2014 Ultimate Three-Quarter-Ton HD Challenge

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It's been years since we've brought the newest and biggest heavy-duty pickup trucks together for a head-to-head comparison test, and with the changing marketplace and upgrades to the trucks, this ultimate test could not be more timely. We wanted to see how each of these big gas-engine haulers compared in a no-holds-barred road-and-track test. In fact, this test is so big we've decided to call it "Ultimate," and the testing was so severe we had to take more than two weeks to get it done.

Overview

We made the challenge to each of the big HD truckmakers: Send us your best gas-engine crew-cab 4x4s under $50,000 and we'll test them to find out who is the champ. Ford sent the 2015 F-250 6.2-liter; GM sent the Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD 6.0-liter; and Ram sent the 2500 6.4-liter Hemi.

Overview



Tests

We've broken this test into 16 different empirical tests, each proportionally scored in relation to how each pickup performed. We ran each truck down a quarter-mile track, empty and loaded, near its max gross vehicle weight limits; ran the trucks (empty and loaded) on a Michigan fuel-economy route; and took the three players to Davis Dam (at max payload) on the Arizona/Nevada border and Colorado's infamous Eisenhower Grade (near max towing capacity).

Milan Dragway | Fuel Economy | Milford Hill Climb | Braking | Davis Dam | Eisenhower Pass

 



Results

To find out which was the best overall three-quarter-ton pickup, we calculated the total from our 16 different quantitative tests and combined that number with our expert judges' scores; they rated each competitor in six different categories. See which pickup stands alone at the top.

Results