Jones Ford Casa Grande Compares 2011 Ford Super Duty F-250 SRW VS 2011 GMC Sierra Near Casa Grande, AZ

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2011 Ford Super Duty F-250 SRW

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2011 GMC Sierra

Safety Comparison

The F-Super Duty has standard head airbag curtains for front and rear seats which act as a forgiving barrier between the driver and outboard passenger's upper bodies and the window and pillars. Combined with high-strength steel door beams and lower side airbags this system increases head protection in broadside collisions. Head airbags cost extra in the Sierra HD.

Using vehicle speed sensors and seat sensors, smart airbags in the F-Super Duty deploy with different levels of force or don’t deploy at all to help better protect passengers of all sizes in different collisions. The Sierra HD’s airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the F-Super Duty’s optional Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Sierra HD doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

Both the F-Super Duty and the Sierra HD have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four wheel antilock brakes, traction control, available four wheel drive and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Warranty Comparison

The F-Super Duty’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Sierra HD’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

There are over 74 percent more Ford dealers than there are GMC dealers, which makes it much easier to get service under the F-Super Duty’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The F-Super Duty 4x4 has a solid front axle with a floating power axle for durability that the Sierra HD 4x4’s independent front suspension and exposed front driveshafts don’t offer.

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the F-Super Duty has larger alternators than the Sierra HD:

F-Super Duty

Sierra HD

Standard Alternator

155 amps

125 amps

Optional Alternator

200 amps

160 amps

2cd Optional Alternator

357 amps

250 amps

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the F-Super Duty offers larger standard and optional batteries than the Sierra HD:

F-Super Duty

Sierra HD

Standard Battery

650 amps

600 amps

Optional Battery

1500 amps

1200 amps

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 GMC vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 33 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 25th, 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 GMC vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 44 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 26th.

Engine Comparison

The F-Super Duty’s 6.2 SOHC V8 produces 25 more horsepower (385 vs. 360) and 25 lbs.-ft. more torque (405 vs. 380) than the Sierra HD’s 6.0 V8.

The F-Super Duty’s 6.7 turbo V8 diesel produces 3 more horsepower (400 vs. 397) and 35 lbs.-ft. more torque (800 vs. 765) than the Sierra HD’s 6.6 turbo V8 diesel.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The F-Super Duty Diesel Long Bed’s standard fuel tank has 1.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Sierra HD (37.5 vs. 36 gallons).

The F-Super Duty 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 Sierra HD doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the F-450 SuperCrew’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Sierra HD:

F-450 SuperCrew

Sierra HD

Front Rotors

14.53 inches

13.97 inches

Rear Rotors

15.35 inches

13.97 inches

Opt Rear Rotors

 

14.17 inches

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the F-Super Duty’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Sierra HD (275/65R18 vs. 265/70R17).

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The F-Super Duty’s optional suspension has front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the F-Super Duty flat and controlled during cornering. The Sierra HD’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The front suspension of the F-Super Duty uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the Sierra HD, which uses torsion bars in front. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the F-Super Duty’s wheelbase is longer than on the Sierra HD:

F-Super Duty

Sierra HD

Crew Cab Standard Bed

156.2 inches

153.7 inches

Crew Cab Long Bed

172.4 inches

167.7 inches

The F-250 Standard Bed Lariat SuperCrew 4x4 handles at .74 G’s, while the Sierra 3500HD Long Box Denali Crew Cab 4x4 pulls only .69 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Passenger Space Comparison

The F-Super Duty Regular Cab has 7.3 inches more front hip room and 2.8 inches more front shoulder room than the Sierra HD Regular Cab.

The F-Super Duty SuperCab has 7.3 inches more front hip room, 2.8 inches more front shoulder room, 5.5 inches more rear hip room and 2.8 inches more rear shoulder room than the Sierra HD Extended Cab.

The F-Super Duty SuperCrew has .2 inches more front headroom, 7.3 inches more front hip room, 2.8 inches more front shoulder room, .9 inches more rear headroom, 2.8 inches more rear legroom, 1.9 inches more rear hip room and 2.9 inches more rear shoulder room than the Sierra HD Crew Cab.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The F-Super Duty standard bed has a much larger cargo box than the Sierra HD standard bed (64.1 vs. 60.7 cubic feet). The F-Super Duty Regular Cab long bed has a much larger cargo box than the Sierra HD long bed (77.3 vs. 75.5 cubic feet).

The F-Super Duty SuperCrew standard bed has a much larger cargo box than the Sierra HD Crew Cab standard bed (64.4 vs. 60.7 cubic feet). The F-Super Duty SuperCrew long bed has a much larger cargo box than the Sierra HD Crew Cab long bed (77.4 vs. 75.5 cubic feet).

The F-Super Duty’s cargo box is larger than the Sierra HD’s in almost every dimension:

F-Super Duty

Sierra HD

Length (short/long)

81.8”/98”

78.8”/97.7”

Max Width

69.3”

62.4”

Min Width

50.9”

50.6”

The Ford F-Super Duty 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 costs extra on the GMC Sierra HD, and isn’t available on the Sierra HD WT.

Ergonomics Comparison

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-Super Duty XL). The Sierra HD 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-Super Duty’s speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Sierra HD’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Both the F-Super Duty and the Sierra HD offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the F-Super Duty SuperCab/Crew Cab has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Sierra HD doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

The F-Super Duty Lariat/King Ranch has a 115 volt a/c outlet in the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters which can break or get misplaced. The Sierra HD doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

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