Winner: Ford Super Duty F-250
Runner-Up: Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra 2500 HD

When big jobs need to be done and done right, folks turn to these trucks. Not only are these pickups expected to haul big loads and do hard work, it's taken for granted that they can do it on a daily basis. Capability is key here, and for that reason, the Ford F-250 is best in this category. Maximum towing capacity is a best-in-class 16,900 pounds (18,800 with the F-350), GVW is highest of the trucks in this group, and this capability comes in a truck with the lowest base price. If you want the diesel-powered work truck with the most torque (660 pound-feet), you can look at the runner-up Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra 2500 HD. Next year, though, things will get really interesting with the new Super Duty and Silverado/Sierra HD.

Work Truck, 3/4-ton 2WD Reg Cab
Vehicle Chevy/GMC 2500 HD Silverado/Sierra Ford F-250 Super Duty Ram HD 2500
Base price $28,460/$28,460 $26,850 $28,165
Wheelbase 133.0 in 137.0 in 140.5 in
Base engine 6.0L OHV V-8 5.4L SOHC 3V V-8 5.7L OHV V-8
Opt engines 6.6L TD V-8 $7195 6.8L V-10 $695, 6.4L TD V-8 $7835 6.7L TD I-6 $6445
Transmission 6-speed auto 6-speed man 6-speed man
Opt transmissions 6-speed auto $1200 5-speed auto $1490 5-speed auto $1170, 6-speed auto $1575
Power, SAE 360 hp (365) 300 hp (362, 350) 383 hp (350)
Torque, SAE 380 lb-ft (660) 365 lb-ft (457, 650) 400 lb-ft (650)
Airbags Front Front Front, curtain
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 245/75R16 E 245/75R17 E 245/70R17 E
Fuel cap 34.0 gal 38.0 gal 35.0 gal
Seating cap 3 3 3
Curb weight 5276 lb 5761 lb 5769 lb
GVWR 9200 lb 9400 lb 9000 lb
Payload 3924 lb 3180 lb 3160 lb
Max towing cap 13,000 lb 16,900 lb 13,450 lb

Which would you choose as your 2010 Best in Class Work Truck?

  • Chevy Silverado 2500 HD
  • GMC Sierra 2500 HD
  • Ford F-250 Super Duty
  • Ram HD 2500
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