North Georgia Ford Compares 2020 Ford F-150 VS 2019 GMC Sierra Near Calhoun, GA

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2020 Ford F-150

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2019 GMC Sierra

Safety Comparison

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The F-150 (except XL/XLT)’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Sierra Limited doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The F-150 (except XL/XLT) offers an optional 360-Degree Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Sierra Limited only offers a rear monitor.

To help make backing safer, the F-150 (except XL)’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Sierra Limited doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the F-150 and the Sierra Limited 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, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available four-wheel drive and blind spot warning systems.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford F-150 is safer than the GMC Sierra Limited:

F-150

Sierra Limited

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

189

298

Neck Injury Risk

30%

38%

Neck Stress

301 lbs.

406 lbs.

Neck Compression

19 lbs.

189 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

119/121 lbs.

174/350 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

121

235

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.4 inches

Neck Stress

150 lbs.

165 lbs.

Neck Compression

4 lbs.

65 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford F-150 is safer than the GMC Sierra Limited:

F-150

Sierra Limited

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

22

68

Hip Force

174 lbs.

269 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

11 inches

17 inches

Spine Acceleration

42 G’s

51 G’s

Hip Force

460 lbs.

971 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the F-150 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 168 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Sierra Limited has not been tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

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

There are over 75 percent more Ford dealers than there are GMC dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the F-150’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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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 engine in the Sierra Limited.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the F-150’s reliability 15 points higher than the Sierra Limited.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the F-150 second among large light duty pickups in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Sierra Limited isn’t in the top three.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 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 fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 11 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 12th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than GMC vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 16th in reliability. With 15 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 22nd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Ford vehicles are more reliable than GMC vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Ford 7 places higher in reliability than GMC.

Engine Comparison

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The F-150’s optional 2.7 turbo V6 produces 17 lbs.-ft. more torque (400 vs. 383) than the Sierra Limited’s 5.3 V8. The F-150’s optional 3.5 turbo V6 produces 20 more horsepower (375 vs. 355) and 87 lbs.-ft. more torque (470 vs. 383) than the Sierra Limited’s 5.3 V8. The F-150’s optional 5.0 DOHC V8 produces 40 more horsepower (395 vs. 355) and 17 lbs.-ft. more torque (400 vs. 383) than the Sierra Limited’s 5.3 V8. The F-150 Raptor/Limited’s standard 3.5 turbo V6 produces 95 more horsepower (450 vs. 355) and 127 lbs.-ft. more torque (510 vs. 383) than the Sierra Limited’s 5.3 V8.

The F-150’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 57 lbs.-ft. more torque (440 vs. 383) than the Sierra Limited’s 5.3 V8.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford F-150 is faster than the GMC Sierra Limited:

F-150 2.7

F-150 3.5

Sierra Limited

Zero to 60 MPH

6.3 sec

6.1 sec

7.4 sec

Quarter Mile

14.8 sec

14.7 sec

15.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

92.1 MPH

95 MPH

88 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the F-150 V6 diesel 4x4 gets better fuel mileage than the Sierra Limited 4x4 (21 city/28 hwy vs. 15 city/21 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the F-150 gets better fuel mileage than the Sierra Limited:

F-150

Sierra Limited

4x2

2.7 twin-turbo V6/10-spd. Auto

20 city/26 hwy

n/a

3.3 V6/6-spd. Auto

19 city/25 hwy

n/a

2.7 twin-turbo V6/10-spd. Auto

19 city/25 hwy

n/a

3.5 twin-turbo V6 (375 HP)/10-spd. Auto

17 city/23 hwy

n/a

5.0 V8/10-spd. Auto

17 city/23 hwy

15 city/22 hwy

5.3 V8/Auto

3.5 twin-turbo V6 (450 HP)/Auto

17 city/22 hwy

n/a

4x4

3.3 V6/6-spd. Auto

18 city/23 hwy

n/a

2.7 twin-turbo V6/10-spd. Auto

18 city/23 hwy

n/a

3.5 twin-turbo V6 (375 HP)/10-spd. Auto

16 city/22 hwy

n/a

3.5 twin-turbo V6 (450 HP)/10-spd. Auto

17 city/21 hwy

n/a

5.0 V8/10-spd. Auto

15 city/21 hwy

15 city/21 hwy

5.3 V8/Auto

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the F-150’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Sierra Limited doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The F-150’s optional fuel tank has 10 gallons more fuel capacity than the Sierra Limited (36 vs. 26 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

F-150

Sierra Limited

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

13 inches

The F-150 stops much shorter than the Sierra Limited:

F-150

Sierra Limited

60 to 0 MPH

114 feet

135 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the F-150 Raptor’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Sierra Limited (315/70R17 vs. 285/45R22).

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the F-150 6.5 ft. bed SuperCab’s wheelbase is 1.5 inches longer than on the Sierra Limited (145 inches vs. 143.5 inches). The F-150 6.5 ft. bed SuperCrew’s wheelbase is 13.3 inches longer than on the Sierra Limited 1500 Double Cab (156.8 inches vs. 143.5 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the F-150 is 2 inches wider in the front and 3 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Sierra Limited.

The F-150 5.5 ft. bed Platinum SuperCrew 4x4 handles at .77 G’s, while the Sierra Limited 1500 Standard Box SLE Regular Cab 4x4 pulls only .74 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The F-150 5.5 ft. bed Platinum SuperCrew 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.2 seconds quicker than the Sierra Limited 1500 Short Box Denali Crew Cab 4x4 (27.8 seconds @ .63 average G’s vs. 30 seconds @ .55 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the F-150 6.5 ft. bed Regular Cab’s turning circle is 6.2 feet tighter than the Sierra Limited 1500 Double Cab’s (40.7 feet vs. 46.9 feet).

For greater off-road capability the F-150 6.5 ft. bed SuperCrew has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Sierra Limited (9.3 vs. 9.1 inches), allowing the F-150 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The F-150 Raptor SuperCab’s minimum ground clearance is 2.4 inches higher than on the Sierra Limited (11.5 vs. 9.1 inches).

Chassis Comparison

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The Ford F-150 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 1050 pounds less than the GMC Sierra Limited.

Passenger Space Comparison

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The F-150 SuperCab has 1.8 inches more front hip room, .8 inches more front shoulder room, 1.6 inches more rear headroom and 4.5 inches more rear hip room than the Sierra Limited Double Cab.

Ergonomics Comparison

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When three different drivers share the F-150 (except XL/XLT), the optional memory system makes it convenient for all three. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, steering wheel position, foot pedal distance and outside mirror angle. The Sierra Limited doesn’t offer a memory system.

The F-150 (except XL/XLT)’s optional easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Sierra Limited doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The F-150’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Sierra Limited’s parking brake has to released manually.

The F-150 XLT/Lariat/King Ranch/Platinum’s front power windows both open or close with one touch of the switches. The Sierra Limited ’s 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-150’s standard exterior PIN entry system (not available on F-150 XL). The Sierra Limited doesn’t offer an exterior PIN 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.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the F-150’s standard exterior PIN entry system (not available on F-150 XL). The Sierra Limited doesn’t offer an exterior PIN 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.

Intelligent Access optional on the F-150 (except XL/XLT) allows you to unlock the driver’s door, tailgate and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading cargo, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The GMC Sierra Limited doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The F-150’s standard 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 Limited’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The F-150’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the F-150 detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Sierra Limited doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The F-150’s optional rear and side view mirrors have an automatic dimming feature. These mirrors can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Sierra Limited doesn’t offer the luxury of automatic dimming mirrors.

Both the F-150 and the Sierra Limited offer available heated front seats. The F-150 SuperCrew also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Sierra Limited.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the F-150 (except XL/XLT) keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Sierra Limited doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the F-150’s optional (except XL/XLT) heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Sierra Limited doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The F-150 Lariat/King Ranch/Platinum/Limited has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Sierra Limited doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

Both the F-150 and the Sierra Limited offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the F-150 SuperCab/SuperCrew has standard rear air-conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Sierra Limited doesn’t offer rear air-conditioning vents, only heat vents.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the F-150 (except XL/XLT) offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Sierra Limited doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

The F-150 (except XL/XLT)’s optional Park Assist can parallel park by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Sierra Limited doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations Comparison

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Consumer Reports® chose the Ford F-150 as its “Top Pick,” the highest scoring vehicle in its category, based on reliability, safety and performance.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the F-150 first among large light duty pickups in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Sierra Limited was rated third.

The F-150 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” for 2 of the last 3 years. The Sierra hasn’t been picked since 2003.

Motor Trend selected the F-150 as their 2018 Truck of the Year. The Sierra was Truck of the Year in 1999.

The Ford F-Series outsold the GMC Sierra by almost four to one during the 2019 model year.

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