Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2013 Ford Super Duty F-350 SRW VS 2013 Chevrolet Silverado Near Goodyear, AZ

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2013 Ford Super Duty F-350 SRW

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2013 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.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford F-Super Duty is safer than the Chevrolet Silverado HD:

F-Super Duty

Silverado HD

OVERALL STARS

4 Stars

3 Stars

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

3 Stars

HIC

415

575

Neck Injury Risk

26%

38%

Neck Stress

193 lbs.

417 lbs.

Neck Compression

50 lbs.

58 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

102/112 lbs.

727/675 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

3 Stars

Chest Compression

.7 inches

.7 inches

Neck Injury Risk

52%

70%

Neck Stress

165 lbs.

289 lbs.

Neck Compression

84 lbs.

128 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

198/254 lbs.

227/470 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford F-Super Duty is safer than the Chevrolet Silverado HD:

F-Super Duty

Silverado HD

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Abdominal Force

50 G’s

67 G’s

Hip Force

278 lbs.

435 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

3 Stars

1 Star

Hip Force

1002 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

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

2nd 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

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Ford F-Super Duty Diesel’s reliability will be 53% better than the Silverado HD with the best reliability rating.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2012 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 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 11 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked 13th.

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-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

14.53 inches

13.8 inches

Rear Rotors

14.3 inches

15.35 inches

14.17 inches

Opt Rear Rotors

 n/a

n/a

14.7 inches

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the F-Super Duty has larger standard tires than the Silverado HD (245/75R17 vs. 235/80R17). The F-Super Duty’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Silverado HD (275/65R18 vs. 265/70R17).

The F-Super Duty’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 75 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Silverado HD 3500’s standard 80 series tires.

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 Crew Cab 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).

Chassis Comparison

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the F-250 Standard Bed King Ranch Crew Cab 4x4 is quieter than the Silverado 2500 Standard Box LTZ Crew Cab 4x4:

F-Super Duty

Silverado HD

At idle

43 dB

46 dB

Full-Throttle

68 dB

71 dB

70 MPH Cruising

67 dB

69 dB

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 Crew Cab 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, 2.1 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 Crew Cab 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 Crew Cab 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 Crew Cab’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”

62.5”

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 costs extra on the Chevrolet Silverado HD.

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.

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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