American car buyers show no signs of losing interest in one of the most popular vehicles on the road–the full-size pickup. One look at which vehicle sits at the top of the best-seller list confirms it, because that vehicle is the F-150, and it's remained the top-selling vehicle for the past 45 years. That's stiff competition for all the other full-size trucks, making the 2022 Ford F-150 vs 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 battle all the more interesting.
These two trucks have fought tirelessly for market share in the competitive full-size category, but Ford always comes out ahead, much to Chevy's dismay. Could it be the F-150's timeless styling? Or is it the pickup's class-leading capability that keeps buyers coming back year after year? Perhaps it's a little bit of both, but either way, Chevy's fighting an uphill battle to unseat the F-150 as America's favorite truck.
However, best-sellers aren't always the best fit, so it's only fair to give the Silverado a fair shot at earning your business. That's why we've taken the time to dig deep into each rig's specifications in search of differences that might make a case for a switch. Both trucks share a similar starting price (although Chevy's is a bit higher), but after that, the differences are surprisingly vast.
Do you call yourself a "Chevy guy," or are you "Ford forever?" Brand loyalty might be the difference maker for some buyers, but keeping an open mind means allowing yourself to select a truck that's custom-made for your lifestyle and budget. Which truck will wear the crown, and which one will scurry back to second place? We think the F-150 comes out on top, but we’ll leave the final decision to you.
When conducting a side-by-side comparison of the most powerful versions of the 2022 Ford F-150 and the 2022 Chevy Silverado, we can summarize our findings with one word: Raptor. The F-150 Raptor stands alone as the most powerful, off-road-ready rig of them all. Chevy simply doesn't have an answer, which is bad news for off-road adventure seekers who love Chevy trucks.
The Raptor gets its 450 ponies and 510 lb-ft of torque from a unique High-Output version of Ford's 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. You heard us right: it's a six-cylinder engine, but not the type you might be picturing. This engine features a twin-turbo arrangement with port-fuel and direct-injection technology. It's also paired with a smooth-shifting 10-speed transmission that allows drivers to access plenty of low-range torque.
Chevy's only answer is a 420-horsepower 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V8. It makes an impressive 460 lb-ft of torque, but still falls far short of Ford's more efficient turbocharged V6 power plant. Chevy's mightiest off-roading trim, the newly-released Silverado ZR2, offers a factory lift and a set of Multimatic DSSV dampers paired to optimize suspension travel, a great feature for going over rough terrain.
Unfortunately, even with its extra skid plates, and 33-inch mud-terrain tires, the ZR2 falls short of Ford's Raptor. The Raptor includes 24-inch coil springs, the longest in the full-size segment, while FOX shocks provide class-leading damping adjustability: up to 1,000 pounds of damping at desert speeds. Add an optional set of 37-inch BFGoodrich All-Terrain tires, and your Raptor wears the largest factory-installed shoes available.
Chevy catches up a little with its new state-of-the-art in-cabin infotainment system. The Silverado 1500 can be had with a large 13.4-inch infotainment touchscreen that works with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Alexa. Buyers can also choose an optional 15-inch color head-up display and the clever Rear Camera Mirror that projects a live camera feed of the area behind the truck right onto your rearview mirror.
Tricked out F-150s receive a 12-inch infotainment screen with the same connectivity capabilities, including smartphone integration. Ford's latest SYNC 4 software system runs the F-150's infotainment screen and offers lightning-fast response times and an intuitive menu for easy scrolling. Chevy has Ford beat on touchscreen dimensions, but after that, we prefer Ford's more user-friendly operating system and its revolutionary over-the-air updates.
The F-150 is the only pickup that features a clever mobile workspace. Trucks outfitted with this feature include a shift lever that folds flush with the center console, converting the interior into a surprisingly large work surface. Combined with the available Wi-Fi hotspot, the mobile workspace is ideal for road warriors.
Both trucks offer advanced trailering systems that tap into semi-autonomous driver-assist technology to make hook-up and travel easier and safer. The F-150 supplies all the tools you need to make full use of its best-in-class towing and payload capability. An available 12-inch digital productivity screen sits in front of the steering wheel in full view of the driver. It displays key towing information without requiring you to ever leave the driver's seat.
Chevy utilizes a handful of cameras to offer up to 15 different views, like hitch view and top-down view, for assistance with hook-up. However, Ford's trailering and payload technology expands to include the category's only onboard scales. This first-ever technology measures approximately payload weights and displays them on the screen. You'll know immediately whether you're about to take off with an overloaded bed; no guessing required.
Semi-autonomous driving technology is the buzz term of the decade, with automakers seizing every opportunity to use cameras, radar, and sensors to help drivers stay safe and avoid fatigue by automating tasks like adjusting speed when cruising at highway speeds. For 2022, both Ford and Chevy take driver-assist to a whole new level: hands-free driving.
Ford offers BlueCruise for the first time on the 2022 F-150. BlueCruise works by reading the dividing lines on connected roadways. The system automatically keeps the F-150 centered in its intended lane of travel without help from the driver and uses Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control to provide speed adjustments, forever eliminating the exhausting task of braking and accelerating in traffic.
Chevy's Super Cruise technology works similarly, but it's only offered on the top-of-the-line High Country trim, so if you want it, prepare to shell out the big bucks. Meanwhile, Ford's BlueCruise is available as part of the Ford Co-Pilot360 Active 2.0 Package. You can find it offered on multiple trims, including the Lariat, the King Ranch, the Platinum, and the Limited, so there's no need to swing for the fences price-wise if you want to try out hands-free driving.
Here's another feature of the F-150 you won't find on the Chevy Silverado: an available hybrid powertrain. It combines a gas engine with two electric motors to deliver class-leading performance: 430 horsepower and 570 lb-ft of torque. Technologically, it surpasses almost every other engine in the industry and leads the full-size truck category for efficiency and output. Even if you don't opt for an F-150 Hybrid, you can option the available Pro Power Onboard system to turn your truck into a mobile generator with up to 7.2 kW of power and an assortment of outlets for your power tools and campsite gear.