Used Pickup Trucks: Why the 2014 Silverado Outdoes the F150 and Ram 1500
Choosing to buy a used car rather than new, can be one of the best purchase decisions a person makes in their lifetime. Used vehicles have plenty of advantages over buying new, with the most obvious being the price. As soon as you take a vehicle off the lot, it depreciates in value. If you purchase a used vehicle, you will likely be getting a lot more amenities and standard features than you would if you bought the same vehicle in new condition. This can especially be true for pickup trucks, which makes them a great vehicle to purchase pre-owned. There are a lot of Ford, Ram, and used Chevy trucks for sale here in Kentucky – but how do you know which one is the better choice?
The Age Old Feud
Drivers, car enthusiasts, and automotive manufactures have been arguing over which pickup truck is the better choice for decades. While Ford, Ram, and Chevrolet all have quality pickup trucks in their lineups, each one has their own list of pros and cons. For some people, it comes down to a brand preference. Buying Fords may run in the family of one truck driver, while another has always been loyal to the bowtie brand.
With so much confusion circling around which pickup truck offers the most reliability and performance for the money, we thought we would narrow it down and simplify it to help clear the air. With so many used pickup trucks available on the market, we have focused in on the 2014 model year of three of the most popular trucks in America. After you check out all of the facts surrounding each pickup, you will see why we stick loyally by Chevrolet trucks, especially when it comes to buying a pre-owned pickup.
The 2014 Ram 1500: What It Brings to the Table
Starting with what is generally considered to be the least popular out of these three pickups, the 2014 Ram 1500 is still quite a contender in its segment. For the 2014 model year, the Ram 1500 was the only standard-duty pickup to offer a diesel-powered engine, which made it a popular choice at the time of production. Because of the diesel engine offering, the Ram pickup features the highest fuel economy rating of 28 miles per gallon on the highway, while it also comes attached to the lowest starting MSRP of just $24,810. For drivers who are concerned mainly with financial implications, the Ram 1500 may be the best choice.
When it comes to power, performance, and hauling? The Ram 1500 simply cannot hold a candle to what the other two pickup truck giants are offering. The 2014 Ram 1500 maxes out at just 395 horsepower, and 410 lb.-ft. of torque. That power works together to give this pickup a maximum towing capacity of 10,350 pounds, which falls short of both the Ford and Chevy offerings. The Ram 1500’s truck bed capacity sits in the middle of these three trucks, and offers 57.5 cubic-feet of cargo space. Overall, the Ram 1500 carries the lowest sticker price, but also the lowest performance numbers. The diesel engine is intriguing, but to us, the 2014 Ram 1500 is a toss up.
The 2014 Ford F150: What It’s Made Of
Ford’s light-duty full-size pickup truck was offered with a base MSRP of $25,025 when it was new on showroom floors in 2013. Nearly three years later, this used truck is likely available for well under $20,000. The Ford F150 maxed out at 411 horsepower, and a maximum of 434 lb.-ft. of torque. These numbers put the F150 in the middle spot between the Ram 1500 and the Chevy Silverado for the 2014 model year. Also in the middle is the towing capacity ratings for the Ford F150. For 2014, the F150 offered a max towing rating of 11,300 pounds, a full one thousand pounds more than the Ram 1500, and nearly one thousand pounds less than the Silverado.
Coming in last of the two pickups in the fuel economy category with an EPA-estimated rating of 23 miles per gallon on the highway. The 2014 F150 simply does not impress when it comes to fuel savings. The blue oval truck also has the smallest truck bed capacity, maxing out at just 55.4 cubic-feet. That’s two cubic-feet less than the Ram, and nearly 5.5 cubic-feet less than the Silverado.
The 2014 Chevy Silverado 1500: Impresses in All the Right Ways
The 2014 Chevy Silverado 1500 comes out ahead when compared to the Ram 1500 and the Ford F150. With the highest horsepower rating of 420, and the highest maximum 460 lb.-ft. of torque, the Silverado 1500 is the definitive choice if power and performance are important to you. Also beating both the Ram 1500 and Ford F150 is the Silverado’s towing capacity. With a maximum towing rating of 12,000 pounds, the 2014 Silverado 1500 is the most powerful truck out of these three.
In terms of fuel economy, the Silverado does not beat the Ram 1500’s 28 miles per gallon on the highway, but it does outperform Ford with an EPA-estimated rating of 24 miles per gallon. With the largest truck bed of all three pickups, drivers can expect to take advantage of an impressive 61.0 cubic feet of total truck bed space.
The 2014 Chevy Silverado 1500 started out new at $25,575, making it the most expensive of the three trucks when it initially hit dealer showrooms. This sticker price accurately reflects the clear advantages the Silverado 1500 has over both the F150 and Ram 1500. For most people, this small jump in price is worth having the extra performance specifications as well as peace of mind that Chevrolet trucks come with.
The Silverado Offers Better Overall Protection
If the clear performance advantages aren’t enough to sway you, let’s take a look at the protection that comes with owning a 2014 Silverado 1500. These Chevrolet trucks were offered with a slew of standard and available safety features including lane departure warning, trailer sway control, forward collision alerts, and StabiliTrack control. The 2014 model of the Silverado was recognized for its safety advancements, and was awarded with the highest possible Five Star Rating for Overall Vehicle Safety by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Both the Ram 1500 and Ford F150 were only given four stars for the 2014 model year.
Just as important as protecting you on the road, is protecting your investment. Chevrolet offers one of the most extensive warranty programs for their vehicles, including a three year or 36,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty, a five year or 100,000 mile Powertrain warranty, and a two-year or 24,000 mile scheduled maintenance program. With the 2014 model year less than three years old, a lot of these warranties may still be in place for used 2014 Chevy Silverado models. Out of all three of these pickup trucks, the Silverado 1500 offers the most extensive warranty program, which ensures you will be protected even when purchasing a certified pre-owned version of the bowtie-brand truck.
Buying used doesn’t have to be scary. Knowing what you want, what to look for, and the best quality vehicle in the segment you are shopping in, can make all the difference.