Greene Ford Compares 2011 Ford F-150 VS 2011 Chevrolet Silverado Near Buford, GA

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2011 Ford F-150

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2011 Chevrolet Silverado

Safety Comparison

Both the F-150 and the Silverado have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available four wheel drive.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford F-150 is safer than the Chevrolet Silverado:

F-150

Silverado

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Stress

211 lbs.

253 lbs.

Neck Compression

43 lbs.

68 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

110/36 lbs.

440/740 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH, results indicate that the Ford F-150 is safer than the Chevrolet Silverado:

F-150

Silverado

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.5 inches

.5 inches

Abdominal Force

110 G’s

144 G’s

Hip Force

248 lbs.

361 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

In a 31 MPH side-impact test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crashes a 3300 pound sled into the side of new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford F-150 SuperCrew is safer than the Silverado Crew Cab:

F-150

Silverado

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Structure

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Driver

Head Protection Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Head Injury Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Torso Injury Rating

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Pelvis/Leg Injury Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Rear Passenger

Head Protection Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Head Injury Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Torso Injury Rating

GOOD

MARGINAL

Pelvis/Leg Injury Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Head Injury Criterion

57

63

Shoulder Movement

14 mm

17 mm

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety ( IIHS) performs roof strength tests. In that test the F-150 earned the top rating of “Good” because its roof supported over four times the F-150’s weight before being crushed five inches. The Silverado was rated two rankings lower at “Marginal.”

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the general design of front seat head restraints for their ability to protect front seat occupants from whiplash injuries. The IIHS also performs a dynamic test on those seats with “good” or “acceptable” geometry. In these ratings, the F-150 is safer then the Silverado:

F-150

Silverado

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Head Restraint Design

GOOD

GOOD

Distance from Back of Head

22 mm

68 mm

Distance Below Top of Head

6 mm

45 mm

Dynamic Test Rating

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Seat Design

Pass

Pass

Neck Force Rating

Low

Medium

Max Neck Shearing Force

0

183

Max Neck Tension

326

528

(Lower numerical results are better in all tests.)

For its top level performance in frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and its standard AdvanceTrac™, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the F-150 SuperCrew as a “Top Pick” for 2011, a rating only granted to 87 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Silverado was not a “Top Pick.”

Warranty Comparison

The F-150’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Silverado’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability Comparison

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the F-150 have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the engines in the Silverado.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Ford F-150 4x4 V8’s reliability will be 23% better than the Chevrolet Silverado 2WD V6 and the Ford F-150 2WD V8 is 10% better than the Chevrolet Silverado 4x4 V6.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the F-150 third among large pickups in their 2010 Initial Quality Study. The Silverado isn’t in the top three.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2010 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 18 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked 12th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2011 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provide the long-term dependability statistics that show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked 16th.

Engine Comparison

The F-150 has more powerful engines than the Silverado:

Horsepower

Torque

F-150 3.7 DOHC V6

302 HP

278 lbs.-ft.

F-150 5.0 DOHC V8

360 HP

380 lbs.-ft.

F-150 3.5 turbo V6

365 HP

420 lbs.-ft.

F-150 6.2 SOHC V8

411 HP

434 lbs.-ft.

Silverado WT 4.3 V6

195 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

Silverado 4.8 V8

302 HP

305 lbs.-ft.

Silverado 5.3 V8

315 HP

335 lbs.-ft.

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 6.0 V8 hybrid

332 HP

367 lbs.-ft.

Silverado LT/LTZ 6.2 V8

403 HP

417 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford F-150 6.2 V8 is faster than the Chevrolet Silverado 5.3 V8:

F-150

Silverado

Zero to 60 MPH

6.9 sec

8.2 sec

Quarter Mile

15.4 sec

16.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

90.2 MPH

87.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the F-150 gets better fuel mileage than the Silverado:

F-150

Silverado

2WD

3.7 V6/Auto

17 city/23 hwy

15 city/20 hwy

4.3 V6

Turbo 3.5 V6/Auto

16 city/22 hwy

15 city/22 hwy

5.3 V8

5.0 V8/Auto

15 city/21 hwy

14 city/19 hwy

4.8 V8

6.2 V8/Auto

13 city/18 hwy

13 city/18 hwy

4x4

3.7 V6/Auto

16 city/21 hwy

14 city/18 hwy

4.3 V6

Turbo 3.5 V6/Auto

15 city/21 hwy

15 city/21 hwy

5.3 V8

5.0 V8/Auto

14 city/19 hwy

13 city/18 hwy

4.8 V8

6.2 V8/Auto

12 city/16 hwy

12 city/18 hwy

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford F-150 uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Silverado 6.2 V8 requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The F-150 LWB’s optional fuel tank has 2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Silverado Long Box’s standard fuel tank (36 vs. 34 gallons).

 

The F-150 has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Silverado doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the F-150’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Silverado:

F-150

Silverado

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

13 inches

Rear Rotors

13.7 inches

11.61” drums

Opt Rear Rotors

 

13.5 inches

The F-150’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the Silverado are solid, not vented.

The Ford F-150 has standard four-wheel disc brakes for better stopping power and improved directional control in poor weather. Rear drums are standard on the Silverado. Drums can heat up and make stops longer, especially with antilock brakes which work much harder than conventional brakes.

The F-150 stops much shorter than the Silverado:

F-150

Silverado

70 to 0 MPH

196 feet

202 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

124 feet

150 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

150 feet

185 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The F-150 has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Silverado’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the F-150’s wheelbase is longer than on the Silverado:

F-150

Silverado

Regular Cab Standard Bed

125.9 inches

119 inches

Extended Cab Standard Bed

144.5 inches

143.5 inches

Extended Cab Long Bed

163.1 inches

157.5 inches

Crew Cab Short Bed

144.5 inches

143.5 inches

Crew Cab Standard Bed

156.6 inches

n/a

The F-150 5.5 ft. bed King Ranch SuperCrew 4x4 handles at .73 G’s, while the Silverado 1500 short box LTZ Crew Cab 4x4 pulls only .72 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For greater off-road capability the F-150 8 ft. bed SuperCab has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Silverado 1500 long box Regular Cab (10 vs. 9.5 inches), allowing the F-150 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space Comparison

The F-150 Regular Cab has .1 inches more front legroom and 1.4 inches more front shoulder room than the Silverado Regular Cab.

The F-150 SuperCab has .1 inches more front legroom, .7 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom, 3.6 inches more rear hip room and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Silverado Extended Cab.

The F-150 SuperCrew has .1 inches more front legroom, .7 inches more front shoulder room, 4.5 inches more rear legroom and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Silverado Crew Cab.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The F-150 standard bed has a much larger cargo box than the Silverado standard bed (65.5 vs. 60.7 cubic feet). The F-150 long bed has a much larger cargo box than the Silverado long bed (81.2 vs. 75.5 cubic feet).

The F-150 SuperCrew short bed has a much larger cargo box than the Silverado Crew Cab short bed (55.5 vs. 53.2 cubic feet).

The Ford F-150 has a standard tailgate assist feature, which prevents the heavy tailgate from falling with a crash and causing injury. It allows adults and children to easily open and close the tailgate with one hand to better facilitate loading and unloading. Tailgate assist is only available on the Chevrolet Silverado LT/LTZ for extra cost.

Ergonomics Comparison

The F-150’s front power windows open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Silverado’s optional power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens automatically.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the available exterior keypad (not available on F-150 XL/STX). The Silverado doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system, and its extra cost OnStar can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

The F-150 Platinum’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Silverado’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Both the F-150 and the Silverado offer available heated front seats. The F-150 Platinum also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Silverado.

The F-150 (except XL/SXT/XLT)’s optional air conditioned front seats cool the driver and front passenger and help take the sting out of hot leather in Summer. The Silverado doesn’t offer air conditioned front seats.

The F-150 offers an optional 115 volt a/c outlet, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters which can break or get misplaced. The Silverado doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the F-150 is less expensive to operate than the Silverado because it costs $210 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the F-150 than the Silverado, including $125 less for a water pump, $239 less for an alternator, $49 less for front brake pads, $221 less for a starter, $62 less for fuel injection, $204 less for a fuel pump, $227 less for front struts and $84 less for a power steering pump.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford F-150 will be $263 to $3114 less than for the Chevrolet Silverado.

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