Jones Ford Wickenburg Compares 2001 Ford F-150 SuperCrew VS 2001 GMC Sierra Near Wickenburg, AZ

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2001 Ford F-150 SuperCrew

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2001 GMC Sierra

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Ford F-150 are height adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The GMC Sierra doesn’t offer height adjustable front seat belts.

Both the F-150 and the Sierra have standard driver and passenger side airbags, four wheel antilock brakes and available four wheel drive.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new cars. In this test, results indicate that the Ford F-150 Super Cab is safer than the Sierra 1500 Club Coupe:







Head Injury Index



Chest forces

46 g’s

52 g’s

Leg injuries (L/R)

1416 / 1244

1642 / 1197





Head Injury Index



Chest forces

45 g’s

50 g’s

Leg injuries (L/R)

1140 / 951

992 / 1408

More stars indicate a better overall result. Lower numbers indicate better individual test results.

Warranty Comparison

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

There are over 81 percent more Ford dealers than there are GMC dealers, which makes it much easier to get service under the F-150’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The F-150’s reliability is better than the Sierra’s. In Consumer Reports, the F-150’s reliability is 112% better.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the F-150 second among full-size pickups in initial quality. The Sierra isn’t in the top three.

J.D. Power and Associates’ surveys of new car owners provide the statistics which show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than GMC vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 21st in initial quality. With 25 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 30th.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Car and Driver the Ford F-150 V8 is faster than the Sierra 2500 6.0 V8 (automatics tested):



Zero to 60 MPH

8 sec

9.2 sec

Quarter Mile

16.2 sec

17.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

85 MPH

83 MPH

Top Speed

107 MPH

96 MPH

As tested in Popular Science the Ford F-150 5.4 is faster than the Sierra 1500 4.8 V8 (automatics tested):



Zero to 30 MPH

3 sec

3.5 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.4 sec

9.9 sec

The F-150’s engines produce their peak torque at much lower RPM’s to make crawling over steep obstacles, moving loads and towing easier and less stressful to the engine, transmission and drivetrain:


F-150 4.2 V6

3400 RPM

F-150 4.6 SOHC V8

3250 RPM

F-150 5.4 SOHC V8

2500 RPM

Sierra 1500 4.3 V6

2800 RPM

Sierra 1500 4.8 V8

4000 RPM

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Ford F-150 gets better fuel mileage than the Sierra:





16 city/20 hwy

16 city/19 hwy


15 city/19 hwy

15 city/19 hwy



15 city/19 hwy

15 city/18 hwy


15 city/18 hwy

11 city/14 hwy

Opt. V8/Auto

14 city/17 hwy


Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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



Front Rotors

12.13 inches

12.01 inches

Rear Rotors

13.2 inches

12.8 inches

The F-150’s brakes have 14% more swept area (the area covered by the brake pads) than the Sierra 1500 (397.4 vs. 347.39 square inches), so the F-150 has more braking power available.

The F-150 with its standard antilock brakes stops shorter than the Sierra with antilock brakes:



60 to 0 MPH

137 feet

141 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the F-150 has larger standard tires than the Sierra (235/70R16 vs. 225/75R16). The F-150 4x4’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Sierra (275/60R17 vs. 265/75R16).

The F-150 4x4’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) which provides a stiffer sidewall than the Sierra 1500’s optional 70 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The F-150 has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads The Sierra’s standard 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 Sierra:



Reg. Cab Short Bed

119.9 inches

119 inches

Reg. Cab Long Bed

138.5 inches

133 inches

The F-150 Lariat Super Cab handles at .74 G’s, while the Sierra 2500 long bed SLT Club Coupe pulls only .70 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The F-150 XL 4x4 handles at .71 G’s, while the Sierra 1500 short bed SLT Club Coupe 4x4 pulls only .68 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The F-150 XLT Super Cab goes through Motor Trend’s slalom 4.3 MPH faster than the Sierra 2500 long bed SLT Club Coupe (60.1 vs. 55.8 MPH).

The F-150 XLT Super Cab performs Popular Mechanics’ emergency lane change maneuver 5.7 MPH faster than the Sierra 1500 short bed SLE Club Coupe (49.4 vs. 43.7 MPH).

Chassis Comparison

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the F-150 XLT Super Cab 4x4 is quieter than the Sierra 2500 long bed SLT Club Coupe:




73 dB

75 dB

70 MPH Cruising

69 dB

72 dB

70 MPH Coasting

69 dB

72 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The F-150 SuperCrew has 1.4 inches more rear headroom and 3.1 inches more rear legroom than the Sierra Club Coupe.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The F-150 shortbed has a much larger cargo box than the Sierra shortbed (58.6 vs. 56.9 cubic feet). The F-150 longbed has a much larger cargo box than the Sierra longbed (72.6 vs. 70.7 cubic feet).

The F-150’s cargo box is larger than the Sierra’s in almost every dimension:

F-150 SuperCrew



Length (short/long)




Max Width




Min Width








To prevent tailgate loss and help secure heavier cargo from theft, the F-150 has a standard tailgate lock cylinder. The Sierra doesn’t offer a tailgate lock.

Ergonomics Comparison

To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the F-150 offers a power adjustable foot pedal set. Much better than just a tilt steering wheel or adjustable seat, this allows a short driver to sit further from the steering wheel while maintaining pedal contact. The Sierra doesn’t offer adjustable foot pedals.

The F-150 has standard lighted power door lock and power window switches so that they are easily found at night. The Sierra doesn’t have lighted switches.

The F-150’s optional speed sensitive intermittent wipers speed up as the car does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Sierra’s standard intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The F-150’s optional steering wheel mounted cruise control is close at hand. The Sierra’s optional cruise control is on an over-crowded turn signal stalk.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the F-150 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the F-150 will cost $586 less than the Sierra over a five year period.

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