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The 2016 Ford F-150 vs. the 2016 GMC Sierra 1500

brand new black ford f150 next to a black gmc sierra 1500 pickup truck

With a new design that sheds weight without sacrificing power, performance, or safety, the 2016 Ford F-150 can't help but leave the otherwise charming GMC Sierra 1500 in the dust. With a new lightweight body made from a class-exclusive, military-grade aluminum alloy and a 2.7 liter EcoBoost V6 engine that offers the best fuel economy ratings in its class when properly equipped, the 2016 Ford F-150 is lighter and stronger than ever before! Not to mention the safest Ford F-150 to date, earning top marks from both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

The 2016 GMC Sierra 1500, meanwhile, sticks with what has worked for it in the past, offering a design that's surprisingly similar to the outgoing model, at least on the surface, combined with rugged simplicity that "doesn't overcomplicate," according to The Car Connection. Both are good trucks, but when it comes to power, maneuverability, gas mileage, safety, and a newer, lightweight design, the GMC Sierra 1500 just can't keep up. Advantage: Ford F-150

Vehicle Power and Handling

The 2016 Ford F-150 is the only truck in its class to boast an aluminum body. Made from a military-grade aluminum alloy, the result is a truck as much as 700 pounds lighter than the outgoing model, without sacrificing safety or performance. In fact, the F-150 is also the only truck in its class to receive a 5-Star safety rating from the NHTSA as well as being a Top Safety Pick for the IIHS on models equipped with optional Forward Collision Warning.

With that lighter-weight body, the 2016 Ford F-150 can offer better handling with power to spare, boasting a best-in-class maximum towing weight of over six tons with the available 3.5 liter EcoBoost V6. The Ford F-150's four different engine options offer an unprecedented amount of available power, with a maximum payload of 3,270 pounds when equipped with the available 5.0 liter V8 engine. And all of that power comes without sacrificing fuel efficiency. In fact, the Ford F-150 has the best fuel economy in its class with the 2.7 liter EcoBoost engine. So whether you're towing, hauling, or just driving down the highway, the 2016 Ford F-150 has you covered. Advantage: Ford F-150

Vehicle Design and Features

With more than 100 patents incorporated into its design, the Ford F-series has been the best-selling truck brand for nearly 40 years straight, and the 2016 Ford F-150 is continuing Ford's track record of innovation. The Ford F-150's available class-exclusive features include a 360-degree camera with split-view display, active park assist, dynamic hitch assist, active cruise control and collision warning, remote tailgate, Pro Trailer Backup Assist with the turn of a knob, and much more! Ford has even rolled out the new 2016 Ford F-150 Limited, which includes luxury amenities like heated rear sets, 10-way power adjusted seating, and multi-contour massaging in its heated and cooled front seats.

The 2016 GMC Sierra 1500 keeps it simple, with a lot of the features that will be familiar to fans of the brand. Simple is good, don't get us wrong, but at Rusty Eck Ford we're big believers in the power of innovation, and when it comes to trim options and features, the 2016 Ford F-150 is the winner, hands down. Advantage: Ford F-150.

Our Conclusions: The Ford F-150 is the Better Truck

It's tough to compete with the 2016 Ford F-150 when it comes to… well, anything. After all, there's a reason that the Ford F-series are the best-selling trucks in America. And as the only truck in its class with a lightweight aluminum body and bed made from military-grade aluminum alloy that won't rust, the 2016 Ford F-150 is lighter, stronger, and safer than ever! Add to that best-in-class towing, payload, safety, and gas mileage when properly equipped, and you can see why the 2016 Ford F-150 boasts that "every other truck is history."

With a range of class-exclusive features like full flat-load floors on the SuperCab and SuperCrew, in-house developed Curve Control, and of course Ford's twin-turbocharged, direct-injection EcoBoost gas engine technology, as well as being the only half-ton pickup with the ability to run on compressed natural gas or propane, you can see why innovation is the name of the game when it comes to the new 2016 Ford F-150. And that's not even getting into class-exclusive available features like ProTrailer Backup Assist, Smart Trailer Tow Connector, dynamic hitch assist, adaptive cruise control, collision warning with brake support, a 360 degree camera (including front view), inflatable rear safety belts in the SuperCrew, remote tailgate release, multi-contour seats with Active Motion, Panoramic Vista Roof, and much more!

Whether you're buying a new 2016 Ford F-150 for work or play, it's the truck to beat in its class! To learn more, or take a test drive today, visit Rusty Eck Ford in Wichita, where our friendly staff is always happy to show you the power, performance, and comfort of any of our new Ford cars and trucks!