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

This category focuses on the biggest monsters on the road, the baddest tow machines money can buy. All three power pullers are excellent trucks, and you can't go wrong choosing any of them, but the Silverado/Sierra HD with the Duramax and six-speed transmission is tough to beat. This truck offers an excellent package overall--the most horsepower and torque, fantastic payload capacity, and the best ride characteristics, loaded or unloaded. Ford's towing and hauling numbers continue to be stellar, as the F-450 is best among its competitive set.


TopLine Power Puller, 4WD crew cab diesel dually
Vehicle Chevrolet Silverado HD 3500/ GMC Sierra HD 3500 Dodge Ram HD 3500 Mega Cab Ford F-450 Super Duty
Base price $51,440/$51,940 $52,640 $54,505
Wheelbase 167.0 in 160.5 in 172.4 in
Engine 6.6L OHV 32-valve intercooled TD V-8 6.7L OHV 24-valve intercooled TD I-6 6.4L OHV 32-valve intercooled twin-TD V-8
Transmission 6-speed auto 6-speed manual (6-speed auto $1575) 6-speed manual (5-speed auto $1490)
Power @ rpm, SAE 365 @ 3200 350 @ 3000 350 @ 3000
Torque @ rpm, SAE 660 @ 1600 650 @ 1500 650 @ 3000
Airbags Front Front Front
Brakes Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 225/75R17 235/80R17 225/70R19.5
Fuel cap 34.0 gal 34.0 gal 38.0 gal
Seating cap 5 6 6
Curb weight 6540 lb 7172 lb 8531 lb
GVWR 11,400 lb 10,100 lb 14,500 lb
Payload 4860 lb 2928 lb 5936 lb
Max towing cap (fifth wheel) 16,700 lb 17,000 lb 21,600 lb