Having a truck’s capability with the comfort required to be a daily driver isn’t that common. Being able to haul a bedroom worth of furniture while being comfortable doing so is what the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and the 2021 Ford F-150 aim to do. Both are starting at around $29,000 MSRP, so let’s see how they compare.
When talking engines, the F-150, a few options are going for it. The base engine is a 3.3L V6 with flex-fuel rated at 290 hp and 265 lb*ft of torque. The other options are two turbocharged gasoline engines, one turbocharged diesel engine, a hybrid powertrain, and the most prestigious option: a 5.0L V8 with flex-fuel, delivering 395 hp and 400 lb*ft of torque. All of these are linked to a 10-speed automatic in either rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. The 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 has more options and more simple ones generally. The base engine is a turbocharged 2.7L I4 with 310 hp and 348 lb*ft of torque, the only turbocharged engine apart from the 3.0L diesel I6 with 277 hp and 460 lb*ft of torque. The other options are all naturally aspirated, with a 4.3L V6 with 285 hp and 305 lb*ft of torque; a 5.3L V8 with 355 hp and 383 lb*ft of torque (with active or dynamic fuel management), and the most prestigious one being a 6.2L V8 with 420 hp and 460 lb*ft of torque. These are either rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive as expected, linked to a combination of 6-speed, 8-speed, or 10-speed automatic transmissions.
The interior of the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 shines, having many useful features. The standard infotainment is capable of using Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Bluetooth, with the choice to upgrade it further. You can get an improved audio system by Bose, power outlets, plenty of assistance, and safety options on top of the general ones. On the best trim levels, you can get leather-appointed seats and a more premium cabin.
As such, the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is an excellent choice if you want a daily driver first and foremost and a truck in case the need arises, even if the Silverado has excellent towing capability. The 2021 Ford F-150 doesn’t offer as much comfort, and real fuel economy is also lacking, having almost the same fuel economy as the Silverado but having smaller displacements and lower power numbers. Come in today for a test drive at Shepherd’s Chevrolet, Buick, GMC in Kendallville, Indiana, where we’ll always treat you like family.
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