Texas Truck Showdown 2016: Max Towing

Group Still 1 II

We pushed light-duty manufacturers to send us their best all-around half-ton pickups set up with their best towing option packages and features to see how they perform.


We got a group of test trucks close in size, capability and price, but with different personality traits when pushed in head-to-head competition.


The Tests

It was a grueling week of testing along the Texas Gulf Coast. One day at the Royal Purple Raceway, one day at the dyno and one long day on the Texas blacktop.

Acceleration | Braking | Real-World MPG



When the dust settled and the judges made their choices, there was only one truck on top.

What the Judges Said