2011 Ford F-150 vs. Its Competition

2011 Ford F-150 XLT
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The full-size truck market is very technologically advanced, incorporating a host of modern luxury, connectivity, safety, and tech features that weren't widely available in pickups just a couple of years ago—as well as more power and better fuel economy through next-gen powertrains.

Ford had been a little bit behind Chevy, GM, and Dodge in the powertrain front, but these updates for 2011 put Ford on top.

The base F-150 V-6 especially looks to trump base models from GM and Dodge, with more power and torque as well as better fuel economy, while the new 5.0-liter V-8 should prove popular and has a more burly character that finally matches the rest of the truck.

And that's before even considering the all-new EcoBoost V-6, which is expected to perform as well as the popular V-8 engines while turning out 20-percent better fuel economy.

Ever since its 2009 redesign, interior packaging has been a strength of the new F-150; the cab floors of competitive trucks are not flat (GM and Dodge) like the Ford or can't be accessed at all (Toyota).

When we reviewed the Dodge Ram, we praised its on-road handling (a benefit of a link-coil rear suspension).

The F-150 comes close to matching the Dodge's on-road ride but delivers greater payload and towing capabilities plus more steering feel, something we felt the Dodge could have used more of.

While introduced with much fanfare in 2007, Toyota's Tundra now lags well behind the domestics in terms of ride dynamics and features.

Another possibility is GM's hybrid pickups—the Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid and GMC Sierra Hybrid.

Both get better fuel economy than any other full-size pickup while still boasting decent towing and hauling capability.

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Quick Specs
8.2
All-new engines across the 2011 Ford F-150 model line finally give these full-size trucks strong (yet efficient) performance to match their macho looks.
7.4
The 2011 Chevrolet Silverado offer strong engines and comfortable interiors to complement impressive toughness and towing/hauling ratings, while the Hybrid model is the most fuel-efficient big pickup on the market.
7.6
The 2011 GMC Sierra covers all the essential pickup-truck bases, even the green one.
8.0
The interior may be a letdown in quality, but the 2011 Toyota Tundra is every bit as big and tough as the other full-size trucks.
MSRP From   
$22,790$21,235$21,235$24,435
Gas Mileage   
11 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas/Ethanol V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Style Name   
2WD Reg Cab 126" XL2WD Reg Cab 119.0" Work Truck2WD Reg Cab 119.0" Work TruckReg 4.0L V6 5-Speed AT (Natl)
Drivetrain   
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
3333
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
Reg Cab PickupReg Cab 6.5' WidesideReg Cab 6.5' WidesideReg Cab
Transmission   
AutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/OD