I think I can give a fair comparison since buying history wise Im a chevy/gmc person. My F250, F100 and F150 all were bought within 1 year after owning the follow gm products.
1998 gmc 1500 4x4
1985 full size blazer
1984 s10 blazer
1981 3/4 ton suburban
1978 gm pickup
1977 chevy pickup
1975 chevy pickup
1973 chevy pickup
1965 chevy pickup
So how do my recent ford purchases compare?
The 1977 F100 is fun offroad but doesnt do anything for me as far as it being better than the chevy. Id rate it equal to anything in that year range.
The 1991 F150 drives better than the chevy, I like the interior of the chevy better as the chevies around that year have the stalk dimmer starting much earlier. Gauge layout and stereo is better in the chevy to me. But the driving victory for the 2wd F150 really suprised me how much better it was over the gm trucks.
Now for the F250. My 98 gmc 4x4
had trans issues at 80k miles which required me to rebuild it and till I modded the trans didnt shift worth a flip. You would not believe how much money gm has raked in over a design flaw they know about in the 4L60E trans that requires nothing more than a $50 shift kit to fix forever. Gm knows about it but likes selling those $1500 to $2500 trans's much more than doing whats right.
My gm's offroad abilities were a joke BUT it was a long wheel base regular cab 4x4
. Ive stuck that truck in the front yard so many times its not even funny. My friends 98 extended cab short bed 1500 doesnt seem to have the same problems.
My F250 has 308,000 miles or more on it now. It drives as good as my 98 gmc did after I spent a fortune on aftermarket parts for it. But I will give the highway driving edge to the gmc as it was more car like. But the second you leave the pavement my 2002 F250 still drives great and the gmc felt more like a boat on choppy water.
Offroad my F250 will go places my gmc wouldnt even get close enough to know about let alone go thru. My F250 has never been stuck in the front yard and has never embarrased me like the gmc did. Ive even dropped the back tires off a cliff on my F250 with nothing touching the ground except the front tires and the nerf bars. My gmc would of needed a wrecker. My F250 just needed me to lock the front hubs in and it pulled the frame along the ground till the back tires were back up on the bluff.
I trust my F250. I was scared of my gmc leaving me stranded if 4x4
was needed. Ive had to pull people out with my s10 before I got the F250 since my gmc would just sit there and spin trying to pull someone out.
Interior wise my 98 was nice creature comfort wise. The F250 has a better heater and a better a/c than it had. I cant really compare much past this as my gmc was a regular cab and the F250 is a crew cab.
Before I bought my F250 I had parked my gmc because I couldnt afford to drive it to be honest. I never even notice keeping fuel in the F250 as it gets a ton better mpg
than the gmc did.
Ford has improved the interiors of each model of the F series over and over. GM is stuck in the past. Once they hit 1995 or so they stopped making any real improvements. You can drive a late 90's gm and a 2011 and it looks like youve only changed one model year with minor changes.
From 1997 or so in the F series to 2011 its like a different manufacturer's interior. Thats progress and thats having a clue and thats how you stay #1.