2010 V-6 Work Truck Shootout

 
 

Like Rodney Dangerfield, V-6 two-door trucks get no respect: Over the past decade, almost all of the significant power, fuel economy and technical advances have been made to V-8-powered trucks. These changes have left regular cab, six-cylinder haulers in the dust. Until now, that is. For our comparison, we're testing the base engines that propel the anonymous two-door, short-bed fleet and work trucks you pass by every day but never seem to notice.

We gathered three 2011 V-6 entry-level pickups from Ford, GMC and Ram for our first V-6 Light-Duty Work Truck Shootout. Each truck had a naturally aspirated engine in a regular cab, two-wheel-drive, short-bed configuration.

Truck Specs and Testing Approach | Ford F-150 3.7-L V-6 | GMC Sierra 1500 4.3-L V-6 | Ram 3.7-L V-6

We put all three trucks through their paces at Ford's Michigan Proving Grounds, at Milan Dragway and on the streets and highways of the greater Detroit area. We measured their gas mileage, braking ability, ride and handling prowess, and hill-climbing capabilities.

Fuel Economy and Long-Distance Ride Quality | Quarter-Mile Test | 7 Percent Hill Climb | Brake Test | Ride and Handling Test

 

To determine the best overall V-6 pickup we weighed our subjective evaluations, including unloaded ride and handling, ride and handling with trailers and payload, fit and finish and overall value; how the trucks fared in our testing of power and pulling capabilities; and, finally, fuel economy.

Best Overall Work Truck