2017 3/4-Ton Pickups: From Bare Bones to Loaded Luxury

3-4-Ton Group High & Low 1A

Without question, the Rodney Dangerfield of the pickup truck world is the three-quarter-ton pickup. Half-ton pickups are the biggest sellers for truckmakers, while the one-ton monsters are the super heroes. The three-quarter-ton class gets little, if any, respect. That's why our last two Challenges focused on three-quarter-ton pickups, testing base workhorse pickups and their well-dressed and optioned counterparts. Competitors for both contests were the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500, 2017 Ford Super Duty F-250, 2017 Nissan Titan XD and 2017 Ram 2500.

For the 2017 3/4-Ton Work Truck Challenge, we tested V-8, regular-cab, long-bed work trucks. All were 4x2s except the Nissan, because the manufacturer could only provide a 4x4. Here's how they finished, with links to their photo galleries.

  1. Ford F-250 XL
  2. Ram 2500 Tradesman
  3. Chevrolet 2500 WT
  4. Nissan Titan XD S

In the 2017 3/4-Ton Premium Truck Challenge, we tested the other half of the world: top-of-the-line crew-cab, 4x4, short-bed, turbo-diesel pickups. Here is their finishing order and links to their photo galleries.

  1. Ford F-250 King Ranch
  2. Chevrolet 2500 LTZ Midnight Edition
  3. Ram 2500 Laramie Longhorn
  4. Nissan Titan XD Platinum Reserve

Cars.com photos by Angela Conners

 

Comments

My winners... Ram tradesman and Chevy LTZ.

Look carefully at the picture above. PUTC is subliminally admitting the true winners of each context by lining them up from 1st place (from the left)to last place (to the right). Finally, thank you Mark.

Look carefully at the picture above. PUTC is subliminally admitting the true winners of each context by lining them up from 1st place (from the left)to last place (to the right). Finally, thank you Mark.

Posted by: GMSRGREAT | May 3, 2017 6:10:21 PM

Taking Narcissism to a new level, wacky,wacky,wacky. Who Dominates HD pick up truck sales, that's right boys and girls FORD.

How about a challenge between the different brands with the only options being four doors, 4x4, and the diesel engine? There are a lot of trucks bought in that configuration and I feel like all the comparisons are only between trucks that have zero options or all of them and nothing in between.

@BD - I'd like see a test with "mid-spec" trucks since those tend to be the volume sellers. I do believe that is what you mean. Run gassers in the same test along with diesel trucks.

All tests should be done with trucks running the same tires. How can one claim one truck has better brakes, better handling or better acceleration when the tires are all different?

I'll stick with my loaded 2016 F150 Ecoboost Lariat supercrew that was only $51K CDN new.
With heavy duty payload package (0.10" heavier frame) my door jamb sticker shows payload of 2388 lbs and maxtow option with HD 3.73 rear end allows 12,100 Lbs towing, why bother with 3/4 ton? If I didnt have the full panoramic roof my payload would have been almost 2500 lbs.
If I needed more I'd go back to a one ton and skip over the 3/4.

...my door jamb sticker shows payload of 2388 lbs and maxtow option with HD 3.73 rear end allows 12,100 Lbs towing, why bother with 3/4 ton?

@JohnMc

Answer: chassis, brakes, tires.

Why: Stacking a ton of freight in the bed of your half ton truck is like putting ten pounds of bleep in a five pound bag.

Pulling 6 tons of trailer and load with a half ton truck means that you can only perform safely on flat ground. Without a jake brake, you don't want to be trailering in the hills.

There are those who still believe the world is flat and Ford sells the most trucks. However, an education would correct those misconceptions.

...an education would correct those misconceptions.

@gmsrgreat

Wrong. I've been trying for almost 4 years!

We can only try.

They have to accept the facts, and for the Franks, Nitro's, Roadwhales, Lionel's and BAFOs of the world facts are an unacceptable challenge to their egos.

Work Truck + 4x4 + Diesel = paradise.

Glad someone is still making them. Premium Truck? Pfftttt...suburban toy.

There are those who still believe the world is flat and Ford sells the most trucks. However, an education would correct those misconceptions.


Posted by: GMSRGREAT | May 4, 2017 9:33:21 AM

April 2017 clearly shows Ford outselling all GM Trucks/Models from Fullsize, Heavy Duty, and Mid Size. Clearly, Hippos are your friend.

GM's a FAILURE!

@gms, so sorry you have to defend Chevy who cant keep up with Ford.

April 2017 clearly shows Ford outselling all GM Trucks/Models from Fullsize, Heavy Duty, and Mid Size. Clearly, Hippos are your friend.

GM's a FAILURE!
Posted by: Frank | May 4, 2017 10:18:46 AM

Try learning to add again, GM has a 1,367 unit lead still over Ford.

http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2017/05/best-selling-pickup-trucks-april-2017.html

Nitro, why has Ford been second place to GM in overall auto sales since the 1930s, and second to GM in truck sales 2 years and 4 months running? Why must you defend that second place Ford all the time? Does it make you feel like a man to back up a second place el cheapo built ford?



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