Power, performance, and off-road capabilities are all important aspects to have in a truck. Whether you want a truck for work or play, the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor and the 2021 Chevy Silverado are certainly worth a closer look.
The Friendly Ford of Hamilton team has put together this helpful guide for drivers in the Hamilton, Madison, and Morrisville, NY, area to help you determine which truck is better for you. Read on to find out more!
If your life involves off-roading, the 2021 Ford Raptor and the Chevy Silverado are equipped to help you have the best experience possible. Tackle a range of unpredictable environments with the Terrain Management System found in each of these trucks. They come with several selectable drive modes, like Slippery and Off-Road, to provide traction and control for a rugged ride.
However, the Raptor adds Baja and Rock Crawl modes to help you have some extreme off-road adventures, such as bouldering or desert treks. When the road gets particularly challenging, turn to Trail Control™. This is a cruise control system for low-traction situations or off-road terrain. This system allows you to set the speed and force to the wheels depending on the terrain so you can focus on steering.
Another standard off-road amenity of the F-150 Raptor is Trail 1-Pedal Drive. This system assists with rock crawls by simplifying your pedal use. Instead of having to use both pedals for braking and accelerating, Trail 1-Pedal Drive combines them into one and applies the brakes proportionally as you lift off the accelerator.
Unfortunately, comparable systems to Trail Control™ and Trail 1-Pedal Drive are not available on the Silverado to lend a hand with your off-roading adventures.
While off-road tech is fun on back trails and can help you have a safe trek, true off-roading all comes down to craftmanship. A properly constructed truck allows you to take on some of the most extreme conditions and sail over ground obstacles with ease.
The 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor can be outfitted with either 35-inch or 37-inch BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires. These are the largest factory-fitted wheels on a light-duty full-size pickup and help the Raptor have a 14-inch front ground clearance and 15-inch rear ground clearance.
Since the Chevy Silverado can only be outfitted with 22-inch tires at most, you’ll find it sits closer to the ground. The result is a 10.88-inch maximum ground clearance for both the front and the rear, so larger boulders and deep streams may stop you in your tracks.
The Raptor also boasts a 145-inch wheelbase. This nimble construction helps increase acceleration on the highway and enables more reactive responses on off-road trails. You may notice a difference in the way the Chevy Silverado performs with its 147.53-inch wheelbase.
Technology is an essential part of our lives, especially when we’re out on the road. The 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor and the Chevy Silverado are no exceptions. Both trucks have infotainment systems armed with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration to help you have a curated listening experience on your next road trip.
Simply plug your compatible device into the USB port and you’ll gain instant access to an array of entertainment apps, including your curated music library and downloaded podcasts.
You may have an easier time selecting your desired listening experience in the Raptor, though, since it offers a standard 12-inch infotainment display. The standard display in the Silverado is much smaller at only eight inches.
Queue up your favorite song and then kick back and enjoy the ride. However, your selected entertainment may come through more clearly in the Raptor since it offers an 18-speaker B&O Unleashed sound system by Bang & Olufsen.
The Silverado tops out with a Bose® Premium Sound System that only offers seven speakers to you and your adventure buddies.
Cruise into your campsite and park with complete ease thanks to the available 360-degree cameras in the Ford Raptor and the Chevy Silverado. Cameras are placed all around the exterior of your truck to provide a comprehensive view of your surroundings when backing up or hitching up your trailer.
When you’ve roamed far from civilization, the Raptor will keep you connected and powered with Pro Power Onboard™. This system allows you to turn your truck into a mobile generator so you can power camp lights and any other devices you may need during your treks.
This is a class-exclusive feature, so you won’t have access to such helpful tech in the Silverado.
The Chevy Silverado is a great truck. However, if you’re looking for more power, better off-roading capabilities, and more standard technology, the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor might be the better choice for you.
If you’re in the Hamilton, Madison, or Morrisville, New York, area, the team at Friendly Ford of Hamilton is happy to answer any questions you may have. We want to make sure you’re choosing the best truck for your high-powered adventures, so we’ll take the time to sit down with you and learn about the various features you’re most interested in.
Then, we’ll get you behind the wheel to experience firsthand the dynamic and exciting off-road performance you crave. Come take a test drive in the Ford Raptor today. See you soon!