Texas Truck Showdown: Max Towing Acceleration Videos

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Our latest pickup truck comparison — Texas Truck Showdown 2016: Max Towing pitted all the half-ton players against each other, each equipped with their best towing packages. We put all of the competitors through our normal battery of tests, the most interesting of which we've highlighted in these two videos.

Both videos focus on how we conduct our track testing: One focuses on empty pickup performance, and the other focuses on performance when loaded with 1,750 pounds of rock salt.

 

EMPTY PERFORMANCE

 

MAX PAYLOAD PERFORMANCE

 

Cars.com photo by Mark Williams

 

Comments

Wondering what motor the GMC had in it? 6.0?

6.2

Why did the Ford squat so bad loaded? Anybody know?

Don't know Scott C, but the Ford's payload is listed as 120lbs more than the Silverado(with max tow package), at 2,280lbs vs 2160lbs.

"Wondering what motor the GMC had in it? 6.0?"
The 6.2 with 8 speed transmission.

The article should probably have a link to this written description of what happened:
http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2016/01/texas-truck-showdown-2016-acceleration.html

If you compare these same trucks in 4X4 models.......and somebody knows how to launch an F-150 3.5 ecoboost properly, I would bet the results will be different.
Boost launch the 3.5 at 2200-2500 rpm in "4-high"......and it will take down Chevy's 6.2 as well. Regardless of 8 speed tranny!

I think Ford needs to put some more military grade material into the rear suspension on the F-150. Looking at how both GMs handled the weight I think the Ford was a 3 place finisher at best. Geesus , those videos only confirm what I have been saying for months now, the F-150 is a poser.

Lmao!! Where those sparks behind the Ecobust...she's a squater

Here comes the Ford cheer team, "If only this, if only that!"
I think that instead of focusing on the capabilities of the engines (no, the Ford doesn't make as much power as the 6.2- but that's OK, it's a good engine), maybe you should look at the lack of ability to haul a real load. How embarrassing!

Ford and their magic spring dust.

Or you could just accept the fact that the ecoboost is not the fastest truck on the market.

Mark49(aka BIG AL), why is it all the guys that talk up the Gm's non squating most towing trucks jabber, are the ones that never use their trucks the most? I'd be willing to bet you have never towed, or hauled near max weight of your Gm, or any manufacture for that matter, why? Because its a freaking half ton, as you (big al) have said before, these are not real trucks, man this test is worthless, why because its a freaking half ton truck, show the test where some hot mom throws the most groceries in the back, thats what they are good for, basically a minivan.

Just think if this site would have done actual legal tow testing back in the so called shoot out using the recommended WD set up, the test would have been different, because these trucks tend to do well when they have the least amount of weight(which is what WD does)

Funny he fails to mention the Tundra is a 4x4 model and heavier

@ ScottC

Because Ford has a long and storied history of exaggerating the capabilities of their trucks to the point of lying. Never believe anything Ford tells you.

Your best indicator is to look at the GAWR of the trucks, and derive if it will support your desired payload from there. If things are squatting add airbags, they are shockingly cheap and work extremely well. I will not be at all surprised if more manufacturers begin to adopt air suspensions like Ram has on some of their 1500 line.

I'm not sure how well GMs magnetic suspension works in practice, but its pretty awesome from a technical perspective. It may be a winner doing truck work if given enough time.

Because Ford has a long and storied history of exaggerating the capabilities of their trucks to the point of lying. Never believe anything Ford tells you
osted by: Cummins | Feb 2, 2016 11:55:47

Why, they have the same certification as Fiat.

PUTC also noted the Tundra and Ram were sagging horribly. GM not sagging - there may be something wrong with the truck. Sag under load is normal.

Am i missing something where are the "towing" acceleration videos??

@Nitro, That's funny right there, I don't care who you are!
I personally would not tow 5 tons with a half ton truck. I will not speak to the wisdom of PUTC's tests, just comment on their results. As long as every truck is tested exactly the same, it should give us some idea of what to expect when we drive them at (or past) their limits.

I have several weight slips showing 32-3600lbs of limestone that I hauled last summer with my 3/4 ton, and I tow a goose neck with antique tractors on it in the summertime. Thanks for asking!


. GM not sagging - there may be something wrong with the truck. Sag under load is normal.


Posted by: Dave Z. | Feb 2, 2016 1:01:56 PM

Posted in the results it looks like GM no longer has the nice ride it was known for. Looks like they went for the stiff route for suspension. Might work well for heavy loads but not empty. It is funny BARFO claims Ford load and tow and poor ride yet it is GM he is really talking about.


"Like the Chevy, ride quality without payload or a trailer is bouncy and more rigid than the more-refined-riding trucks in this comparison,"

Wow, I keep seeing people post in here under my name even though I, the real original Cummins username and A double L 1 , has not posted here for months.

Oh, and one thing about the "sag" in the Ford. Unlike most other truck makes, you have different spring options depending on the package you want with the F150 and F250s. The 2015 F150 alone has 5 different leaf spring options with the regular F150 having the least spring deflection rate and the HD payload package having springs with the highest deflection rate.

@ Doesn't matter.......it is the fastest. Just needs to be launched properly!

Hit the auto LSD button on the Tundra and watch those times change...... OH wait nevermind don't do that you don't want an aged engine being in the top 2 lol...... what a joke.

Unlike most other truck makes, you have different spring options depending on the package you want with the F150 and F250s.

Posted by: Cummins | Feb 2, 2016 3:09:52 PM

GM offers different spring rates for the towing package.

"MAX TRAILERING PACKAGE
Best-in-class V8 towing results from an automatic
locking rear differential, Z82 Trailering Package,
heavy-duty 9.76" axle with 3.42 axle ratio equipped
with the 6.2L V8, high-capacity rear springs,
integrated trailer brake controller, enhanced
cooling system and recalibrated shock tuning for
increased control. A 3.73 axle ratio is included with
the Max Trailering Package with the available
5.3L V8 engine, which can tow up to 11,200 lbs."

Posted in the results it looks like GM no longer has the nice ride it was known for. Looks like they went for the stiff route for suspension. Might work well for heavy loads but not empty. It is funny BARFO claims Ford load and tow and poor ride yet it is GM he is really talking about.


"Like the Chevy, ride quality without payload or a trailer is bouncy and more rigid than the more-refined-riding trucks in this comparison,"
Posted by: LMAO | Feb 2, 2016 2:52:35 PM


GM finally builds a half-ton with a solid work suspension and now it's a mark against them? Looks like GM is building the work trucks these days...

I remember how soft and sloppy the GMT400/800's were and everyone complained that the suspensions tuned to ride nice on the highway instead being tuned for doing real work.

Looks like that's what Ford was going for with for the 2015's suspension. Soft ride on the highway, grinding its bumper with a full payload.

@ Rip..... You could also launch the Chevy 6.2 from above 2000 Rpms and be faster than it was. You could run that 6.2 in reverse along side that ecoboost so the Chevy could see what second place looks like.

@ Rip..... You could also launch the Chevy 6.2 from above 2000 Rpms and be faster than it was. You could run that 6.2 in reverse along side that ecoboost so the Chevy could see what second place looks like.


Posted by: Doesn't matter | Feb 2, 2016

Psssssst, the F150 had to be launched in 2nd gear.

Yep, max tow 0-60mph testing.

I do think these are really quite insane.

How long will the drivetrain last in a light vehicle like a half ton pickup?

How many people would consider even doing that in their own pickup?

Actually how many actually tow the maximum weight the manufacturers claim the vehicle can tow?

Hmmm....... a worthless test.

I would be embarrassed to drive the F150 with the back sagging like that in the video.

Even the others that have less payload rating didn't sag that terrible in the video.

I'm baffled that there wasn't a trailer tow acceleration test in this "max tow" test. Not because we want to go drag racing, but because we need to get up an on-ramp and merge with traffic. I would like to see rolling quarter results- 10mph to WOT, listing time and (more importantly) speed at the end of 1/4 mile (analog for a straight on-ramp). Is that too much to ask?

@ Doesn't matter.....you clearly don't understand. I am not talking about doing a break burner.
You have never properly boost launched an eco......so you wouldn't know how much of a difference it would make.
You can try it in the 6.2 and it may turn a slightly better 0 to 60 time.......still nothing like boost launching twin turbos spooled up right in their peak. Like I said....do it in 4 high and your 6.2 will be left sitting still.

Not going to do much good with those cheap tires Ford puts on the teuck.

@ The Rip. Did you see the ford squat. Even the coil sprung ram didn't squat that bad. 4 wheel drive wouldn't even help cause the front tires don't even touch on the ford.

max payload and towing? Should have uses regular cab 8'bed trucks.

At rip. The ford already couldn't stop from spinning even when loaded so how exactly is boost launching it gonna get you a better 0-60? It's just gonna spin more.



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