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

These are the pickups you'll see on construction sites. The regular-cab fleet trucks are expected to work hard and take abuse every day. Capability is the highest priority, and the Silverado 2500HD is tops: 17,800-pound towing capacity (RWD regular cab), compared with 16,500 for the F-250 and 15,450 for the Ram. Payload capacity is also highest here, at 4192 pounds. And if you want the least-expensive turbodiesel work truck with an automatic trans, that's the Silverado 2500HD, too. But don't write off the Ram: It's the only one in the HD segment that still offers a manual transmission, and the updated diesel now has the same torque as the Super Duty.


Work Truck, 3/4-ton 2WD Reg Cab
Vehicle Chevy/GMC Silverado/Sierra 2500HD Ford F-250 Super Duty Ram 2500 HD
Base price $29,310/$29,310 $29,480 $28,820
Wheelbase 133.6 in 137.0 in 140.5 in
Base engine 6.0L OHV V-8 6.2L SOHC V-8 5.7L OHV V-8
Opt engines 6.6L TD V-8 $7195 6.7L TD V-8 $7835 6.7L TD I-6 $6445
Transmission 6-speed auto 6-speed auto 6-speed man
Opt transmissions 6-speed auto $1200   6-speed auto $1575
Power, SAE 360 hp (397) 385 hp (400) 383 hp (350)
Torque, SAE 380 lb-ft (765) 405 lb-ft (800) 400 lb-ft (800)
Airbags Front Front Front, curtain
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 245/75R17 E 245/75R17 E 245/70R17 E
Fuel cap 36.0 gal 35.0 gal 35.0 gal
Seating cap 3 3 3
Curb weight 5800 lb 5750 lb 5550 lb
GVWR 10,000 lb 10,000 lb 8800 lb
Payload 4200 lb 4050 lb 3250 lb
Max towing cap 17,800 lb 16,500 lb 15,450 lb