• Jul 3rd 2007 at 11:28AM
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Mike Levine from PickupTruck.com is our go-to guy for truck news. His brain is like the bed of a Ford F-450 filled with the esoteric details of heavy duty diesel pickups and 3/4-ton gassers. Plus, he's from the old school of automotive journalism and has made a successful transition to the web, which means his reporting is always knowledgeable and balanced despite it being delivered digitally. When Levine told us he was planning on doing a comprehensive comparo of today's heavy duty pickups, however, we were unprepared for the depth of the final product.

The 2007 PickupTruck.com Heavy Duty Shootout pits six HD pickups from Chevy/GMC, Ford and Dodge against each other on a totally level and unbiased playing field. Levine went so far as to hire a third-party company to perform all of the instrumented testing to remove any trace of subjectivity in the results. The players are three gas-powered 3/4-ton pickups including the 2007 Dodge Ram 2500 SLT Quad Cab 4x4, 2008 Ford F-250 FX4 Super Duty Crew Cab 4x4 and 2007 GMC Sierra 2500 HD SLE Crew Cab 4x4, and three diesel-powered one-ton pickups including the 2007 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 LT Crew Cab 4x4, 2007 Dodge Ram 3500 SLT Quad Cab 4x4 and 2008 Ford F-350 King Ranch Super Duty Crew Cab 4x4. Ford also threw in a 2008 Ford F-450 Lariat Super Duty Crew Cab 4x4 so that Levine and his team could attempt to prove how powerful this big rig really is.

We've just finished reading Part 1 and 2 of the three-part series, which includes an extremely knowledgeable and fact-filled introduction as well as the first battery of tests, including a "squat" test and 1/4-mile performance runs. Each part may appear like a lot to read, but we flew threw it faster than an unloaded GMC Sierra 2500 through the quarter mile.

Check out Part 1 here and click here for Part 2. The final installment should be out sometime this week, and we'll be eager to find out definitively which of these pickups outperformed its competitors in PickupTruck.com's battle royale of heavy duty trucks.

[Source: PickupTruck.com]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      I was actually surprised that the DODGE/GM didn't leave the FORD in the dust considering the FORD weighs 1000 lbs more then each other. And it sometimes the FORD came out on top, FORD and there fat TRUCKS. FORD is a true American Icon of TRUCK.
        • 8 Years Ago
        the FORD and GM had the same ratio at 4.30. The Dodge was at 3.73. If the FORD had 3.73 it would have beat them hands down. Check the stats.
        • 8 Years Ago
        look at the gear ratios. Ford has lower gears in the diff.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Gee' yet another brilliant comeback!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Nobody needs these monstrocities. Every carpenter, cement worker and cattle rancher can get by with a Ridgeline or a Subaru Baja.

      When the evil big three stop coming to everyones house, kidnapping them and forcing them to buy these hoorible trucks that nobody wants, the world will be a great place to live again.

      I am going into hatmaking and I can get by hauling all my heavy feathers in my Prius just fine. Stop the madness!
        • 8 Years Ago
        My company has a fleet of Ford F-350s diesels, which leave our warehouse at 4:00 every morning with 6000 pounds of supplies in the bed. Often, they are often driven more than 300 miles per day. While the average Honda Ridgeline buyer does not need a truck, 1-ton trucks are often used for their intended purposes.
      • 8 Years Ago
      You have no clue as to what people use these vehicle. While some are nothing more then fashion statements, most are used for serious work and play. Try towing a 6 horse trailer, plowing snow and sanding parking lots or pulling a trailer with a vintage race car witha Fridgeline or Baja. Are you kidding or just stupid!
      • 8 Years Ago
      32 Barney @ Jul 3rd 2007 4:42PM
      "You would spend the money on an expensive engine but go cheap on the fuel. Maybe go cheaper yet and don't change the oil or bother greasing the truck. Maybe you can get used motor oil and thin it down enough to burn"

      These are the same people who bash the quality of their vehicles. Buying a used vehicle is scary. I`ve heard of people leasing vehicles and never changing the oil knowing they are going to get a new one in two years.
        • 8 Years Ago
        "I`ve heard of people leasing vehicles and never changing the oil knowing they are going to get a new one in two years."

        I know of a person who did just that. He even had the brake done on just one wheel. I have bought a few used in my time and regreted it most times. The few new i bought, I still own.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Well said Paul,
      Why would you buy an HD with a gas engine? I think that is the point Dave was making. Toyota likes to boast how powerful their 5.7L gas V8 is. However, the standard if you are towing and want big power is a diesel.
        • 8 Years Ago
        RAMBO: The comparson is between HEAVY DUTY trucks NOT 1/2 tons. Why would Toyota or Nissan 1/2 tons be in the picture? Are you aware of those two making HD that the rest of us aren't? Why not compare a Ridgeliner as well if you feel oranges and apples should be in the tests?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Best Design: Dodge Ram
      Best Value: Dodge Ram
      Best Capability: Ford F-Series
      Best Reliability: Chevy Silverado
      • 8 Years Ago
      Well Barney, I wanted to keep it brief since you are so busy posting. Six posts on one thread in less then an hour, nice life.

      I'll go now honey, your lips are probably getting tired. ha ha ha ha.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Why couldn't he include those cute little foreign pick ups?
        • 8 Years Ago
        It seems to be a futile effort for Levine to go through all the trouble and expense, when the first response is from someone who doesn't read or pay attention. Why don't you do your trolling elsewhere. Are you just illiterate or dense?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think, with its versatility and variety of packages and chassis, the Ford is the dominant winner. I do think GM is making huge inroads with its powertrains. If they add more chassis combinations, such as a 4500 pickup, then they can continue to chip away at the F-Series franchise. I find the Dodge a nice package but not nearly enough features to move even into the runner-up position.
        • 8 Years Ago
        Ford is also the only company that has consistantly offered a good diesel truck. GM's pre-Duramax diesels were a joke (low output, unreliable) and the Dodge trucks with the 12V Cummins engines could not make it up a hill fully loaded (I know, I used to have one). GM and Dodge are finally catching up, but Fords with Navistar diesels are known for their longevity.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I don't think the Chev will do to bad but agree with Rambo. The Ford will prove to be the true work horse, even with a gas engine. It's nice to see the gas engine used in these tests, as it is the most common engine people buy. Some posters will state that the diesel engines will make the difference, but the diesel is not yet the average engine.
        • 8 Years Ago
        I will be the one that makes that statement - frankly, if you buy one of these trucks with a gas engine, you dont know what you are doing... diesel may not be the average engine, but it is the true heavy duty engine, and therefore the one that should be used in these tests.
        • 8 Years Ago
        "if you buy one of these trucks with a gas engine, you dont know what you are doing"

        I agree Paul but average don't mean optional. Until the diesel is a standard engine, the gas will still outsell.

        "therefore the one that should be used in these tests.

        The 2nd group in the test are diesels.
          • 8 Years Ago
          "Also after 4½ years, the diesel owner has spent about $4,200 less on fuel than the gasoline engine owner, Martec says. Last week the average price of a gallon of diesel fuel was $2.91, 7 cents less than for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline."

          I have driven diesels for decades and until recently, the price of diesel was considerably less. Supply & demand dictates that diesel will go up higher and in some areas diesel is already higher in price then gasoline. Still a person would benefit with the diesel in a long range and if the buyer keeps the truck for a longer term. However, if a diesel is made more powerfull then it's gasoline counterpart, it may not give better milage. A 500 HP diesel will not give better milage then a 350 HP gas engine.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Barney get a hobby sweetie.
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