Steel Trucks vs. Aluminum Trucks: What’s the Difference?

By Sunrise Chevrolet | June 20th, 2016

2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 (2)

There are many pickup trucks on the market today, all of which tout their ability to get the job done seamlessly. However, it’s been proven that pickups with steel beds outperform those made with aluminum. That’s to say, trucks like the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 easily beat out the 2016 Ford F-150. In fact, Chevrolet conducted a three-prong demonstration to prove steel trucks are better than aluminum ones, all performed without bedliners to evaluate how susceptible the trucks are to puncture. Find out the results before making your way to Sunrise Chevrolet to take the latest Silverado 1500 for a ride.

Wedge-Shaped Striker

In the first of three tests, Chevrolet took a wedge-shaped striker that weighed 17 pounds to see how the trucks fared when the object struck with force. The 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 remained intact up to 90 joules of impact energy, according to the Chevrolet demonstration. The 2016 Ford F-150, on the other hand, began to display hairline cracks following 30 joules, and was completely punctured by 40 joules.
Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Impact Test

Landscaping Blocks

To demonstrate the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500’s durability and strength even further, Chevrolet pickup took 55 landscaping blocks weighing about 825 pounds combined. These were dropped on the beds of the Silverado 1500 and the 2016 Ford F-150 from five feet above. Twelve comparisons were tracked, and overall, the Silverado 1500 came away with only scratches and dents that didn’t affect the bed’s utility. Meanwhile, the Ford F-150’s bed endured punctures with each drop, averaging 4.3 punctures per drop.


In an effort to demonstrate a typical accident at a jobsite, Chevrolet took a steel, handheld toolbox and pushed it off the side rail of each truck. The toolbox dented the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado’s steel bed in 12 out of 14 examples, and in the other two, left a pinhole puncture on the bed floor. Compare these results to the 2016 Ford F-150, which received one dent in 14 examples, while the remaining 13 drops resulted in sizeable punctures in the bed floor.

Choose the Stronger Pickup with the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Based on these results, it’s clear that the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and its high-strength steel bed make for the superior option. See just how durable this pickup is by visiting Sunrise Chevrolet, located at 414 E. North Ave in Glendale Heights, IL. Get in touch if you’d like more information beforehand!



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