Ford or Chevy: Can You Identify One Brand From The Other?



By: Bri O.

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About This Quiz

Chevy began competing with Ford a century ago, and the “Who’s better?” debate continues to this day. 

Whether you’re talking about pickup trucks or sporty coupes, sedans or SUVs, Chevy and Ford partisans will give no ground on their brand loyalty. 

That spirit of competition has also played out on racetracks, where the two brands have been duking it out for decades. Ford can boast about winning the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans four years in a row, with the 1966 1-2-3 victory dramatized in the 2019 hit film, “Ford v Ferrari. Chevy has a long history of winning the Indy 500, starting way back in 1920 and 1921, when cars built and campaigned by the Chevrolet brothers – Louis, Arthur and Gaston – won the American classic.

It’s not all about racing, of course, and both brands would say the most important competition is in the showroom. There, both Chevy and Ford offer models in all the popular segments, although both have been dropping passenger cars in favor of building more crossovers and SUVs.

Historically, both Chevy and Ford have introduced some great designs. Chevy can point to the 1955-1957 models as American icons, with the 1963 Corvette Sting Ray as a landmark sports car. Ford’s sleek 1949 model line broke new design ground, it’s 1955-1957 Thunderbird was in instant classic, and the 1965 Mustang remains beloved by collectors around the world.

Whether you're a diehard Chevy buff or Ford fan, you’re bound to enjoy trying to tell their models apart in this 50-question quiz. So dig in!

Which company makes this popular SUV that was first released for the 1991 model year?

For introduced the Explorer sport-utility vehicle for the 1991 model year, catching a wave of SUV popularity that would continue to gather momentum. The Explorer has evolved into a larger vehicle, with the latest generation design introduced for 2020.


Which brand made this model with the space-themed name?

Ford introduced the Galaxie name for in 1959, using it on full-size models until 1974. The name was an intentional misspelling of “galaxy,” reflecting the then-young U.S. space program that would put astronauts on the moon a decade later. Ford did use the name “Galaxy” on a European minivan in the 1990s.


Which company made what is generally recognized as the first mass-market car?

Commonly referred to as the “tin lizzie,” the Ford Model T became the first car produced on a large-enough scale that it could be sold at prices many people could afford. Ford made the Model T from 1908-1927, by which time it had become hopelessly obsolete. Ford replaced it with the Model A the following year.


Which company made this compact pickup truck?

Ford introduced the Ranger compact pickup for 1983, and it quickly became very popular. Ford discontinued the Ranger in the U.S. and Canada in 2011 but continued to offer it in other markets. A larger and more powerful Ranger pickup returned to North America for 2019.


Which carmaker debuted this iconic car in 1955?

Ford introduced the Thunderbird as a posh two-seater in 1955, but for 1958 redesigned it into a larger four-seat model. Nicknamed the T-Bird, the Thunderbird continued to grow in size and popularity into the 1970s, with 1977-1979 its best sales years by far. Later models varied in size, and there as even a two-seat revival for 2002-2005.


The maker of this car, named after a part of Monaco on the French Riviera, is_____________

Chevrolet introduced the Monte Carlo for 1970, borrowing the model’s name from a section of the principality of Monaco. Based on a longer version of the Chevelle chassis, the early Monte Carlo offered a luxury look and image for an affordable price. Later, downsized versions of the Monte Carlo were built until 2007.


Who made this classic model that shares a name with a Los Angeles neighborhood?

The Bel Air was Chevy’s top model from 1950-1957, and then became a mid-range model when the Impala arrived above it. A 1956 version is shown.


This full-size crossover SUV was made by which company?

After 10 years of production with few meaningful changes, Ford retired its versatile, roomy Flex in 2019. The Flex was a fairly unique vehicle, more of a big boxy station wagon than an SUV, and with plenty of luxury options and an optional twin-turbo V6 engine with 365 horsepower. That’s one fast family wagon!


The maker of this festive-sounding car is:

Ford offered the original Fiesta in America in the late-1970s, but while the nameplate continued elsewhere, it did not return to the U.S. until 2010 as a 2011 model. Europe has a new-generation Fiesta, but the model got the axe in North America in 2019, due to low sales.


Who makes this iconic car that shares its name with a hoofed animal?

Can you believe Ford has been making Mustangs since 1964? The early cars were based on the dowdy Falcon economy sedan, but with the right options, they could really gallop. (A 1990s model is shown.) In contrast, the 2020 Mustang is a highly sophisticated, high-performance machine. There’s even an electric crossover version called the Mach-E on its way for 2020.


Which company made this minivan?

Ford entered the minivan arena with the Aerostar for 1986. Although the Aerostar used rear-wheel drive, as opposed to front-wheel drive like the more popular Chrysler Corporation minivans, it did offer an all-wheel drive option starting in 1990. The front-wheel drive Windstar replaced the Aerostar for 1998.


Who made this economical subcompact car?

The Ford Festiva (not to be confused with the Fiesta), which arrived in the United States starting in 1987 as a 1988 model, was essentially a Kia-built version of a tiny Mazda model. A cheap entry-level car, the Festiva was not well-regarded. The second-generation version arrived in 1993 but was renamed the Aspire in the U.S. and was dropped a few years later.


Who makes this top-selling truck?

Ford’s F-series has been the best-selling pickup in America for more than 40 years, with the F-150 the most popular. The F-series dates back to 1948, when it debuted as the F1.


Which company discontinued this pickup truck in 2013:

Chevrolet offered its Avalanche four-door pickup from 2002 to 2013, in two design generations. For a more comfortable, car-like ride, the Avalanche was built on the chassis of the large Suburban SUV rather than Chevy’s Silverado pickup. Cadillac made a version of the Avalanche called Escalade EXT.


Which brand made this car-pickup mashup?

Chevy’s El Camino is what would be called a “ute” in Australia, a car with a pickup bed. Chevy offered the first El Camino as a full-size model in 1959-1960, and then relaunched it on the midsize Chevelle chassis in 1964. The last version was offered in 1987 (shown).


Who made this compact car?

Chevy’s Cavalier arrived in 1981 as a 1982 model and was offered until 2005. It was redesigned twice in that time and offered in sedan, coupe, wagon and convertible body styles. There was even a sporty Z24 model.


Which company blazed a trail with this SUV?

Chevy introduced a new Blazer crossover-type SUV for 2020, but it’s nothing like the tough, classic K-5 Blazer made from 1969-1995. That model was based on a shorter version of the brand’s pickup truck chassis. (A late-1970s model is shown.)


Who makes this crossover SUV that debuted in 2009?

Chevy’s Traverse, introduced for 2009, is a full-size crossover-type SUV with seating for up to eight. The Traverse was redesigned for 2018 and features a 310-horsepower V6 engine and nine-speed automatic transmission.


Which company made this 1970s car that shared a name with a type of bean and horse?

Ford’s Pinto was one of several new American economy cars to arrive in the early 1970s, and it was a major sales success. It had rear-wheel drive and a cramped rear seat. Many people remember a federal investigation into its propensity to burst into flames in rear collisions. The Pinto was built until 1980, when it was replaced by the front-wheel drive Escort.


Who made this boxy sedan that was also a popular police patrol car?

Chevrolet introduced the Caprice as an luxury trim package on the Impala in 1965, and it became a separate model the following year. The “downsized” version was introduced for 1977, and by the 1980s, the Caprice replaced the Impala entirely. The model was dropped in 1996, only to come back as the police-only Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle, imported from Australia, from 2011-2017.


Which company only produced one generation of this car?

There is just one generation of the Chevy Cobalt, which was produced from 2006 to 2009. It was replaced by the Chevy Cruze.


Which company makes this large SUV?

The Chevy Suburban has been in production since 1935, with the 11th generation around since 2015. The GMC brand sells the Suburban as the Yukon XL, and Cadillac offers a version called the Escalade ESV.


This 1960s compact car was made by:

Ford has used the Falcon nameplate on different cars in different parts of the world. It began with the compact model introduced in the U.S. for 1960. A 1966 redesign gave the Falcon a larger, boxier body, and that body style lasted until 1970.


This midsize crossover SUV is made by:

Ford introduced the Edge for 2006 as a sporty midsize SUV for people who wanted more practicality than a sedan but without the family-car image of big SUV. A second-generation model arrived for 2015. The base engine is a 245-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder, and a 335-hp twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 is optional.


Which company made this hybrid car?

Chevy introduced the Volt in 2011, and a second-generation model followed in 2016. The second-gen version offered a battery range of 53 miles. The Volt was considered an extended-range electric vehicle, not a hybrid, because its primary drive was from an electric motor, with a gasoline engine used mainly to charge the battery. Chevy dropped the Volt in 2019 but still offers the Bolt, a battery-only EV.


Who made this midsize car produced in three generations from 1964 to 1977?

From 1964 to 1977, Chevy produced three design generations of the midsize Chevelle, with the top trim version called Malibu. When the model was downsized for 1978, the Chevelle name was dropped, and all versions were called Malibu. (A 1970 Chevelle SS is shown.)


This sedan, which debuted in the late 1950s, is an iconic vehicle for which company?

Chevy’s Impala, named for an African antelope, was introduced in 1958 as the top trim level of the Bel Air and became a separate model in 1959 (shown). The last Impala, a sophisticated and highly regarded sedan, will cease production in early 2020, as Chevy steers its brand more toward SUVs.


Which company makes this pickup truck, now in its third design generation?

After using the Silverado name as a top trim level on its C10 pickup for many years, Chevy adopted the name for the entire line for 1999. The fourth-generation Silverado was introduced for 2019. It offers a choice of six engines, including a 2.7-liter turbocharge four-cylinder with an impressive 310 horsepower.


Who makes this sport coupe that debuted in 1967?

Chevy introduced the Camaro for 1967 as a competitor to Ford’s Mustang, and the two remain fierce rivals more than a half a century later. The latest Camaro, introduced for 2016, comes in coupe and convertible styles and with a choice of 4-cylinder, V6 and V8 engines.


The maker of this full-size SUV is:

The Ford Expedition, brought to the market in 1997, remains the brand’s top SUV. The regular model competes with the Chevrolet Tahoe while the longer Expedition Max competes with Chevy’s Suburban. The fourth-generation model debuted in fall 2017 as a 2018 model and is the most sophisticated and luxurious Expedition ever.


Who makes this car that shares its name with a Southern California beach city?

The Malibu began as the high-line trim level of Chevy’s midsize Chevelle from 1964-1977. A smaller redesigned model was called simply Malibu until 1983, and the Malibu name has been used on Chevy’s midsize front-wheel drive sedans since 1996. (The well regarded current Malibu is shown.)


Which company made this sports car inspired by a 1960s race winner?

The limited-production Ford GT supercar, which cost $450,000 and had a top speed of 2016 mph, was inspired by the Ford GT40 racecars that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans four consecutive times between 1966 and 1969. The 2019 hit movie “Ford v Ferrari” dramatizes the story behind the 1966 Le Mans victory. For had previously issued a GT supercar in 2003-2005. That once cost “only” $150,000.


Who made this '90s and early 2000s minivan?

Ford’s Windstar minivan replaced the more truck-like Aerostar for 1995 and was a stronger competitor to the industry leading minivans from Chrysler Corporation than its predecessor. In 2004, the Windstar was renamed Freestar as part of a Ford marketing tactic of starting model names with the letter “F.” Ford discontinued the last of its “F” cars, the Flex, in 2019.


The company that made this compact car is:

Ford began making its popular Focus compact in Europe in 1998 and then started production in the United States the following year as a 2000 model. While Europe got a new, fourth-generation Focus in 2018, North America got to wave the Focus goodbye, as Ford began ending production of most passenger cars to focus (pun intended) on SUVs.


Which brand has made this compact crossover vehicle since 2000?

Ford’s Escape remains one of the most popular crossover-type SUVs in North America. The first- model came out for 2001 and looked a bit like a Land Rover. The second-generation Escape looked almost the same, but the third-generation model (shown) looked more like the competition. The all-new, fourth-generation Escape introduced for 2020 is more car-like than ever.


The company that makes this truck named after a Rocky Mountain state is:

Chevy’s first Colorado pickup debuted in 2003 to replace the old S-10 model. An all-new Colorado arrived for the 2014 model year, and has a companion model, called Sonoma, in the GMC brand.


This company produced just one generation of this 1970s car:

There was just one generation of the Vega subcompact model, which Chevy produced from 1970 to 1977. Chevy named the troublesome little car for Vega, the brightest star of the Lyra constellation. The Vega car’s existence was hardly bright. though. Early Vegas were known for quick-rusting bodies and faulty engines, but the later models improved.


Who makes this SUV named after an event that means "equal night" in Latin?

Chevy introduced its Equinox crossover SUV for 2005, and there was also a companion model in the Pontiac line called the Torrent. Pontiac is long gone, but the Chevy Equinox remains popular. The well-regarded third-generation model was introduced for 2018. Its optional 1.6-liter turbodiesel engine is a rarity in North America.


Who makes this full-size SUV?

Chevy named its Tahoe SUV after the Lake Tahoe, which straddles California and Nevada at an elevation of about 6,200 feet. The most recent Tahoe design was introduced for 2015. The Chevy Suburban is the longer-wheelbase version of the same truck.


Who made this short-lived 1970s sport coupe?

Chevrolet brought out the Monza for 1975 at a time when sales of compact sport coupes were booming in North America. The Monza shared some parts with the Chevy Vega but also offered a V8 engine option, in addition to the standard four-cylinder. The Monza was offered until 1980. A highly modified and customized version is shown.


The maker of this small car is:

The Chevy Sonic, introduced for 2012, is actually the second generation of the Aveo model. In North America, it is offered as a four-door sedan and a hatchback. The North American version is made in Orion, Michigan in the same plant as the Chevy Bolt electric vehicle. Despite stories of GM dropping the Sonic in America, there was a 2020 version shown on the Chevrolet website.


Who made this hybrid vehicle?

When Ford began building the C-Max in the U.S. in 2012, it made only the hybrid and, later, plug-in hybrid versions. In other markets, the C-Max was also available with conventional engines. Sales in America were lower than hoped, and Ford dropped the C-Max in 2018.


Who makes this small crossover SUV?

The original Ford EcoSport was made in Brazil, while the second-generation model is made in seven countries, China, Russia, Thailand, and India among them. Ford brought the Indian-built EcoSport to the U.S. and Canada in 2018 as an entry-level crossover below the Escape.


This car named after a zodiac sign was made by:

Ford caused a sensation when it introduced the sleek Taurus for 1986. It became a best-seller, although in later years many were sold into rental fleets. The 1996 model had a radical, oval-influenced design but was toned down in a 2004 restyle. The model was dropped in 2006, but the name returned on a larger car from 2008-2019.


Which company released its first model of this car in 2006?

Ford introduced the Fusion in 2006, giving the brand a solid competitor in the midsize sedan class. An all-new version in 2013 brought a dramatic style and much-improved ride and handling, and Ford offers hybrid and a plug-in hybrid models. Ford plans to keep the Fusion around through 2021.


Who makes this subcompact crossover SUV?

Chevy introduced its Trax small SUV in 2012 and brought it to North America two years later. Buick offers a version called the Encore. In Russia and South America, the Trax is called the Tracker.


Which company cancelled this compact car in 2019?

Chevy introduced its Cruz compact in global markets in 2008 and began building it in the U.S. for the 2011 model year. The second-generation Cruz sedan came out in 2016, followed by a sporty hatchback. GM dropped the Cruz in America in 2019 to focus on building more crossover SUVs.


Who manufactures this subcompact model?

Chevy’s Spark began in some global markets as the Matiz minicar in 1998. Later, it was renamed Spark and also came to the U.S. from assembly in Korea. There was also an electric version. An all-new, much upgraded Spark arrived in America for 2016 and was still available for 2020. It is Chevy’s lowest-priced car.


Does Ford or Chevy make this electric car that shares a name with a Jamaican sprinter?

Chevrolet’s Bolt electric car, which debuted for 2017, shares a name with Jamaican Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt. So it’s only appropriate that this eco-conscious Chevy can bolt from 0-60 mph in just 6.2 seconds. An upgrade for 2020 boosted the Bolt’s range on a single charge to 259 miles, up from 238.


This company's 1960s compact car also came in two other versions, a van and a pickup:

Chevrolet built its rear-engine Corvair compact from 1960-1969 in two distinct series. The first generation, made until 1964, included not only cars but also cargo and passenger vans and a pickup. The trucks were dropped when the Corvair was redesigned for 1965.


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