Steel cargo box outperforms Ford’s aluminum
For good reason, the Chevy Silverado has long been billed as one of the longest lasting and strongest trucks on the road. Certainly reliability and performance are important factors when someone is considering a new pickup. But the story of how the 2016 Silverado is stealing the class from Ford starts at a much more fundamental place than rhetoric or advertising puffery. Determining how strong the 2016 Chevy Silverado is than the 2016 F-150 starts with the very way the Silverado has been built. Chevy has released some videos of a couple of demonstrations of why the Silverado is built the way it is.
Strengths of the 2016 Chevy Silverado vs. 2016 Ford F-150
The cargo bed of the 2016 Chevy Silverado is built from roll-formed, high strength steel. On the other side, Ford begun building its truck using lightweight aluminum. The idea behind this was that Ford trucks would be lighter, more nimble, offer better fuel economy as well as performance. Truth be told, there are a few numbers that are slightly better in the F-150 than Silverado. However, after witnessing these tests, the small differential may not be worth it.
Small Scale testing 2016 Silverado vs. 2016 F-150
The team performing the tests to show how the steel cargo bed for the 2016 Chevy Silverado was stronger than the aluminum cargo bed for the 2016 Ford F-150 started small. A number of 6.3-in. by 6.3-in. squares of metal were removed from the cargo bed of each pickup truck. From there a metal striker was dropped from various heights to determine how they would hold up. Without getting into a physics lecture, the steel samples from the Silverado were able to absorb more punishment before rupturing.
Stepping things up
For a more rugged test, the team began to drop cinder blocks into the back of each pickup truck. About 825 pounds of falling, tumbling concrete which would put both trucks to the test. They also spent time sliding a metal tool box around the beds. This is a bit more practical and more representative of daily abuse by owners. The results are pretty interesting, check out the videos below.
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