Foremost, before angry commenters descend on the section below, this comparison test was not only ranked on miles per gallon, as the title suggests at Pickup Trucks. However, fuel economy is stated to be the main factor here that was weighted most heavily.
If mpg reined supreme, the Ram 1500 HFE with its 3.0-liter EcoDiesel would have walked away a winner. But, many areas were combed for winning and losing propositions. In Chevrolet’s case, that meant a second place finish for the 2016 Silverado 1500 double cab.
Overall, the Ford F-150 with its EcoBoost power, trumped the Silverado this time as a complete package. Though, searching through the miles of infographics, points out marginal differences between the stonking 5.3-liter V8 utilized in 2016 Silverado the and 2.7-liter V6 powering the F-150.
The 2016 Silverado returned a respectable 21.7 mpg through a 120-mile route, while the F-150 actually returned worse fuel economy at 21.1 mpg. With a 1,500-pound payload and the same 120-mile route, the F-150 just squeaks by the 2016 Silverado, with the trucks returning 22.2 mpg for the Ford, and 21.8 mpg for the Chevy.
Again, despite this being a fuel economy shootout, the trucks were rated on many other variables, making this a semi-unclear comparison at first glance, especially for the sake of Ram.
For our take, we simply commend Chevrolet for engineering small-block power with fuel economy akin to Ford’s latest engineering, including aluminum integration.