What The Truck?
When it comes to American-made vehicles, one can argue which manufacturer is best, but that argument may not hold true for both cars and trucks. The featured model trucks from the American manufacturers Chevrolet and Ford are very similar in comparison, however a few distinct differences from each may sway ones opinion as to which is the elite model. The latest full-sized stock models for each manufacturer will be evaluated for overall stock performance based on horsepower, torque, fuel efficiency, payload, and estimated resale value.
Chevrolet’s model of a full-size pickup is called the Silverado. The latest model released by Chevy was the 2013 Silverado 1500. Starting at $23,590 the Silverado is a reliable and affordable truck. With a Kelly Blue Book Consumer Rating of 8.7 out of 10, the Silverado presents a respectable likability with its consumers. The Silverado includes a 4.8L V8 FlexFuel engine that produces 302 horsepower and 305 ft-lbs of torque. This engine provides high quality power for the price that it is offered at. Also, the FlexFuel engine allows the Silverado to run on regular unleaded gasoline, E85 ethanol, or a combination of both. The Silverado gets roughly 15 miles per gallon in the city, and roughly 22 miles per gallon on the highway while running on regular unleaded fuel. This is also a respectable output in fuel mileage for a full-sized pickup. The maximum payload for the Silverado is 1,598 lbs.
Ford’s model of a full-sized pickup is called the F-150. The 2013 F-150 starts at $23,670. The Kelly Blue Book Consumer Rating gives the F-150 an 8.2 out of 10. The F-150 engine package includes a 5.0L V8 engine that produces 360 horsepower and 380 ft-lbs of torque. This engine outperforms the Chevy Silverado on power, however it cannot run on E85 ethanol without upgrading the performance package without increasing the overall value of the truck. The fuel mileage for the F-150 is approximately 14 miles per...
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