North Georgia Ford Compares 2021 Ford Super Duty F-250 SRW VS 2021 Chevrolet Silverado Near Chatsworth, GA

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2021 Ford Super Duty F-250 SRW

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2021 Chevrolet Silverado

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 Chevrolet Silverado HD doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the F-Super Duty and the Silverado 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 Silverado HD’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

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 Silverado HD 4x4’s independent front suspension and exposed front driveshafts don’t offer.

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 Ford F-Super Duty F-350’s reliability 11 points higher than the Silverado HD.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the F-Super Duty first among large heavy duty pickups in their 2020 Initial Quality Study. The Silverado HD was rated second.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Ford 9 places higher in reliability than Chevrolet.

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 Silverado 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 Silverado 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 Silverado 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 Silverado 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 Silverado HD’s standard fuel tank (48 vs. 36 gallons).

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 Silverado HD:

F-Super Duty

F-450 Crew Cab

Silverado 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 Silverado HD (285/75R18 vs. 275/70R18).

The F-450’s wheels have 10 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Chevrolet Silverado HD only has 8 wheel lugs per wheel.

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 Silverado 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 Silverado 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 Silverado HD:

F-Super Duty

Silverado 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 3.9 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Silverado 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 Chevrolet Silverado HD.

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

F-Super Duty

Silverado 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 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 Silverado 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 Silverado HD Double Cab.

The F-Super Duty Crew Cab has 1.3 inches more front hip room, .7 inches more front shoulder room, .3 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 Silverado HD Crew Cab.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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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 36.5 inches, while the Silverado HD Regular Cab’s liftover is 38.8 inches. The F-Super Duty Super Cab’s bed lift-over height is 36 inches, while the Silverado HD Double Cab’s liftover is 38.9 inches. The F-Super Duty Crew Cab’s bed lift-over height is 35.3 inches, while the Silverado HD Crew Cab’s liftover is 38.9 inches.

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 Chevrolet Silverado HD.

Both the F-Super Duty and Silverado 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 Silverado 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 Silverado 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 Silverado 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 Silverado 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.

The F-Super Duty (except XL/XLT/Lariat) offers optional massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the Silverado HD.

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 Silverado HD doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Recommendations Comparison

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the F-Super Duty first among large heavy duty pickups in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Silverado HD isn’t in the top three.

Motor Trend selected the F-Super Duty as their 2017 Truck of the Year. The Silverado was Truck of the Year in 2011.

The Ford F-Series outsold the Chevrolet Silverado by 41% during the 2020 model year.

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