Yes, we know this has taken a long time, and we know you've been grumbling about wanting to know exactly when our 2014 Ultimate Heavy-Duty Challenge stories will come out. Well, wonder no more.
The first part of our two-part 2014 Ultimate Heavy-Duty Challenge, the Ultimate Three-Quarter-Ton HD Challenge, will appear Aug. 11 and will focus on three competitors: the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD, the 2015 Ford F-250 Super Duty and 2014 Ram 2500 HD. All three players were crew-cab 4x4 pickup trucks with gas engines listing for less than $50,000. Each pickup was evaluated during two weeks of testing in five states; the Challenge covered 22 different scored categories with and without trailers and payload. Some scores were data driven while others were scored by our panel of expert judges.
The second part of the Challenge, the Ultimate One-Ton HD Challenge, will publish on Aug. 18 and will focus on three dualie competitors:the 2015 Ford F-350 Super Duty Power Stroke, the 2015 GMC Sierra 3500 HD Duramax and the 2014 Ram 3500 HD Cummins. All three were max-tow crew-cab 4x4 long-bed pickups with 3.73:1 axle gears, automatic transmissions and were fitted with gooseneck balls. There was no price limit for this test, but each manufacturer did know value would be a scored category.
This pair of comparison tests is one of the most comprehensive and exhaustive tests we (or anyone else) have ever conducted. We hope you like it.
Cars.com photo by Evan Sears