The heavy-duty 2020 Ford F-350 and Chevrolet Silverado 3500 can move some serious weight. They’re both so capable that choosing between them can be tough – at least at first. Once you know more about each truck, though, it’ll be easy to make the right decision.
Powertrain Options: 2020 Ford F-350
Because truck shoppers have vastly different needs, modern trucks offer a huge variety of configurations. When it comes to buying a heavy-duty truck, getting the configuration right is half the battle.
The F-350 is more helpful in this regard, particularly when it comes to powertrain options. The standard engine is a 6.2-liter V8 rated for 385 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque. If you want to stick with gasoline but need more oomph, you can choose the brand new 7.3-liter V8 engine. It boosts performance with 430 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of torque. Finally, at the top of the lineup, the tow-friendly 6.7-liter turbodiesel V8 engine produces an incredible 475 horses and 1,050 pound-feet of torque.
The 2020 Silverado 3500 lineup offers one less engine option. Its new 6.6-liter gas V8 engine makes 401 horsepower and 464 pound-feet of torque. For diesel capabilities, get the 6.6-liter diesel V8 engine, which boosts output to 445 horses and 910 pound-feet of torque.
Tow More: 2020 Ford F-350
To max out your towing abilities, skip the Silverado 3500 and make a beeline for the F-350. Ford’s heavy-duty truck tows more than the competition. When it comes to conventional towing, this pickup can tow up to 24,200 pounds. Equipped for a fifth-wheel or gooseneck trailer, the F-350 can tow max loads of 35,750 pounds.
We have to admit that the 2020 Silverado 3500 comes extremely close to beating the F-350’s best-in-class performance. Depending on configuration and body style, the Silverado 3500 can tow up to 20,000 pounds of conventional trailer. Equipped for gooseneck trailering, Chevy’s heavy-duty truck can tow up to 35,500 pounds.
Haul More: 2020 Ford F-350
The F-350 also moves bigger payloads. Depending on configuration and equipment, it’ll get you across town with 7,850 pounds’ worth of supplies. Should you decide on the Silverado 3500, you may find yourself making more trips to haul the same amount of stuff. With the right body style and powertrain, the Silverado 3500 can haul up to 7,442 pounds.
Interior Luxury: It’s a Tie!
Here, the 2020 Ford F-350 and Chevrolet Silverado 3500 have quite a bit in common. Both heavy-duty trucks are available with three cabin configurations: regular, extended, and crew. The latter two options offer generous backseat space, so your heavy-duty truck can actually double as a family hauler.
Both heavy-duty trucks also have a reputation for modern luxury. As you climb the trim levels, each offers an array of upscale features, including heated seats and various shades of leather upholstery. These trucks also score big in the infotainment department, keeping you connected with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration and displaying apps on big touchscreens with crisp graphics.
Although they have a lot in common on the inside, the reasons you’re shopping the heavy-duty truck segment have more to do with what they can do. And, when it comes to action, the 2020 Ford F-350 leads the way.