For people who need a heavy-duty pickup truck to do the toughest jobs, finding one with all the capabilities they need can be challenging. However, with a little research, they may realize the choice may come down to two of the toughest pickup trucks in the industry. It is the Ford F-250 Super Duty vs the Chevy Silverado 2500HD. But deciding which one is the better choice isn't easy. So to help with the decision, here is a head-to-head comparison between the two pickup trucks. This will provide a clearer picture of which truck is the better choice for people with tough jobs they need to do.
Both the Ford F-250 Super Duty and the Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD have the exterior strength required to haul and tow massive loads and stand up to rugged worksite visits. The Ford F-250 Super Duty has a steel frame and a full aluminum-alloy body, while the Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD uses 7 types of high-strength steel. However, the Silverado 2500HD also has a 120-volt outlet built into the bed for use to charge power tools.
The Ford F-250 Super Duty and the Silverado 2500HD have multiple engine options that include gas and diesel. The base engine on the Ford F-250 Super Duty is a 385 horsepower, 6.2-liter, V8 that delivers 430 pound-feet of torque. The Silverado 2500HD has a 401 horsepower, 6.6 liters, Vortec® V8 engine that generates 464 pound-feet of torque and has potent acceleration on all types of terrain. When it comes to the diesel engine option, the F-250 Super Duty has a 450 horsepower, 6.7 liters Powerstroke V8 turbo diesel engine with 935 pound-feet of torque. The Silverado 2500HD has the option to add a 445 horsepower, 6.6 liter V8 Duramax turbo diesel engine that produces 910 pound-feet of torque.
The Ford F-250 Super Duty and the Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD are similar in size. But the Silverado has an advantage when it comes to length, 235.5 inches to 231.8 inches,
height 79.94 inches to 78.9 inches and width 81.75 inches to 80 inches. However, the F-250 has a larger wheelbase 142 inches to 141.55 inches. But the Silverado 2500HD has a smaller turning diameter of 46.9 feet to 49.1 feet. That means it needs less room to be able to move through tight spaces. Plus, the Silverado has aluminum wheels while the F-250 Super Duty has steel wheels.
When it comes to comfort and driver assistance features, it's a mixed bag. Both the Ford F-250 and the Chevy Silverado 2500HD have standard features like steering wheel audio controls and air conditioning. But while a navigation system, power mirrors, cruise control, and keyless entry are standard on the Silverado 2500HD, they are not available or only optional on the Ford F-250 Super Duty. Plus, while keyless start, heated front seats, heated steering wheels, multi-zone A/C, and power-adjustable driver's seats are available options on the Silverado 2500HD, they aren't available on the Ford F-250 Super Duty.
Another thing that the Ford F-250 Super Duty and the Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD have in common is that they both are rear-wheel drive heavy-duty pickup trucks. When it comes to their transmissions, the Chevy Silverado has an advantage. While the Ford F-250 Super Duty is only available with a 6-speed automatic transmission, the Chevy Silverado gives buyers a choice. They can choose between a 6-speed automatic transmission and an optional 10-speed automatic transmission. That can make a significant difference when you have lots of heavy loads to move.
When it comes to towing, both the Ford F-250 Super Duty and the Chevy Silverado 2500HD have lots of muscle and brawn to handle very heavy loads. A properly equipped Ford F-250 Super Duty has a maximum towing capacity of 13,300 pounds. The Silverado 2500HD, on the other hand, has a maximum towing capacity of 14,500 pounds. Plus, while the Ford F-150 can haul 4,270 pounds, the Silverado 2500HD has a cargo bed that can haul 3,233 pounds.
Both the F-250 Super Duty and Silverado 2500HD have an array of technologies designed to make them as productive as possible and easier and more comfortable to drive. Both trucks have intuitive infotainment and connectivity systems. For the Ford F-250, it's the SYNC® 3 and the Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD has the MyLink® system. Plus, the Chevy has navigation and smartphone integration that enables drivers to identify the most convenient route to their destination and they can keep in touch via text and phone call. However, while both trucks offer available LED bed lighting, the Ford F-250 Super Duty has a deployable tailgate step, and the Silverado 2500HD has a corner step.
Another area in which the Chevy Silverado 2500HD has larger dimensions than the Ford F-250 Super Duty is the cargo box. The cargo box on the Silverado is wider, 71.4 inches to 66.9 inches, longer, 82.25 inches to 81.9 inches, and has more cargo volume, 69.5 cubic feet to 65.4 cubic feet. Plus, the Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD has a greater Fifth Wheel hitch maximum tongue weight than the Ford F-250 Super Duty 4,235 pounds to 3,125 pounds, stronger weight distribution hitch maximum trailer weight 14,500 pounds to 12,500 pounds, Fifth Wheel hitch maximum trailer weight 16,940 pounds to 12,500 pounds, and maximum trailering capacity, 18,500 to 12,500 pounds.
Are you trying to decide which heavy-duty pickup truck to buy between the Chevrolet 2500HD and the Ford F-250 Super Duty? It is clear that the Silverado 2500HD is a better choice. The staff at Betley Chevrolet can give you an opportunity to test drive any one of the Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD pickup trucks you like. At Betley Chevrolet, they have a wide array of models from which you can choose. You can call Betley Chevrolet, visit and browse through their website or just stop by the dealership. They will be glad to answer any questions about the Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD.