Ford vs. Chevy is about like Coke vs. Pepsi. Both companies offer similar experiences, but with their own unique twist. And both have loyal fans too. Each side convinced that their cola-cars are best. But how do Ford and Chevy really stack up?
At the turn of the last century, Henry Ford put America on the road. His Model T was cheap, reliable, and it came in black. By 1920, over half of the cars in America were made by Ford. But Henry’s cross-town rival Billy Durant had other ideas.
Chevrolet was started in 1912, as a way for Durant to raise the capital he needed to reacquire General Motors. Several years earlier, his bankers had voted him out of his own company. So he teamed with famous racing driver Louis Chevrolet, and started one of the best known car brands in the world.
Durant’s plan worked, and he bought his way back into the chairman’s seat of GM in 1916. Henry Ford had already sold a ton of Tin Lizzy’s by that time, and he’d go on to sell 16.5 million copies of his Ford Model T. Chevrolet on the other hand, was nowhere near that kind of volume. In fact, their first best-seller wouldn’t come until 1958, when they introduced the Chevrolet Impala. That 2-ton hunk of Americana would go on to sell 14+ million copies. Ford had control of the “mass market”, but Chevrolet had control of the “cool factor”.
During the muscle car war of the 1960’s, the whole Ford vs. Chevy thing really heated up. The wildly popular Ford Mustang finally had a bow-tied competitor by 1967. “Shaped for Speed”, the 1967 Chevy Camaro had “a big-car engine” and “a big-car stance”. By the time the Camaro went of production in 2002, nearly 5 million copies had been sold. The Ford Mustang on the other hand, had sold 8.3 million copies by ‘02.
On a more practical front, Ford trucks vs. Chevy trucks is where you’ll find the most die-hard fans. Ford truck owners couldn’t live without their smooth ride, or bullet-proof motors. Chevy truck loyalists are just as adamant about their high-horsepower engines, and luxurious interiors. Since the reliability and capability are pretty much even between the 2013 Ford F-150 & 2013 Chevy Silverado, your choice between Chevy trucks vs. Ford trucks pretty much boils down to a matter of taste.
Ford vs Chevy: Popular Models
2013 Ford Focus vs. 2013 Chevy Cruz – Thanks to many things, the compact car segment is booming. Once the domain of fleet buyers and penny-pinching librarians, compact cars are now sought after for their high gas mileage, and luxury features. Two of the most popular compacts are the 2013 Ford Focus & 2013 Chevrolet Cruz. And these two cars couldn’t be more different.
The 2013 Ford Focus is a tight, fun-to-drive runabout, with lots of room, and a nice interior. The 2013 Chevy Cruz is equally fleet-footed, but it takes a far more traditional approach to style and luxury. It also bests the 40 mpg 2013 Ford Focus SFE, with the 42 mpg 2013 Chevy Cruz Eco. A diesel-powered Chevy Cruz is rumored to be in the pipeline, but the all-electric 2013 Ford Focus Electric wins the Least Fuel Consumed trophy…for now.
2013 Ford Mustang vs. 2013 Chevy Camaro – In this Chevy vs. Ford competition, we get to look at two of Detroit’s most iconic pony cars. Having started the whole muscle car thing back in the 1960’s, it’s only fitting that these two cars wear similarly retro lines.
Paying homage to the car’s 1960’s inspired sheetmetal are a selection of brutal V8’s, and thrifty V6’s. The monstrous 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 cranks out 650 supercharged ponies, while the 2013 Chevy Camaro ZL1 has to make due with just 580-hp. The Camaro however, gets a fully independent-active suspension, leaving the Mustang in the dust when it comes to handling.
Ford vs. Chevy: Market Share
For 2012, Ford’s monthly sales averaged 170k-190k. Not surprisingly, the 2012 Ford F-150 was their best seller for the year with 60k monthly sales average. Chevrolet wasn’t far behind with a 2012 monthly sales average of 150k-170k. The 2012 Chevrolet Cruz has been the best selling compact car in America, with an average of 20k units sold per month. This number however, includes considerable fleet purchases (rental agencies etc.).
Ford vs. Chevy: The Bottom Line
The whole Ford vs. Chevy thing really boils down to a matter of taste. If you’ve always driven Chevys, then nothing else will do. If you trust in the Blue Oval, then you’d probably rather push a Ford than drive a Chevy. But regardless of your taste, both automakers make some really impressive alternatives to riding the bus.