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Automakers love to play the numbers game, especially when it comes to big trucks. A recent spat between Ram and Ford saw both companies claiming the “best-in-class” towing title for their respective heavy duty pickups like kids in a sandbox arguing over who has the better castle.

Sure, specifications are important, but they only tell a part of the story. And in the case of heavy-duty trucks, they only tell a fraction of the story. The common thought is higher numbers equal better performance, but the key and really the most important consideration to any heavy hauler is what it actually feels like when you’re towing. There is nothing worse than 20,000 pounds – or more – of steel rolling down the road feeling like it’s out of control.

In partnership with the Canadian Truck King Challenge, we tested each of the big three HD pickup trucks for 2015. To be clear, it wasn’t an empty parking lot test that consisted of deciding which truck has the best cup holders. We loaded roughly 4,000 lbs of shingles into the bed of each truck the first day, while the second day consisted of pulling 15,000-pound fifth wheels and a full day of driving. We also had fuel economy loggers hooked into the ODB II port for the entirety of the testing to see exactly how much diesel it takes to get the job done.

But the real fun took place at the drag strip. Yes, you read that right: drag strip! We sent each of these trucks down the drag strip, trailers in tow, to get the real story on acceleration. And the results may surprise you, so read on to see how each truck fared.
To read all of this story, AutoGuide 2015 Heavy Duty Truck Comparison please visit AutoGuide.com.
 

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The new GM's are kicking ass where it counts, in the real world, NOT on a sheet of paper.
 

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Our data collection also pushed the Sierra to the top of the heap. Overall fuel economy was clocked at 11.4 MPG over both days while the initial unloaded highway run managed to push the number up to a very impressive 18.2 MPG.
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At the drag strip, the GMC proved once and for all that it’s lack of torque on paper means absolutely nothing. We clocked a 16.098 quarter-mile with the truck unloaded, while the trailer pushes that time up to 21.932 seconds, just over a second faster than its closest competitor.
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General Motors HD’s simply offer the best mix of strong dynamics and interior quality right now. Add on the advantage in fuel economy, and this becomes a bit of a no-brainer. The 2015 GMC Sierra 3500HD is the clear winner of the 2015 Heavy Duty Shootout.
Thanks for playin Ford and Ram :p:
 

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I think the new Heavy Duty pickups are one of the better efforts at GM right now, but I don't think these trucks will get much more traction than they do now because of the lack of a SFA in 4x4 models. Yes, RV owners and other folks who primarily do on-road towing don't need it, but that particular choice by GM just seems to keep poisoning the well for these trucks as a line despite the fact that it only makes a difference on 4wd models. IMO it's a lot like people who were buying the ZL1 over a GT500 because the ZL1 handled better, 90% of those customers couldn't tell the difference between the two in that regard on a bet but they read that one was better than the other in x way and so they went with that.
 

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This is simply comparing newer GM and Ram products to an aging soon to be replaced Ford champ,
they should enjoy the moment as it resets the bench mark and in turn, the new alloy body Super Duty
will reset the benchmark even higher.

Finally, the days of settling for spartan interiors are behind us, GM and Ram products are to be commended
on their efforts but in my estimations, none of them are duds, Ford just needs to deliver its new Super Duty.
Lame duck period is always hard until the next generation arrives, especially when we know something much
better is in the pipeline.
 

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What a comparo, 2 dually's and a SRW truck... At least compare all the same trucks

TFL did it right in that test and the Ford destroyed the 2 of them up the gauntlet, a real truck test
What they called the "River Gauntlet"
The difference was the higher torque in the Ford engine....something you can feel in real world towing.
I didn't hear whether gearing in all three trucks was identical but even if not the case, kudos to Ford
for providing a very capable truck.
 
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