When you’ve got extra weight to move around, the 2021 Ford F-250 and Chevrolet Silverado 2500 are at your service...but which of these heavy-duty trucks is right for you? Our comparison guide is here to help you decide.
Friendliest Price: 2021 Ford F-250
Looking for the best deal on a heavy-duty truck? The F-250 starts at a slightly lower price, with an MSRP of $37,820. The entry-level Silverado 2500 will cost you only a little extra, however; Chevy’s heavy-duty truck starts at $39,100.
Heavy-Duty Power: 2021 Ford F-250
Most heavy-duty trucks offer two engine options, gas or diesel. The 2021 F-250 also offers an extra-hefty, gas-powered V8, giving you a total of three options:
- 6.2-liter Flex Fuel V8 engine (385 horsepower, 430 pound-feet of torque)
- 7.3-liter gas-powered V8 engine (430 hp, 475 lb-ft)
- 6.7-liter Powerstroke Stroke turbo diesel V8 engine (475 hp, 1,050 lb-ft)
The 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 also offers some powerful engine options, if not quite as powerful as what you’ll find in the F-250 lineup. Choose between a gas-powered V8 and a tow-friendly turbo diesel V8:
- 6.6L V8 engine (401 hp, 464 lb-ft)
- 6.6L Duramax turbo diesel V8 engine (445 hp, 910 lb-ft)
Heavy-Duty Capabilities: 2021 Ford F-250
To tow or haul the most weight, you need the F-250. Depending on configuration and equipment, Ford’s heavy-duty truck can haul payloads weighing up to 4,260 pounds. The Silverado 2500’s max payloads reach only 3,979 pounds.
In terms of conventional towing, the F-250 also takes the lead, towing up to 20,000 pounds. The Silverado 2500’s conventional tow ratings reach up to 18,500 pounds.
Tech and Comfort Features: It’s a Tie!
The 2021 Ford F-250 and Chevrolet Silverado 2500 have a lot in common here, starting with their respective lists of options. Both models let you choose from multiple cabins (regular, extended, and crew) and bed sizes. You also get to choose your level of luxury, with a variety of trim models available.
Both heavy-duty trucks start with the basics — like easy-to-clean vinyl seating and floor covering — and pile on the comforts as you move up the trim levels. Available features include leather-trimmed seating, dual-zone climate control, and heated and ventilated front seats.
Choose the Best Heavy-Duty Truck
In the end, the 2021 Ford F-250 does the best job meeting your heavy-duty needs. It offers more power, greater towing capabilities, and even offers the lowest starting price.