Jones Ford Wickenburg Compares 2006 Ford F-150 VS 2006 Chevrolet Silverado Near Wickenburg, AZ

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2006 Ford F-150

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2006 Chevrolet Silverado

Safety Comparison

To maximize occupant safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Ford F-150 have pretensioners to eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Chevrolet Silverado doesn’t offer pretensioners.

The Ford F-150 has shoulder harnesses for all seating positions. A shoulder harness better protects the passenger from head injury and prevents internal injuries that are possible with lap belts alone. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration lap and shoulder belts are 10% safer than lap belts alone. The Chevrolet Silverado has only a lap belt in the rear center seating position.

The F-150 (except XL/STX) offers an optional Reverse Sensing System to help warn drivers about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind their vehicle. This collision warning system uses radar to detect obstacles behind the rear bumper. The Silverado doesn’t offer a rear collision sensor.

Both the F-150 and the Silverado have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, plastic fuel tanks, 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 is safer than the Silverado:

F-150

Silverado

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Head Injury Index

493

738

Chest forces

38 g’s

45 g’s

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

3 Stars

Head Injury Index

617

990

Chest forces

34 g’s

49 g’s

Leg injuries (L/R)

617 / 919

1044 / 981

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

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH front offset crash tests on new cars. In this test, results indicate that the Ford F-150 SuperCab (which the IIHS chose as “A Best Pick”) is safer than the Silverado Extended Cab:

F-150

Silverado

Overall Evaluation

Best Pick

MARGINAL

Structure

GOOD

POOR

Restraints

GOOD

POOR

Front Headrests

GOOD

MARGINAL

Head injury index

180

361

Peak Head G-forces

no hit

22 G’s

Tibia index

.72/.54

.66/.77

(This test is not comparable to the NHTSA NCAP 35 MPH front crash test.)

Warranty Comparison

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

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the F-150 first among light duty full-size pickups in their 2005 Initial Quality Study. The Silverado isn’t in the top three.

J.D. Power and Associates’ surveys of the owners of three-year-old cars provide the long-term dependability statistics, which show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked 13th.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Consumer Reports the Ford F-150 V8 is faster than the Chevrolet Silverado V8 (automatics tested):

F-150

Silverado

Zero to 60 MPH

8.3 sec

9.6 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5.6 sec

6.3 sec

Quarter Mile

16.4 sec

17.3 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford F-150 uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Silverado’s optional 6.0 V8 requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 25 to 50 cents more per gallon.

The F-150 longbed’s standard fuel tank has a gallon more fuel capacity than the Silverado shortbed’s standard fuel tank (27 vs. 26 gallons). The F-150 longbed’s optional fuel tank has 1.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Silverado longbed’s standard fuel tank (35.7 vs. 34 gallons).

 

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The F-150’s brakes have 28% more swept area (the area covered by the brake pads) than the Silverado (553.2 vs. 431.2 square inches), so the F-150 has more braking power available.

The Ford F-150 has standard antilock four-wheel disc brakes for better stopping power and improved directional control in poor weather. Only rear drums come 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

206 feet

219 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The F-150 shortbed Lariat SuperCab Harley Davidson™’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio), which provides a stiffer sidewall than the Silverado’s optional 55 series tires.

For better load carrying, ride, handling and brake cooling the F-150 shortbed Lariat SuperCab Harley Davidson™ offers optional 22-inch wheels. The Silverado’s largest wheels are only 20 inches.

The Ford F-150 w/8200 lb. GVWR’s optional wheels have 7 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Chevrolet Silverado only has 6 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The front suspension of the F-150 uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the Silverado 4x4, 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 much better steering response and tighter handling the F-150 has rack and pinion steering, like Formula race cars, instead of the recirculating-ball type steering of the Silverado 4x4 and 2500.

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

F-150

Silverado

Reg. Cab Short Bed

126 inches

119 inches

Reg. Cab Long Bed

144.5 inches

133 inches

SuperCab Short Bed

144.5 inches

143.5 inches

SuperCab Long Bed

163 inches

157.5 inches

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the F-150 is 2 inches wider in the front and 1 inch wider in the rear than on the Silverado.

The F-150 SuperCab handles at .71 G’s, while the Silverado 1500 shortbed Extended Cab pulls only .68 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The F-150 shortbed Lariat SuperCrew 4x4 handles at .69 G’s, while the Silverado 1500 Crew Cab 4x4 pulls only .67 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The F-150 shortbed XLT SuperCab 4x4 goes through Popular Mechanics’ slalom 1.3 MPH faster than the Silverado 1500 shortbed LT Extended Cab 4x4 (38 vs. 36.7 MPH).

Chassis Comparison

To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the F-150 V8 has a liquid-filled front engine mount. The liquid helps further dampen engine harshness. The Silverado uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

As tested by Popular Mechanics, the interior of the F-150 shortbed XLT SuperCab 4x4 is quieter than the Silverado 1500 shortbed LT Extended Cab 4x4:

F-150

Silverado

Full-Throttle

77.9 dB

79.7 dB

60 MPH Cruising

69.9 dB

74.2 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The F-150 Regular Cab has 1.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Silverado Regular Cab (65.2 vs. 64). The F-150 SuperCab has 1.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Silverado Extended Cab (115.2 vs. 113.7).

The F-150 Regular Cab has 4 inches more front hip room and 1.3 inches more front shoulder room than the Silverado Regular Cab.

The F-150 SuperCab has 4.4 inches more front hip room, 1.3 inches more front shoulder room, 1.2 inches more rear headroom, 5.1 inches more rear hip room and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Silverado Extended Cab.

The F-150 SuperCrew has 2.4 inches more front hip room, .6 inches more front shoulder room, .2 inches more rear hip room and .7 inches more rear shoulder room than the Silverado Crew Cab.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The F-150 shortbed has a much larger cargo box than the Silverado shortbed (65.5 vs. 56.9 cubic feet). The F-150 Regular Cab longbed has a much larger cargo box than the Silverado longbed (81.3 vs. 73.9 cubic feet).

The F-150 SuperCrew shortbed has a much larger cargo box than the Silverado Crew Cab shortbed (55.5 vs. 49.6 cubic feet).

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

F-150 SuperCrew

F-150 Regular Cab

Silverado Crew Cab

Length (short/long)

67”/78.8”

78.8”/97.4”

69.2”

Max Width

65.2”

65.2”

64.8”

Min Width

50”

50”

50”

Height

22.3”

22.3”

19.5”

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

Ergonomics Comparison

To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the F-150 (except manual transmission) 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 Silverado doesn’t offer adjustable foot pedals.

The F-150’s available power windows have a locking feature to keep children from operating them. Chevrolet does not offer a locking feature on the Silverado’s available power windows.

The F-150 XLT/FX4/Lariat’s standard 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 Silverado’s intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The F-150 has a standard center folding armrest for the driver and front passenger. A center armrest helps combat driver fatigue. The Silverado Work Truck doesn’t offer a front seat center armrest.

The F-150 SuperCrew Lariat has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Silverado doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

The F-150’s optional steering wheel mounted cruise control is close at hand. The Silverado’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 $266 less than the Silverado over a five year period.

The F-150 is less expensive to operate than the Silverado because of its lower insurance rate. It also costs $50 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 $49 less for a water pump, $38 less for an alternator, $120 less for front brake pads, $110 less for a starter, $25 less for fuel injection, $400 less for a fuel pump and $35 less for a power steering pump.

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