Chevy Shows How Silverado’s Steel Bed Outperforms Ford’s Aluminum!
Ah, once again we are back to the never-ending Chevy VS. Ford battle.
When the new Ford F-150 came out, it jumped from using steel to build a truck, to using the lightweight aluminum as a material of preference and progress. This gave it a big weight reduction and benefited the entire performance range.
From gas mileage to off road capabilities to acceleration capabilities to cornering and braking, it all increased from the weight loss.
But did Ford jump into its demise? Did the step forward took them a step back?
Well that what the good folks at Chevy are trying to tell us by a demonstration made by um “real independent” body, the Chevrolet truck marketing director Sandor Piszar who decided to run a few tests on both trucks at the same time.
The two tests are very simple. The first one concludes of dropping a bunch of blocks in the bed from a height that probably no working labor man will dare to drop because there is basically no need for it. But for the ones that will want to do it, they will be probably surprised by the result. The Chevy’s steel bed, takes that challenge like a champ, with a few scuffs, dents and bruises being the only marks on the bed. The Ford’s aluminum on the other hand is a different story.
Aside from the more apparent bruising the bed actually gives up to the challenge and the aluminum splits at places, prompting an expensive repair job.
On to the next test we go.
This one is actually something that can happen quite normally in everyday use.
The tool box is set up on the side and a small push drops it onto the truck bed hitting it with the toolbox corner.
You guessed it, the aluminum body of the Ford gets another cut that the mechanic will love fixing for a good amount of your hard earned paycheck.
The Chevy? Well its roll-formed high-strength steel just gets another bruise but nothing more than that.
This makes the Chevy the clear 2:0 winner in this test that was, you guessed it, done by Chevy.