Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2012 Ford Super Duty F-250 SRW VS 2012 Chevrolet Silverado Near Avondale, AZ

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2012 Ford Super Duty F-250 SRW

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2012 Chevrolet Silverado

Safety Comparison

The F-Super Duty has standard head airbag curtains for front and rear seats, which act as a forgiving barrier between the driver and outboard passenger's upper bodies and the window and pillars. Combined with high-strength steel door beams and lower side airbags this system increases head protection in broadside collisions. Head airbags cost extra in the Silverado HD.

Using vehicle speed sensors and seat sensors, smart airbags in the F-Super Duty deploy with different levels of force or don’t deploy at all to help better protect passengers of all sizes in different collisions. The Silverado HD’s airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.

Both the F-Super Duty and the Silverado HD have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, available four-wheel drive and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Warranty Comparison

The F-Super Duty’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Silverado HD’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability Comparison

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.

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the F-Super Duty has larger alternators than the Silverado HD:

F-Super Duty

Silverado HD

Standard Alternator

157 amps

125 amps

Optional Alternator

200 amps

160 amps

2cd Optional Alternator

357 amps

250 amps

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the F-Super Duty offers larger standard and optional batteries than the Silverado HD:

F-Super Duty

Silverado HD

Standard Battery

650 amps

600 amps

Optional Battery

1500 amps

1200 amps

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2011 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked 16th.

Engine Comparison

The F-Super Duty’s 6.2 SOHC V8 produces 25 more horsepower (385 vs. 360) and 25 lbs.-ft. more torque (405 vs. 380) than the Silverado HD’s 6.0 V8.

The F-Super Duty’s 6.7 turbo V8 diesel produces 3 more horsepower (400 vs. 397) and 35 lbs.-ft. more torque (800 vs. 765) than the Silverado HD’s 6.6 turbo V8 diesel.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The F-Super Duty Diesel Long Bed’s standard fuel tank has 1.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Silverado HD (37.5 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 Silverado HD doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the F-450 SuperCrew’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Silverado HD:

F-450 SuperCrew

Silverado HD

Front Rotors

14.53 inches

13.97 inches

Rear Rotors

15.35 inches

13.97 inches

Opt Rear Rotors

n/a

14.17 inches

The F-Super Duty stops much shorter than the Silverado HD:

F-Super Duty

Silverado HD

60 to 0 MPH

140 feet

156 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the F-Super Duty’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Silverado HD (275/65R18 vs. 265/70R17).

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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

Crew Cab Standard Bed

156.2 inches

153.7 inches

Crew Cab Long Bed

172.4 inches

167.7 inches

The F-250 Standard Bed Lariat SuperCrew 4x4 handles at .74 G’s, while the Silverado 2500 Standard Box LTZ Crew Cab 4x4 pulls only .69 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the F-250 Standard Bed SuperCab 4x4’s turning circle is .4 feet tighter than the Silverado 2500 Standard Box Extended Cab’s (47.5 feet vs. 47.9 feet).

Passenger Space Comparison

The F-Super Duty Regular Cab has 7.3 inches more front hip room and 2.8 inches more front shoulder room than the Silverado HD Regular Cab.

The F-Super Duty SuperCab has 7.3 inches more front hip room, 2.8 inches more front shoulder room, 5.5 inches more rear hip room and 2.8 inches more rear shoulder room than the Silverado HD Extended Cab.

The F-Super Duty SuperCrew has 7.3 inches more front hip room, 2.8 inches more front shoulder room, .2 inches more rear headroom, 3.1 inches more rear legroom, 1.8 inches more rear hip room and 2.8 inches more rear shoulder room than the Silverado HD Crew Cab.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The F-Super Duty shortbed has a much larger cargo box than the Silverado HD shortbed (64.1 vs. 60.7 cubic feet). The F-Super Duty Regular Cab longbed has a much larger cargo box than the Silverado HD longbed (77.3 vs. 75.5 cubic feet).

The F-Super Duty SuperCrew shortbed has a much larger cargo box than the Silverado HD Crew Cab shortbed (64.4 vs. 60.7 cubic feet). The F-Super Duty SuperCrew longbed has a much larger cargo box than the Silverado HD Crew Cab longbed (77.4 vs. 75.5 cubic feet).

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 35.2 inches, while the Silverado HD Regular Cab’s liftover is 38.7 inches. The F-Super Duty SuperCab’s bed lift-over height is 34.8 inches, while the Silverado HD Extended Cab’s liftover is 38.1 inches. The F-Super Duty SuperCrew’s bed lift-over height is 34.2 inches, while the Silverado HD Crew Cab’s liftover is 37.9 inches.

The F-Super Duty’s cargo box is larger than the Silverado HD’s in almost every dimension:

F-Super Duty

Silverado HD

Length (short/long)

81.8”/98”

78.8”/97.8”

Max Width

69.3”

62.4”

Min Width

50.9”

50.6”

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 is only available on the Chevrolet Silverado HD LT/LTZ for extra cost.

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-Super Duty XL). The Silverado HD doesn’t offer an exterior keypad 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 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 Lariat/King Ranch’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Silverado HD WT doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Both the F-Super Duty and the Silverado HD offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the F-Super Duty SuperCab/Crew Cab has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Silverado HD doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

Optional Sync AppLink for the F-Super Duty allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations, searching the internet, following twitter accounts and other online activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Silverado HD doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

The F-Super Duty (except Regular Cab/XL) offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet in the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters, which can break or get misplaced. The Silverado HD doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

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