As one of the nation's leading full-size trucks for decades, there's no question that the Chevy Silverado 2500HD is more than capable of shuttling the work crew to the job site, hauling your equipment to the racetrack or lake, and tackling routine errands in and around Epsom, but how does the model stack up to one of its chief rivals; the Ford F-250? Learn more about each heavy-duty truck before connecting with a sales professional to arrange a test drive in the Chevy Silverado 2500HD if you find it to be a vehicle worth exploring further.
Neither the Chevy Silverado 2500HD nor the Ford F-250 adhere to the "one-size-fits-all" style of vehicular design, and for good reason. You face a variety of tasks that require unique traits and different qualities from your heavy-duty truck which is why each model conveniently offers a variety of options that we've detailed below.
The F-250 is available with a 4x2 or a 4x4 drivetrain and has three different cab configurations (regular, super and crew). The regular cabs are offered with an 8-foot box, the super and crew cabs are both offered with either a 6.75-foot box or an 8-foot box. For 2017, the F-250 has an expanded lineup of trims. In addition to the customary XL, XLT and Lariat trims, the F-250 now offers both the King Ranch on all crew cabs and the Platinum on the 4x4 crew cabs.
The Silverado 2500HD comes in four trim levels: WT (work truck), LT, LTZ, and High Country. Chevrolet offers several special editions, led by the popular Z71 package as well as Texas and Midnight options. Cargo beds come in two sizes, 6.5 or 8 feet. Three cab configurations are offered: Regular, which doesn’t have a back seat; Double Cab, with narrow half-doors for access to the truncated rear seat; and Crew Cab, which has four conventional front-hinged doors. High Country trims come exclusively in Crew Cab form.
Silverado HD Work Truck models come with standard features you expect from a work vehicle, including vinyl upholstery, 17-inch wheels, power locks and windows, Bluetooth connectivity, a rearview camera, and a 7.0-inch infotainment touchscreen.
The LT trim adds upgraded cloth upholstery, a 4.2-inch driver information display, 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and keyless entry with remote locking tailgate.
LTZ trims include leather upholstery, heated seats, dual-zone climate control, remote start, a power sliding rear window, and 18-inch wheels.
Meanwhile, the High Country sports 20-inch wheels, heated and cooled front seats, Bose audio, wireless cellphone charging, heated steering wheel, spray-on bedliner, and front/rear parking assistance.
Standard amenities for the F-250 include traction control and electronic stability control, a hill launch assist feature, six airbags including side curtains, security system, air conditioning, manual tilt and telescoping steering wheel and trailer sway control.
The XLT adds a variety of upgrades inside and out, including power and heated exterior mirrors, 18-inch aluminum wheels, locking under seat storage compartments, SiriusXM satellite radio, SYNC, cruise control, power door locks with a remote keyfob and power windows.
The Lariat primarily adds to the interior amenities found on the XLT with electronic shift on the fly for the 4x4's,an auto dimming interior rear view mirror, power leather front seats, automatic climate control, a premium Sony audio system, SYNC 3, power adjustable pedals, a leather steering wheel and a power rear window with defrost.
The King Ranch takes the F-250 to the next level with plenty of upgrades. This rim offers illuminated running boards, a two tone paint application, automatic high-beam control, heated and ventilated front seats with memory control for the driver, HD radio, a navigation system, Intelligent Access with a push button start, a power operated tilt and telescoping steering wheel and a remote start system. The Platinum trim also further adds to the Lariat trim by offering power running boards, adaptive speed-sensing steering, Quad LED head lamps and tail lamps, 20-inch aluminum wheels, multi-contour massaging front seats, heated rear seats and Blind Spot Information System (BLIS).
The Limited trim adds to the content of the Platinum by coming standard with the diesel engine and including a twin panel sunroof, adaptive cruise control, the ultimate trailer tow camera system utilizing a 360 degree camera configuration and the full set of Ford’s driver assistance systems. If you’re planning on pushing your truck to the limit, this is the package for you.
Your safety is always a concern on the bustling roadways around New Hampshire and beyond. Whether you're towing and hauling a heavy load or you're simply out making your way to a client's worksite to deliver an estimate; each vehicle has you covered in the field of safety through a bevy of cutting-edge standard and available driver-assistive tech features.
Overall, Silverado HD trucks cannot match Ford's Super Duty for high-tech safety. A modest suite of advanced safety features is standard on High Country models and available for LT and LTZ trim levels. Included are forward-collision and lane departure warnings, plus a reminder to check for the presence of an infant or child in the back seat. A standard Teen Driver feature can rate young drivers based on their driving behavior. In crash-testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the 2018 Silverado 2500HD earned only a four-star rating overall and for frontal impact. Side-impact testing yielded a five-star score. Rollover protection (a calculated figure) got only three stars, not unusual for tall vehicles.
The Ford F-250 offers impressive safety ratings and a suite of modern driver assistance systems that help keep you and your passengers safe. Standard features across trim levels include a security system, anti-lock brakes, stability control, front-impact airbags, side-impact airbags, and overhead airbags. Ford has also added driver assistance features across trim levels, with the Platinum and King Ranch models including all available options. Driver assistance features include adaptive steering, trailer camera and reverse guidance, BLIS with trailer cover, hill launch assist, and lane departure warning. BLIS with trailer cover uses radar hidden in the taillights to detect a vehicle entering a driver’s blind spot while driving or backing up, and alerts the driver with a yellow light in the side view mirror. Lane-departure warning vibrates the steering wheel to mimic rumble strips when the driver begins to drift over a lane marker. The mix of standard and available features really make the F-250 stand out from the competition when it comes to safety.
It's clear that both of these trucks are stacked up against some tough competition. Each truck offers its own unique perks and benefits to ownership. If you'd like to learn more about either of these highly capable work trucks, consider joining us at Tim’s Truck Capital near Derry, NH. Our sales staff will be pleased to address the Chevy Silverado 2500HD, Ford F-250, or any other heavy-duty pickup in greater detail. Plus, we can chat about why local drivers continue to turn to us for their heavy-duty truck needs-- including auto service, routine maintenance, and affordable auto parts.
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