Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2007 Ford F-150 VS 2007 Chevrolet Avalanche Near Goodyear, AZ

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2007 Ford F-150

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2007 Chevrolet Avalanche

Safety Comparison

Both the F-150 and the Avalanche have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes and available four-wheel drive.

Warranty Comparison

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

Reliability Comparison

The Ford F-150’s engines use a cast iron block for durability, while the Avalanche’s 6.0 V8 engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

The F-150 has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Avalanche doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

J.D. Power and Associates’ surveys of the owners of three-year-old cars provide the long-term dependability statistics, which show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 17 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked 18th.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Car and Driver the Ford F-150 V8 is faster than the Chevrolet Avalanche 5.3 V8 (automatics tested):

F-150

Avalanche

Zero to 60 MPH

8.2 sec

8.3 sec

Quarter Mile

16.3 sec

16.4 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The F-150 Long Bed’s optional fuel tank has 4.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Avalanche (35.7 vs. 31 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The F-150’s brakes have 27% more swept area (the area covered by the brake pads) than the Avalanche (553.2 vs. 437.1 square inches), so the F-150 has more braking power available.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The F-150 Standard Bed Lariat SuperCab Harley Davidson™’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio), which provides a stiffer sidewall than the Avalanche’s optional 55 series tires.

For better load carrying, ride, handling and brake cooling the F-150 Standard Bed Lariat SuperCab Harley Davidson™ offers optional 22-inch wheels. The Avalanche’s largest wheels are only 20 inches.

The Ford F-150 w/8200 lb. GVWR’s optional wheels have 7 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Chevrolet Avalanche only has 6 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the F-150 Long Bed SuperCab’s wheelbase is 2 feet, 9 inches longer than on the Avalanche. The F-150 Short Bed SuperCab’s wheelbase is 2.5 inches longer than on the Avalanche.

Chassis Comparison

The Ford F-150 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 1150 pounds less than the Chevrolet Avalanche.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The F-150 SuperCrew has a much larger cargo box than the Avalanche with its rear seat up (55.5 vs. 45.5 cubic feet).

The F-150 has stake post holes, to allow the containment of tall, light loads. The Avalanche doesn’t offer stake post holes.

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