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With the decline in gas prices over the past year, truck sales have been up and that is great for America’s biggest manufacturers of full-size pick up trucks - Chevrolet, Ford and Ram.While each brand has created a truck that offers dependability, each truck incorporates different features and capabilities that make it unique from the others. Below is a comparison between the most basic 2016 trims of the Ram 1500 Tradesman, Chevrolet Silverado 1500 WT and Ford F-150 XL.
Each of the trucks have different engine types. With a 2.7-liter, EcoBoost V6, 325-horsepower engine, the Ford F-150 XL has the smallest engine, and with 19 MPG city and 26 MPG highway, the F-150 is slightly more fuel efficient than the other two trucks. Slightly bigger than the F-150’s engine is the Ram 1500 Tradesman with a 3.6-liter, V6, 305-horsepower engine. The 1500 Tradesman has an estimated fuel economy of 17 MPG city and 25 MPG highway. The Chevy Silverado 1500 WT is equipped with a 4.3-liter Ecotec3 V6 engine which generates 285 horsepower. The Silverado 1500 WT has a fuel economy of 18 MPG city and 24 MPG highway.
The 2016 Chevy Silverado 1500 WT and the Ford F-150 XL have the same maximum towing capacities of 7,600 pounds. The Ram 1500 Tradesman falls a little bit behind with 4,990 pounds.
For the same price buyers of the Ram 1500 have the option of a 6’4” truck bed or 8’ truck bed, making the 1500 the truck offering the largest bed for the standard trim. The Silverado and F-150 come with 6’5” truck beds. The F-150 does have the option of an 8’ bed on the crew cab trucks, but that extra length increases the overall price of the truck.
As crew cabs, each of the three trucks have bench seating for a driver and two passengers. Intended for work trucks, each of these vehicles have fairly basic interior technologies and interiors. Though touchscreens are becoming quite common in vehicles manufactured in 2016, the Chevy Silverado 1500 WT is the only truck of these three that comes standard with a touchscreen.
With a starting MSRP of $26,145, the Ram 1500 Tradesman is the most affordable truck of the three. The Ford F-150 XL is priced at $26,430 and the Chevy Silverado 1500 WT is priced slightly higher at $27,095.
All three of the trucks offer the same lengths or miles for the basic limited and powertrain warranties -- three years or 36,000 miles on the basic warranty and five years or 60,000 miles on the powertrain warranty. Ram offers 100,000 miles or five years of roadside assistance and Chevy offers roadside assistance for 60,000 miles or five years and includes 2 years of complimentary scheduled maintenance.