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

These are the trucks built to do hard work, every day, all year. These aren't sought by casual buyers; these carry the heavy loads, and it's taken for granted that they will be able to do whatever is asked of them. There may be no category, then, where capability is more important, and in this one, the Ford F-250 is tops. While its best-in-class maximum towing capacity is listed as 16,800 pounds (a number we know to be conservative), moving to an F-350 raises that to 18,700, an even more incredible number. That you can get this truck for the lowest base price also shows its value for the money. This category is going to get very interesting in the next few years, as Dodge's new 2500/3500 are right around the corner.


Work Truck, 3/4-ton 2WD Reg Cab
Vehicle Chevy/GMC 2500 HD Silverado/Sierra Dodge Ram 2500 Ford F-250 Super Duty
Base price $27,220/$27,220 $29,885 $26,260
Wheelbase 133.0 in 140.5 in 137.0 in
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 6-speed man
Opt transmissions 6-speed auto $1200 5-speed auto $1170, 6-speed auto $1575 5-speed auto $1490
Power, SAE 360 hp (365) 355 hp (350) 300 hp (362, 350)
Torque, SAE 380 lb-ft (660) 395 lb-ft (650) 365 lb-ft (457, 650)
Airbags Front Front Front
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 245/75R16 E 245/70R17 E 245/75R17 E
Fuel cap 34.0 gal 35.0 gal 38.0 gal
Seating cap 3 3 3
Curb weight 5997 lb 6257 lb 6544 lb
GVWR 9200 lb 9000 lb 9400 lb
Payload 3203 lb 2740 lb 2856 lb
Max towing cap 13,000 lb 13,600 lb 16,800 lb