2016 Silverado Steel Bed vs. F-150 Aluminum Bed
We’ve had quite a few drivers asking us about the 2016 Chevy Silverado 1500 and how it compares to the 2016 Ford F-150 truck bed after Ford “upgraded” to an aluminum design. Normally we encourage drivers to discover the difference for themselves with a test drive, but the only way you’d see the difference between a steel bed and an aluminum one is to put the aluminum one through excessive stress and wear. We’ve got a video of some truck experts subjecting both beds to the same kind of wear and tear, so that you can see the difference without risking your truck investment on a gimmick.
Steel Bed vs. Aluminum Bed
While the 2016 Ford F-150 aluminum bed has been getting its fair share of attention for building a lightweight truck that claims to be just as durable, we think it’s important to put truck beds to the test.
As you can see, when put to the test, a steel bed simply takes more use and abuse than an aluminum bed will. Despite their “Built Ford Tough” slogan, the F-150’s aluminum bed was partially shredded when a load of concrete blocks were dropped into it.
The 2016 Chevy Silverado Truck-bed Configurations
Even if it were just available in one style, we think the 2016 Chevy Silverado 1500’s steel bed would offer the durability drivers want in a pickup truck and beat out its Ford competitor. But the Silverado is customizable and features three different bed lengths:
- 6-foot 6-inch: This standard Silverado truck bed is the standard option on the regular cab, the only bed available on the extended cab, and an upgrade on the crew cab, offering room for tools or off-road adventure gear like a 4×4 or pair of dirt bikes.
- 8-foot: Drivers who need space for full sheets of plywood and drywall know how important the 8-foot truck bed is, and Chevy continues to offer it on their regular cab so that drivers can have a dependable work truck at their disposal.
- 5-foot 8-inch: Some just like the style of a pickup and may not need all of the extra room; crew cab models start with a 5-foot 8-inch truck bed but can be upgraded to the 6-foot 6-inch bed for more cargo space.
Silverado Truck-bed Accessories
The Silverado 1500 steel bed is dependable and offers the support drivers need, but sometimes you need a little something more for your work. Accessories like these help out:
- Bedliners, Bed Mats, and Bed Rugs
- Roll-up and Folding Tonneau Covers
- Tailgate Liners
- Cargo Tie-downs
- Tool Boxes
- Bed Extenders
Test Drive a Silverado
The 2016 Chevy Silverado 1500 truck bed has enough configurations for the casual truck driver and those who spend most of their days at the job site. See what it has to offer with a test drive at Cox Chevrolet. Contact us online or by phone at 888-350-4514 to schedule some time behind the wheel and in the truck bed; you’ll find us open seven days a week at 2900 Cortez Road West in Bradenton.