Winner: Ram 3500 Heavy Duty
Runner-Up: Ford Super Duty F-450

If you're looking for a truck that has enough towing capacity to carry three heavy-duty trucks and enough payload capacity to carry an Xterra in the bed, this is the category for you. These big brutes are all fantastic power pullers, but we still had to pick one winner--this year, it's the Ram 3500 Heavy Duty. Its 7537-pound payload capacity and 16,800-pound towing capacity (4WD crew cab dually Laramie) are fantastic, and the new model adds excellent refinement and ride characteristics, and ultra-low interior noise levels to the mix. As with the work trucks, most of this category will be all-new next year.


TopLine Power Puller, 4WD crew cab diesel dually
Vehicle Chevrolet Silverado HD 3500 LTZ/ GMC Sierra HD 3500 SLT Ford F-450 Super Duty Lariat Ram HD 3500 Crew Cab Laramie
Base price $53,310/$53,810 $56,635 $51,095
Wheelbase 167.0 in 172.4 in 168.9 in
Engine 6.6L OHV 32-valve intercooled TD V-8 6.4L OHV 32-valve intercooled twin-TD V-8 6.7L OHV 24-valve intercooled TD I-6
Transmission 6-speed auto 5-speed auto 6-speed manual (6-speed auto $1575)
Power @ rpm, SAE 365 hp @ 3200 rpm 325 hp @ 3000 rpm 350 hp @ 3000 rpm
Torque @ rpm, SAE 660 lb-ft @ 1600 rpm 600 lb-ft @ 2000 rpm 650 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm
Airbags Front Front Front, f/r curt
Brakes Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 225/75R17 225/70R19.5 235/80R17
Fuel cap 34.0 gal 38.0 gal 34.0 gal
Seating cap 6 6 6
Curb weight 7358 lb 8581 lb 7537 lb
GVWR 11,400 lb 16,500 lb 12,200 lb
Payload 4042 lb 5830 lb 4660 lb
Max towing cap (fifth wheel) 15,900 lb 24,600 lb 16,800 lb

Which would you choose as your 2010 Best in Class Topline Power Puller?

  • Chevrolet Silverado HD 3500 LTZ
  • GMC Sierra HD 3500 SLT
  • Ford F-450 Super Duty Lariat
  • Ram HD 3500 Crew Cab Laramie
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