• Apr 5, 2011
Chevy Silverado HD Truck Shootout – Click above to watch the video after the break

Back in the fall, our friends over at Pickuptrucks.com pitted the diesel-equipped Chevrolet Silverado HD against the oil-burning Ford Super Duty in a battle of high-altitude acceleration. Even though the Ford behemoth holds a slight edge in horsepower and torque, the Chevrolet beat the Blue Oval machine handily in the steep-grade acceleration challenge. We'd think General Motors would be satisfied with the results, but apparently The General needed to go a step further.

GM hired independent testers from AMCI to once again put up the Silverado HD against the Ford Super Duty, and this time the Ram HD was also invited along. Naturally, GM recorded the whole thing. The three trucks battled it out with a pair of 0-60 competitions, including one with a 1,500-pound payload, and again on a seven-percent grade with a 3,000-pound payload. That's only the beginning, as the three trucks duked it out for supremacy in trailer sag, frame rigidity, passing power and braking. Since GM is broadcasting all seven competitions with a glut of Youtube videos, you can probably guess which truck reigns supreme. Still, the videos are entertaining and they're hosted by the one and only Howie Long.

Hit the jump
to watch all seven videos, followed by the GM press release. You'll have to sacrifice about 30 minutes of your life to watch all seven, so if you want to pick and choose, we'll go ahead and tell you that the two 0-60 tests are our favorites.

[Source: General Motors]



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DETROIT -- Chevrolet takes the heavy-duty pickup battle to the test track – and the mountain roads – in "HD to HD," a video series that pits 2011 Silverado HD pickups against the competition in real-world tests of capabilities that matter to real-world truck buyers.

"We wanted to get away from spec-sheet comparisons and show how these trucks perform in the real world," said Rick Spina, global vehicle line executive for full size trucks. "To do so, we engaged an independent company to test the Silverado HD with the Duramax diesel and Allison transmission head-to-head with the competition, and record those tests for everyone to see."

The tests include acceleration, passing, and braking tests, all conducted with a loaded bed, or in some cases, a loaded trailer. Other tests measure the effectiveness of the exhaust brakes on long downgrades and the stiffness of the frames during twist-ditch simulations. Competitors were diesel-powered 2011 Ford Super Duties, and in some tests, 2011 Dodge Ram HDs.

For example, in a zero-to-60 test of three-quarter ton models with a 1,500-pound load, designed to simulate merging onto a busy freeway, the Silverado 2500HD outpaced the F-250 Super Duty, 7.66 seconds to 8.36 seconds, despite the slight advantage in published horsepower and torque ratings for the Ford.

"We worked hard on the Duramax-Allison combination to deliver torque smoothly throughout the entire power band," said Spina. "That is what gives us class-leading acceleration."

Silverado HD pickups showed a similar advantage in acceleration tests on a 7-percent grade, and in passing tests at both sea level and at 6,000 feet while towing loaded trailers.

For additional details on the tests, please refer to the "HD to HD" Video Summaries.

Spina hosts the videos with Pro Football Hall of Famer Howie Long. AMCI Testing, an independent company used by many carmakers, was engaged by Chevrolet to conduct and certify the tests.

Silverado HD's real-world performance helped make it the Motor Trend's 2011 Truck of the Year.

The full set of "HD to HD" videos can be viewed at chevrolet.com/hd-to-hd-truck-comparison.


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      • 3 Years Ago
      Why have they all been removed by user? Is there another link?
      • 3 Years Ago
      The first two videos have been removed by Chevy. I guess we have our answer about whether they were legit or not. If the tests were fair why pull the videos so soon?
      • 3 Years Ago
      OK I had to watch ther goes truth in advertsing. Interesting how they dont include the Ram in 1/2 the comparisons. This is the exact type of reporting that has gotten the auto industry in the state it is in. Media should be ashamed of this type of garbage! Nothing will change unless people with balls take a stand against the one sided only report the good mindset of the media.
        • 3 Years Ago
        They didn't include the Ram because it wasn't really competitive...
        • 3 Years Ago
        It's to be expected any time a manufacturer pays a "3rd party" to run tests. Especially since those tests were cooked up by the manufacturer. It's like the "expert" witness in a frivolous lawsuit who will say anything they're told to by the plantiff's attorney oath or no oath, money rules all. Since they leave out certain options and specs we really don't know exactly what was chosen.

        The only third party tests I trust are those that are run on a publication's own without manufacturer involvment and only run by a publication that is equally advertised by both the manufacturers who's vehicles are involved in the testing, otherwise there's always some question as to the real world implications of the tests they're running and whether or not certain performance enhancing options were chosen on one truck vs another.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nothing against GM, but Howie Long is just too smarmy.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The tests had too many cuts from different camera angles on the ground and in the air to be believable.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I hate these types of comparisons. GM puts their truck up against the competition and their truck wins. Surprised? No. We don't let coaches make the calls during Baseball or Football games do we? Of course not, they would make sure they win all the time. That's why we have Referees and Umpires, (not that they're 100% honest either but they're more honest than letting the coach make the call). This is also why we have Motor Trend, Car and Driver, Autoblogs, etc.

      Leave comparisons to the Independent companies.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I am aware that AMCI isn't part of General Motors. But I am aware that GM paid AMCI to do the tests. And you don't pay people to point out your flaws, you pay them to make you look good.

        And I don't mean to pick on GM either. Just about every company does this sort of thing. That's why I said I hate these kinds of tests in general.
        • 3 Years Ago
        AMCI ran the tests that GM told them to run.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have little to no use for a pickup truck, but as a ford fan that crinkling tailgate didn't look good for our team.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yeah, and the Chevy tailgate popped right open and closed too.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just a reminder, if the links don't work, you can view all of the videos at chevy.com/hdtohd -- Tom Wilkinson from Chevy PR
      • 3 Years Ago
      The third video titled "Head to Head Frame Strength Test" or "Bumper Sag" on Chevrolet's site, is a complete waste of time. Do not watch it.
      • 3 Years Ago
      can you believe all the jealousy from these posters. Excuses and more excuses about these head to head test results. The ford fans especially don't like these head to head tests because it shows there best in everything claim to be complete bs! Even when they bring in AMCI a independent testers that have no motive in the outcome of these tests the Ford and Dodge fans cry foul.

      Well, I have news for you crybaby ford and dodge fans, Pickuptrucks.com, Car and Driver, Motor Trend, and every comparison test the GM trucks were declared the winner.
      Ford and Dodge fans don't like these results, so they try and claim the tests were rigged in GM'S favor or that GM did the tests themselves. Now, if ford had won these tests these same people would be bragging how good these tests show who makes the best truck. Face the facts ford and Dodge fans, GM makes the best Heavy Duty truck on the market today. Those are the facts and nothing but the facts so help me GOD!
        • 3 Years Ago
        Apart from being a quick truck, can you tell me how it is the Best HD truck? I work with all 3 HD trucks everyday in a off-road environment in Northern Alberta (oil sands). These trucks take a beating everyday, most never see pavement from time they arrive on site and all the different people that drive them. Right now were going through spring break-up and the hole site is pretty much a mud bog. All trucks have there issues in this crap but the Ford over all holds up the best, don't have the problem of mud building up around the shift linkage(big problem with the Chevy's), no problem with mud builiding up around wires/calbes and pulling them down like with the chevy. My point being in this comment is that there is way more to a HD truck than being the quickest up the hill.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @onwayroll

        The videos just listed several examples. Its got a more rigid frame, the exhaust brake is several times as effective, it pulls better at sea level and high elevation(and that's been confirmed by more than one 3rd party test). Is that enough for you? And I'd say using an HD truck to two up a hill is just a wee bit more common and pertinent than in the oil sands. In any case the Ford having a much less rigid frame and a weaker exhaust brake is something much harder to fix then getting mud in the shifter.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ford fans should start paying more attention to the facts before spreading lies. Ford Motor Company got the largest government bailout in US history.

      35 years ago, facing multiple quality problems, Ford hired Dr. W . Edwards Deming, a renowned quality expert to help them build quality cars. Things did not go well. Then the government issued the largest recall in automotive history to Ford Motor Company, recalling 23,000,000 vehicles for defective transmissions, President Reagan had just been sworn in.

      The CEO of Ford went to Reagan and said if you make us recall virtually every Ford on the road, we will have to file bankruptcy. No company can withstand the recall and repair of 23,000,000 vehicles.

      President Reagan did not want to go down in history as the president who took down Ford Motor Company. At the time it looked like Chrysler would also file bankruptcy. Reagan revoked the authority of the federal government to issue mandatory recalls. They could issue “safety advisories” but not recalls. Instead, Ford agreed to mail out, via U.S. Mail, 23,000,000 stickers to put on Ford dashboards warning people that the transmissions in their cars could cause injury or death.

      It looks like history is repeating again. According to detnews.com (April 6, 2011), Ford Motor Co. and federal regulators remain in talks over whether the automaker should expand a recall of F-150 pickup trucks over dozens of reports that airbags have deployed without warning.

      The truth always comes out...
        • 3 Years Ago
        Hey merlot066,
        To go bankrupt is not always a bad thing, just ask professionals. Refuse to issue a recall when one is needed is a bad thing, just ask Toyota.

        • 3 Years Ago
        1. I don't think Ford is going to go bankrupt if they have to fix the wiring of the airbags in their F150s
        and
        2. Ford being in talks with federal regulators about whether or not to recall them does not mean that there is a big conspiracy
        and
        3. The truth has been out for over a year now, Autoblog posted an article when the NHTSA opened the investigation in the first place and posted another article when they made an official recall out of it.
      • 3 Years Ago
      competition is GOOD, but what axle ratios were on each vehicle?...I know the Superduty has basically one choice, and its acceleration could be burdened with the 3.55...what about mileage? I would think thats a pretty important parameter, because lets face it, ALL these trucks capabilities are probably beyond what most utilize them for....
        • 3 Years Ago
        ... and Ford's F-Series outsold Chevy by over 20,000 trucks in March alone and the Super Duty holds a solid 50% of the HD market.... !!!
          William Sandbrink
          • 3 Years Ago
          Why would you keep a competitor out of a test, if it's not at all competitive? That makes no sense. Is the point of these videos to compare the trucks, and to show which one performs the task better? Why keep one out if it's not competitive? It just shows the people how far behind that truck is. I call BS on that. They kept the Ram out of a few tests, because it beat the other two. That makes more sense to me. Besides, the Ram went through some upgrades after these tests were showcased.
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