Naturally, the paradigm-shattering event that inspired this test is the all-new 2015 Ford F-150. Now fitted with a cab and bed that use aluminum instead of steel for every panel except the fire wall, the F-150 is potentially the great breakthrough the truck world has been secretly craving. But there’s still some cognitive dissonance here as this now mostly aluminum truck was maxed out for our test with the highest “Platinum” trim. Will a turbocharged V-6 be enough to overcome such an internal contradiction?
In general specifications, the Chevrolet Silverado is stunted. It’s mostly steel, there are leaf springs supporting it in back, and the engine is a straightforward pushrod V-8 that shares its bore spacing with the small-block that Chevy introduced 60 years ago. But there’s a primitive satisfaction that comes with familiar engineering; it’s a comfort zone where minds can relax. And, according to the trim, that zone is sold as the High Country.