When a full-size, light-duty pickup isn’t quite up to the job at hand, it's time to look at a heavy-duty option instead. These are mighty beasts indeed, and the first ones most people will think of are likely to be the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD from your Sandpoint Chevrolet dealer, and the 2019 Ford F-250 Super Duty. Let's take a closer look at these market leaders to see which comes out on top in a head-to-head comparison.
If buyers only look at a basic price list, the Ford F-250 Super Duty appears to be a little more affordable than the Silverado 2500HD, especially at the lower trim levels. However, Ford doesn’t offer as much standard equipment with its trucks as Chevrolet. Of course, at the other end of the trim level spectrum, the Ford F-250 Super Duty comes with all the bells and whistles, but at a price. The most expensive version of the Chevy is the 4WD High Country Crew Cab, and the top of the range Ford is the 4WD Limited Crew Cab. The Silverado 2500HD High Country has an MSRP of $55,900, while the Super Duty F-250 costs an eye-watering $80,240.
Many buyers who may not have been traditionally seen as potential customers for heavy-duty trucks are now choosing them over large sedans and SUVs, which means automakers are placing more emphasis than ever on the size and comfort of their cabs. Both models are available in three different cab formats, although the Silverado models on the lot of dealerships like the Chevrolet dealer in Sandpoint use a slightly different naming convention. The Silverado comes in Regular, Double and Crew Cab models, while the Ford's three equivalents are Regular, SuperCab and Crew Cab.
Crew Cabs are the largest and most popular of the three options with buyers. Both the Ford and the Chevy Crew Cabs accommodate up to six people, but the Silverado 2500HD has more head and legroom in the front than its Ford Crew Cab rival.
A truck’s looks are at least as important to buyers as its performance. Both trucks check all the important styling boxes of being big, imposing, brash and rugged, but the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD has a touch more style and bling than the 2019 Ford F-250 Super Duty, especially at the lower end of the trim level spectrum. In its most basic form, the Ford can look quite workmanlike, but the Chevy starts off with a healthy dose of chrome adornment, and it just gets better from there.
Features and Equipment
Anyone looking at buying a new truck probably knows they can come with just about every imaginable amenity these days, as long as buyers are prepared to pay for it. The Ford F-250 Super Duty’s base XL model is about as basic as it gets, which means it doesn’t even come with standard power windows. Compare this with the entry-level Silverado 2500HD WT, comes with standard power locks and windows, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth, and vinyl seats.
The Bottom Line
The Ford Super Duty is undoubtedly a fine truck. The current Silverado 2500HD is a more established model than the relatively new-generation of the Ford Super Duty F-250, which means the Chevy is tried and tested and could easily be more reliable in the long run. Especially at lower trim levels, the Silverado appears to be a better value for the money than the pricey Ford Super Duty F-250, once you upgrade the Super Duty F-250 to the same level as the Chevy Silverado 2500HD.