Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2009 Ford F-150 VS 2009 Chevrolet Avalanche Near Phoenix, AZ

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2009 Ford F-150

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2009 Chevrolet Avalanche

Safety Comparison

The F-150’s optional blind spot mirrors use wide-angle convex mirrors mounted in the corner of each side view mirror to reveal objects that may be in the driver's blind spots. The Avalanche doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver's blind spots.

Both the F-150 and the Avalanche have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available four wheel drive.

For its top level performance in frontal, side and rear impact tests, and its standard AdvanceTrac™, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the F-150 SuperCrew as a “Top Pick” a rating only granted to 64 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Avalanche was not a Top Pick.

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 engines use an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

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 engines in the Avalanche.

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’ 2008 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked 10th.

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 17th in reliability, above the industry average. With 5 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked 19th.

Engine Comparison

The F-150’s optional 5.4 SOHC V8 produces 14 lbs.-ft. more torque (390 vs. 376) than the Avalanche LT/LTZ’s optional 6.0 V8.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford F-150 5.4 SOHC V8 is faster than the Chevrolet Avalanche 5.3 V8:



Zero to 60 MPH

7.6 sec

8.3 sec

Quarter Mile

15.8 sec

16.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

87.8 MPH

86.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the F-150 4x2 gets better fuel mileage than the Avalanche 4x2:



4.6 SOHC 24 valve V8/Auto

15 city/20 hwy

14 city/20 hwy

5.3 V8

5.4 V8/Auto

14 city/20 hwy

14 city/19 hwy

6.0 V8

The F-150’s optional fuel tank has 4.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Avalanche (36 vs. 31.5 gallons).

The F-150 has a standard capless 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 Avalanche doesn’t offer a capless fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The F-150 stops much shorter than the Avalanche:



70 to 0 MPH

196 feet

204 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

133 feet

146 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the F-150 5.5 ft. bed SuperCrew’s wheelbase is 14.5 inches longer than on the Avalanche (144.5 inches vs. 130 inches). The F-150 6.5 ft. bed SuperCrew’s wheelbase is 27 inches longer than on the Avalanche (157 inches vs. 130 inches).

The F-150 5.5 ft. bed Lariat SuperCrew 4x4 handles at .70 G’s, while the Avalanche 4x4 pulls only .68 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the F-150 6.5 ft. bed Regular Cab’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the Avalanche’s (41.7 feet vs. 43 feet).

For greater off-road capability the F-150 8 ft. bed SuperCab has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Avalanche (10 vs. 9.1 inches), allowing the F-150 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The Ford F-150 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 750 pounds less than the Chevrolet Avalanche.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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

The Ford F-150 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. The Chevrolet Avalanche doesn’t offer a tailgate assist.

Ergonomics Comparison

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the available exterior keypad (not available on F-150 XL/STX). The Avalanche doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system, and its OnStar® can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception.

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