2019 GMC Sierra Limited vs. 2019 Ford F-150

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Sierra Limited and F-150 SuperCrew have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Sierra Limited has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The F-150’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Sierra Limited are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The F-150 doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

Both the Sierra Limited and the F-150 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available four-wheel drive and crash mitigating brakes.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the GMC Sierra Limited is safer than the Ford F-150:

 

Sierra Limited

F-150

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.4 inches

Neck Injury Risk

34%

38%

Leg Forces (l/r)

336/152 lbs.

469/233 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 GMC Sierra Limited is safer than the Ford F-150:

 

Sierra Limited

F-150

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.6 inches

.8 inches

Abdominal Force

72 G’s

85 G’s

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

n/a

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

216

414

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

Warranty

The Sierra Limited’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the F-150’s (6 vs. 5 years).

GMC pays for scheduled maintenance on the Sierra Limited for 2 years and 24,000 miles. GMC will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance (up to 2 oil changes). Ford doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the F-150.

Reliability

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Sierra Limited has a standard 720-amp battery. The F-150’s 610-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

Engine

The Sierra Limited’s 5.3 V8 produces 65 more horsepower (355 vs. 290) and 118 lbs.-ft. more torque (383 vs. 265) than the F-150’s standard 3.3 DOHC V6. The Sierra Limited’s 5.3 V8 produces 30 more horsepower (355 vs. 325) than the F-150’s optional 2.7 turbo V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the GMC Sierra Limited is faster than the Ford F-150 V6:

 

Sierra Limited

F-150

Zero to 60 MPH

7.4 sec

7.6 sec

Quarter Mile

15.7 sec

15.9 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Sierra Limited’s fuel efficiency. The F-150 doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the GMC Sierra Limited uses regular unleaded gasoline. The F-150 with the 3.5 turbo V6 engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Sierra Limited has 3 gallons more fuel capacity than the F-150’s standard fuel tank (26 vs. 23 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

The Sierra Limited stops much shorter than the F-150:

 

Sierra Limited

F-150

 

60 to 0 MPH

124 feet

140 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Sierra Limited has larger standard tires than the F-150 (255/70R17 vs. 245/70R17).

The Sierra Limited has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The F-150 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

The Sierra Limited has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The F-150 doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The Sierra Limited 1500 Short Box Denali Crew Cab 4x4 handles at .76 G’s, while the F-150 Raptor SuperCab pulls only .70 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Sierra Limited 1500 Short Box Denali Crew Cab 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.4 seconds quicker than the F-150 Raptor SuperCab (27.8 seconds @ .63 average G’s vs. 29.2 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Sierra Limited’s turning circle is tighter than the F-150’s:

 

Sierra Limited

F-150

Extended Cab Standard Bed

46.9 feet

47.1 feet

Extended Cab Standard Bed 4x4

46.9 feet

47.1 feet

Passenger Space

The Sierra Limited Double Cab has 2 inches more front headroom, 1.4 inches more front legroom and 1.1 inches more rear legroom than the F-150 SuperCab.

Cargo Capacity

The GMC Sierra Limited has a standard EZ Lift-and-Lower Tailgate, 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 Ford F-150.

The GMC Sierra Limited has a standard CornerStep, which allows for much easier access to the cargo area. A Tailgate Step costs extra on the Ford F-150.

The Sierra Limited has an all welded cargo box to eliminate possible corrosion spots and to provide better chassis stiffness. The cargo box in the F-150 is bolted through the bed to the frame with large bolts. These bolts are a prime area for corrosion to start as the normal flexing of the truck’s chassis causes them to eat through the finish; they can also snag cargo as it slides in and out.

Payload and Towing

The Sierra Limited’s minimum standard towing capacity is much higher than the F-150’s (9200 vs. 5000 pounds).

The Sierra Limited has a much higher standard payload capacity than the F-150 (1810 vs. 1000 lbs.).

Ergonomics

The Sierra Limited’s standard power windows allow the driver or passenger to lower and raise the windows without leaning over or being distracted. Power windows cost extra on the F-150.

The Sierra Limited’s front and rear power windows all open fully with one touch of the switches and its driver’s window also automatically closes, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The F-150’s basic optional power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them. The F-150 XLT/Lariat/King Ranch/Platinum’s rear windows don’t open automatically.

The Sierra Limited’s standard power locks allow the driver or passenger to lock or unlock all the doors at a touch without leaning over. Power locks cost extra on the F-150.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Sierra Limited’s available headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the F-150’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Sierra Limited is less expensive to operate than the F-150 because typical repairs cost much less on the Sierra Limited than the F-150, including $18 less for a water pump, $209 less for fuel injection and $3 less for a timing belt/chain.

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