Challenges

2015 Annual Physical: Overview

2015 Annual Physical: OverviewWe take a diverse group of V-6 half-ton pickup trucks and punish them in countless ways, all for you.

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2015 Annual Physical: Wrapup

The 2015 Annual Physical was not an easy one to pull off — especially since we conducted our 2015 Light-Duty V-8 Challenge at the same time, and that meant 11 test trucks and several other support vehicles — but we...

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2015 Annual Physical: Davis Dam Towing

At Davis Dam in Kingman, Ariz., we recorded times in increments of 10 mph up to 60 mph, at which point we took a final reading. Given that the Ford 2.7-liter EcoBoost had a 4,200-pound trailer and the Ford 3.5-liter...

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2015 Annual Physical: Fuel Economy

Not surprisingly, during our empty fuel-economy runs, the Ram 1500 Tradesman EcoDiesel performed even better (29.8 mpg) than last year's Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn air-ride EcoDiesel (26.2 mpg). Unfortunately, the empty run data we collected on the Ford F-150 2.7-liter...

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2015 Annual Physical: Braking

As a general rule, it's not unusual for the heaviest pickup trucks to have better stopping distances, and that's exactly what we saw during these tests. During our empty runs, the top two heavyweights (the Ford F-150 Platinum at 5,560...

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2015 Annual Physical: Acceleration

As you might have guessed, the top zero-to-60-mph performer in this group of pickup trucks — by a pretty good margin — was the big Ford F-150 Platinum EcoBoost with its twin turbos and 3.5-liter engine. During empty runs, the...

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2015 Light-Duty V-8 Challenge: Results

2015 Light-Duty V-8 Challenge: RESULTSHere is the finishing order for our five competitors. Where did your favorite rank?

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2015 Light-Duty V-8 Challenge: Davis Dam

Knowing how pickup trucks run at the track or how well they can tow weight through congested cities or over mountain highways is just one way of determining their capabilities. We believe another important test that is a top priority...

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2015 Light-Duty V-8 Challenge: Fuel Economy

We know fuel economy is just one of several factors many buyers use when purchasing a new pickup truck, but as fuel prices fluctuate and we get closer to higher federally mandated mpg targets, fuel efficiency will become even more...

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2015 Light-Duty V-8 Challenge: Braking

The best stopper of the group empty or loaded was the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, wearing 275/55R20 Goodyear Wrangler SR-A tires. When the Chevy was empty it stopped in 133.7 feet, and then stopped 1.5 feet better than that with 1,240...

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2015 Light-Duty V-8 Challenge: Quarter-Mile

We ran these 2015 half-ton trucks both empty and loaded for the quarter-mile acceleration test; loaded meant 31 bags of rock salt (relatively flat and evenly distributed over the rear axle) behind the cab in the bed. These quarter-mile runs...

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