Michigan Trucks Take Part in MI Auto Times Truck Matchup

June 8th, 2010


Results from MI Auto Times competition between two Michigan Trucks are in. Watch the details above or read below.

DETROIT, M.I. – Michigan Trucks are involved in the MI Auto Times competition “May the Best Truck Win.” Kicking off the competition are the GMC Sierra 1500 SLE and the Ford F150 STX. Bad news for people who own Ford F150 Michigan trucks because the GMC Sierra 1500 is moving on in the competition.

How were the trucks rated?

Michigan Trucks were given ratings in four categories, each with a possible top score of 4 stars. The categories include value, power, comfort and warranty. Each category included specific criteria MI Auto Times was looking for:

• Power: engine size, torque, payload, towing, horsepower.
• Comfort: Interior, safety, entertainment features, built-in user-friendly technology
• Factory Warranty: How do the automotive producers back their vehicles?
• Value: What are the current factory incentives available and estimated expense of ownership (including fuel, financing and upkeep)

Who won?

The first round of Michigan Trucks final winner was the GMC Sierra 1500 SLE, never send a truck to do a Sierra’s job.

Here’s why:

Power
The Sierra surpasses the Ford by 1,300 pounds of towing muscle (7,200 pounds total towing capacity). The Ford F150 carries a larger payload capacity, but the GMC Sierra MI has more torque and more horsepower1. To get those a snow plow package, Michigan trucks buyers should choose the GMC Sierra SLE as the Ford F150 STX doesn’t have one available. Total stars GMC Sierra, 4 stars. Total stars F150, 3 ½ stars.

Comfort
GMC Sierra has many touches to promote maximum comfort and they include cruise control, rubber floor mats, power door locks and windows, mirrors, heated mirrors, leather-wrapped steering wheel, MP3 connectivity, and available rear-window defroster. The Ford F150 would require an added on option to get the same comforts or entirely unavailable. The most supreme amount of comfort is provided by GMC’s OnStar subscription for 12 months. Ford F150 buyers would need an upgrade to the SYNC In-Car Connectivity System in order to use their MP3 player at a price of $395. Total stars GMC Sierra, 3 ½. Total stars Ford F150, 3 stars.

Value
Michigan trucks generally have lower MSRP when purchased through Ford, but the automaker’s current factory incentive of 6.9 percent at 72 months, makes the net cost2 of the F150 $1,701 higher than the GMC Sierra’s net cost, because the GMC Sierra’s current factory incentive of zero percent at 72 months. The GMC Sierra, 4 stars. The Ford F150, 3 stars.

Warranty
The Ford F150 does have warranty protection but at a lower mileage than GMC Sierra. The Ford F150 offers a 60,000 mile/5-year Powertrain, 60,000 mile/5-year roadside assistance and no courtesy transportation program, where as GMC supports its Michigan trucks with a 100,000 mile/5-year transferable Powertrain Limited Warranty; 100,000 mile/5-year 24/7 roadside assistance; and 100,000 mile/5-year courtesy transportation. The GMC Sierra, 4 stars. The Ford F150, 3 stars.

Those who drive Michigan Trucks and who want more information about the MI Auto Times May the Best Truck Win competition should visit http://www.miautotimes.com

MI Auto Times covers all Michigan automotive news all the time, featuring newly released vehicle recall information, relevant Michigan automaker news, vehicle ratings and comparisons, and everything else auto-related Michigan and world readers need to know.

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1GMC Sierra 1500 SLE Torque 305 @ 4600 RPMs, Horsepower 302 @ 5600 RPMs.Ford F150 STX Torque 248 @ 4750 RPMs, Horsepower 294 @ 4000RPMs.

2Est. total cost for Ford F150 includes assumed down payment of $2,000, monthly payment of $375.64. Figure assessed through MSN Auto Affordability Calculator.

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