The best overall heavy-duty pickup in the three-quarter-ton gas category is the 2011 Ford F-250 with 6.2-liter V-8. As the tests became more extreme up the hills, the 6.2-liter V-8 was up to the challenges, opening large gaps between the Chevy and Ram trucks. It also proved to have the best loaded fuel economy. But this race was very close. The Ram 2500 scored just behind the F-250 based on its tremendous pulling performance at Milan raceway and better ride and handling characteristics than the Ford. In fact, we’d suggest the Ram 2500 as our HD choice if most of your towing and hauling will be across level ground, like in the Midwest. If you’re going to pull heavy trailers through the mountains, though – and don’t want to pay a premium for a diesel – the Ford F-250 is a better choice.
Score Category Weights: Subjective 20% / Performance 55% / Fuel Economy 25%