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Silverado 3500 vs. Ford F-350

Silverado 3500 vs. Ford F-350

When it comes to heavy-duty trucks, the Chevy Silverado 3500 and the Ford F-350 rise straight to the top. They are two of the most popular options for buyers needing trucks that can carry heavy loads and handle tough terrain. The Silverado 3500 and the F-350 are powerful, capable trucks that offer everything you need to get the job done - and they look good while doing it.

Tim’s Truck Capital is proud to carry several models of previously owned Silverado 3500s and F-350s so you can choose the perfect truck with the perfect configuration for your needs. Our friendly and knowledgeable associates will happily help you understand all that each of these trucks has to offer so you can make the right choice for you. There’s not really a wrong choice between the Silverado 3500 and the Ford F-350, but here’s a closer look at how they compare to help you find the perfect truck for you:

Exterior Features and Styling

The Chevy Silverado 3500 and the Ford F-350 both have a brawny look that is reflective of their powerful capabilities. Both heavy-duty trucks have a similar profile, though there are small changes throughout. For example, the Silverado has a slightly wider and thicker grille, as well as squared-off wheel wells that sit high above the tires.

Both have exterior features like tough running boards, large side mirrors, front air intakes, and fog lamps. Both trucks look great and offer the kind of things you need for enhanced performance, such as large and strong wheels, powerful headlights for improved visibility, and power tailgates.

The exact features and design aesthetics available will depend upon the model year you are shopping, but these are the kind of features you will find on Silverado 3500 and F-350 models from the last few years.

Powertrain and Towing Capacity

Most people who are considering the Silverado 3500 or the Ford F-350 are most interested in how powerful the trucks are and what kind of loads they can handle. Both are powerful trucks that are likely to be able to handle any job that you have in mind.

Again, the exact specs always depend on the model year you are considering. However, recent models of the Silverado 3500 have come with a 6.6-liter V8 engine in either gas or diesel. The gas version puts out 401 horsepower and 464 lb-ft of torque, while the diesel engine puts out 445 horsepower and a whopping 910 lb-ft of torque. Meanwhile, recent models of the Ford F-350 have come with a range of engine options, including a 6.2-liter V8, a 7.3-liter V8 and a 6.7-liter turbodiesel V8. Horsepower ranges from 385 to 475, and torque ranges from 430 lb-ft to 1,050 lb-ft.

You can certainly get all the power you need from one of these trucks. By shopping previously owned models, you gain access to the more powerful engines at lower prices.

For towing, the Ford F-350 tends to edge out the Silverado 3500 in terms of specs, depending on the model year and how it’s configured. Max towing capacity on the F-350 is 21,200. If you use a gooseneck trailer, that number can be bumped up to 35,750 pounds. The max towing capacity on the Silverado 3500 is around 20,000 pounds (or about 35,500 with a gooseneck trailer).

Interior Styling and Features

Most people don’t look at heavy-duty trucks for their style, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice it either with these trucks. Both the Silverado 3500 and the Ford F-350 offer stylish interiors. Generally speaking, the Ford F-350 offers a bit more refinement in the styling. You’ll see more attention to detail throughout the cabin, while you’ll find more broad strokes in the design aesthetics of the Silverado 3500.

Both trucks offer plenty of legroom for comfortable travel, and there are storage cabinets throughout the interior. If you want more sophisticated features, you’ll need to shop in the upper trim levels, which will come with things like leather seats, more points of adjustment in the seating, heated seats, and more. One of the primary benefits of shopping for previously owned models is that you can get a lot more of these luxury features at a much lower cost than if you had shopped new.

Technology and Safety Features

Work trucks have gotten a lot more high-tech in recent years, so you don’t have to surrender sophistication in the name of practicality. Chevrolet and Ford are also automotive leaders that are building a reputation for offering more.

You can find plenty of great technology features on the Silverado 3500 and the F-350. You’ll see great variation between the models depending on the year and how they were originally configured - taking into account not only the trim level but also any options’ packages that were added. Features that you can find on recent models for both trucks include Bluetooth streaming, keyless start, a wi-fi hotspot, voice controls, a backup camera with trailer assistance, smartphone integration, and more.

Safety features include things like traction and stability control, trailering assistance, driver assistance features like blind-spot monitoring, and more. It’s important that you talk with the sales associate about all the features that are included, as well as those that may have been added after-market.

Choosing the Right Heavy Duty Truck for You

The associates at Tim’s Truck Capital are ready to help you find the perfect Chevrolet Silverado 3500 or Ford F-350 to meet your needs and fit your budget. We offer some of the best previously owned vehicles from the last few years, and we can help you find a truck that has all the features you need. Then our finance specialists will work with you to help you find the terms that will best fit your budget. You could drive home with the next truck of your dreams today. Visit us today to explore our selection and find the right truck for you!


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