Trying to prove that the steel truck bed is better than the aluminum truck bed, Chevrolet devised quite an interesting test where the truck beds were tested in rather an unconventional way. First of Chevrolet gathered up a few “normal” people to witness and to comment on the test results and then they’ve tested the truck beds first by unloading a few hundred pounds of stone from three feet high and then by throwing a tool case from the bedside. Granted, Chevrolet Silverado won this one easily. Its bed is made of roll-formed high-strength steel, while the Ford F-150 has stamped all-aluminum bed (not this one tough).
We have seen a multitude of videos before showing just how awesome steel or aluminum bed is, but the Chevrolet-made test definitely proved that in these conditions Steel has an edge. True, the test was not 100 percent fair as the liners on both cars have been removed. We are quite sure, that with the liners, aluminum F-150 truck bed would stack up a bit better, although we doubt it would reach the toughness level of the all steel truck bed.
Ford F-150 definitely finished off with more dents and even holes in the material, where’s the Chevy bed was only dented a bit.
Nevertheless, it is hard to imagine that some would actually punish their trucks this much. Differences between the materials are rather prominent, but it is inevitable for all to switch to aluminum. It will happen whether some like it or not.
What is more, some sources claim that next Chevy Silverado could be an all-aluminum truck. So, telling people that steel is better only years before switching to aluminum is a bit odd, to say the least.