Entering 2016 with some new styling updates, the Chevy Silverado offers a powerful 5.3-liter V8 paired with an eight-speed transmission. The interior was designed with better acoustics for reduced wind noise and optimized relaxation, and responsive steering and great maneuverability make the Silverado better than most trucks at taking corners. However, the Silverado strains a lot when it comes to towing and hauling, is the least powerful of the three trucks in this comparison, and doesn’t get very good fuel economy, either.
The Ram 1500 is an industry favorite, with the only available diesel engine in a half-ton pickup. The 240-hp 3.0-liter diesel V6 is not only powerful, but offers great fuel economy at a rating of 27 mpg on the highway. Renowned for its easy towing and hauling capabilities, the 2016 Ram 1500 is a good option for drivers who want comfort plus power and capability. However, the $32,935 entry cost is steep, and the lack of a bed step is an astonishing oversight in a truck that is otherwise cohesive and meticulous in every way.
Fitted with everything from a sturdy and capable powertrain to a number of advanced tech features in the cabin, the 2016 F-150 is designed to be as convenient as it is capable. You can view the status of your trailer in the driver’s info cluster or use mirror-mounted spotlights to see easier in the dark. Plus, an easily-stowed bed step is hidden away by the tailgate and can be deployed in a matter of seconds for convenient accessibility. A powerful 365-hp turbocharged engine leads the pack in terms of power as well. In this competition, the Ford F-150 is the clear winner for drivers who want it all.