Winner: Chevrolet Silverado HD
Runner-Up: Ford Super Duty F-450

This is the evolutionary equivalent of the biggest, baddest, meanest carnivore on the planet, but raw numbers is just one way we select winners. We've driven them all and graded them according to capability, function, and style. All that considered, our top pick in this select category was the GM Heavy-Duty, specifically the Chevy Silverado HD with the Duramax turbodiesel. For best overall power and strength and an unmatched powertrain which includes two different six-speed transmissions, we put the Chevy at the top of the list. In second place, the almost-overbuilt F-450 has the biggest hauling numbers around.


TopLine Power Puller, 4WD crew cab diesel dually
Vehicle Chevy/GMC: Silverado HD 3500/ Sierra HD 3500 Dodge Ram HD 3500 Mega Cab Ford F-450 Super Duty
Base price $49,815/$49,585 $49,495 $51,280
Wheelbase, in 167 160.3 172
Engine 6.6L OHV 32-valve turbo, intercooled V-8 6.7L OHV 24-valve turbo, intercooled I-6 6.4L OHV 32-valve twin-turbo, intercooled V-8
Transmission 6-speed auto 6-speed manual (6-speed auto $1575) 5-speed auto
Horsepower @ rpm 365 @ 3200 350 @ 3000 350 @ 3000
Torque @ rpm 660 @ 1600 650 @ 1500 650 @ 3000
Airbags Dual Dual Dual
Brakes Disc/disc, 4WAL Disc/disc, 4WAL Disc/disc, 4WAL
Tires 265/70R17 235/80R17 225/70R19.5
Spare tire, $ $405 $195 $295
Fuel capacity, gal 34 34 34
Max pass 6 6 5
Base curb weight, lb 6421 6348 6523
GVWR, lb 11,400 10,000 14,500
Max payload, lb 4029 4000 7500
Max towing cap (fifth wheel), lb 16,000 16,350 18,500