Comparing the Ford F-150 and Chevy Silverado has long been a pastime of truck enthusiasts, and it's no surprise that they've consistently topped the pickup truck market. Both the F-150 and Silverado offer power, reliability, and versatility. The 2019 Chevy Silverado was completely redesigned for this year, while the 2019 Ford F-150 received some significant changes of its own, particularly when it comes to the powertrain. Does the all-new Silverado have what it takes to dethrone the top-rated pickup truck?

We're going to find out by comparing the 2019 Ford F-150 vs Chevy Silverado head to head when it comes to their engine options and towing capability

F-150 vs Silverado - Powertrain & Towing

When comparing pickup trucks like the Ford F-150 and Chevy Silverado, power and utility are two of the biggest factors that Ames Ford customers are looking at. If you're purchasing a pickup truck for work and need it to deliver, this is your bread and butter. To that end, both the F-150 and Silverado have a wide range of engine options and towing technology to get the job done. However, pound for pound, the 2019 Ford F-150 does come out on top in several important ways.

Starting with their base engines, Chevy uses its carryover 4.3l V6 from the last generation that makes 285 horsepower. On the other hand, the Ford F-150 manages 290 horsepower from a 3.3l V6. So for those sticking with the base engine, F-150 buyers can expect a bit more power and much better efficiency from the base engine.

Interestingly, both trucks then upgrade to a turbocharged 2.7l engine, but the Chevy is a four-cylinder, while Ford's configuration is a V6. The F-150's turbo V6 results in 15 more horsepower and a significant torque advantage of 400 lb-ft vs the 348 lb-ft of the Chevy. However, both engines represent a great trend, in that they bring impressive power while offering pickup truck buyers greater efficiency.

Next up are the popular V8 engines. We know many truck owners here in Ames who would never settle for anything less than a V8. The Chevy Silverado gets a 5.3l V8 at 355 horsepower, while Ford goes with a 5.0l V8 that gets 395 horsepower. Yet again, the Ford F-150 uses smaller, more efficient engines that also beat the Silverado on horsepower. Combined with the all-aluminum body of the F-150, owners can expect better acceleration and efficiency from the Ford.

The final engine option currently available on the 2019 Chevy Silverado is an optional 6.2l V8 that puts out 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. Ford, meanwhile, has two more engine options. The first is a turbocharged 3.5l V6, that comes in two different power levels. The first puts out 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque, while the range-topping option clocks in at 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque. For those that want an impressive balance of efficiency and towing power, there's an all-new 3.0l diesel V6 at 250 horsepower and 440 lb-ft of torque.

As you can imagine based on the numbers, the 2019 Ford F-150 with the turbo V6 manages to beat even the 6.2l version of the Chevy Silverado when it comes to towing. But that's not to say the Silverado is a slouch. Its max towing of 12,200 lbs is certainly impressive, but well short of the 13,200 lbs max offered by the Ford F-150.

Towing Technology

Both the 2019 Ford F-150 and 2019 Chevy Silverado offer advanced technologies to make towing both easier and safer. Ford's Pro Trailer Backup Assist, blind spot monitoring, and AdvanceTrac systems keep drivers in control when towing, and the dynamic hitch assist makes connecting with your cargo easier than ever.

Meanwhile, the 2019 Silverado also has its share of technology to help maintain control of your trailer. However, though it's not directly connected to towing, only the F-150 offers standard forward collision detection with automatic emergency braking. On the Silverado, this is part of a premium option package. Both trucks offer excellent safety ratings, as well as stability control and other optional safety tech.


Buying a pickup truck can be a very personal decision. There are some buyers who will only consider one brand or the other, and a person's truck choice can sometimes say a lot about them. However, when basing your purchase solely on performance and features, the 2019 Ford F-150 is the clear winner. Despite the Silverado's complete redesign, its powertrains and standard tech have still not caught up to the impressive Ford F-150.

However, you don't have to take our word for it. Test driving your truck of choice is the best way to get to know its features and how it handles. Check out our inventory below, and easily schedule a test drive at Ames Ford.