Last month, our sister publication Ford Authority received a 2018 Ford F-150 Raptor for evaluation and after our time spent with the off-road pickup, it’s clear the Blue Oval offers something distinct Chevrolet does not.
The 2018 Chevrolet Silverado will certainly handle itself off the beaten path, but it will not be a happy camper should drivers even begin to attempt an outing at Silver Lake Sand Dunes in western Michigan. The F-150 Raptor delivered, according to lead Ford Authority writer Aaron Brzozowski, a “stupid amount of fun.”
But not only did it execute its mission off-road, it coddled occupants on the road and was no match for eastern Michigan’s crumbling roads and legendary potholes. Meanwhile, the truck shocked as surprisingly luxurious with a suite of lovely features that make the Raptor a bearable pickup when it’s not in its element. Our Raptor rang in with an as-tested price of around $70,000, however.
Chevrolet will gladly sell buyers a Colorado ZR2 for off-road shenanigans, but the mid-size pickup is more rock crawler than sand dune brawler. The Raptor’s sense of speed adds a special sauce to the off-road formula the Colorado ZR2’s 3.6-liter V6 will never match.
And that’s what the Silverado is missing.
Considering the market’s massive swing to pickup trucks, we’d find it hard to believe Chevrolet isn’t at least considering an answer to the Raptor with a new Silverado variant. Unfortunately for Chevrolet, the Raptor has had two generations to leave a lasting imprint on the off-road crowd. Such a Chevy is likely years out still.