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

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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 allowed us to see how strong a truck accelerates or how well the transmission engineers spaced out the gearing. Three of the trucks had eight-speed transmissions (Chevrolet, GMC, Ram), while two had six-speeds (Ford, Toyota).

Empty Runs


During our empty runs, every V-8 made it to and some went well beyond 90 mph when running through the traps at the end of the 1,320-foot mark. Interestingly, the Chevy Silverado 1500 made it to the finish line 0.04 seconds faster than the GMC Sierra 1500, with 14.34 seconds at 97.6 mph. The Sierra ran 14.38 seconds, moving at 96.8 mph. The Ram 1500 ran 15.12 seconds at 92.0 mph. The Ford F-150 ran a slightly slower time at 15.29 seconds, but managed to record a higher trap speed at 93.8 mph. And in last place, the Toyota Tundra recorded a quarter-mile time and speed of 15.56 seconds at 90.6 mph.

Loaded Runs


After transferring our 31 bags of rock salt to our contenders, the GMC once again rose to the top. With 1,240 pounds (plus a 175-pound driver) on its back, the loaded Sierra 1500 ran faster than two of our competitors did when empty at 15.23 seconds at 92.0 mph. The Silverado 1500 recorded 15.36 seconds at 92.5 mph, with the Ram in third place at 15.98 seconds at 87.9 mph. The Ford finished fourth with 16.35 seconds at 88.3 mph, and the Tundra followed with 16.58 seconds at 86.1 mph.

How We Conducted the Testing

We did our quarter-mile acceleration testing at the same time and place that we conducted our zero-to-60-mph runs. All trucks were tested on the same day by the same driver (only one person in the truck during testing) and ran in the same direction down the track, all using the same RaceLogic VBOX data recorder.

Testing Notes From Driver Joe Bruzek

Chevy Silverado 1500: This pickup had trouble with wheelspin in two-wheel drive. I tried some launches in all-wheel drive with success. With traction control off and brake torqueing, this felt like the muscle car of the group.

Ford F-150: This half-ton doesn't like to move quickly off the line (traction control on or off), almost like the transmission computer wants to control it all before it allows power.

GMC Sierra 1500: You'd think the twins would be the same, but they had very different testing personalities: different tires, suspensions and gearing changes — everything. I had wonderful launches with this setup.

Ram 1500: There's almost too much launching power with this pickup. I spun the tires deep into 2nd gear once and I was not even trying. Its throttle is touchy off the line, but it responds well to brake torqueing.

Toyota Tundra TRD Pro: Traction control really wants to run things for the Tundra, but it doesn't seem as quick or flexible to respond as the others. There was no real way to play much with traction distribution. It needs a wider-parameter engine/transmission interface.

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Guys say that drag racing proves nothing and I tend to agree but these results are similar to the Davis Dam runs.
The Ram is strong off the line but runs out of wind. The Ford is weak off the line but once moving picks up speed well. The GM siblings are strong period.
Tundra - it holds its own for an old drivetrain in an offroad package.

I'm not big on drag racing pickups but interesting how well the F150 did. Makes sense considering lighter aluminum body with a capable smaller displacement engine.

Interesting how well the Ram did relative to being unloaded. The other pickups all lost about 1sec after loaded whereas the Ram only lost .76sec.

Quarter-mile is about merge speed at the end of the ramp--not the seconds gained in the endeavor; the faster speed is an advantage. At least you are consistent with your previous erroneous test-evaluation--I recall you gave a test to Ford with a slower speed.

It wasn't too long ago the little 5.7 hemi would out run the 6.2's loaded and unloaded. I wonder if Ram will drop the 6.4 in the Ram 1500 now

It seems the latest politically correct fashion statement involves railing against acceleration testing of pickup trucks. I guess I am a non conformist. Every few years I buy the quickest half ton available because I love quick half tons. I am interested in how the lightened EcoBoost 3.5 would compare against the Chev 6.2 in a quarter mile drag race unloaded. Too bad the EcoBoost 3.5 was missing.

6.2 gm ....?? why didn't they use the 5.3 ? its because its underpowered....typical gm . all others used small v8. maybe you guys at trucks .com should keep this a fair playing field yes ? cheers.

When this new body style truck came out almost all tests were with the 5.3L. Nobody complained then that the 6.2L wasn't in those tests. Dodge brought their biggest offereing, Toyota brought theirs, and I believe Ford brought their biggest V8 as I don't believe the 6.2L Ford can be had in a normal truck. As for the EcoBoost, this isn't just a test of half ton trucks. It is a test of V8 trucks which the EcoBoost isn't. I'm happy to finally see GM showing off the 6.2L. I has been available since around 2009 in the trucks and yet never seems to be what is used for testing. As for the fuel difference I do feel that all of the trucks should have been ran on 91 octane just to make sure no knock retard happens on 87. No reason to run the 6.2L on 87, but it built to be able to. If you can afford the truck you can afford the 4-5 dollars per tank difference. You guys really would have complained if they had put E85 in the 6.2L because it makes a big difference in it's power due to the compression. They may have seen a 13 second quarter mile.

Read the test driver's comments. "There's almost too much launching power with this pickup. I spun the tires deep into 2nd gear once and I was not even trying." The GMC may have had the fastest 1/4 mile time in this test, but it is a testament to traction, and not horsepower or truck performance. Put some times that hook up on these trucks and then see what happens.

Interesting results, most 2015 f150 super crew 4x4s with the 3.5 ecoboost are posting 1/4 mile time slips from 14.5 to 14.8 seconds

How come chev and dodge always compare their trucks to the number one ford? who sells the most/ hmmmm

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The Dodge has a traction problem with the outdated coil spring rear set-up.

Funny how tests vary from testing groups, my F 150 has no problem taking all the GM trucks I've run against. My truck is bone stock, no modifications.

I can see the ur using the Ford ecoboost v6 the emblems right on the side ?????????????????????????

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There’s no comparison my 2015 GMC Sierra Denali comes stock with the L86 Corvette motor & 8 speed transmission there not a stock in that year thats within 1-1/2 car lengths in the quarter mile it jumps in front and Dodge, ford, toyota, lexus cant touch that truck at 60 pr 1000 or the 1/4 miles mark. Chevy / Gmc has that truck moving. Probably could of used larger roters

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