Winner: Ford Super Duty F-250
Runner-Up: Dodge Ram HD

This class is about back-breaking heavy-duty work chores and abuse. As such, we look more closely than usual at things like price, GVWR, actual curb weight, and engine options. We like that the Ford had the lowest base price, the highest real payload number, a towing capacity we know (for a fact) is quite conservative, and has one of the most sophisticated and high-tech twin-turbo diesel engines around. That's not to say there isn't plenty to love about the Cummins Ram or the Duramax Silverado HD too, but in the end having the truck look as different as possible from the half-ton version seems to tip the scales in the Super Duty's direction.


Work Truck, 3/4-ton 2WD Reg Cab
Vehicle Chevy/GMC 2500 HD Silverado/ Sierra Dodge Ram BR2500 Ford F-250 Super Duty
Base price $24,860/$24,860 $26,580 $23,315
Wheelbase, in 133 140.5 137
Base engine 6.0L OHV V-8 5.7L OHV V-8 5.4L SOHC V-8
Opt engines 6.6L TD V-8 $7195 6.7L TD I-6 $6100 6.8L V-10 $600, 6.4L TD V-8 $6895
Transmission 6-speed auto 6-speed man 5-speed auto
Opt transmissions 6-speed auto $1200 5-speed auto $1170, 6-speed auto $1575 6-speed man, 5-speed auto $1490
Horsepower, SAE 353 (365) 345 (350) 300 (362, 350)
Torque, SAE 365 (660) 375 (650) 365 (457, 650)
Airbags Dual Dual Dual
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, 4WAL Disc/disc, 4WAL Disc/disc, 4WAL
Tires (4) 245/75R16 E 245/70R17 E 245/75R17 E
Fuel cap, gal 34 35 38
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy (est) 13/18 (15/20) 12/17 (14/19) 12/17 (11/16, 15/21)
Max pass 3 3 3
Base curb weight, lb 5803 5882 5504
GVWR, lb 9200 8800 9200
Max payload cap, lb 3400 3000 3700
Max towing cap, lb 13,000 13,400 12,500