North Georgia Ford Compares 2020 Ford Super Duty F-250 SRW VS 2020 GMC Sierra Near Calhoun, GA

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2020 Ford Super Duty F-250 SRW

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2020 GMC Sierra

Safety Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Ford F-Super Duty 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.

Both the F-Super Duty and the Sierra HD have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available four-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

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The F-Super Duty’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Sierra HD’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-Super Duty’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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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.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the F-Super Duty second among large heavy duty pickups in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Sierra HD isn’t in the top three in its category.

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-Super Duty’s optional 7.3 V8 produces 29 more horsepower (430 vs. 401) and 11 lbs.-ft. more torque (475 vs. 464) than the Sierra HD’s 6.6 V8.

The F-Super Duty’s 6.7 turbo V8 diesel produces 30 more horsepower (475 vs. 445) and 140 lbs.-ft. more torque (1050 vs. 910) than the Sierra HD’s 6.6 turbo V8 diesel.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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The F-Super Duty Diesel’s standard fuel tank has a gallon more fuel capacity than the Sierra HD Diesel Regular Cab’s standard fuel tank (29 vs. 28 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The F-Super Duty’s standard fuel tank has 6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Sierra HD Diesel Regular Cab’s standard fuel tank (34 vs. 28 gallons). The F-Super Duty’s optional fuel tank has 12 gallons more fuel capacity than the Sierra HD’s standard fuel tank (48 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 not available doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

F-Super Duty

F-450 Crew Cab

Sierra HD

Front Rotors

14.3 inches

15.4 inches

14 inches

Rear Rotors

14.3 inches

15.75 inches

14.1 inches

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the F-Super Duty’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Sierra HD (285/75R18 vs. 275/70R18).

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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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

Extended Cab Long Bed

164.2 inches

162.5 inches

Crew Cab Standard Bed

159.8 inches

158.9 inches

Crew Cab Long Bed

176 inches

172 inches

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the F-Super Duty is 2.6 inches wider in the front and .5 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Sierra HD.

Chassis Comparison

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The Ford F-Super Duty may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 450 pounds less than the GMC Sierra HD.

The F-Super Duty is shorter than the Sierra HD, making the F-Super Duty easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces:

F-Super Duty

Sierra HD

Regular Cab Long Bed

231.8 inches

235.5 inches

Extended Cab Standard Bed

238.2 inches

240.5 inches

Crew Cab Standard Bed

250 inches

250.1 inches

Passenger Space Comparison

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The F-Super Duty Regular Cab has 1.6 inches more front hip room and .6 inches more front shoulder room than the Sierra HD Regular Cab.

The F-Super Duty Super Cab has 1.3 inches more front hip room, .7 inches more front shoulder room, .4 inches more rear headroom, 4.5 inches more rear hip room and .9 inches more rear shoulder room than the Sierra HD Double Cab.

The F-Super Duty Crew Cab has 1.3 inches more front hip room, .7 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom, .2 inches more rear legroom, 4.5 inches more rear hip room and .6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Sierra HD Crew Cab.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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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 costs extra on the GMC Sierra HD.

Both the F-Super Duty and Sierra HD have bed indentations that accommodate 2x4’s for two-tiered loading, but the F-Super Duty also has indentations to separate the cargo box into three different sections length-wise.

Ergonomics Comparison

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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 basic optional power windows’ front passenger window doesn’t close automatically.

If the windows are left open on the F-Super Duty the driver can close them all from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can also lower the windows the same way. The driver of the Sierra HD can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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 PIN entry system (not available on F-Super Duty XL). The Sierra HD 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-Super Duty’s available exterior PIN entry system (not available on F-Super Duty XL). The Sierra HD 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.

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

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the F-Super Duty (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 HD doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Recommendations Comparison

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Motor Trend selected the F-Super Duty as their 2017 Truck of the Year. The Sierra HD has never been chosen.

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

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