North Georgia Ford Compares 2004 Ford F-150 VS 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche Near Jasper, GA

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2004 Ford F-150

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2004 Chevrolet Avalanche

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 Avalanche doesn’t offer pretensioners.

The Ford F-150 has shoulder harnesses for all rear 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 Avalanche has only a lap belt in the rear center seating position.

The F-150 (except XL/STX) offers an optional backup radar 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 Avalanche doesn’t offer a rear collision sensor.

Both the F-150 and the Avalanche have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, plastic fuel tanks, four wheel antilock brakes and available four wheel drive.

Warranty Comparison

The F-150’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Avalanche’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 Avalanche.

Engine Comparison

The F-150’s optional 5.4 SOHC V8 produces 5 more horsepower (300 vs. 295) and 35 lbs.-ft. more torque (365 vs. 330) than the Avalanche’s 5.3 V8.

As tested in Car and Driver the Ford F-150 5.4 SOHC V8 is faster than the Chevrolet Avalanche 5.3 V8:



Zero to 30 MPH

2.6 sec

2.9 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.2 sec

8.3 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

14.3 sec

14.8 sec

Quarter Mile

16.3 sec

16.5 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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




Std. V8/Auto

16 city/20 hwy

15 city/20 hwy


Std. V8/Auto

14 city/18 hwy

14 city/18 hwy

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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



Front Rotors

13 inches

12.01 inches

Rear Rotors

13.7 inches

13 inches

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the F-150 4x4’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Avalanche (275/65R18 vs. 265/70R16).

The F-150’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 70 series profile (height to width ratio) which provides a stiffer sidewall than the Avalanche 2500’s standard 75 series tires. The F-150’s tires have a lower 60 series profile than the Avalanche’s 70 series tires.

For better load carrying, ride, handling and brake cooling the F-150 has standard 17 inch wheels. Smaller 16 inch wheels are standard on the Avalanche. The F-150 4x4’s optional 18 inch wheels are larger than the 17 inch wheels on the Avalanche.

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 Avalanche 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 Avalanche 2500, 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 Avalanche.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the F-150 shortbed Crew Cab Pickup’s wheelbase is 8.5 inches longer than on the Avalanche.

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 Avalanche.

The F-150 shortbed Lariat Crew Cab Pickup 4x4 handles at .69 G’s, while the Avalanche 4x4 pulls only .68 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For greater off-road capability the F-150 has a 1.3 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Avalanche 2500 (8.3 vs. 7 inches), allowing the F-150 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The Ford F-150 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 650 to 700 pounds less than the Chevrolet Avalanche.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The F-150 Crew Cab Pickup has a much larger cargo box than the Avalanche with its midgate up (56 vs. 42.9 cubic feet).

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

F-150 Crew Cab Pickup

F-150 Regular Cab


Length (short/long)




Max Width




Min Width








The F-150 has stake post holes, to allow the containment of tall, light loads. The Avalanche doesn’t offer stake post holes.

Ergonomics Comparison

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 Avalanche’s standard intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The F-150 Lariat’s optional heated front seats keep the driver and front passenger extremely comfortable in the winter. The Avalanche doesn’t offer heated seats.

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

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