2011 $30,000 Shootout: 60-0 MPH Braking Test


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We conducted our brake testing on the vast blacktop surface of the Vehicle Dynamic Area at Michigan Proving Ground, where temperatures were just below 80 degrees and the blacktop was clean and warm.

All loaded runs were conducted with the air conditioning off, tow/haul mode on (when loaded; off when empty), windows up, and traction/stability controls on. All trucks used the same route on the VDA to get to 60 mph, where we planted our foot into the brake pedal like it was a panic stop. We gave each truck about two hours to cool the brakes between loaded and unloaded test runs.

Empty testing proved the Ford better than the Toyota by nearly a foot and the Toyota better than the Ram by a little over a foot. Stopping distances were 137.2 feet, 138 feet, and 139.1 feet, respectively. Just a few feet farther back were the Chevy at 141.5 feet and the Nissan at 144.8 feet.

When we ran the vehicles with 1,000 pounds of payload in the beds, our results were just a little different. The single-cab Ford and extended-cab Ram were almost on top of each other with 140.96 feet and 141.03 feet, respectively, with a sizeable gap separating the Toyota (145.0), the Nissan (147.7) and the Chevy (149.0). It’s worth noting the Ram had the least variation between loaded and unloaded runs, with a difference of about 23 inches. The vehicle with the widest margin between loaded and unloaded runs was the Chevy — our only vehicle in the test with rear drum brakes — at 7.5 feet.

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Good job Toyota!


This test answered my question a ITBC it is a Fail.

@5.3LOL: If you mean integrated brake controller, I'm lost as to how that matters in this test. If I missed what your acronym was I apologize for questioning you.

A single stop test like this is one of tires, not the braking system.
Who had the grippiest tires?

@ George - good point. Most magazines that test sport bikes will swap all of the OEM tires over to the same brand of track day tire. That would make sense for this kind of test as well.

@ Lou & George

The tires are chosen by the manufacturer on their vehicles. Tires are a part of the "package".....showing style, design, and engineering. Which I think most manufaturers fail in that department when it comes to OEM tires. Most of them are too small and too ugly....and they sure aren't the best choices available.

Well, it would have been nice to see the UTQG listed in the .pdf
One can reasonably assume grip levels by the treadwear rating.

Drum rear brakes on the Chevy.

@BobMc - Drum rear brakes on the Chevy, manual windows, and doors - all for a tad under 30K. Makes you wonder how they can sell so many 1/2 tons?

While one time stopping may be a test of tires and abs calibration more than of pad/rotor capability, it makes it no less valid. I could care less, how fade free my brakes are, if I wind up in someones trunk on the first stop.

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