2018 Ford F-150 vs GMC Sierra 1500

2018 Ford F-150 vs GMC Sierra 1500

What's makes a truck a truck? At the end of the day, the power to haul, power to tow, and power to move is most important. A pickup is the workhorse of the automotive world. And not to look that horse in the mouth too much, but in this comparison guide we'll put the 2018 Ford F-150 and GMC Sierra 1500 and see which one does best what trucks were meant to do.

Towing: Ford F-150

2018 Ford F-150 Towing

The 2018 Ford F-150, when properly equipped, can tow up to 13,200 pounds. Those numbers make the F-150 best in its class. No other pickup truck does better. The GMC Sierra 1500 comes tantalizingly close to Ford's numbers, but the Sierra 1500 can't quite get there. The Sierra 1500 tows up to 12,500 pounds when properly equipped, which are impressive numbers but not enough to unseat the F-150.

Power: Tie

Vehicle power is measured in horsepower, torque, and acceleration. The best engine on the Ford F-150, a twin-turbo V6, generates 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. The F-150 can accelerate from 0 to 60 in just 5.7 seconds.

The Sierra 1500's most powerful engine is a V-8 that delivers 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. That's fewer horses but more torque than the F-150. When you put the pedal to the medal, you get to 60 in just 5.6 seconds. That's almost exactly what the F-150 does. This one is too close to call.

Price: Ford F-150

The Ford F-150 is winning so far, but not by much. The only thing left to do is talk price. Considering you get better towing with the Ford than the GMC, and a comparable amount of overall power and acceleration, you would think they would be pretty evenly priced.

2018 Ford F-150 Exterior

But the truth is you can get a base model F-150 for $1300 less than the base Sierra 1500. That's quite a savings for what appears to be more truck. If you want a pickup that does everything a pickup should do, take a close look at the 2018 Ford F-150.