When you're in the market to buy a new vehicle, you're likely to hear lots of opinions about Ford and Chevy. The differences in opinion might make you wonder, why choose Ford?

Well, it's fairly simple. There's a reason that people all across America choose Ford over the competition every day-Ford makes a better product that's still affordable.

Learn more about Ford's history of innovation to get a better sense of how it's better than Chevy.

The History of Ford and the American Tradition

Henry Ford and 11 other associate investors founded Ford Motor Company in 1903. By 1919 the company had been reincorporated so Henry Ford, his wife, Clara, and his son, Edsel, could acquire full ownership of the company.

Ford was creating cars before he formed his company. In 1896, he completed his first experimental car in the workshop behind his home in Detroit. Seven years later, the iconic Model T was constructed in the Mack Avenue plant. Ford realized that he needed to update his production methods because of the vehicle's popularity.

He found a way to develop mass-production methods that could handle the demand for his car. He established a U.S. assembly plant in 1911, the first of its kind, while also establishing a production plant in England.

Next, he created the first moving assembly line for cars. To take care of his workers and boost productivity, he put a five-dollar daily wage into place for an eight hour day, doubling the previous wage of $2.34 for a nine-hour day. Dubbed the "$5 Day," the program helped to grow the American middle class, as Ford employees were now able to buy the cars they produced, have more leisure time and earn more money.

Ford looked internationally as well, with a sales branch opening in Paris as early as 1908. As an exceptional American product, the Model T spread across the world. By the end of the 1920s, Ford had more than 20 assembly plants in Australia, South Africa, Canada, Asia, Latin America and Europe, helping it to become the most well-known car around the worldFord Motor Company continued expanding throughout the 20th century, continuing to revolutionize the auto industry, all while remaining family-owned and operated.

In the present day, Ford launched Ford Smart Mobility, LLC. The company's new development aims to increase production of autonomous vehicles, data, analytics, customer experience, mobility and connectivity. For example, both Lincoln and Ford vehicles now have the Sync 3 System. Ford has been the first in the industry to test autonomous vehicles in the snow. The company has also conducted over 30 global mobility experiments to improve its products.

In the present day, Ford continues to produce high-quality products while also looking to the future. The organization values innovation and talent, as evidenced by the 2018 acquisition of Michigan Central Station. The development of a new Corktown Campus is underway at Michigan Central. The campus aims to bring in high-tech talent and provide them with retail options, restaurants, residential living and workspace.

How Is Ford Better Than Chevy and the Rest of the Competition?

People who drive Ford vehicles tend to be loyal to the brand. For many, a test drive of a Ford is all it takes to convert them. If you've yet to give Ford a try, here are a few reasons why it's one of the best.

1. Innovation

When it comes to innovation in the automobile industry, Ford is at the forefront. Recently, Ford has made efforts to make their vehicles as green as possible. The company has also invested in self-driving cars. Ford aims to have self-driving cars on the road by 2021.

Due to the focus on innovation, Ford has developed multiple unique products. For example, they've found a way to turn soybeans into the foam used to make seats. In addition to the soybean foam, the company has used paper currency, now out of circulation, to create some of the plastic products featured in their vehicles. Looking to the future of renewable products, Ford researchers are currently trying to transform greenhouse gases into usable products.

Unlike the competition, such as General Motors, that only concentrate on ideas that can be quickly implemented, Ford focuses on both the short- and long-term in order to craft innovations that can revolutionize the industry.

2. Value

When it comes to getting value out of your vehicle, Ford is a top option. It's little surprise that U.S. News ranked the 2021 Ford Expedition as the best affordable large SUV in 2019, beating out Chevrolet, Toyota, Nissan and GMC. Across Ford's products, new innovations like Torque Vectoring Control and AdvanceTrac® stability control provide drivers with extra safety and security.

Ford makes it a priority to offer high-quality vehicles at budget-friendly prices. With a Ford, you won't have to break the bank. Some of these affordable Fords include the Ford Fusion SE and Ford Escape SE.

3. Dependability

 

No matter the weather, Ford vehicles are prepared to get you where you need to go. You don't have to worry about your car's ability to handle winter weather or heavy rains, as Ford has developed safety features that allow your driving to stay consistent in a variety of driving conditions. One of the newest features, AdvanceTracTM Stability Control (ESC), detects when there's wheel slippage due to harsh driving conditions and then adjust the braking capacity and torque to give you greater control.

4. Focus on Customers

At the company, Ford is always looking for ways to improve their customers' experience with their trucks, SUVs and cars. With their diverse selection of vehicles, they have something for every type of customer.

Part of Ford's focus on customers is their focus on green engineering. The company wants to make the world a cleaner place to live, and they understand their responsibility to everyone as a leader in manufacturing to engage in sustainable practices.

For example, they have added Eco-Boost® to their vehicles, which improves their vehicles' MPG and range, lowering fuel costs for consumers and extending the life of the fuel. Green thinking is at the forefront of Ford's designs. Additionally, Ford has become the country's second-leading manufacturer in affordable electric vehicles.

5. Performance

When you look at Ford's vehicle performance, you can see several examples of how it outpaces the competition. For example, take Ford's towing capacity. The 2019 F-150 is able to tow up to 13,200 pounds, while the 2019 Chevy Silverado only tows up to 12,500. Additionally, the F-150 and other Ford vehicles get superior fuel economy and engine power. The Ford F-150 has a turbocharged V6 engine that delivers better fuel economy while retaining the power of a V8 engine.

Ford Trucks vs Chevy Trucks: Top Models Compared

When looking at the trucks that both Chevy and Ford put on the market, it's clear that Ford is the better option. Though there's often the fiercest debate about if you should choose Chevy or Ford trucks, the statistics put the argument to bed. For example, the difference between the two company's flagship trucks, the F-150 and the Silverado, reveal all that you need to know about which truck manufacturer you should choose.

 

F-150 vs. Silverado

When looking to buy a truck, it's likely that you're going to have a few basic criteria to help you decide. You'll also likely compare Ford and Chevy trucks to see what your options are. Below are some of the most important factors to consider if you are trying to decide between the F-150 and the Silverado:

  • Price. The base price of the two trucks is close, but the 2019 F-150 is less expensive, coming in at a starting price of $28,000 while the Silverado starts at $28,300.
  • Engine. The F-150 pulls ahead when it comes to capability. Ford's base F-150 engine is a 3.3-liter V6 that delivers 290 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque. Thanks to that power, the truck can tow between 5,000 and 7,700 pounds. If you want greater fuel efficiency or need to tow more weight, the F-150 has a total of six engine options to choose from. The Silverado only offers four engine options, with significantly less horsepower than their Ford counterparts.
  • Fuel economy. Chevy Silverado's base V6 engine eats up significantly more gas than the Ford F-150. The Silverado clocks in a 16 mpg while driving in the city and 21 on the highway. In contrast, the base V6 of the F-150 gets 19 mpg in the city and 25 on the highway. Over the year, the costs of having to refuel will add up, making the F-150 the superior option.
  • Towing and Hauling. When you compare the towing and hauling of the two trucks, Ford is the clear winner again. The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 comes in 12,200 pounds of towing and 2,590 pounds hauling capacity, while the 2019 Ford F-150 has 13,300 pounds of towing and a 3,270 pounds of hauling capacity.
  • Safety. Last, but certainly not least, the F-150 beats the Silverado in terms of safety. The F-150 SuperCrew earned a five out of five-star overall crash test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In comparison, the 2019 Silverado only earned a 4-star overall rating from the NHTSA.

The numbers speak for themselves. The Ford F-150 is simply the better truck.

Ford SUVs vs. Chevy SUVs: Top Models Compared

If you'd rather buy an SUV than a truck, compare Ford and Chevy SUVs to see which one is better. The Ford Explorer and the Ford Escape are the two top Ford SUVs on the market today, and they are in competition with Chevy Traverse. Check out some of the significant differences.

Explorer vs. Traverse

As you decide which SUV is right for you, consider how the 2021 Ford Explorer and 2019 Chevy Traverse compare in areas that are key to an SUV:

  • Price. The Chevy Traverse comes with a starting price tag of $29,930, while the Ford Explorer has a starting price tag of $32,765. Although it has a higher price tag, the Explorer performs better than the Traverse. The Explorer will save you money over time, too, thanks to its better gas mileage-27 in the city and 29 on the highway. The Traverse gets 18 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.
  • Towing. The 2021 Ford Explorer is clearly the better option when it comes to towing heavy loads. The Explorer starts at 2,000, while the Traverse begins at 1,500. The traverse tops out at 5,000 pounds while the Explorer out does it by towing up to 5,600 pounds.
  • Engine Performance. The 2021 Explorer takes the cake here, with more engine options for consumers to choose from. The horsepower can range from 300 to 365 in an Explorer, while the 2019 Traverse only offers 257 to 310. Torque is also stronger in the Explorer, with the Explorer's torque ranging from 310 lb-ft to 380 lb-ft and the Traverse only offering 266 lb-ft to 295 lb-ft.

Escape vs. Traverse

  

You might also consider the Escape over the Traverse. The 2021 Ford Escape is less expensive than the 2019 Traverse, coming in at a price of $28,175 versus the 2021 Traverse's price of $29,800. The Escape's gas mileage is better than the Traverse's, as well. The Escape gets 27 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway.

For those looking for a sleek, compact design for an SUV, the Escape beats out the Traverse and the Explorer, for that matter, as well. It sports less horsepower than the other two vehicles, but it gets better gas mileage and can still tow up to 3,5000 pounds. If you're looking for a vehicle that's stylish and less imposing on the road but still packs a punch, the Escape is the SUV for you.

Hoffman Ford Takes Pride in Tradition

Hoffman Ford takes pride in the fact that it is family owned and operated, with the third generation getting involved in the business in 2010 and 2012. Since its opening in 1953, Hoffman Ford has come with one goal in mind-serving the customer. Whether you want to buy a preowned or new vehicle or need your current vehicle to be repaired or serviced, Hoffman Ford is there to help.

Interested in Purchasing a Ford?

 

If you're ready to buy a Ford, you should come on down to Hoffman, located in Harrisburg, PA. At the dealership, you'll be treated like family, and you'll have plenty of time to browse the large supply of Fords available. In the meantime, you can contact us with any questions you might have and browse the website to see our current offerings.