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2017 Ford Super Duty vs. 2017 Chevrolet Silverado HD

2017 Ford Super Duty
2017 Chevrolet Silverado

When you need a vehicle that works as hard as you, comparing the 2017 Ford Super Duty vs. the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado HD is a good place to start. Both are heavy-duty pickups built to take on big jobs without issues. In addition, they're loaded with other modern features to increase comfort, safety and even connectivity on the move.

Even though the two trucks seem to be alike, there are differences between them. If you examine some key areas closely, selecting the better vehicle becomes a more manageable process.


When it comes to towing and hauling capacities, both trucks are real workhorses, but only one can be the best. The Ford Super Duty boasts a conventional towing capacity of 21,000 pounds, which far exceeds what the Chevy Silverado HD can do. The key to Ford's success in this area is a fully boxed frame that's constructed almost entirely of high-strength steel. Because of that design, it's strong and more rugged, without adding considerable weight. The factory-installed hitch is built right into the frame, for added strength and extreme capability. Ford also uses a heavy-duty suspension, axles and various driveline components.

The Ford Super Duty comes out on top for 5th wheel gooseneck towing, thanks to a maximum capacity of 41,800 pounds, when properly equipped. That's well beyond what the Chevy Silverado HD can handle, making the Ford Super Duty far superior when it comes to towing.

You also use your truck to haul, so it's important to have something that can handle serious loads thrown in the bed. Again, the Ford Super Duty comes out on top, with a payload capacity of 7,630 pounds. The stiff and strong high-strength steel frame helps the truck exceed what the Chevrolet Silverado HD can carry.

Another area where the Ford Super Duty flat-out beats the Chevy Silverado HD is in gross combination weight rating (GCWR). It's a measure of how much weight a truck can carry in the bed, plus tow at the same time. You might need to pull a heavy trailer, while still hauling heavy cargo in the payload, and it's good to know the Ford Super Duty has a GCWR of 41,800 pounds.


With plenty of power in your control, tackling big jobs becomes far easier. That's why it's good to know the Ford Super Duty can be equipped with the 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbo diesel. It hits especially hard with a maximum 925 lb.-ft. of torque. The Duramax 6.6-liter turbo diesel V-8 that's available for the Chevy Silverado HD doesn't come close to matching that kind of max torque output. Part of the reason why Ford engineers have been able to squeeze out so much power is the configuration of the 6.7-liter Power Stroke. The turbocharger sits at the top of the block, between the two cylinder heads, making for an inverse-flow configuration. With the exhaust manifold inboard, it's located near the turbo, which speeds up air displacement.

Interestingly, the Ford Super Duty can also be outfitted with a gas-powered 6.2-liter V-8 engine, which produces a maximum 430 lb.-ft. of torque. That outstrips the torque output for the Vortec 6.0-liter V-8 available for the Chevy Silverado HD. In other words, no matter if you're looking for a gasoline or diesel engine, the Ford Super Duty provides more power, hands down.

If you're looking to outfit your new truck with accessories, such as a snow plow, the Ford Super Duty makes it easier with an exclusive Live-Drive Power Takeoff Provision with Mobile Mode. It's built directly into the transmission, so the time necessary to upfit the truck isn't nearly as great. No matter if the engine is running or turned off, an output gear that's connected to the crankshaft provides power for the Power Takeoff. This setup also means several accessories can operate when the truck is still.


You might not think of advanced technology first when it comes to heavy-duty trucks, but the fact is modern innovations can help you work smart as well as hard. Both pickups can be outfitted with some impressive systems, but only the Ford Super Duty has a tire pressure monitoring system that checks the pressure for the truck and a connected trailer. With the Chevy Silverado HD, the system only monitors the truck tires.

The adaptive steering system makes adjustments to the steering ratio as the truck slows or speeds up. That means you enjoy better maneuverability when navigating slowly through parking lots, and increased stability when cruising on the highway. This technology isn't used on the Chevy Silverado HD, so drivers must struggle to maintain control in different situations.


Now that you understand some key differences between the two heavy-duty trucks, contact us to schedule a test drive of the Ford Super Duty.