Frank Markus, technical director for Motor Trend and Truck Trend, collected performance data on the gas-powered versions of the trucks in the heavy-duty segment. In this case, it was the 2011 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Crew Cab LT 4x4, 2011 Ford F-250 Super Duty Crew Cab XLT 4x4, and 2010 Ram 2500 HD TRX4 Off-Road Crew Cab 4x4. The Ram is fastest to 60 mph; ties with the Silverado HD for fastest in the quarter mile; and took the least distance to stop from 60 mph. The test information is included here.


  2011 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD 2011 Ford F-250 Super Duty 2010 Ram 2500 HD
Engine 6.0L/360-hp/380-lb-ft OHV16-valve V-8 6.2L/385-hp/405-lb-ft SOHC 16-valve V-8 5.7L/383-hp/400-lb-ft OHV 16-valve V-8
Transmission Hydra-Matic 6L90 6-speed automatic TorqShift 6-speed automatic 545RFE 5-speed automatic
Acceleration to mph
0-30 2.9 sec 3.1 sec 2.9 sec
0-40 4 4.8 4
0-50 5.9 6.7 5.9
0-60 7.9 9.2 7.8
0-70 10.1 11.8 10.1
0-80 14.3 15 14.3
0-90 19.7 19 20.9
Passing, 45-65 mph 4.1 4.9 4.1
Quarter mile 16.2 sec @ 84.1 mph 16.8 sec @ 84.2 mph 16.2 sec @ 84.1 mph
Braking, 60-0 mph 139 ft 140 ft 136 ft
Lateral acceleration 0.72 g (avg) 0.69 g (avg) 0.75 g (avg)