Winner: Ram Power Wagon
Runner-Up: Ford F-150 SVT Raptor

We've loved the Power Wagon ever since Dodge resurrected the name, and the 2010 Ram version carries on where the Dodge left off. It returns as a crew cab short-box 2500, with a 4.56:1 axle ratio, a 37.2:1 crawl ratio, NV271 4WD, and room for six. And it can tow more than 10,000 pounds. The Power Wagon is a comfortable daily driver, excellent on trails, and can do hard work during the week. It may look like a weekend toy, but this is a credible pickup with legitimate all-around abilities.


Hardcore 4x4 -- A to M
Vehicle Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Land Rover LR4 (w/H-D pkg) Mercedes-Benz G550
Base price $38,995 $29,525 $48,850 $104,875
Wheelbase 133.0 in 95.4 in 113.6 in 112.2 in
Engine 5.4L SOHC V-8 3.8L OHV V-6 5.0L DOHC V-8 5.5L DOHC V-8
Transmission 6-speed auto 6-speed man 6-speed auto 7-speed auto
Power, SAE 310 hp 202 hp 375 hp 382 hp
Torque, SAE 365 lb-ft 237 lb-ft 375 lb-ft 391 lb-ft
Axle ratio 4.10:1 4.10:1 3.54:1 4.38:1
Low range 2.64:1 4.00:1 2.93:1 2.16:1
Tires 315/70R17 255/75R17 255/55R19 265/60R18
Fuel cap 26.0 gal 18.6 gal 22.8 gal 25.4 gal
Fuel econ, city/hwy 14/18 mpg 15/19 mpg 12/17 mpg 11/15 mpg
Seating cap 5 5-Apr 7 5
Curb weight 5863 lb 4104 lb 5833 lb 5622 lb
GVWR 6950 lb 5500 lb 7143 lb 5467 lb
Cargo cap 67.0 cu ft 56.5 cu ft 90.3 cu ft 79.5 cu ft
Max towing cap 6000 lb 2000 lb 7716 lb 3500 lb

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