Date Posted: September 5, 2018

The 2018 GMC Sierra 1500 near Madras, OR raised the bar high for its competitors. But with the 2018 Ford F-150 still in the competition, today's modern truck shoppers have incredibly high expectations.

To be considered top-tier it's not enough to just get the job done; it must also offer luxury, state-of-the-art safety, next-level hauling and towing, plus a host of conveniences that aim to pamper while still being able to tackle the toughest jobs.

Year after year, rival manufacturers churn out highly competitive trucks that attempt to give the F-150 a run for its money, and one of these is the 2018 GMC Sierra. How does it stack up against the 2018 Ford F-150?


Safety Comparison

Right off the bat, the 2018 GMC Sierra's mixed scores in crash tests results may deter car buyers. The good news is the GMC Sierra enters this model year with a newly-standard rearview camera low-speed automatic emergency braking on higher trim levels.

However, the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) is not very complimentary when it comes to the GMC Sierra's safety scores. For instance, it gave the 2018 Sierra extended cab a "Good" score in most aspects except the small overlap frontal collision test, but only awarded an "Acceptable" score for its available LED projector headlights with automatic high beams. The Sierra's other headlights didn't fare so well either, only receiving "Moderate" to "Poor" scores.

The 2018 Ford F-150 offers a startling contrast. The IIHS awarded this model the distinction of being a Top Safety Pick after garnering "Good" scores across the board. The F-150 also gets impressive scores in independent and federal crash tests.

With its Lane Keeping System, Pre-Collision Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go capability, a Split-View 260-degree camera, BLIS, and other safety features, the 2018 Ford F-150 works hard to stay ahead of the curve.

Passenger Space Comparison

Though both the 2018 Ford F-150 and the 2018 GMC Sierra offer Spartan variants, modern pickup trucks have crossed over from being work-focused vehicles to all-around rides fit for families and luxury-oriented car buyers.  Some manufacturers, including Ford and GMC, have taken notice of this. Both of these trucks are available with an 8-inch touchscreen display, leather upholstery, and dual-zone climate control for maximum comfort no matter where you go.

Unfortunately, the GMC Sierra falls short of what the Ford F-150 offers. The 2018 Sierra offers heated seats, while the 2018 F-150 Lariat comes standard with ventilated and heated seats. Compared to Ford's intuitive SYNC3 infotainment system and 10-way power adjustable front seats in the Lariat trim level, the Sierra lags far behind.

Families looking for options other than SUVs have a great alternative in 4-door SuperCrew models with enough space to keep five adults comfortable during long journeys. Drivers also get plenty of storage; under-seat cubbies and the center console are excellent places to secure everything from small items to expensive tools.

Consider trim level options and the 2018 Ford F-150 crosses into an opulent territory. Ford's offerings can be outfitted with a dual-panel moonroof, saddle-themed leather hides, multi-contour power adjustable front seats, and a bed extender. A unique grille is also available, as is a surround-view camera system. With the thousands of feature combinations offered by the 2018 F-150, it's almost impossible to find a more versatile truck.

Reliability Comparison

When it comes to hauling and towing potential, the 2018 GMC Sierra doesn't come close to the 2018 Ford F-150. Properly outfitted, the 2018 F-150 can tow as much as 13,200 pounds, the best-in-class number. The GMC Sierra tops out at 12,500 pounds. The 2018 Sierra also takes a backseat when it comes to hauling capacity, delivering only 2,120 pounds versus 2,870 pounds from the Ford F-150.

To ensure that the 2018 F-150 stays reliable even while towing a trailer, RV, boat, or anything else you need to move, Ford offers available features such as Trail Brake Controller, Hill Descent Control, and Trailer Sway Control.

Engine Comparison

Finally, the 2018 F-150 easily dominates the 2018 GMC Sierra when it comes to power. The Sierra's 5.3-liter engine is powerful, but the 2018 F-150's 3.5L twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 offers much more power with 375 horsepower and 470 pounds per foot of torque. This theme continues across each model's engine line-up, with the Ford F-150 even getting better fuel efficiency.

In all, the 2018 GMC Sierra 1500 near Madras, OR is a high-performance truck, but the 2018 Ford F-150 is in a league of its own. It is more efficient, more powerful, and more attractive than all its rivals, and it has the numbers to back it up.


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