2015 Silverado Wins Light-Duty V8 Truck Challenge, 2015 Sierra Comes In Second9
After a full-week and range of testing, the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado and 2015 GMC Sierra went 1-2 in a light-duty challenge. The rigorous challenge, between all the major truck makers, is a big win for the half-ton trucks.
Every few years, the respected truck site, Pickuptrucks.com, pulls together all the trucks to see which one is best. This light-duty, V8 competition pitted the largest engines from Ford, Ram, GM and Toyota against each other. In the end, the 6.2L Ecotec3 V8 mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission took home the top honors.
“This was one of the most punishing and competitive tests we’ve ever done, and nobody was quite sure how the trucks were going to finish,” said Mark Williams, PickupTrucks.com editor.
Each truck was evaluated on six key categories: Overall Performance, Ergonomics, Tech & Entertainment, Suspension & Ride, Interior/Exterior, Visibility, and Value.
In order to get these results, Pickuptrucks.com enlisted the help of other truck writers and a team of journalists their sister company – Cars.com. All of these writers agreed, the Chevy Silverado was the best truck on the market. And yes, the 2015 Ford F-150 was present and accounted for. Though in its defense, the aluminum truck seems to put more emphasis on its six-cylinder EcoBoost offerings.
“The Silverado with the new powertrain is an impressive example of both brute strength and refined comfort,” said Williams. “No matter what kind of heavy loads we threw at the truck, the ride and road feel were smooth and confident.”
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A full size 4×4 pickup that runs sub 6 second 0-60 AND gets 20 real world MPG should be impressive in anyone’s book. You’d expect the biggest engine to win at the track, but for the same engine to also win at the pump, the engineering department must’ve done something right.
Who are you and what have you done with Magirus?
This shows how misguided the automakers have become. Trucks in the real world never, ever, ever have to run sub 6-second 0-60 sprints. GM would sell more trucks if it followed Ford’s lead at getting serious about vehicle bloat and putting more energy into fuel efficiency. A 0-60 time of 8 seconds and a 25 mpg performance would earn GM record profits. Instead the marketers at GM seem more interested in pleasing the motorhead press, which of course tests trucks as though they were in an SCCA autocross.
This shows how clueless you are.
Performance as such here is indicative of the power the truck has that gets turned in to power to move and carry loads not just speed.
Second do your homework and find that the GM trucks are no where as heavy as you think.
While Ford goes around claiming a Crew cab F150 is 700 plus pounds lighter than the out going truck. Car and drivers article testing the 4 leading full size truck shows a High Country fully loaded Crew is only 81 pounds heavier then the acclaimed aluminum Ford truck. Yes 81 Pounds is all that separates the Aluminum Ford from the Steel Chevy. On the other hand the Ford is a much more expensive truck to build and will be less profitable unless they pass the cost on.
Power moves trucks loaded and if unloaded they do it a little faster and more efficient.
Now it is coming to me that Ford spent a lot of money and time just to catch up to where GM already was and GM did it two years ago without incurring the cost and issues of adding Aluminum to the mix.
Now I know the fact is in the future mass is a problem for all trucks to continue to lose and GM will also have to go that route. But by then that will give them a 500-600 pound hand up on Ford.
In the mean time the profits on the GM and Ram trucks will be at an advantage and we will see a price war that Ford can not win with the new truck. While the Ford has not gone up much in pricing yet Ford is not getting the same return with the higher cost of materials. When the rebates kick in this spring you will see Ford sell trucks but make little on them compared to Ram and GM who have so much more room to work price wise.
The performance here is just the end results of a well done driveline and a light truck. While their intent was MPG from the start the added performance and carry capacity are by products of the work they did.
It is so clear even Magirus can see that one.
Another car test proves the AL F-150 is just hype.
I couldn’t wait for this remodel to come to market. But GM got it right. That power train is formidable and its a good looking truck, inside and out.
I bought my ’12 Tundra with the TRD blower and am going to keep it for a while. The F-150 could lead the pack if it’s at least shoehorned the 5.0 and an 8spd.
All the auto manufacturers should offer a small V8 diesel in their light duty, full size pickups and SUV’s. GM and Ford already have one on the shelf.
If GM offered the Tahoe with a 4.5L Duramax, i’d get one in a heartbeat.
Imagine if GM stopped splitting their trucks sales in two (Silverado + Sierra) and got those Ford buyers that know nothing about vehicles in general and ONLY buy the F150 because they see it is number one in articles and adds??? GM would have won the number one seller for all those years instead of Ford.
So Ford owners know nothing about vehicles in general but GM owners do? Boy are you a misguided moron. Ford sells so many F150 trucks because it has the best mpg (up to 26 mpg hiway) and it tows the most (up to 12,200 lbs. And why would GM combine the truck sales of the Silverado and Sierra? They are 2 different trucks. Get it? That’s like if Ford bought Ram and counted the F150 and Ram 1500 as a single vehicle.
As a manufacturer, GM sells more trucks than Ford and always has. Period! You cannot dispute that.
Also, let’s be clear here that the F150 with the best mpg and the F150 with the best towing are not the same F150. You can’t have both. Physics won’t allow it. Ford touts a 700lb weight savings but can only manage to tow 200lb more than the Chevy and get 2mpg better mileage?
Your analogy of Ford purchasing Ram and combining the sales numbers would only work if the Ram shared 90+% of it’s components with the F150 like the Silverado and Sierra do. If that were the case I’d have no problem with them combining sales numbers. The Silverado and Sierra are essentially fraternal twins. They should combine their sales numbers.