There are a lot of rugged and commanding trucks out there with impressive towing and off-road capabilities, but which ones are the most reliable? If your search has brought you to the 2021 Ford F-150 and the Chevy Silverado, then you've come to the right place.

Our team at Friendly Ford of Hamilton is here to show you how these two trucks compare when it comes to reliability so you can choose the one that's right for you to take around Hamilton, Madison, and Morrisville, NY.

F-150 vs Silverado: Engines You Can Count On

True reliability comes from a trusted powertrain under the hood generating enough power and efficiency to take you from the worksite to your weekend mountain escape. Under the hood of the 2021 Ford F-150, you'll have your choice of six dependable motors:

Engine Option


Torque (lb-ft)

3.3L  Ti-VCT V6



2.7L EcoBoost® V6



5.0L Ti-VCT V8



3.5L EcoBoost® V6



3.0L Power Stroke® Turbo Diesel



3.5L PowerBoost™ Full Hybrid V6



As you can see, there's something for every driver to enjoy with the F-150, including a diesel motor. Diesel fuel is denser than traditional fuel, meaning it burns slower, leading to an improved fuel economy. For an even more eco-conscious ride, opt for the hybrid powertrain in this truck.

If you choose the Chevy Silverado, you can rely on having five engine selections. However, you may notice a difference in power output when tearing up your construction site since its available 6.2-liter V8 engine tops out at 420 horsepower.

Additionally, while a diesel motor is also available on the Silverado, a hybrid engine is a special option you'll only get on the F-150.

2021 F-150 vs Silverado: Dependable Towing

If you're looking for a reliable truck, then you'll need to know how much it can tow. A great towing capacity will help you get all your worksite equipment from Point A to Point B or even upgrade your weekend getaways with a camper.

With the baseline 3.3-liter engine in the F-150, you'll be able to get hauling with a maximum towing capacity of 8,200 pounds when properly equipped. If you're opting for the baseline engine in the Silverado though, some equipment may need to get left behind. When properly armed, the standard motor tops out at 7,900 pounds.

Top-of-the-Line Towing Capabilities

The rugged engine lineup in the 2021 Ford F-150 allows this truck to be at the top of the pack. Upgrade to the available 3.5-liter EcoBoost® V6 engine and you'll be treated to enough brawn to handle up to 14,000 pounds with ease when properly equipped.

This refined power is perfect for the following adventures:

  • Taking your large boat to Lake Moraine for the afternoon
  • Planning a family camping trip to New Michigan State Forest with your large camper
  • Bringing a multi-horse trailer to a CNY Horse Show
  • Cruising the open road with your toy hauler for a thrilling weekend escape
  • Hauling heavy machinery and equipment around your worksite

You may have to leave some of these larger items behind with the Chevy Silverado, though, since it can only take on a maximum 13,400 pounds.

Simplify Your Haul

With the ability to haul some of the largest trailers, you'll want to make sure you have a protected journey wherever the road takes you. When you're cruising the highway with your trailer in tow, a standard BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System) on the F-150 will keep you aware. It detects other vehicles traveling in your side blind zones and alerts you to them so you'll stay in your lane.

The best part is that it's mated to Trailer Coverage, meaning it automatically accounts for the length of your trailer as well. This allows you to change lanes on the highway with confidence even with a 25-foot camper behind you.

The Silverado also has a comparable Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert system. However, it doesn't come standard or have Trailer Coverage, so you may not feel as confident on the fast-paced freeway.

The F-150 also simplifies towing jobs with the available Pro Trailer Backup Assist™. This feature syncs your truck and trailer, allowing you to control its direction when in Reverse with the simple turn of a dial. Unfortunately, you may have a harder time backing up your trailer in the Silverado since this technology isn't available.

Ford F-150 vs Chevy Silverado: A Safe Journey

You'll also want a truck you can trust to get from your worksite to the campsite safely. Luckily, the 2021 Ford F-150 comes standard with the following features:

  • Lane-Keeping System: Detects unintentional lane sway to keep you firmly on track to your final destination.
  • Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking: Warns you when you're too close to frontal obstacles and, if needed, applies the brakes to help prevent a collision.
  • Auto High-Beam Headlamps: Intelligently toggles between high and low beams to illuminate the road ahead at night.

If you want these same securities in the Chevy Silverado, though, you'll have to upgrade to a higher trim level to make them available.

Quick and Simple Parking

Once you've reached your intended destination, you'll want to know you can count on your truck to help you park safely. Both the 2021 Ford F-150 and the Chevy Silverado offer a 360-degree camera that provides a clear bird's-eye view of the area around your pickup.

Still, the F-150 takes security one step further with Active Park Assist 2.0. This system intelligently steers the truck into parking spaces to make parallel parking a total breeze. Unfortunately, the Silverado, once again, doesn't have a comparable feature.   

Ford F-150 vs Chevy Silverado: Which Truck Is More Reliable?

While both the 2021 Ford F-150 and the Chevy Silverado are clearly reliable options for your next truck, the F-150 raises the bar with greater towing capacity and additional safety features.

Learn more about this pickup today at Friendly Ford of Hamilton. Our Hamilton, Madison, and Morrisville, New York, neighbors can give us a call to set up a test drive of the F-150.

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