Photo by Joe Bruzek
Our brake-testing procedures were pretty simple. We ran each truck up to 60 mph, making sure the transmission got to the top gear, and then we performed our braking over the same stretch of asphalt, smashing the pedal. The driver kept track of safely running the truck up to speed, while the passenger called out the actual vehicle speeds from our test computer's digital readout. Each of the two passengers riding inside the trucks during our brake sessions weighed about 170 pounds.
Not surprisingly, the heaviest vehicle of the 2014 Annual Physical, our fully loaded Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn, had the longest stopping distance at 159.1 feet, but not far behind was the much lighter (by almost 2,000 pounds) Honda Ridgeline, which stopped from 60 mph in 158.6 feet. See the chart below for all of the figures.
For this initial segment test, we opted not to conduct loaded brake testing at or near maximum payload ratings, although that may be a feature we add in future Annual Physical tests. Certain trim packages can dramatically affect a truck's payload capacity.
It's worth noting that the vehicle with the highest calculated payload was the two-wheel-drive Chevrolet Silverado at 1,780 pounds, offering a payload equaling 35 percent of the truck's actual weight. The truck with the smallest payload capacity turned out to be the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel (Laramie Longhorn with air springs), with a calculated payload of 490 pounds, which equals just 7 percent of the truck's actual weight.
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