North Georgia Ford Compares 2016 Ford Super Duty F-250 SRW VS 2016 GMC Sierra Near Chatsworth, GA

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2016 Ford Super Duty F-250 SRW

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2016 GMC Sierra

Safety Comparison

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.

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

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 should you ever need 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 a standard 157-amp alternator. The Sierra HD’s standard 150-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the F-Super Duty first among large heavy duty pickups in their 2015 Initial Quality Study. The Sierra HD isn’t in the top three.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 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 12th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 8 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 16th, below the industry average.

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 43 more horsepower (440 vs. 397) and 95 lbs.-ft. more torque (860 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-Super Duty’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Sierra HD:

F-Super Duty

Sierra HD

Front Rotors

14.3 inches

13.98 inches

Rear Rotors

14.3 inches

13.98 inches

Opt Rear Rotors


14.17 inches

The F-Super Duty stops shorter than the Sierra HD:

F-Super Duty

Sierra HD

60 to 0 MPH

147 feet

154 feet

Motor Trend

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

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the F-Super Duty is 2.7 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Sierra HD.

The F-250 Standard Bed King Ranch Crew Cab 4x4 handles at .73 G’s, while the Sierra 2500 Long Box Crew Cab 4x4 pulls only .71 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the F-Super Duty’s turning circle is tighter than the Sierra HD’s:

F-Super Duty

Sierra HD

Extended Cab Standard Bed

49.1 feet

49.2 feet

Extended Cab Standard Bed 4x4

47.5 feet

49.2 feet

Extended Cab Long Bed 4x4

52.3 feet

53.1 feet

Passenger Space Comparison

The F-Super Duty Regular Cab has 6.4 inches more front hip room and 2 inches more front shoulder room than the Sierra HD Regular Cab.

The F-Super Duty SuperCab has 6.9 inches more front hip room, 3.2 inches more front shoulder room, 7.1 inches more rear hip room and 3.8 inches more rear shoulder room than the Sierra HD Double Cab.

The F-Super Duty Crew Cab has 6.9 inches more front hip room, 3.2 inches more front shoulder room, .3 inches more rear headroom, 1.2 inches more rear legroom, 7.4 inches more rear hip room and 3.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the Sierra HD Crew Cab.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The F-Super Duty Crew Cab shortbed has a much larger cargo box than the Sierra HD Crew Cab shortbed (64.4 vs. 61 cubic feet). The F-Super Duty Crew Cab longbed has a much larger cargo box than the Sierra HD Crew Cab longbed (77.4 vs. 76.3 cubic feet).

A low lift-over bed design makes loading and unloading the F-Super Duty easier. The F-Super Duty Regular Cab’s bed lift-over height is 35.2 inches, while the Sierra HD Regular Cab’s liftover is 36.3 inches. The F-Super Duty Crew Cab’s bed lift-over height is 34.2 inches, while the Sierra HD Crew Cab’s liftover is 34.9 inches.

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

F-Super Duty

Sierra HD Regular Cab

Length (short/long)



Max Width



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 is only available on the GMC Sierra HD SLE/SLT/Denali.

Ergonomics Comparison

The F-Super Duty’s available front power windows open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Sierra HD’s optional power windows’ front passenger window doesn’t close automatically.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the F-Super Duty’s 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.

Recommendations Comparison

The Ford F-Series outsold the GMC Sierra by over three to one during the 2015 model year.

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