More and more families are looking at pickup trucks as flexible, versatile alternatives to a sedan or crossover. Full-size models like the 2019 Ford F-150 have been the go-to format for truck buyers for some time now, but they can be a little large and unmanageable for some, especially those who live in the city. Ask the Kellogg Chevy dealer and they'll tell you the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado is a better option for some than a 2019 Ford F-150, and in our head-to-head comparison the Chevy does come out on top.
The Ford F-150 is obviously a great truck, but according to the Chevy dealer in Kellogg, compared to the Colorado, its styling is a little derivative and not particularly imaginative to some eyes. It certainly looks the way a full-size, light-duty pickup is expected to look, but especially in lower trim levels, it's not exactly a head-turner. The 2019 Chevrolet Colorado is possibly the best-looking truck in today's market. In all its forms, it has a nice blend of American and European truck styling, and in its off-road focused guises, it really does look the part.
When comparing the most popular crew cab versions of these two pickups, at first glance, the Ford doesn’t look prohibitively expensive for a full-size truck. However, the rear-drive XL SuperCrew with its starting MSRP of $34,695 is $8k more expensive than its Colorado equivalent. For the same money, buyers can have a loaded four-wheel drive Colorado LT, and that's a much better buy for a family if they don’t have to have full-size towing and hauling capability.
A midsize truck isn’t likely to feature a big V8 under its hood, and a full-size truck like the F-150 is just as unlikely to have a small displacement four-cylinder either. The common ground is therefore going to be a V6, and it might come as a surprise the Colorado's standard V6 is more powerful than the Ford's. The Colorado's V6 develops an impressive 308 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque, whereas the standard V6 in the F-150 only offers 290 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque.
While the Colorado boasts 45 inches of legroom and 41.4 inches of headroom for the driver and passenger, in the F-150 there’s only 43.9 inches of legroom and 40.8 inches of headroom in the front seats.
As full-size trucks go, the Ford's standard features are considered above average, but they're well below-par compared to the Colorado. Entry-level versions of the F-150 lack features like power windows and power locks that are standard in base versions of the Colorado. The Colorado also comes with a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system that's Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible. Buyers have to go to a higher trim level in the Ford to get something similar.
The Last Word
The 2019 Ford F-150 is a great pickup truck, and few would even try to deny the fact. However, for a new breed of truck-buyer looking for a versatile, flexible and capable vehicle for everything from daily duties to wilderness adventures as an alternative to a sedan or crossover, the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado is a better choice. It's more affordable and more maneuverable than the F-150, and versions like the ZR2 Midnight Edition have to be the coolest-looking trucks you can buy.