2014 Heavy-Duty Challenge Is Coming

HD Group 1 II

Longtime readers of PickupTrucks.com will remember that we conducted our first head-to-head comparison test way back in 2003. Over the years we've tried to get a little better with road tests, averaging more than one big test per year and providing as much technical and procedural information as possible about how we conduct our tests.

And if we're completely honest, we have to say we have a soft spot for our heavy-duty pickup truck challenges because we're always impressed with how much power, strength and technology each of the truckmakers have stuffed into to each new-generation vehicle.

In 2003 we started our journey down this truck testing path with heavy-duty diesel pickups, and once again, more than a decade later, we'll be taking a group of one-ton and three-quarter-ton pickups on the road for some exhaustive, real-world testing that only PUTC can do. This time around, we're spreading out our testing over the course of two weeks in order to spend as many hours and miles as possible with each truck to better flush out their strengths and weaknesses. We'll be in Michigan for the first week at a nearby drag strip and proving ground facility, then on the road for a four-state road trip running each truck on some of the nastiest grades we could find.

We'll try to Tweet some updates and post pictures on Facebook, asking for your input along the way. We'll be as transparent as possible, answering as many questions as we can given the limited number of hours we have in a PickupTrucks.com workday.

For this Ultimate HD Challenge, we'll have three one-ton 4x4 four-door dualies -- one from Ford, GMC and Ram with their respective turbo-diesel engines and max tow packages. There was no price restriction for this group, but we did require each player to come equipped with 3.73:1 gears. For our second group (4x4 four-door three-quarter-ton gas-engine pickups), we required a $50,000 ceiling and will have Chevrolet, Ford and Ram represented. 

Each of the competitors have had either minor or significant changes to their pickup since our last shootout. It should be very fun to see how they shake out this time around. 

We are targeting Aug. 11 for publication of our Three-Quarter-Ton Challenge, with the winner and all the results posted at once. One week later, on Aug. 18, we'll have the Ultimate HD Challenge One-Ton Turbo-Diesel story posted for your pleasure. As always, we'll be looking for your feedback. Stay tuned. 

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Comments

Please make sure all axle ratios and configurations are the same. Ford won last time because of a slightly lower rear end which means a bit extra torque put to the ground.

Hurt locker... Watch it ram kicked ass, ford replied with a truck that wasn't out yet, only ran half way up, and still barely won, with a f550,but if they went up all the way they could've used the ram to get both trailers back down so the f550 didn't catch the brakes on fire! Haha

7 weeks since you've published this teaser, and we're STILL waiting for you to actually publish the story.

smdh

Can we go ahead and give Chevy the top award for FUGLY?

GUTS
GLORY
1ST PLACE IN GAS ENGINES
1ST PLACE IN DIESEL ENGINES
1ST PLACE IN THE CHASSIS DEPT
1ST PLACE IN INTERIORS
1ST PLACE IN STYLING
BEST ALL AROUND
RAM HD

So, we wait another 2- 3 weeks- for an "exhaustive" story whose testing you concluded over a month ago and whose results you've known for probably the last month- for the test you should have written and published already?

In the meantime you publish stories like "the last Chevy half ton van rolls down the line" "Chrysler gives Cummins an award" "Toyota hopes its move puts the spotlight on trucks."

Colour me unimpressed.

Less focus on fluff, fillers and teasers, more on real truck stories with data, hard facts, and analysis.

LOLOL It's about time! Well with any luck there's going to be the appropriate winner. Not a Cheap interior GM with only a 6.0 in a HD Segment. The Ram's 6.4 can barely get out of it's own way, just watch it all on the TFL Gauntlet. The Power Stroke is an Engine that's been born of all the latest technologies and Fords first in a HD Truck, Now its pumped up and more than enough to pull the Gutless Cummings and Duramax. The only real truck is the Ford, they made everything, Truck, Frame and Power Trane. The others are just posers with old technology that needs to be updated. I watched a video on the 3, following each other through Washington down to California...Ford had best mileage, in testing pulled best uphill and was best in class for comfort!!!

Why wouldn't the GM gasser be the new 6.2l corvette engine with 420hp and 460 torque?

@ Bob Gm/Chevy uses thin sheet metal & ifs so it saves weight vs the ford & the ram 4x4s, The Gm/Chevy trucks weigh around 400lbs less because of thos reasons giveing the GM/Chevys a better Hp to weight ratio. Does that mean the Gm twins are better for towing because of it? No semis have around 600hp & 2000 tq on top ends if I rememeber correctly but they also weigh 10 tons giveing them a worse power to weigh ratio than any of the 4 hd pickups does that mean these hd trucks can tow more? No it doesn't,there's more to towing than how good the power to weight ratio is or how fast something can fly up a mountain.

A few hundred pounds towing difference, a few seconds here or there. blah, blah blah.

Go to any job site or industry. mining, oil patch, construction site and see what the professional use... it is FORD.

FORD dominates as the number 1 truck to get the job done period.

Real world, Real tough jobs, Real tough workers rely on FORD.

Meanwhile Ram owners are chipping and lifting their cummins to blow black smoke to drive to the store to get their old ladies some tampons.

Real trucks can be seen on the job. FORD dominates the tough job landscape for a reason.

GUTLESS
GLORYHOLES
1ST PLACE IN GAS ENGINES FAILURE
1ST PLACE IN DIESEL ENGINES FAILURE
1ST PLACE IN THE CHASSIS TWISTING
1ST PLACE IN INTERIORS WEARING OUT
1ST PLACE IN STYLING WHILE IN THE SERVICE DEPT
BEST ALL AROUND AT DRAINING OWERS CASH
RAM HD

Just to shake things up a bit it would be interesting to see modded veteran pickups, that is 2006 to 2007 pickups from the three brands compete with these big boys at say 10k lbs trailers for the 250/2500 series pickup and 14k to 16k lbs loads for the the 1 ton+ trucks just for comparison.

Only caveat would be the 06 to 07 pickups would be to restrict them to over the counter tuners/programmers, intake, and exhaust/exhaust brake.

Reason being is to see how much more value-added are you paying for the latest offering from the three vs buying used or upgrading what you already own.

Mark, does the four state region mean next to Mich. or are you going to be testing on I-70 in Colo. again.

Still waiting.

70 days to publish an article is ridiculous.

News update.... Ford burns to the ground with the engineers driving it.
Flaming
On
Road
Don't forget the marshmallows



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