Trucks & SUVs

5 Reasons Chevy Trucks Are Better Than Ford

Would you rather push a Ford than drive a Chevy? These 5 reasons Chevrolet pickup trucks are better than Ford may change your mind. Though Ford does have Chevy’s trucks beat in some areas like standard safety and the Ford Raptor, Chevrolet has a great pickup truck lineup with some pretty compelling features. Chevrolet pickups are neck and neck with the American pickup truck competition. Ford may sell more trucks every year, but Chevrolet still makes a solid argument.

Are Chevy trucks reliable?

Reliability ratings from J.D. Power still aren’t out for each Chevy and Ford truck quite yet. But we can definitely look at overall brand reliability and history of the pickup trucks’ reliability. This way, we can frame our expectations for the current models.

“2019 Ford Ranger, 2018 Ford F-150, and 2019 Chevy Colorado all receive a three out of five. However, the 2018 Silverado receives a 4.5 out of five. Chevy has actually demonstrated superior reliability over the past several years. For that reason, it gets the crown.”

US News and World Report
2021 Chevrolet Silverado HD Carhartt Special Edition interior
2021 Chevrolet Silverado HD Carhartt Special Edition interior | Chevrolet

Chevrolet towing capacity

As of 2020, the Chevy Silverado is the new class leader for towing. According to US News and World Report, the Chevrolet Silverado can handle 13,400 (compared to the Ford F-150 max capacity 12,100) when correctly configured with the 6.2-liter V8 engine. If your 2020 Silverado sports the chevy tow package, you’ll get a very high tech trailer camera system. Plus, the experience is made more user friendly with the implementation of a smartphone app.

Additionally, when equipped with the turbodiesel engine, the 2020 Chevy Colorado’s highest capacity is 7,700 pounds. This beats the 2020 Ford Ranger which tops out at 7,500. It’s also worth noting that, when powered by the turbodiesel, the 2020 midsize Chevrolet pickup gets up to 30 mpg on the highway.

Chevrolet Colorado compact pickup truck

The 2020 Colorado boasts undeniable performance. Also, this midsizer’s loaded and easy-to-use infotainment system gives it a leg up on the competition. Additionally, it made it onto US News and World Report’s list of “Best Diesel Trucks of 2020” alongside some heavy-duty hauling favorites like the RAM 1500. We can definitely appreciate the Chevy Colorado for its array of designated off-roading packages.

Performance

The 2020 Chevrolet truck lineup boasts many desirable options. The Silverado alone has five engines available ranging from the 285 horsepower 4.3 liter V6 to the 420 horsepower 6.2 liter V8, to a variety of diesel options (with best-in-class fuel economy) that are available to every truck in the lineup, including the compact Chevy Colorado.

In fact, the Colorado has 3 available engines while the Ford Ranger is equipped with the same engine across every trim level. There is also a new option for a Chevy performance package, which adds a little more horsepower to the V8. Whether you want the class-leading max tow rating or a designated off-road prowler from the midsize sect, Chevy has it handled just a tiny bit better than Ford. Assuming we are leaving the F-150 Raptor out of it, of course.

A new Ford Ranger on display at an auto show
A Ford Ranger on display | Manfred Schmid/Getty Images

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Standard tech on a Chevy pickup

The Chevrolet trucks far outpace Ford’s lineup in terms of standard infotainment technology. Every Chevy truck comes standard with a 7 inch touch screen display. The standard infotainment system comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity.

The Ford pickup truck, however, is basic when it comes to its base model infotainment. A radio and Bluetooth are pretty much it. If you like good tech in your base models, you’ll prefer a Chevrolet over a Ford.

A Chevy Colorado pickup truck on display.
A Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 on display at an auto show | Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

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Chevy vs Ford

Both trucks are ready to do it all. But for these 5 reasons, Chevy trucks are better than Ford. Though it is a close competition and the final decision will come down to personal preferences, Chevrolet pickup trucks definitely have some features in their favor like a higher tow rating and better standard infotainment.