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Truck Trend’s 1-Ton Challenge: The Competitors

Meet the Players

Jul 26, 2017
Photographers: Truck Trend Staff

2017 Ford F-350

Ford’s entire Super Duty family is all-new from the ground up for ’17. With a new high-strength steel frame, military-grade aluminum body, and third-generation 6.7L Power Stroke diesel engine, this new iteration marks the first time Ford has fully updated the Super Duty since its introduction back in ’99. For our test, Ford sent an F-350 in Lariat trim with a White Gold exterior color and black leather inside. Ford’s Lariat trim level is considered by the company to be a mid-grade, with King Ranch and Platinum residing above it. The truck was fairly well optioned—despite not being the top trim—and certainly the most technologically advanced of the group, with features such as BLIS blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, and user-changeable ambient lighting. Ford’s new Super Duty packs comfort, technology, and capability into one aluminum-wrapped package.
Photo 2/71   |   1 Ton Challenge Competitors Ford F350
Photo 3/71   |   1 Ton Challenge Competitors Ford F350 Side
Base price: $53,485
Price as tested: $74,525
Diesel engine option: $8,595
Engine: 6.7L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: 6-speed TorqShift Automatic
Horsepower: 440 @ 2,800 rpm
Torque: 925 lb-ft @ 1,800 rpm
Curb weight: TKTK
Rated towing capacity: 21,000 pounds (conventional) / 31,300 pounds (gooseneck)
Rated payload capacity: 6,540 pounds
Gross vehicle weight rating: 14,000 pounds
Axle ratio: 4.10:1
Wheelbase: 176 inches
Fuel capacity: 48 gallons
Photo 4/71   |   1 Ton Challenge Competitors Ford F350 Rear

2017 GMC Sierra Denali 3500HD

After several years of sitting on the sidelines of the HD power wars, GMC jumped in with both feet for the ’17 model year. While most of the truck remains carryover from the previous year, our Sierra Denali 3500HD came equipped with the company’s all-new L5P Duramax diesel engine. By producing 445 ponies, the L5P allows GMC (and sibling Chevrolet) to make the coveted claim of best-in-class horsepower. Churning out 910 lb-ft of torque lands GMC squarely in the middle of our three-truck pack, 10 above Ram and 15 behind Ford. For our competition, GMC sent a Sierra 3500HD in its top-level Denali trim with an Onyx Black exterior and Jet Black interior. With the lowest cost of entry, the Sierra Denali was seen as an outstanding value given its comfortable cabin accommodations and impressive drivetrain.
Photo 5/71   |   1 Ton Challenge Competitors Gmc 3500 Denali
Photo 6/71   |   1 Ton Challenge Competitors Gmc 3500 Denali Side
Base price: $58,225
Price as tested: $69,640
Diesel engine option: $9,255
Engine: 6.6L Duramax V-8
Transmission: 6-speed Allison Automatic
Horsepower: 445 @ 2,800 rpm
Torque: 910 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm
Curb weight: TKTK
Rated towing capacity: 20,000 pounds (conventional) / 22,700 pounds (gooseneck)
Rated payload capacity: 4,930 pounds
Gross vehicle weight rating: 13,025 pounds
Axle ratio: 3.73:1
Wheelbase: 167.6 inches
Fuel capacity: 36 gallons
Photo 7/71   |   1 Ton Challenge Competitors Gmc 3500 Denali Rear

2017 Ram 3500

Of the “Big 3” HD pickups, Ram’s offering is the oldest, with a design that dates back to the ’10 model year. While it’s slated for a redesign for either ’19 or ’20, depending on whom you believe, Ram has managed to keep its truck lineup competitive with a series of mid-cycle trim additions, power increases, and suspension advancement. Ram added a high-output Cummins option (coupled with a heavier-duty Aisin transmission) for ’13, followed by optional rear air bags for ’14 and the Limited trim in ’16, among other changes. The Ram 3500 delivered for our competition was a top-of-the-line Limited, dressed in Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl Coat exterior paint and with a black Limited leather interior. Despite its age, the big Ram held its own nicely against a field of younger competition, and it won a lot of fans along the way.
Photo 8/71   |   1 Ton Challenge Competitors Ram 3500 Limited
Photo 9/71   |   1 Ton Challenge Competitors Ram 3500 Limited Side
Base price: $58,395
Price as tested: $79,965
Diesel engine option: $11,395
Engine: 6.7L Cummins I-6
Transmission: 6-speed Aisin Automatic
Horsepower: 385 @ 2,800 rpm
Torque: 900 lb-ft @ 1,700 rpm
Curb weight: TKTK
Rated towing capacity: 18,000 pounds (conventional) / 30,320 pounds (gooseneck)
Rated payload capacity: 5,690 pounds
Gross vehicle weight rating: 14,000 pounds
Axle ratio: 4.10:1
Wheelbase: 169.5 inches
Fuel capacity: 32 gallons
Photo 10/71   |   1 Ton Challenge Competitors Ram 3500 Limited Rear

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