• Nov 10, 2010
Work trucks are the heart and soul of the U.S. It's nice to have a big, powerful V8 engine under the hood, but the current crop of V6 mills provide both power and solid fuel economy numbers. PickTrucks.com wrangled up three 2011 V6 work trucks and decided to see which one is the new king of the hill.

Mike Levine and his team lined up the 3.7-liter Ford F-150, 4.3-liter GMC Sierra 1500 and 3.7-liter Ram 1500. All three pack V6s and automatic transmissions, with a regular cab, short-bed and rear-wheel drive setup. A 2011 Toyota Tundra was slated to be part of the test but was badly damaged during its cross-country transport.

Each truck ran through a gamut of testing to see how it would fair as a full-on light-duty work machine. We won't spoil the winner, but let's just say few others really determine just how good a truck is like Mike Levine and his crew. Check out the full story at PickupTrucks.com.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Kudos Ford.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "A 2011 Toyota Tundra was slated to be part of the test but was badly damaged during its cross-country transport."

      Was it...
      ...Unintended Accelleration???
      (DA-DUM!!!)


      Sorry, Guys - I couldn't help myself!
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Ford's engine makes all the others look pretty pathetic, at least until the new Pentastar is available. Also, the Ram looks oddly stubby and ill proportioned in short bed configuration.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I want to see a retest as soon as the Ram gets the Pentastar V6
      • 4 Years Ago
      note to pickuptrucks.com...theres a reason the ford is more money, you tested an STX NOT an XL.....the differences list as follows...body colored front and rear bumpers, fascia, grill surround, power mirrors, integrated key transmitter, AM FM single cd, 40/20/40 upgrade cloth seat, Customer information display, cruise control, power windows, locks, my Key, perimeter alarm and outside temperature...and judging by the photos you also had running boards and upgraded wheels....think all those features may actually add to the MSRP??????
        • 4 Years Ago
        me bad, the 17 inch machined Alum wheels and upgraded 255/65R17 tires a std on the UPGRADED STX model.......
        • 4 Years Ago
        They know that. The XL was not available in time for testing... they said it in the article.
        • 4 Years Ago
        John, my only gripe was comparing the STX to the basic models and then adding insult to injury by downgrading the truck in the value for money segmentl, however, the drivetrain and capabilities are EXACTLY the same as Fords XL version which MSRP's leass than $24k...so the Ford would still have won the battle, but probably by more since the value for money criteria would have been more competitive....
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Ford was $28.6k, the GMC was $24.4k, and the Ram was $22.6k. While $6k isn't a big deal when you're comparing $90k cars, when the cheapest truck is $22k, that $6k advantage for the Ford is more than 25% more expensive than the Ram.

        As I see it, the Ford is a sub-$30k truck, and should be expected to trounce the sub-$25k trucks. Bring price parity, and the trucks should generally match.

        For example, if you let the GMC spend another $4k to match the Ford price, then you look at a SLE with the 4.8l Vortec making 300+ hp & 300+ ft-lb, and don't get dinged for crank windows. It won't work as hard pulling the trailer, so mileage would improve, too.

        Match the price, and the trucks be come a lot closer in competitiveness. How about next time, they have Ford, Chevy, and Ram each sent over a work truck with a $28-$30k budget and see what happens. Or don't let Ford send a $28+k truck to a sub-$25k "shootout".
      • 4 Years Ago
      wheres the Honda truck?? and what about the Toyota ??
        • 4 Years Ago
        Honda? The article says "work trucks".
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Each truck ran through a gamut of testing to see how it would fair as a full-on light-duty work machine."

      I would imagined they all 'fair'ed quite well for work trucks... I mean, its kinda hard for a pickup truck to be unscrupulous
      • 4 Years Ago
      DODGE & GM SUCK ! Just Kidding ! Their Junk.
      • 4 Years Ago
      WELL, just a little history, my 2004 FORD ranger suffered badly from a computor problem, mind only 70,000. miles, still should be a good vehicle,, two new heads later, By a automotive machine shop , 5000 later ooops happened again, a nother new head. still not finished as of today. DAM and this is a work truck , ( hauls kitchen cabinets ) not much weight.

      So I sue FORD , Edsel , the west coast says they;ll pay for the repair . if I take Edsels name of the suit . ( LIERS ) , of course the judge threw me out, Now the transmission has gone, 3000 dollars, I am going to sue nce more , CEO CFO and some other person. more of a in covenice to them but feels good to me. I have always been a FORD man, owed 6 Thuderbirds 55, 56 and 57's great cars. so after I get t his Ranger running going to trade it for a DODGE...

      Thanks for reading, any better ideas. TED Plemon
        • 4 Years Ago
        should you learn how to write, first ?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, the scores were so close it's almost a wash.

      Wonder how Nissan feels about not even being on the radar.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Their scoring system is bunk, Ford dominated the test.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Am glad to hear people taking v6 trucks seriously. You can have your cake AND eat it too with a high tech V6. It is about time that American automakers put good engines in their trucks, rather than 10-20 year old mills.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well, Ford is at least taking it seriously right now.

        Soon the Ram will have the Pentastar, helping matters out. The GM will have an entirely new model soon enough....
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yea, I want one of these to pull a trailer with a load of hay that weighs two tons. Good luck with that when you hit a half mile long hill. 50 years ago we had a GMC with a 292 six cylinder and a four speed box. This motor had a lot of torque, but when we got down to 28MPH in 2nd gear, I wanted a V8. Yea, times and technology have change, but I still want that V8. I don't but a truck to drive to work. I buy a truck that does work. I have a CAR to run down to the store or to go see the grandkids.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Cowboy Bob you are exactly correct. Work trucks are for work. They need to be heavy duty and able to pull trailers and haul heavy objects. If one does not need a truck for these purposes, then they should not have a work truck so to speak.
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