I pose this question to any owners of Ford Trucks: what is your favorite Chevy meme?
- The laughing baby posing the question, “Did you know that Chevy is making a heated tailgate? So your hands won’t get cold when you push it during the winter?”
- Talk-show host Maury Povich stating, “You said your Chevy was dependable. Over 30 million recalls determined that was a lie.”
- For the last 10 years, 95% of Chevy Trucks are still on the road. The rest made it home.
- The joke “What did Ford say to Chevy?” The answer “I don’t recall!”
- Or the old proverb, “Give a man a Ford, he won’t walk a single day. Give a man a Chevy, he’ll walk for a lifetime.”
I guarantee you that most any Ford guy with a smartphone or computer can pull up at least five examples of internet memes (probably poking fun at a Silverado) that they personally find funny. Now don’t get me wrong, that exercise works in reverse as well, but I came here to praise Ford Trucks…not to bury them.
I grew up in a family where these sort of jokes were made often, were even more ruthless than those made today and were delivered without the anonymity of the internet. Hell, my grandfather probably died mid-joke before he was buried in his signature ‘Model T’ Belt-Buckle. But back then, it was predominantly Ford versus Chevy. Anyone who considered themselves a ‘truck guy’ fell into one of those two camps since any truck offerings from the likes of GMC or Dodge barely even made it onto most people’s radar. But times change…
Nowadays, your options are even more diverse. In addition to GMC and RAM, you can pick fun at Toyota, Nissan and Honda as well. While I may not be as loyal to the Ford brand as my grandfather was, I can’t help but smile thinking of how much he’d enjoy the way some of these offerings get ripped apart online. Here are a few that I’m sure he’d find particularly funny…
- (GMC) GMC Sierra with a bumper sticker reading ‘If you don’t like this country, f*ck you, get the f*ck out!’ with the caption “Loves America. Buys a truck manufactured in Canada and assembled in Mexico.”
- (Dodge) Dodge owners be like, “I live my life one transmission at a time.”
- (Toyota) Hey, you remember that country song about how girls dig his Toyota? Neither do we.
- (Nissan) Forrest Gump with the caption, “So I hear you drive a Nissan Titan. Well, at least I’m not the only one that’s slow around here.”
- (Honda) Kid on a tricycle with the caption, “More torque than a Honda.”
You could lose entire hours (and possibly even days) sifting through the countless memes out there. Or you could spend your time more wisely, and actually focus your attention on Ford’s F-Series trucks. From the F-150 straight through Super Duty offerings, there’s no shortage of offerings that are more than able to keep your attention and to get the job done.
Unless of course, you have a problem with the best-selling line of trucks in the past four decades. You don’t, do you?
Redefining ‘Built Ford Tough’
You want tough? If you’re equating toughness with durability, and durability with weight, you need to change your thinking. By constructing the cab and bed of high-strength, military-grade aluminum alloy Ford has been able to make the F-Series tougher and (at the same time) lighter.
With a staggering 700 LB reduction weight, today’s F-Series benefits from a greater power-to-weight ratio, improved fuel efficiency, and higher ‘Best-in-Class’ payload and tow ratings. With improved resistant to corrosion and denting, and a stronger high-strength steel frame you can rest assured that your Ford truck will help you to get the job done today, and for many years to come.
The redesigned F-150 is served up with a number of powertrain configurations to choose from. The standard 3.5-liter V6 is paired to a six-speed automatic transmission and can deliver 282 horsepower and 253 lb-ft of torque. A turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 serves up 325 hp and 375 lb-ft, while a 5.0-liter V8 is rated for 385 hp and 387 lb-ft. Still not enough? You can opt for the turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission which will give you 375 hp and 470 lb-ft. Depending on which option you choose, you can expect a towing capacity ranging from 5000 to 10,500 LBS and a max payload ranging from 1621 to 2329 LBS.
Like the F-150, Ford’s Super Duty (F-250, 350 and 450) offerings are enjoying a full redesign. Material changes as mentioned above, their own new engine configurations, roomier interior and updated technology all make for a compelling argument as to Ford’s ability to retain relevance.
Standard in the F-250 is a 6.0-liter V8, paired to a six-speed automatic rated for 385 hp and 430 lb-ft. You can also opt for the updated 6.7-liter turbodiesel V8, and its 440 and (gulp) 925 lb-ft of torque. Depending on your configuration you could plan to tow up to 18,600 LBS with up to 4200 LB may payload.
With the F-350 you can choose between the 6.7-liter turbodiesel V8, or the 6.2-liter gasoline V8. The latter is the more conservative option, serving up 385 hp and 430 lb-ft. Properly-equipped, the F-350 can be configured to tow up to 32,000 LBS with a max payload of up to 7630 LBS.
The 6.-7-liter turbodiesel resurfaces in the monstrous F-450, which is able to tow up to 32,500 LBS with a max payload of up to 5230 LBS.
There are few trucks out there that can measure up to Ford trucks’ capabilities, and none that can do so across the board.
I guess that’s probably why the jokes come so easy.