2008 Ford F-150 vs. Its Competition

2008 Ford F-150 2WD SuperCrew 139" XLT Trunk
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

When it comes to light-duty trucks, the 2008 Ford F-150 and the Chevy Silverado are the two big dogs.

They go at it every day.

The Ford has kept selling well even since the Chevy Silverado's complete revamp for the 2007 model year.

The Chevy does have some advantages, including a better ride (fewer jiggles) and more polished powertrains.

While the Ford outsells the Chevy, if one combines the sales of the Chevy with its GMC twin the Sierra, GM sells more light-duty trucks cumulatively--at least this year.

Things may change when the 2009 Ford F-150 arrives. The Dodge Ram 1500 is in the same situation as the Ford F-150; both are due for a remake in 2009.

The Dodge needs it, as its truck has been around in current form even longer than the Ford.

Styling and available HEMI power are the Ram's two biggest selling points. While the Toyota Tundra is capable, it hasn't proven nearly as popular as the Ford F-150.

And even though we consider the Nissan Titan to be the sportiest-handling full-size truck out there, compared to all F-150 production, a year's worth of Titans barely equates to a month of Fords.

Ford's got to be doing something right with this truck.

2008 Ford F-150 2WD SuperCrew 139" XLT Trunk2008 Ford F-150
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Quick Specs
The Ford F-150 is a solid truck that is due for its 2009 model makeover, but it’s good enough that it may be all the truck you need or want.
Drivers of the 2009 Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid will burn hundreds fewer gallons of gas a year than drivers of standard V-8 trucks.
The 2008 Dodge Ram 1500 is a solid truck due for its 2009 model makeover, but it's good enough that it may be all the truck you need or want.
The 2008 Nissan Titan is a solid choice for guys who don't want to drive Ford, Chevy, Dodge or Toyota.
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2WD Reg Cab 126" XL2WD Reg Cab 119.0" Work Truck2WD Reg Cab 120.5" ST2WD King Cab SWB XE FFV2WD Reg 126.8" V6 (GS)
Rear Wheel DriveREAR WHEEL DRIVERear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
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Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
Reg Cab 6.5' StylesideReg Cab 6.5' WidesideReg Cab 6.3' BedKing CabReg Cab
Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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