2014 Chevrolet Silverado vs. 2013 Ford F-150, 2013 Ram 1500 (Car and Driver)

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    2014 Chevrolet Silverado vs. 2013 Ford F-150, 2013 Ram 1500 (Car and Driver)

    2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ Z71 vs. 2013 Ford F-150 Lariat, 2013 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn
    Three Mild Hogs: We brave the honky-tonks, strip malls, and hipster burger joints of central Texas to root out the pickup truck that's just right.
    Car and Driver
    By Daniel Pund
    August 2013

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    From the moment the 2014 Silverado was unveiled at this year’s Detroit auto show, it’s drawn fire for looking too similar to the outgoing model. How’s that for changed expectations in the pickup market? We, however, have no problem with a truck that looks like a truck, even if  it happens to look like a truck used to look. We specified the volume model of the lineup, which is a four-door version powered by the 5.3-liter gen-five small-block V-8. A 4.3-liter V-6 and a 6.2-liter V-8 also will be offered. This new pushrod 5.3 comes with fuel-saving cylinder deactivation, direct injection, and variable-valve timing.

    Ford insisted on entering this contest with its optional turbo V-6 ($1095), which the company views as an alternative to conventional V-8s. We asked for a truck with the company’s most popular engine and, according to Ford, the EcoBoost V-6 slightly outsells the 5.0-liter V-8 available in the F-150.  And, indeed, the turbo V-6 makes V-8 horsepower—10 horses up on Chevy’s 5.3 and not much less powerful than Ram’s 5.7-liter Hemi. By now you should know that this EcoBoost prioritizes Boost over Eco. The EPA rates the Ford’s fuel economy even with the Ram’s and slightly worse than the Chevy’s.

    The Ram 1500 is our reigning full-size pickup champ. And the Ram folk loaded up a brown-and-tan Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn Edition Crew Cab to the tune of $55,390, including the Hemi V-8, optional air springs ($1595), and enough cowboy filigree that even the “cowboy” from the Village People might consider it a bit flamboyant.

    The Silverado is a clear-headed reworking of the pickup truck. It brings a level of sophistication and technology to the breed without sacrificing capability. We reckon even non-Texans might just like it, too.

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    Re: 2014 Chevrolet Silverado vs. 2013 Ford F-150, 2013 Ram 1500 (Car and Driver)

    It is good to see the Silverado getting the praise it deserves!

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    Re: 2014 Chevrolet Silverado vs. 2013 Ford F-150, 2013 Ram 1500 (Car and Driver)

    No big surprises there. It often seems that in trucks the newest wins.

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    Re: 2014 Chevrolet Silverado vs. 2013 Ford F-150, 2013 Ram 1500 (Car and Driver)

    Congratulations to GM on the Silverado winning the comparison.

    I am a bit surprised that, based on C&D's scoring, the Silverado didn't become the clear favorite until the chassis scores where it picked up 11 points on the F150.

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    Re: 2014 Chevrolet Silverado vs. 2013 Ford F-150, 2013 Ram 1500 (Car and Driver)

    Quote Originally Posted by spd98 View Post
    No big surprises there. It often seems that in trucks the newest wins.
    This, even though I own one and love it, next year the F150 will win it since it will be all new. Then the new Titan, then whoever else builds a new model, etc..

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    Re: 2014 Chevrolet Silverado vs. 2013 Ford F-150, 2013 Ram 1500 (Car and Driver)

    I like Car & Driver comparisons because they supply lots of data. It looks like the Silverado's biggest asset is its chassis. From the performance numbers we can see that the F150 launches really well, and the HEMI doesn't. Kudos to Ford for sorting out the traction issues involved with the launch and getting the power down. The rolling start seems to equalize the acceleration with the Ford being slightly quicker. The Ford is the around town champ, the Silverado is the highway passing champ, which IMO is where you want your power to be. I drag race in a truck once in a never, but I do need to pass other vehicles on 2-lane roads. 50-70 is the most meaningful metric to me. All three trucks perform pretty similarly, but the GM gets the job done with the least complex technology.

    One note, seriously Chevy a 25 gallon tank? Ford gives you 36 gallons.

    Also note that the Chevy is rated on 87 octane, the Ford on 91 octane and the ram on 89 octane. So to get the full performance/economy I have to run premium in the Ecoboost and Midgrade in the Ram, but the Chevy will deliver full specs with 87 octane. Food for thought.
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    Re: 2014 Chevrolet Silverado vs. 2013 Ford F-150, 2013 Ram 1500 (Car and Driver)

    Does it bother anyone else when reviewers compare one current year model vehicle to several last year vehicles? To me, it's only a surprise when the newest model doesn't win, which is rare.

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    Re: 2014 Chevrolet Silverado vs. 2013 Ford F-150, 2013 Ram 1500 (Car and Driver)

    Where's the 2014 Tundra?

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    Re: 2014 Chevrolet Silverado vs. 2013 Ford F-150, 2013 Ram 1500 (Car and Driver)

    Quote Originally Posted by derek77 View Post
    Does it bother anyone else when reviewers compare one current year model vehicle to several last year vehicles? To me, it's only a surprise when the newest model doesn't win, which is rare.
    No because Ford and Ram have not released there 2014 Models yet. The 2013 Ram is the newest update.


    Im glad to see a good review on the Silverado, lets just hope the buyers agree with the reviewer and maybe one day the silverado will take the top spot.

    One thing I am glad to see is the 70-0 time, to me this is a much more important stat than 0-60. The Silverado stops 11 feet quicker than the F series and 19 ft quicker than the ram. That to me is a huge deal
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    Re: 2014 Chevrolet Silverado vs. 2013 Ford F-150, 2013 Ram 1500 (Car and Driver)

    I thought it was interesting that CD registered a 13 MPG for all 3 trucks during their 500 mile testing. Overall a good win for the 2014 Chevy.
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    Re: 2014 Chevrolet Silverado vs. 2013 Ford F-150, 2013 Ram 1500 (Car and Driver)

    Quote Originally Posted by derek77 View Post
    To me, it's only a surprise when the newest model doesn't win, which is rare.
    Get ready for the Tundra!

    I'm glad the Silverado is getting some positive reviews. Hope it can stay on top of the heap for a few more years!!
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    Re: 2014 Chevrolet Silverado vs. 2013 Ford F-150, 2013 Ram 1500 (Car and Driver)

    Very nice review. C&D does a nice job most of the time. I like the new trucks a lot but I find myself waiting for the mid-cycle updates. Hopefully they're not a massive step in the wrong direction like the last 10+ years.
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    Re: 2014 Chevrolet Silverado vs. 2013 Ford F-150, 2013 Ram 1500 (Car and Driver)

    Quote Originally Posted by Diggerdan11 View Post
    No because Ford and Ram have not released there 2014 Models yet. The 2013 Ram is the newest update.
    Then how is one to make an accurate assessment of the compared vehicles if model year price differences and packaging aren't considered? What if a make had a different program in the ECU to address issues from the previous model year? None of that is considered in a comparison with non-similar years.

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    Re: 2014 Chevrolet Silverado vs. 2013 Ford F-150, 2013 Ram 1500 (Car and Driver)

    Great review for showing that yeah, the Dodge has 395hp, but it doesn't have the low end grunt of the 355hp Chevy. If the dodge had 3.92's it would have matched the chevy for accelleration. That's with now getting much worse gas mileage. All in all, the 5.3 holds it's own against the competitions big engines. It delievers better then some (dodge) worse then others (ford) performance but beats everyones fuel economy. Can't wait for the 6.2, hoping the can pull off a 4wd 20mpg rating or at least a 2wd 20mpg rating.

    Reviews like this are great for showing that it may look similar and use old school technology, but it's still the top of the game without twin turbo non-sense or 8 speed transmissions with almost 400hp. Personally, I'd rather have this 6 speed auto vs the 9 or 10 speed that's to come.

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    Re: 2014 Chevrolet Silverado vs. 2013 Ford F-150, 2013 Ram 1500 (Car and Driver)

    While I'm happy to see the Silverado take the crown (no surprise here), I can't take these reviewers very seriously.

    Did anyone watch the short video on the C&D site? These guys don't look like they know the first thing about trucks... even with their plaid shirts on

    If they entered a 3-Series in this comparison, these guys would justify the 3-Series winning.
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