2021 Ford F-150 vs 2021 GMC Sierra 1500

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  • 2021 Ford F-150

    A black 2021 Ford F-150 is angled left.

    Starting at

    $28,940

    2021 GMC Sierra 1500

    A black 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 is angled right.

    Starting at

    $30,000

    14,000Max Towing (lbs)12,100
    250 - 430Horsepower (hp)277 - 420
    24Combined Fuel Economy (mpg)21

    In terms of performance, power, and style, the 2021 Ford F-150 is everything you would expect from a quality Ford product. If you know anything about Ford trucks, you should know that they are known for their superior performance, exceptional towing capacities, and powerful drivetrains. Even though there is a lot to admire in the Ford F-150, competition is still high in this category of pickup trucks - particularly between the 2021 Ford F-150 vs 2021 GMC Sierra 1500. But competition is not a bad thing; in fact, it inspires manufacturers to continue to improve their products.

    The drive to beat the competition is one reason why we see the Ford F-150 with new and better safety features, more efficient engines, and increasingly comfortable interiors. Now, there is an awful lot to admire about the 2021 Ford F-150, including its six powertrain options, an all-new interior, and an impressive payload, but maybe you need to know more before making a decision. Perhaps you have been looking into the 2021 GMC Sierra 1500; after all, it does have some pretty impressive features as well. Ford has an inspirational motto for the F-150, "Nothing Else Stacks Up," let's see if that is true by comparing the 2021 Ford F-150 to the 2021 GMC Sierra 1500. 

  • Performance

    A silver 2021 Ford F-150 is shown from the front driving down a snowy mountain road with a bridge in the background. The 2021 Ford F-150 is offered with your choice of six engines, so whatever you plan on using your truck for, Ford has the right engine. The standard 3.3-liter V6 with its 290 horsepower is a good choice for the casual driver. This engine is powerful enough to make it an ideal choice for an everyday truck, and it still gets solid towing and good gas mileage. But if you are searching for a pickup truck that is suited for recreational outings or one that will be used for work purposes, the 3.5-liter PowerBoost Full-Hybrid V6 will deliver 430 horsepower and 570 pound-feet of torque. Another option would be the non-hybrid 3.5-liter EcoBoost, which offers a healthy dose of 400 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque.

    Ford's hybrid powertrain isn't all about fuel economy, but better mileage is something to consider. It's also about how you don't have to sacrifice capability and power for more miles per gallon in fuel consumption. On top of its impressive power, the hybrid has a 2,120-pound payload and can tow up to 12,700 pounds. A 10-speed SelectShift automatic transmission is paired with all of the Ford F-150 engines, except for the hybrid, which is paired with a 10-speed modular hybrid transmission.

    GMC Performance

    The 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 is available with five engine choices and three different transmissions. The base V6 is paired with a six-speed automatic and offers decent power. However, it offers less horsepower than the F-150 V6 and inferior fuel economy. This means fewer trips to the gas station if you choose a Ford F-150. In addition, the Sierra's towing capacity is lower than that of the F-150. Ford has always maintained that the F-150 has more power than any of its competitors. In doing a little research, it's easy enough to prove.

  • Features

    A close up is shown of the infotainment screen on a 2021 Ford F-150.While performance and towing capacities are important when shopping for a truck, there are also other considerations you should take into account. Just as important as horsepower and torque are the features and options you get when choosing a Ford F-150. Let's start with safety features, as it is important to stay as safe as possible while on the road. The 2021 F-150 comes with several standard safety features, including forward collision warning, dynamic hitch support, and pedestrian detection. Brake assist, electronic stability control, and traction control are also standard features offered with the F-150. Not surprisingly, the Sierra also offers similar standard and optional safety features.

    Infotainment

    The 2021 Ford F-150 comes standard with a four-inch digital instrument cluster and an eight-inch central touchscreen infotainment system. In addition, the Ford infotainment system includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which allows drivers to access apps and information on their smartphones through voice commands, which means you can keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel instead of fiddling with your smartphone. The Sierra offers similar software features but comes standard with a smaller seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system. You need to purchase a higher trim level to get the GMC eight-inch touchscreen system. However, Ford offers a massive 12-inch infotainment system that employs a split-screen interface, allowing you to run two features at the same time. This is an interface that offers a high level of intelligence that will personalize your driving experience.  

    F-150 Interior Details

    Another cool feature you get with the Ford F-150 is a gear shift knob that can be folded flat to make room for the collapsable work surface that extends out to the center console. When engaged, it makes the perfect spot to place a laptop or other electronic device so you can get some work done. Imagine sitting in the comfort of your F-150 sipping coffee and checking your email on a convenient surface instead of your lap. A telescoping steering column is also standard on the Ford but only available on the higher trims of the GMC.

  • Design

    A silver 2021 Ford F-150 is shown from behind parked in front of a cabin at night.The Ford F-150 interior was completely redesigned for 2021, and it is as practical and comfortable as it is attractive. The front and back seats are comfortable and can easily accommodate full-size adults. The F-150 can seat two or three people in all Regular Cab models. Should you choose the SuperCab or SuperCrew models, you can fit five or six people. The standard upholstery material is cloth, but you can opt for synthetic or genuine leather upholstery. There are plenty of options, including heated and ventilated front seats, power-adjustable front seats, massaging front seats, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel. 

    In the higher trims, you can get Ford's max recline front seats, which will fold flat to provide a nice place to take a nap after a long day on the road. It might not be as comfortable as your bed, but it is ideal for camping trips or other circumstances in which you might want to sleep in your truck. The ride in the F-150 is comfortable, the seats are spacious, and the driver enjoys great visibility in every direction. The interior is well-insulated and thus keeps road noise and wind noise to a minimum.   

    Exterior Configuration

    The Ford F-150 offers three bed lengths: 5.5-foot, 6.5-foot, and 8-foot. The two longest beds are available on the Regular Cab and SuperCab models. Ford also offers plenty of bed features, including an in-bed power outlet, fold-out tailgate, power tailgate, and stowable loading ramps. The 2021 Sierra also offers three bed lengths and a multi-folding tailgate similar to the Ford.

    When it comes to exterior looks, the Ford F-150 boasts huge changes from last year's models, and we like what we see. Viewed from the front, the F-150 has more of a modern look. Gone are the C-shaped headlights, and larger, square headlights have replaced them. The grille is less blocky than before, and the fenders and hood are seamlessly integrated. In fact, there are fewer sharp edges all the way around the 2021 models. Overall, the F-150 maintains a graceful look that is still aggressive but definitely modern and fresh. The rear of the F-150 is defined by the simply-designed triangular tail lights. 

    The 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 offers very few changes from previous model years. It still sports a bold and aggressive look, but you have to delve into higher trim levels to see any exclusive design characteristics, like a redesigned grille and different wheels. While the GMC Denali trim does offer luxurious looks to go with its interior features, the Ford F-150 offers both the ruggedly luxurious Limited trim that can match the Denali feature for features. And of course, the 2021 F-150 also offers the comfortable Platinum trim and the iconic King Ranch trim for drivers seeking different levels of premium features. In short, the 2021 Ford F-150 offers everything you could ever want in a pickup truck. It is truly a multipurpose vehicle that makes a statement about the type of person you are.

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