alloy, class exclusive features, and even diesel capability. Yet there's more Palm Cove drivers should know about how these two titans stack up.

  • Design - Both Ford and RAM have plenty of visual flair, in spite of being limited by the constraints of being a pickup. But where the 1500's RAMBOX Cargo Management retains the form-and-function uses, the F-150's answer of integrated bed steps and loading ramps, plus six unique grille designs to its' rival's two provide more visual variety. In the RAM's favor, however, the truck's design has aged well.
  • Capability - Although best-in-class road manners and comfort (particularly with optional suspension) is the RAM 1500's playing field, it's EcoDiesel engine was recently felled by the F-150's own Power Stroke. In fact, Ford's new diesel bests this competitor's once-exclusive powertrain with 11,600 lbs. and 2,020 lbs. ratings in towing and payload. Overall capability greatness can be found throughout the F-150 engine lineup, with 2.7-liter and 3.5-liter EcoBoost offerings delivering smooth acceleration and impressive towing/hauling.
  • Features - Once more, the chasm of features between F-150 and 1500 is another arena where the RAM shows its age--although it does offer on-board WiFi, parking sensors, USB inputs, and full infotainment functionality like the Ford.  It also could easily be mistaken for a luxury vehicle with the leathers and other premium amenities found on higher-trim trucks. Yet systems like the F-150's Pro Trailer Backup Assist, retractable running boards, Bang & Olufsen audio, and the connected functions of SYNC3 show the advancement title has a Blue Oval drawn over it.

Ford F-150 vs. Chevrolet Silverado

The rivalry between F-150 and Silverado 1500 is a tale as old as time for pickup truck enthusiasts, and continues to stay heated for Fort McCoy and Saint Augustine drivers who might be trying to decide which one fits. Both of these half-ton models are state-of-the-art, and can be loaded to the needs and tastes of practically any buyer. Those looking to stand out, however, may not be taken by the Silverado's more toned-down stylings, and it's lack of a diesel engine or eight-foot bed may have many looking at the F-150 with conviction.

  • Design - Both Ford and Chevrolet trucks appear rugged and capable, although the differences in stand-out styling cues is one chasm prospective owners may consider. Either way, space and accommodations are on your side in either pickup, from regular to full-size cab. However, the Silverado 1500's largest cargo box may disappoint some, as will the absence of the F-150's class-exclusive loading, unloading, and storage functions.
  • Capability - In the battle for who's "best-in-tow," the Ford and Chevrolet offerings are quite evenly matched. Fully-equipped, the Silverado 1500 can tow up to 12,500 lbs., however the F-150's 13,200 lbs. rating bests it. Those who prefer V8 engines may not find the EcoBoost V6 engines to their liking, yet both of the F-150's low-end V6 engines win out over the Chevrolet in practically every category. Additionally, there's no diesel engine offered on the Silverado.
  • Features - One can't really knock the quality and scope of features in either pickup, but once more, the F-150's appetite to advance makes the Blue Oval a compelling purchase--particularly at the highest level. Ford's Platinum and Limited trucks and Chevrolet's High Country model are absolutely loaded with the likes of leather, premium audio, and other ruggedly-premium fixtures. Look to the details, and the absence of features like Dynamic Hitch Assist, competitive fuel economy, and expressive flair on the Silverado might be the game-changer.

No matter where your ambitions to "pickup" a new half-ton truck originate, our Ford dealership in Palatka, FL can bring them to fruition. Besides, there's so much more for us to learn about the kind of truck you're looking for! To find out the ways we can get you behind the wheel on your terms, or if you have questions that need answering, contact us at your convenience.

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