Chevy Silverado Z71The rowdy, red Chevy Silverado Z71.Chevrolet

  • High-performance pickups have become increasingly popular as truck sales have boomed.
  • We tested examples from Ford and Chevy, the kings of the truck world.
  • The specialized Ford F-150 Raptor came out on top.

The good old crosstown-Detroit Ford-Chevy rivalry plays out in many vehicles, from everyday sedans to powerhouse muscle cars like the Mustang and the Camaro.

Lately, as pickup trucks have boomed in popularity, another battleground has emerged: high-performance rides with a bed in the back.

We were shocked and awed last year by the greatness of the Ford F-150 Raptor. Early this year, we borrowed a 2018 Chevy Silverado 1500 LTZ with a Z71 package — the closest thing Chevy has to a Raptor fighter.

Would it be a fair fight? Let’s find out.