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HINO vs FORD

HINO vs FORD

Whether you are a first time truck buyer or own an entire fleet, choosing between the many competitive medium duty truck brands can be exhausting. It all comes down to the three most important concerns of the truck industry:

  1. Financial Impact
  2. Truck Features & Maintenance
  3. Safety

In the highly competitive medium duty truck industry, it is the little things that make the biggest difference. When it comes to getting the tough work done, the Hino 338 and the Ford F-750 are often on a truck buyer’s list of models to test drive. In this comparison, we dive into the details to help support our conclusion: that Hino makes for a better work truck.

Our team of experts has analyzed the specifications to compare these two Non-CDL medium duty trucks and have focused our findings into the following categories:

Financial Impact

For most of our customers, a truck is an important investment and a key part of their business’ daily operations. That is why this category is the first consideration in this comparison.

Resale Value

The Hino brand is a Toyota Group Company and maintains the same reputation for their quality and reliability. In prior years, Ford’s medium duty trucks were produced out of a joint venture with International, the most poorly rated trucks in the industry according to a study conducted by J.D. Power*. The manufacturing quality for those first generation medium duty Ford trucks may have been compromised during that joint venture. In that same study, Hino was rated #1 in Customer Satisfaction over Freightliner, Kenworth, Ford and International. Hino has prided themselves for their dedication to quality, which has paid dividends as illustrated in their year over market share growth. As Hino continues to grow in popularity, the Hino customers have seen their trucks maintain high resale values over the years, making it the better choice for anyone looking to see a good return from the sale of their used vehicles.

Better MPG

One of the ongoing expenses of maintaining a fleet is fuel cost. Built for fuel efficiency, the Hino 338 cab and chassis average fuel consumption is 10mpg. That’s more money in the business rather than in the tank!

Standard Warranty Features

Both Ford and Hino have an outstanding 5-year, 250,000-mile standard engine warranty program to cover their trucks. Hino also offers a 7-year, 150,000-mile warranty for the lower mileage truck driver. With the complex emission systems on diesel vehicles today, Hino also offers an emission after-treatment warranty to prevent costly repairs or expenditures related to emission issues.

Truck Features & Maintenance

Frame Strength

Hino has a standard 80,000 PSI frame strength. In contrast, Ford F750’s standard PSI is 50,000.

Front Axle and Rear Axle Strength

The standard Ford F750 can handle 10,000 lbs. on their front axle and 17,500 – 21,000 lbs. on their rear axle. In contrast, the standard Hino 338 can handle 12,000 lbs. on their front axle and 21,000 on the rear.

Maintenance

The Hino’s utilizes oil filled hubs as a standard feature, which requires less maintenance.

Transmission Quality

The Ford TorqShift HD 6-speed transmission is a brand new type of transmission manufactured for Ford’s latest models. Hino utilizes the tried and true Allison 2500 HS 6-speed transmission, a quality transmission that has stood the test of time and is covered under a 4-year, unlimited mile warranty.

Safety

Windshield Visibility

Possibly the most important safety consideration, the windshield design of the medium duty truck is one of the most hotly contested features to date. While the flat, vertical windshield of most medium duty truck designs have caught some criticism for the way rocks and other road debris does not easily deflect on those surfaces, there is a very important reason why it is an industry standard. Having a 76 degree angle to the windshield allows the driver of a Hino 338 to see immediately in front of the vehicle at all times. The driver would be able to see a person from head to toe as close as 10 feet in the front of the truck. With Ford trucks, the slanted windshield reduces visibility and can be hazardous to the driver and any nearby pedestrians.

Turn Radius

Curb to curb, the Ford F750 has a 36’4” turn radius. Coming in one foot tighter, the 35’4” turn radius of the Hino gives you just enough of a tighter radius to make those navigating abrupt turns, tight spots, and crowded streets that much easier.

Conclusion:

Our customers have found their Hino trucks to be a keystone piece to their fleet’s operations. With the Hino’s durability, dependability, lifetime value and customer-centric features, it is no wonder that they have been ranked #1 in customer satisfaction* in the medium duty truck industry. Take a look at what makes Hino the top choice for business owners when growing their fleet.

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