Jones Ford Wickenburg Compares 2006 Ford Super Duty F-350 DRW VS 2006 GMC Sierra Near Wickenburg, AZ

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2006 Ford Super Duty F-350 DRW

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2006 GMC Sierra

Safety Comparison

To maximize occupant safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Ford F?Super Duty 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 GMC Sierra HD doesn’t offer pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Ford F?Super Duty (except F?Super Duty SuperCab) 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 HD doesn’t offer height adjustable seat belts.

The F?Super Duty 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 Sierra HD doesn’t offer a rear collision sensor.

Both the F?Super Duty and the Sierra HD have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes and available four-wheel drive.

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

115 amps

105 amps

Optional Alternator

260 amps

145 amps

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the F?Super Duty has a standard 650 amp battery. The Sierra HD only offers a standard 600 amp battery.

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 GMC vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 14 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 16th.

Engine Comparison

The F?Super Duty’s standard 5.4 SOHC V8 produces 5 lbs.-ft. more torque (365 vs. 360) than the Sierra HD’s standard 6.0 V8. The F?Super Duty’s optional 6.8 SOHC V10 produces 32 more horsepower (362 vs. 330) and 7 lbs.-ft. more torque (457 vs. 450) than the Sierra HD’s optional 8.1 V8.

The F?Super Duty’s 6.0 turbo V8 diesel produces 25 more horsepower (325 vs. 300) and 50 lbs.-ft. more torque (570 vs. 520) than the Sierra HD manual’s optional 6.6 turbo V8 diesel. The F?Super Duty’s 6.0 turbo V8 diesel produces 15 more horsepower (325 vs. 310) than the Sierra HD auto’s optional 6.6 turbo V8 diesel.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The F?Super Duty shortbed’s standard fuel tank has 3.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Sierra HD shortbed’s standard fuel tank (29 vs. 25.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The F?Super Duty longbed’s standard fuel tank has 4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Sierra HD longbed’s standard fuel tank (38 vs. 34 gallons).

 

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the F?Super Duty’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Sierra HD:

F?Super Duty

Sierra HD

Front Rotors

13.66 inches

12.8 inches

Rear Rotors

13.39 inches

12.8 inches

The F?Super Duty’s brakes have 20% more swept area (the area covered by the brake pads) than the Sierra HD (578.41 vs. 480.6 square inches), so the F?Super Duty has more braking power available.

The F?Super Duty stops much shorter than the Sierra HD:

F?Super Duty

Sierra HD

60 to 0 MPH

147 feet

159 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the F?Super Duty has larger standard tires than the Sierra HD (245/75R17 vs. 215/85R16). The F?Super Duty’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Sierra HD (275/65R18 vs. 245/75R16).

The F?Super Duty’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 75 series profile (height to width ratio), which provides a stiffer sidewall than the Sierra 3500HD’s standard 85 series tires. The F?Super Duty’s optional tires have a lower 65 series profile than the Sierra 2500HD’s 75 series tires.

For better load carrying, ride, handling and brake cooling the F?Super Duty has standard 17-inch wheels. Only 16-inch wheels are available on the Sierra HD. The F?Super Duty Crew Cab offers optional 20-inch wheels.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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.

The F?Super Duty offers an available. The Sierra HD’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The F?Super Duty 4x4 offers an available automatic load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Sierra HD doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

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

Reg. Cab Long Bed

137 inches

133 inches

SuperCab Long Bed

158 inches

157.5 inches

The longbed F-350 Lariat SuperCab 4x4 handles at .71 G’s, while the Sierra HD 2500HD shortbed SLT Crew Cab Pickup 4x4 pulls only .68 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Passenger Space Comparison

The F?Super Duty has 2.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Sierra HD (66.3 vs. 64). The F?Super Duty SuperCab has 1.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Sierra HD Extended Cab Pickup (115.2 vs. 114).

The F?Super Duty has .1 inches more front headroom, 6 inches more front hip room and 2.8 inches more front shoulder room than the Sierra HD.

The F?Super Duty SuperCab has .4 inches more front headroom, 6 inches more front hip room, 2.8 inches more front shoulder room, 5.8 inches more rear hip room and 1.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the Sierra HD Extended Cab Pickup.

The F?Super Duty Crew Cab has .3 inches more front headroom, 6 inches more front hip room, 2.8 inches more front shoulder room, 1.8 inches more rear headroom, 2.6 inches more rear legroom, 4.4 inches more rear hip room and 2.9 inches more rear shoulder room than the Sierra HD Crew Cab Pickup.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The F?Super Duty shortbed has a much larger cargo box than the Sierra HD shortbed (64.8 vs. 56.9 cubic feet). The F?Super Duty longbed has a much larger cargo box than the Sierra HD longbed (77.8 vs. 73.9 cubic feet).

The F?Super Duty Crew Cab shortbed has a much larger cargo box than the Sierra HD Crew Cab Pickup shortbed (64.8 vs. 56.9 cubic feet). The F?Super Duty Crew Cab longbed has a much larger cargo box than the Sierra HD Crew Cab Pickup longbed (77.8 vs. 73.9 cubic feet).

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

F?Super Duty

Sierra HD

Length (short/long)

82.4”/98.6”

78.7”/97.6”

Max Width

69.3”

64.8”

Min Width

50.9”

50”

Height

20”

19.5”

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

Ergonomics Comparison

To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the F?Super Duty XLT/Lariat automatic 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 HD doesn’t offer adjustable foot pedals.

The F?Super Duty offers an optional center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Sierra HD doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

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

Economic Advantages Comparison

The F?Super Duty is less expensive to operate than the Sierra HD because it costs $50 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the F?Super Duty than the Sierra HD, 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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