2018 One-Ton Heavy-Duty Truck Challenge Video


We had the chance to bring along our video crew for the duration of our weeklong 2018 One-Ton Heavy-Duty Truck Challenge, where they captured our judges during tow testing at Davis Dam, track testing at the Kingman Airport and fuel-economy runs through the Arizona desert. This is one of our longest and most in-depth videos to date, as well as one of the closest contests we've ever held. We hope you enjoy it.

Cars.com photos by Chris Collard






PHOTO SHOPPED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I just punched myself in the nose!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wait what? What did we photoshop?

Wait what? What did we photoshop?

The flags are whippin' pretty good. How much did wind affect the mileage (and other) calculations and results?

@papajim -- Good point. We did all our track testing (at the airport) in the morning when there was very little wind and all our video content (recreations) in early afternoon when the winds picked up. Had there be any significant wind in either direction, we would have tried to run times in both directions to get an average between the two but that wasn't necessary. Good question. For our mileage drives, the empty runs were in the morning (again, very little wind) and our loaded trailer loops were in the afternoon and evening with a little more wind and more traffic.

thanks for the insights, Mark!

Great job Mark. Appreciate the very thorough review. They are all outstanding trucks with minor quirks... I’m curious what the big 3 are going to bring with the 2020 updates. Should be an interesting couple of years.

Feels a bit TFL-ish for a review but without the high level of detail.

Great job on the testing. Very interesting results. The video was very polished and well edited too. I like the drone shots.

Wow the Chevy won...maybe I'm going to sell my crappy ford!

Great video
Mark your right, "these are not perfect trucks"
Still lots of improvement to be made with all 3.

Mark, I have no idea what I was talking about. Like most posts, I spew out whatever crap that comes to mind.

Wow the Chevy won...maybe I'm going to sell my crappy ford!

Posted by: Ecobust Rules | Aug 1, 2018 6:49:04 PM

Me too! It's either RAM or GM for me going forward!

Thanks guys. Always appreciate the comments. Our video crew put a lot of work into this one and we think it shows. The biggest challenge is always figuring out what to include and what to leave out. We had quite a bit of footage this time and that's why we ran so long. More good things to come this year and next.

One thing we missed, but is important to note, is that during all objective tests the same trailer was used for the three trucks. This helped to eliminate any discrepancies with having 3 different trailers.

Makes sense, GM sells more trucks than anyone else, while Ford just is a habitual liar when they say they sell more trucks.
That said, I'll take the RAM so I know the Cummins will still be running after 3 or 4 or even 500 thousand miles.

HAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!! Ford got spanked by GM so hard!!!!!!!!!

That was a great video! Nice Job!

That’s all well and good but when I can get a ram for about 20k less than a Ford or Chevy those numbers don’t mean as much!

All 3 are very nice trucks. Nobody is likely to change their brand of choice because of these tests. You guys need to stop acting like this is a favorite football team and anything not showing your favorite as the top dog puts them down. All 3 are seriously fantastic trucks and I was very happy with the test itself. I would be curious to know the DA for the testing or at least the altitude and heat for it. That info wouldn't change my mind on anything, just give me some backing for what I see. The performance numbers are similar to some muscle cars from the 60's, 70's, 80's, and 90's. We are very lucky to be in a power race with technology.

I am a GM HD owner and fan boy. I have an '18 Long box, CC, 4x4 DMax. I pull the heck out of it and I really like it. Just like the 2015 I had before it, going back to the first year of the DMax in 2001. However when you have in some cases less then a second separating winner and loser or even several seconds, I am not sure it really matters in the real world. If there are things a buyer really likes about the Ram, then 8 seconds slower up a hill isn't likely an issue for that guy. It wouldn't be for me if the GM was the slow one. Been hearing a lot about the new Ford not being stable when pulling heavy, not sure what to make of that. They are all extremely capable and powerful, there are no dogs in this class of pickups.

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