In the May, 2012 issue of Car And Driver, their test drivers decided to take three brand-new 3/4-ton crew cab 4x4s, as well as a set of 12,000-pound trailers to the wilds of Arizona and Nevada to push these truck and trailer combinations to their SAE J2807 limits. And we say, good for them.
Although you might not think the high-flying, road-course-loving, horsepower-over-torque test drivers at a sportscar magazine would know anything about how to test heavy-duty pickup trucks, this road test story is actually pretty good. They've done a full test of objective testing, loaded and unloaded, with and without trailers, and ran all the trucks up the J2807 test course of Hwy 68 out of Laughlin, Nevada. They focused on topics such as the exhaust brake capabilities, loaded and unloaded braking, and fuel economy.
Give the test a read (click here for the full story) and then take a look at the mountain of photos they took along their route--also on their website. The three competitors they threw into this head-to-head competiton were the Ram 2500 HD MegaCab Laramie Longhorn, Ford F-250 CrewCab King Ranch, and Chevy Silverado 2500 HD LTZ. All were setup with the their respective turbodiesel and six-speed options.
Can you guess which truck won? If you're regular readers of PickupTrucks.com, the outcome may not surprise you. The only thing missing from the story was a complete specification chart and clearly defined criteria for their assesment where we could see all the competitive numbers next to each other. We'll assume that chart is in the magazine's article that's on newstands now. Enjoy.