American culture is full of friendly (and sometimes not so friendly) rivalries, like the academic competition between Harvard and Yale or the baseball rivalry between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox.
The auto industry has its battles as well. The rivalry between Chevy and Ford began in the early days when 1916 Chevrolet Series 490 was introduced to compete with the Ford Model T. Through the years, as new cars and trucks were introduced, each company has responded to the other with competitive models, like the Chevy Camaro, designed to compete with the Ford Mustang.
Historically, each car manufacturer has had its own strengths while offering a similar-yet-divergent lineup.
So, making a choice often boils down to personal preference. Car buyers side with one or the other for a variety of reasons. “Chevys are always in the shop!” might be heard from a Ford enthusiast while, “Ford is an acronym for ‘Fix or Repair Daily,’” might be a Chevy owner’s response.
Here are 15 surprising ways Chevrolet has been better than Ford throughout automobile history.
15 Chevrolet’s Lineup Earns Better Predicted Reliability Ratings Than Ford’s
According to J.D. Power, Chevrolet’s lineup is the clear winner over Ford autos and trucks in the category of Reliability.
J.D. Power Quality and Reliability ratings combine dependability and quality scores. Quality scores are determined by an owner’s initial response and feedback when a new car is purchased. Dependability scores reflect long-term (3 years) ownership experiences.
14 Chevy Competes Well With Ford For Their Interiors
Reviews from U.S. News and World Report showed Ford with a slight advantage over Chevrolet overall for interiors. However, the Chevy Traverse received the highest score for any model from either manufacturer with an 8.9 out of 10.
As expected, the subcompact cars and subcompact SUV models received the lowest scores for both manufacturers. The Ford EcoSport subcompact SUV scored a 6.5, while the Chevrolet Spark only achieved a score of 6.1
13 Chevy And Ford Safety: Too Close To Call
Safety is determined by evaluating the following criteria: Crash test results from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), plus the number of advanced safety technologies provided as standard equipment. Ford received a U.S. News safety score average of 9.2, while Chevy netted a similar mark of 9.0 out of a possible 10.
12 Chevrolet Offers Better Interior Tech On New Models
High-tech is an essential feature to new car buyers and especially important to younger consumers. Both Ford and Chevy offer easy-to-use infotainment systems, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto available in most models.
However, Chevrolet offers advanced crash avoidance technology, like emergency braking assist and forward collision warning on a broader range of models than Ford.
11 Chevrolet Trax Beats The Ford EcoSport In The Subcompact Category
Both the Chevrolet Trax and Ford EcoSport fall short of the competition in the subcompact category, each with poor power, inadequate fuel economy, and an uncomfortable ride.
The Chevy Trax beats out the Ford EcoSport for its standard safety and convenience features. Like other Chevy models, the Trax offers safety features such as forward-collision warning that are lacking the EcoSport.
10 Chevrolet Has Produced More Powerful Engines Than Ford
Over the long history of Chevrolet and the Ford Motor Company, Chevy has produced more powerful engines than its rivals. The 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is an example. The ZL1 is one of the fastest and most powerful American muscle cars of its era.
Drag racer Dick Harrell designed the car for racing and equipped it with a 427 cu in big-block V8 (ZL1). The 500-hp powertrain pushed the Camaro to 60 mph in a mere 5.3 seconds.
9 Chevy And Ford Compact SUVs Are Tied
In the Compact SUV category, Ford and Chevy are about the same. U.S. News and World Report rated both vehicles, the redesigned Ford Escape and the Chevy Equinox, in the middle of the group, each with a score of 7.9 out of 10.
The Equinox is more fuel-efficient, and offers a more affordable price, while the Escape is perhaps more fun to drive and has more interior room than the Equinox.
8 Chevy Has A Better Logo Than Ford
The explanations of the origins and development of the Chevy and Ford logos are both uncertain and perhaps controversial.
The Ford emblem was once thought to be Henry Ford’s signature. The symbol was seen with the words “the Universal Car,” and designers have made eight significant Ford logo changes since 1903.
Chevrolet's “bowtie” logo was designed by William C. Durant, the co-founder of Chevrolet, when he saw the pattern in a French hotel. However, most likely, it was a copy of a Coalettes brand coal logo seen in an ad in The Constitution on November 12th, 1911.
7 The Chevy Midsize SUV Ranks Better Than Ford
Chevrolet and Ford each offer two models in the midsize SUV category for 2020. The U.S. News and World Report ranks the Ford Edge and Chevrolet Blazer in the middle of the group, but the redesigned Ford Explorer placed near the bottom of the rankings.
The Chevrolet Traverse finished in the top half of the rankings due to its spacious interior, ample cargo area, comfortable ride, and good marks for reliability.
6 Chevrolet Beats Ford For Subcompact Cars
Chevrolet wins the Subcompact Car category by default, with Ford has pulling out of the segment. The Ford Fiesta that rated in the middle of the group with its intuitive interior tech and sporty handling, has been discontinued for 2020.
Two Chevrolet Subcompact cars compete in the category. The Sonic scored well with its spacious cabin and sporty feel, while the Spark offers a bargain price for an ample list of standard features.
5 Chevrolet Corvette Wins Hands Down For Luxury Sports Cars
Although Ford makes a sports car, the GT doesn’t fall into the same category as the Chevrolet Corvette. The price alone (more $1.2 million) puts it into the supercar classification, while the Corvette, at less than $100,000, is attainable by a much larger group of buyers.
Since its introduction in 1953, the Corvette has offered sports car performance and for 2020, a mid-engine model with improved handling and blistering acceleration.
4 Chevrolet Hybrid And Electric Cars Rank Higher
In the newer categories of hybrid and electric vehicles, both Ford and Chevy offer a variety of cars and SUVs. The highest-ranking is the all-electric Chevrolet Bolt, providing a responsive powertrain, roomy cabin space, and superior range compared to most of its competition.
However, Ford will become more competitive in this category for 2020 with a revamped lineup, including new hybrid versions of Explorer SUVs and the redesigned Escape.
3 Chevy Has The Best Song With Don McLean’s “American Pie”
Although Ford has more than ten songs referring to its vehicles, most mention the Mustang.
Chevrolet also has more than ten songs that mention “Chevy” in the lyrics, but perhaps the most well-known is "American Pie" by Don McLean.
Bye, bye Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry
2 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Aviation Jet Hood Ornament
Most modern-day vehicles do not include hood ornaments, the Spirit of Ecstasy on the current Roll-Royce being a notable exception.
Through the years, both Ford and Chevrolet have equipped their cars with various hood ornament designs, but perhaps the “coolest” was the aviation-inspired hood ornament in the form of a jet that adorned the Chevy Bel Air in 1955.
1 Chevy Beats Ford For Price In Most Segments
Chevy vehicles have traditionally been less expensive than Ford in most segments. In 1916 the Chevrolet "Four-Ninety" cost less than the Ford Model T.
In 1967 the Camaro was offered for $2450, while the Ford Mustang MSRP was $2,567. For current models, Chevrolet holds a price advantage in the categories: Compact SUVs, Midsize SUVs, Midsize sedans, and Full-size pickup trucks.
Sources: cars.usnews.com, biggerschevy.com, autogravity.com, carbuyerlabs.com
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