Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2001 Ford Super Duty F-350 SRW VS 2001 GMC Sierra Near Surprise, AZ

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2001 Ford Super Duty F-350 SRW

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2001 GMC Sierra

Safety Comparison

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 front seat belts.

The F?Super Duty offers an optional Reverse Sensing System 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 Sierra HD doesn’t offer a rear collision sensor.

Both the F?Super Duty and the Sierra HD have standard driver and passenger side airbags, plastic fuel tanks, four wheel antilock brakes and available four wheel drive.

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 81 percent more Ford dealers than there are GMC dealers, which makes it much easier to get 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.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the F?Super Duty third among full-size pickups in initial quality. The Sierra HD isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ surveys of new car owners provide the statistics which show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than GMC vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 21st in initial quality. With 25 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 30th.

Engine Comparison

The F?Super Duty’s optional 6.8 SOHC V10 produces 10 more horsepower (310 vs. 300) and 65 lbs.-ft. more torque (425 vs. 360) than the Sierra HD’s standard 6.0 V8.

The F?Super Duty’s engines produce their peak torque and horsepower at much lower RPM’s to make crawling over steep obstacles, moving loads and towing easier and less stressful to the engine, transmission and drivetrain:

Horsepower

Torque

F?Super Duty 5.4 SOHC V8

4500 RPM

2500 RPM

F?Super Duty 6.8 SOHC V10

4250 RPM

3250 RPM

Sierra HD 6.0 V8

4400 RPM

4000 RPM

Sierra HD 8.1 V8

4200 RPM

3200 RPM

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The F?Super Duty shortbed has 3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Sierra HD shortbed (29 vs. 26 gallons), for longer range between fill ups. The F?Super Duty longbed has 4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Sierra HD’s largest fuel tank (38 vs. 34 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

F?Super Duty

Sierra HD

Front Rotors

13.03 inches

12.8 inches

The F?Super Duty’s brakes have 11% more swept area (the area covered by the brake pads) than the Sierra HD (509.29 vs. 459.28 square inches), so the F?Super Duty has more braking power available.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the F-350 SRW’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Sierra HD (265/75R16 vs. 245/75R16).

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The front suspension of the F?Super Duty 4x2 uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the Sierra HD, which uses torsion bars in the 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

Reg. Cab Long Bed

137 inches

133 inches

Super Cab Long Bed

158 inches

157.5 inches

Passenger Space Comparison

The F?Super Duty has 2.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Sierra HD (66.1 vs. 64). The F?Super Duty Super Cab has 1 cubic foot more passenger volume than the Sierra HD Extended Cab Pickup (115 vs. 114).

The F?Super Duty has .3 inches more front headroom, 6 inches more front hip room and 2.8 inches more front shoulder room than the Sierra HD.

The F?Super Duty Super Cab has .4 inches more front headroom, 6 inches more front hip room, 2.8 inches more front shoulder room, .1 inches more rear headroom, 5.8 inches more rear hip room and 1.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the Sierra HD Extended Cab Pickup.

The F?Super Duty Crew Cab has .4 inches more front headroom, 6 inches more front hip room, 5.5 inches more front shoulder room, 2 inches more rear headroom, 2.2 inches more rear legroom, 4.4 inches more rear hip room and 2.9 inches more rear shoulder room than the Sierra HD Crew Cab Pickup.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The F?Super Duty has a much larger cargo box than the Sierra HD shortbed (77.7 vs. 56.9 cubic feet). The F?Super Duty has a much larger cargo box than the Sierra HD longbed (77.7 vs. 70.7 cubic feet).

The F?Super Duty Super Cab shortbed has a much larger cargo box than the Sierra HD Extended Cab Pickup shortbed (64.7 vs. 56.9 cubic feet). The F?Super Duty Super Cab longbed has a much larger cargo box than the Sierra HD Extended Cab Pickup longbed (77.7 vs. 70.7 cubic feet).

The F?Super Duty Crew Cab shortbed has a much larger cargo box than the Sierra HD Crew Cab Pickup shortbed (64.7 vs. 56.9 cubic feet). The F?Super Duty Crew Cab has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Sierra HD Crew Cab Pickup with its rear seat folded (77.7 vs. 70.7 cubic feet).

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

F?Super Duty

F?Super Duty Super Cab

Sierra HD

Length (short/long)

98.6”

82.4”/98.6”

78.7”/97.6”

Max Width

64.6”

64.6”

60.2”

Min Width

50.9”

50.9”

50”

Height

20”

20”

19.5”

To prevent tailgate loss and help secure heavier cargo from theft, the F?Super Duty XLT/Lariat has a standard tailgate lock cylinder. The Sierra HD doesn’t offer a tailgate lock.

Ergonomics Comparison

The F?Super Duty has standard lighted power door lock and power window switches so that they are easily found at night. The Sierra HD doesn’t have lighted switches.

To improve comfort and visibility, the F?Super Duty Lariat has standard secondary sun visors that block glare from two directions simultaneously. The Sierra HD doesn’t offer any similar feature.

The F?Super Duty’s optional steering wheel mounted cruise control is close at hand. The Sierra HD’s optional cruise control is on an over-crowded turn signal stalk.

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