Ford F-150 Takes on New Chevy Silverado, Dodge Ram

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Despite winning virtually every category of this comparison, the Ford F-150 finishes second. So what gives?

For 40 years now, the Ford F-150 has quite simply dominated the full-size truck market. Chevy and Dodge have been left to fight for second place, picking up the veritable scraps of the pickup world. But with each passing generation, both the Ram and Silverado have made great strides in their efforts to make up ground. And now that we have an all new version of each on the market, Edmunds decided to do the obvious and pit each against the other to see if anything’s changed.

The F-150 is obviously wearing the “oldest” design at this point. But the reviewers note that you wouldn’t guess that if you didn’t know better. “It’s very striking,” one reviewer said. “The lights in the grille are integrated very beautifully. There’s a lot of small details that you’ll appreciate if you spend a lot of time looking at the truck. If you put this truck against the Silverado and asked me which one was more recently redesigned, I would think that this was the newer truck and that was the older one.” Ouch.

Ford F-150

The same goes for performance, where the F-150 really shines. “It has the best numbers at the track and the most torque,” one reviewer points out. “The Ford is the most fun to drive for me. The handling and the steering are the best,” says another. On track, the F-150 outruns the Silverado and Ram by several tenths of a second. It also stops from 60 several feet shorter than either. It even wins the towing test. “All three were able to pull it up the grade easily. But the F-150 felt more willing,” one reviewer concludes.

Ford F-150

Heck, the F-150 even seems to dominate the driving impressions. “I can see why people like them,” says one reviewer. “It’s a really predictable truck. It does everything you need it to do. It’s quite quiet. They have a ton of different options for engines and interiors. The engine in this truck is never working hard. The 10-speed here is really clever.”

The reviewers do prefer the Ram’s flashy new interior, but that’s about it. And yet, they give it the edge in this competition. Which seems, well, strange. Be sure and let us know what you think about this odd result in the comments below!

Brett Foote is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other sites.

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