Challenges

2014 Ultimate HD Challenge: One-Ton Overview

2014 Ultimate HD Challenge: One-Ton OverviewOur biggest One-Ton comparison test to date takes us two separate weeks of testing in 25 different categories.

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Ultimate One-Ton HD Challenge: Milan Dragway

Some might argue that it doesn't make sense to run big pickup trucks on quarter-mile tracks because there's nothing like that experience in the real world. And we'd say they are right, but collecting the data gives us a good...

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Ultimate One-Ton HD Challenge: Fuel Economy

We like doing dedicated fuel-economy runs on a real-world loop to give us an idea of how these pickups will work for consumers. We go to great lengths to find sizable routes that offer a good mix of city, highway,...

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Ultimate One-Ton HD Challenge: Milford Hill Climb

Wherever possible, we like to get access to a truckmaker's proving grounds when conducting our big comparison tests. Not only does it give us a chance to see where these full-size pickup trucks are designed, engineered and eventually produced, but...

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Ultimate One-Ton HD Challenge: Milford Braking

Part of the benefit of using GM's Milford Proving Ground was having access to the infamous Black Lake dynamic testing area. The area is difficult to describe, other than to say it looks like a giant lake of blacktop pavement:...

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Ultimate One-Ton HD Challenge: Davis Dam Acceleration

The Davis Dam grade, about two hours southeast of Las Vegas, will be familiar to many of our readers, not only because we've conducted several past comparison tests there, but because it is one of the major routes used in...

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Ultimate One-Ton HD Challenge: Davis Dam Exhaust Brake Test

We knew that the winning truck in this contest wasn't going to be just the fastest. As all serious truckers know, how a vehicle handles and controls its load on downhill runs is probably more important than any top-to-bottom speed...

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Ultimate One-Ton HD Challenge: Eisenhower Pass Hill Climb

We've always liked to see how big pickup trucks deal with high altitude and heavy loads, and there is no better place to test for both than the Eisenhower Pass grade just west of Denver. The Loveland Pass area is...

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Ultimate One-Ton HD Challenge: Eisenhower Pass Exhaust Braking

Our final exhaust brake test, this time on the Eisenhower Pass grade, was conducted down the same grade we had just climbed, and it proved to be an interesting competition. We kept many of the parameters of the test similar...

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Ultimate One-Ton HD Challenge: And the Winner Is …

Determining how to calculate our winner is never easy with a gigantic test like this. Combining all of our test data with the diverse opinions we gather from our judges makes putting it together almost a no-win situation. If we...

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2014 Ultimate HD Challenge: Three-Quarter-Ton Gas Pickups

2014 Ultimate HD Challenge: Three-Quarter-Ton Gas PickupsWe compare the latest 3/4-ton pickups in a massive 22-event head-to-head shootout through five states.

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