2015 Ford F-150 EcoBoost vs. 2015 Chevy Silverado V8

Mar. 19, 2015 By Josh Burns and Scott Rousseau, Video by Jay McNally
 

2015 Ford F-150 vs. 2015 Chevy Silverado

The F-150's bucket seats were praised by our testers for comfortably holding the driver and passenger in place on or off road.

Ergonomics & Features
Ford didnít keep the F-150ís changes limited to its body and chassis; the interior gets a host of updates as well. Ford actually looked to improve cabin space in the new F-150, increasing its width by 2 inches. The newly designed dashboard is still very much Ford, with a few too many buttons for our taste on the center stack and the steering wheel (18 alone there). The 8-inch touchscreen is broken into four segments to control navigation, stereo, phone and settings on the homescreen. The design is clean and modern looking, but it simply isnít as intuitive and easy to use as the Chevyís MyLink system, and its black background screen made it feel a little smaller. The Ford also uses a center-console-mounted shifter versus the column shifter on the Chevy, which is noteworthy since it reduces the usable storage space in the center console.

The Ford's interior features an additional 2 inches of lateral space versus the last model.

The bucket seats in the Ford are very comfortable. They contour nicely to the body and hold the driver and passenger firmly in place on winding roads or when powering around in the dirt. The increase in width makes the Fordís cabin feel just a bit roomier compared to the Chevy's. The Ford also elevates the driver and passenger more, although that feeling is amplified by the F-150's lower window sills.

Just too any buttons on the steering wheel. Other than that, we like overall layout of the instrumentation cluster that blends analog gauges with a digital display.

In the Chevy, the driver feels seated lower and more in line of sight with the hood. Both trucks offer plenty of space in the backseat, but we did note the Ford boasts the larger backseat area of the two. We're very impressed with the overall dash layout of the Silverado. We are already huge fans of the MyLink system and touchscreen in the Chevy, and even though its 8-inch screen is no larger than the Fordís, it just seems easier to find what you need. The controls below the touchscreen also make it easy to control the dual climate control settings (which Ford doesnít have), the upgraded seat warmers and A/C, and the piano-key buttons just below the HVAC are aesthetically pleasing and simple to use.

Heated and air-cooled seats were a nice upgrade in the Silveardo's leather seats.

We didnít care for the flatter, less defined seats in the Silverado that offered much less contour than the F-150ís. The Chevy rules in the storage department, with dual glove boxes featured on the passenger side, a column shifter that facilitates a generous open storage are with easy-to-find power ports (12-volt, 110-volt, USB, auxiliary) and a massive closed storage bin under the center-console arm rest.

Both trucks feature front and rear parking sensors, but the Chevy's unique buzzing alert in the seat received mixed reviews.

Both trucks feature front and rear park assist sensors, with the Ford providing the typical audible warn to alert the driver of an object, while the Chevy uses a vibrating buzzing in the seat as its alert. The vibrating seat received mixed reviews with the testers.

The larger Silverado side steps just stick out too far for our liking off the pavement.

Weíve never been a fan of large, fixed side steps on 4x4 trucks. More often than not, they protrude far too much from the truck and are the first thing to get hung up on rocks and slopes on the trail. We did not care for either side step design, but if we had to choose one, we'd take the Fordís design because it is tucked up closer to the F-150's rockers. Weíd really prefer to see retractable steps on 4x4 models, especially considering both trucks, as tested, sit in the $50,000 category.

On the other hand, we appreciate the Silveradoís damped tailgate and are disappointed the F-150 does not have one. The CornerStep bumper on the Silveardo is a nice feature but not something weíd often use. Fordís foldout step is an interesting idea but a little too clunky for our preference. A pullout retractable step mounted under the bumper would be preferred in either case.

Chevyís High Country model is equipped with a host of added goodies (which explains its price tag thatís roughly $9,000 more), such as a sunroof, the cooled/heated saddle brown leather seats, 20-inch chrome wheels and a few other features. If you start to feel too much sticker shock, just realize that the High Country is really more comparable to Fordís King Ranch. It just so happens the High Country was the only vehicle available with the new eight-speed transmission.

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