Feb 29, 2012
We put the Chevy Express 4500 — with its V8 engine — and the Ford E-450 — with its V10 — head-to-head, mano-a-mano, powertrain-to-powertrain. We equipped them both with identical cargo bodies and total weight. Then we ran them through a variety of tests, conducted by AMCI specialists, to measure their performance and fuel economy.
The goal was to prove that the Chevy Express 4500 not only outperforms the Ford E-450 in fuel economy, but can also outdistance it climbing steep grades, merging onto freeways and passing other vehicles — all while heavily loaded.
We simulated a loaded highway merging situation. Both vehicles were driven at a steady speed of 20 mph, with the gear selector in its highest forward gear position, then accelerated to 65 mph.
The Chevy beat the Ford by about 257 feet.
For our next test, we took each vehicle from a standing start to 60 mph, maintaining the same gross vehicle weight.
The Chevy 4500's Variable Valve Timing allows even torque delivery over a broad range of engine speeds, and free-breathing high-rev horsepower.
We tested terminal speed on a 7% grade hill. Both vehicles were driven slightly below 50 mph and were accelerated at full throttle, and measured the distance it took us to go from 50-65 mph.
Chevy beat Ford, no problem.
We simulated a highway passing situation on a 7% grade hill. Both vehicles were driven slightly below 50 mph, with the gear selector in their forward gear positions. Then we accelerated at full throttle, and measure the distance it took us to go from 50 mph to 65 mph.
The Chevy reached 65.2 mph in 2,300 feet. The Ford only reached 58.7 mph.
Both the Chevy and Ford vans were driven together over two preset AMCI testing routes — a highway and a city route. The driver's duties were evenly split between vehicles, and all operational changes between vehicles were precisely coordinated.
Bottom line: Chevy 4500 gets better real-world fuel economy than the Ford E-450 in both city and highway cycles.
While the facts and figures are important, there's another reason the Chevy Cutaway is the clear winner-it makes good financial sense. Whether you own your own business or run a large fleet-the cost of operating your work vehicles can improve your bottom line, and your opportunity for success.