Ford F-150 vs. The Competition

2018 Ford F-150 vs. The Competition

In the world of half-ton pickups, pitting a model like the 2018 Ford F-150 vs. the RAM 1500 and Chevrolet Silverado 1500 results in something out of "Clash of the Titans." Heavier trucks may be out there, but these three American-based automakers are constantly at odds for the best-in-class titles for maximum towing, payload, and convenience. But for many truck buyers, the choice between rivals isn't always about the best numbers, but the best fit-even if the 2018 F-150 holds every segment benchmark.

If there's still a question about which of these three models represents the best value, here are side-by-side run-downs of how they compare.

2018 F-150 vs. RAM 1500

Although a more advanced model is on its way, the currently-available RAM 1500 still has impressive credentials in spite of its age. In line with the rest of its class, it offers three engines-including a diesel option-and offers a mix of class-topping and class-exclusive features that will speak to many. But where there's a case to be made for the RAM, Ford's own F-150 offers more powertrain choice, better capability, reliability, and value at every end of the spectrum.

  • Price vs. Value. The RAM might best the Ford in starting price, but when you more closely align features and trims, one will discover that the real chasm lies between what you're paying for. F-150 models come standard with auto stop-start, infotainment functionality, and a 3.3-liter V6 that can tow up to 5,000 lbs. The RAM 1500's own base V6 can't match it-and the accommodations are far more stripped down.
  • Diesel Come, Diesel Go. A hot item for many truck buyers is the growing presence of light-duty diesel engines. True, the RAM 1500 was first to the plate with its EcoDiesel offering, but it's leaving when the new generation goes on sale. That leaves the promise of class-leading abilities from the promised PowerStroke arriving on the F-150 in Spring 2018 as the sole half-ton diesel offering. For those considering a future purchase, it's something to consider.
  • A Raptor or a Rebel? The recently-launched RAM Rebel model may up the ante for off-road chops with guts and glory, but it certainly wasn't Baja-bred like the Raptor. In addition to the capability chasm-which the Ford variant can bridge by literally flying over sand dunes-the Raptor's 450 horsepower/510 lb-ft of torque make it quicker than practically any other production truck.
  • More Choices. Although three engines is par for the course among half-ton trucks, the F-150's compliment of four petrol mills (not counting the forthcoming diesel) provides more prospects than the 1500's three. Where the aforementioned best-in-class abilities come from the Blue Oval column-including 13,200 lbs. max towing and 3,270 lbs. max payload-the F-150 also has more advanced technologies to choose from.

2018 F-150 vs. Chevrolet Silverado 1500

The title war between the 2018 Ford F-150 and Silverado 1500 find far more equal footing than the former pairing. Both are fresh off the drawing boards (the F-150 was refreshed this year), and feature state-of-the-art powertrains, safety systems, and job-site technologies. For some, the class-benchmark status of the F-150 may be enticing enough, but those who prefer a V8-reliant engine lineup will favor the Silverado 1500-pending the nigh $3,000 schism in starting price doesn't swing the needle back.

  • Best-in-Tow. Before news broke that the 2018 F-150's maximum tow rating had risen to 13,200 lbs., the Silverado 1500 trumpeted a 12,500 lbs. rating that would have been "best-in-class." It's worthy of note that both models require an additional package for achieve this rating, and the F-150's comes from a twin-turbo V6 instead of the Chevrolet's Flex-Fuel V8.
  • Convenience to Get It Done. Admit it-if you've ever hitched up a trailer without a spotter, or even backed one into a parking space, you've wondered what a little help could accomplish. The 2018 F-150 has answers to those questions with available Pro Trailer Backup Assist and Dynamic Hitch Assist-to which the Silverado 1500 has no counter. LED bed lighting, integrated tail gate ramps, and other amenities also put this notch in the F-150's belt.
  • How Many Cylinders? A more subjective comparison lies between the F-150's reliance on turbocharged V6 engines versus the Silverado 1500's V8 lineup. If it comes down to preference, the 6.2-liter V8 offered by Chevrolet is more engine than most will ever need with 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque in hand. Yet the new 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6's 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque provide not one, but two segment benchmarks (including it's twist figure) while getting better efficiency.
  • Combo-Breaker. One of the less touted exclusive offerings of the F-150 is the availability to pair the largest cab with the longest bed. On the Silverado 1500, the largest cab is there, but a truck bed that can compete with the Ford's eight-foot offering isn't anywhere to be found.


Now that you've gotten a side-by-side look at the specifications of these three mighty pickups, we wouldn't be surprised if you put your newfound insight to the test. To get behind the wheel of the capable and advanced F-150, let our Helena, MT sales team know. Once we've filled in any remaining blanks on your credit application, we can set up a time for you to take your turn behind the wheel.