2008 Truck of the Year Testing & Contenders

Lug American Style

Editors of Motor Trend
Dec 11, 2007
Contributors: Editors of Truck Trend
Photographers: Julia LaPalme, Brian Vance, Jessica Germiller
Crisis? What crisis? Even though the price of gas has broken the $3-a-gallon barrier and economy is sputtering (i.e. the mortgage fiasco, Wall Street stress, the dollar's value dropping, and even auto loans are getting harder to find), American buyers still love a pickup truck.
Although down 12 percent from 2005, pickup truck sales seem to be running at close to 2006 levels. That still means some 230,000 Americans drove a brand-new pickup off the dealer's lot every month last year. To put it another way, pickup trucks alone accounted for nearly one in five new vehicles sold across the U.S. That's big business, especially when you consider the entire pickup market is composed of fewer than 20 nameplates, compared with well over 200 for cars and SUVs.
Photo 2/19   |   2008 Truck Of The Year group Shot
There might be fewer nameplates, but the ability to mix and match engines, transmissions, drivetrains, suspensions and axles, as well as cab and bed configurations, plus interior trim levels makes for nightmarish manufacturing and sales scenarios, as Toyota discovered with its new Tundra.
Automotive News reported last April that buyers of Toyota's all-new full-size pickup were acting like buyers of Detroit-built versions, wanting their truck with specific features and preferably seeing (and touching) the exact truck they had in mind before they bought it. It was culture shock for Toyota dealers used to carrying lean inventories and having customers happy to drive away in pretty much whatever Camry they had in stock.
The launch of the all-new Tundra was a seismic event for the industry; with dimensions and performance that finally matched its Detroit rivals combined with Toyota's manufacturing and marketing muscle, here was a Japanese truck that finally looked a serious rival to the F-150, Silverado, and Ram. Tundra's launch was more testing than Toyota perhaps expected (see story), but by year's end it was making its presence felt in the recreational truck market, and surprised a few of our own test editors.
Photo 3/19   |   2008 Truck Of The Year group Shot
We tested two versions of each contender, with different engines, transmissions, and body configurations to better evaluate the breadth of capabilities. Our testing began at Ford's former desert proving ground near Yucca, Arizona. This 3840-acre facility boasts an 18-acre "black lake," where we conducted the usual battery of Motor Trend and Truck Trend tests, and more than 50 miles of test roads, ranging from smooth tarmac to rough gravel washes. The facility also enabled us to hook up the contenders to 7500- and 10,000-pound trailers to test their towing performance.
Our other contenders--Chevy Silverado HD, GMC Sierra HD, and Ford F-250, F-350, and F-450--are all heavy-duty models, a niche once the sole preserve of commercial users, but fast becoming sought after by recreational users for their ability to tow large horse and RV trailers. If the Silverado HD and Sierra HD hint at the emerging split personality of this market with their available lux-truck interiors based off the GMT900 models, Ford hammered it home with its giant F-450 King Ranch, a leather-lined luxury dually that could still tow your house.
We followed up the demanding proving-ground tests with real-world driving on a 10-mile loop out of nearby Kingman, Arizona, where judges could evaluate each contender in stop/start traffic, on winding mountain blacktop, and on the freeway. Then we sat down to vote. It was a small field, but, in overall terms, a quality one. In the end, there much debate and it was by no means a slam dunk.
Photo 4/19   |   2008 Truck Of The Year group Shot
OUR CRITERIA
Superiority
We look at engineering excellence, advancement in design, utilization of resources, and safety. Vehicle concept and execution are important, as are use of materials, packaging, dynamics, styling, and fuel consumption.
Significance
How well does the vehicle do the job its maker intended it to do? And how does it impact or change its particular market segment, influence consumer perceptions, and transform product development trends?
Value
How does each truck compare against its direct rivals? A vehicle with a low sticker price might not be as good a value as a more expensive vehicle that delivers outstanding performance, quality, and functionality.
2008 Finalist: Chevrolet Silverado HD
2008 Finalist: Ford F-Series Super Duty
2008 Finalist: GMC Sierra HD
2008 Winner: Toyota Tundra
Carry that Weight
2008 Finalist: Chevrolet Silverado HD
statistical comparison of each truck's 0-60 times, quarter-mile times and quarter-mile trap speeds, and 60-0 braking within the TOTY field.
PERFORMANCE - HEAD TO HEAD UNloaded & loaded Numbers
2008 Finalist: Chevrolet Silverado HD
The Heavy-Hauler's Dream Machine
by Edward Loh
Photo 5/19   |   2008 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD front View
The last time we did this, Chevy's completely redesigned Silverado 1500 walked away with the TOTY calipers. Now that the Silverado Heavy Duty versions have received a similar extreme makeover, is the General poised for a repeat?
Chevy makes a strong case with a broad and deep HD lineup, consisting of a three-quarter-ton 2500HD and one-ton 3500HD. Both are available in WT, LT, and LTZ trim and an impressive range of configurations, including three cab styles, three cargo-box styles, and five wheelbase lengths. Inside, two interior styles are offered--"Pure Pickup" and "Luxury Styled"--as well as two seating configurations, front bucket seats or a 40/20/40 split bench.
Photo 6/19   |   2008 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD front View
The base engine is a 6.0-liter gas V-8 making 353 horsepower and 373 pound-feet of torque, good enough to tow up to 12,900 pounds in a single-rear-wheel configuration. Since manual transmissions are no longer offered for any of the HDs, the only transmission available with the gas engine is the new 6L90 six-speed, manually selectable, automatic.
While the Blue Oval boys have the bigger dually, nobody beats the General when it comes to overall engine output. Though the big-block Vortec 8.1-liter gas V-8 has been dropped, GM's optional Duramax 6.6-liter turbodiesel V-8 continues to lead the segment with 365 horsepower and a staggering 660 pound-feet of torque. With a fifth-wheel hitch and the Allison 1000 six-speed, manually shiftable automatic, that's good for a maximum towing capacity of 16,700 pounds.
Photo 7/19   |   2008 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD rear View
While not new, the Duramax is substantially upgraded, with such features as a filtration system that helps provide a 90-percent reduction in particulates and a 50-percent reduction in NOx compared with pre-2007 standards. In addition, 2008 fleet trucks with Duramax engines can fuel up with B20 biodiesel.
With wide chrome crossbar grilles and headlights pushed way out to the corners, it's clear the HDs maintain a visual link with the 1500 Silverado, while remaining distinct from the GMC Sierra line. Though mechanical bits are shared, lamps and trim vary as do the fenders, boxes, and hoods.
Photo 8/19   |   2008 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD side View
Chiseled fenders and a broad stance accentuate the HD's burliness--a look that's more than skin deep. Mounted atop the cross-brace-reinforced ladder frame are pickup boxes that feature a one-piece wheelhouse and inner box side for added strength and a smoother appearance. Duallys have hydroformed steel boxes with integrated overfenders. About the only knock on the design is the massive gap between the fender and tire, particularly on the dual rear wheels--though it does show off the impressive girth of the HD frame rails.
Photo 9/19   |   2008 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD front View
For 2008, GM addresses this issue by giving duallys larger 17-inch wheels. In addition, all Silverado HDs feature standard XM Satellite Radio, an available power-adjustable driver's seat on regular cab models with a bench seat, and two new exterior colors: Dark Cherry Metallic and Deep Ruby Metallic.
For our testing, we borrowed two 4x4 Silverado HDs--one in single-rear-wheel configuration, the other a dually. The former came in LT trim with the gas V-8 and Z71 suspension package, while the 3500 LT came powered by the Duramax turbodiesel.
Consistent and compelling characterized both Silverados' performance at the test track--the 2500HD finished behind only the speedy Tundra in the dynamic tests, while the 3500HD's prowess with the 10,000-pound trailer was bested only by the massive Ford F-450. The Chevy was considered one of the best duallys in the dirt, too. Massive torque and six churning wheels meant it was no problem hustling this wide-hipper through the deep sand.
But the Silverados scored the most points out on the pavement, where the combination of a buttoned-down chassis, smooth-shifting six-speeds, and powerful engines drew strong praise. "Remarkably tight and free of rattles and squeaks," noted one juror. Our voters also rated the Silverado interiors highest--particularly the limolike black-on-black cabin of the 3500HD.
So why no calipers for the Chevy HDs? It isn't because they fall behind Ford in towing capacity. The Chevy (and GMC) HDs are so much more refined and fun to drive that they edge out the Fords for overall class superiority. Chevy also makes a strong value statement, with a regular cab Silverado HD starting in the low to mid-$20,000s. The issue boiled down to significance. It was close, but this year's winner makes a stronger statement in its class and to the truck market as a whole.
What They Did Right
Just about everything. Styling inside and out makes these the most handsome HDs yet, while the Duramax diesel and Allison transmission combo--660 pound-feet of torque and a shiftable six-speed--are a heavy-hauler's dream.
Room for Improvement
Class-leading torque is great, but it's time for the General to lead the way on big-truck fuel economy. How about bringing a heavy-duty version of the two-mode hybrid system to the HD lineup?

2008 Chevrolet Silverado HD
Base price range $24,860-$41,420
Model Tested Silverado 2500HD Z71 LT Silverado 3500HD LT DRW
Price as tested $39,124 $54,875
Vehicle layout Front engine, 4WD, 5-pass, 4-door pickup Front engine, 4WD, 5-pass, 4-door pickup
Engine 6.0L/353-hp*/373-lb-ft* OHV 16-valve V-8 6.6L/365-hp/660-lb-ft turbodiesel OHV 32-valve V-8
Transmission 6-speed automatic 6-speed automatic
Curb weight, lb (f/r dist, %) 6068 (57/43) 7572 (57/43)
Wheelbase, in 167 167
Length x width x height, in 258.7 x 95.9 x 76.1 258.7 x 95.9 x 76.1
Actual payload capacity, lb 3132 3828
Max towing capacity, lb 9800/9800/9800** 13,000/13,000/15,900 lb
0-60 mph, sec 7.7/18.2*** 8.5/20.2***
Quarter mile, sec @ mph 15.9 @ 88.0/21.3 @ 64.2*** 16.6 @ 82.8/22.0 @ 62.3***
Braking, 60-0 mph, ft 160 156
EPA city/hwy fuel econ, mp N/A N/A
CO2 emissions, lb/mile N/A N/A
Ratings
ENGINEERING ***
DESIGN ***
INTERIOR ****
PERFORMANCE ****
HAULING ***
SAFETY ****
VALUE ****
SUM UP The Fords may be bigger, flashier, and able to tow more, but for work or play, Chevy's Silverado HDs are better lookers, drivers, and day-to-day truckers.
* SAE certified
** Conventional hitch/weight distributing hitch/fifth-wheel
*** Towing 7500-pound (2500) or 10,000-pound (3500) trailer
Photo 10/19   |   2008 Ford F 250 front View
2008 Finalist: Ford F-Series Super Duty
Slow Train Coming--Still Tearing Up the Tracks
By Frank Markus
"Mine's Bigger" moves the metal in the heavy-duty pickup world, so every detail of the restyled and revamped 2008 Ford Super Duty trucks has been tailored to enhance the impression of size. The Super Chief concept vehicle that presaged it was inspired by and named after a locomotive, and the hardware backs the image. An all-new F-450 model--the industry's first factory-available Class-4 pickup--boasts class-leading payload and towing capacities of three and 12 tons, respectively.
Photo 11/19   |   2008 Ford F 450 front View
The F-450 rides atop a completely unique frame with special rear leaf springs and a wide-track, coil-sprung, leading-arm beam or live front axle that boasts the tightest turning radius in its class. The rest of the Super Duty lineup also gets major frame revisions like front rails that dip seven inches in front to meet the bumper height of other lighter-duty vehicles, and eight-inch-longer rear leaf springs designed to improve handling balance. Other innovations aimed at achieving tow-vehicle superiority include TowCommand, an integrated electronic trailer-brake controller that increases trailer-braking intensity when the truck's antilock brakes engage, and PowerScope sideview mirrors that motor out to see around wide trailers.
Photo 12/19   |   2008 Ford F 250 side View
Of course, the F-SD's biggest trailering enabler is its new 6.4-liter Power Stroke diesel option, which features high-tech piezo-electric injectors (instead of mechanical unit injectors), which can deliver up to five separate spritzes of fuel at up to 26,000 psi to reduce noise and particulate emissions and enable cold starting at -20 degrees F. Sequential twin turbochargers broaden the torque curve and pressurize the intake at up to 42 psi to deliver 350 peak horsepower and 650 pound-feet--impressive figures, except by comparison with GM's 6.6-liter Duramax (365/660).
Photo 13/19   |   2008 Ford F 450 front View
Other highlights of the 2008 Super Duty include an optional tailgate step and a collapsible bed extender that stows up against the sides of the pickup box. The new interior based on the light-duty F-Series features a more efficient air distribution system and myriad noise abatement countermeasures. There's also a new FX4 series available on extended and crew-cab 4x4 models, featuring skidplates, Rancho shocks, and a body-color grille.
Much of the rest of the 2008 Super Duty's hardware carries over, including the two Triton SOHC three-valve gasoline engines--a 5.4-liter V-8 good for 300 horsepower and 365 pound-feet, and a 6.8-liter V-10 worth 362 horses and 457 pound-feet (the segment's most powerful gas engine)--and the six-speed manual and five-speed Torqshift automatic transmissions.
Photo 14/19   |   2008 Ford F 250 front View
To shake down the Super Duty lineup we borrowed a V-10-powered F-250 SuperCab FX4 and an F-450 4x4 dually turned out in King Ranch finery. We started by measuring acceleration performance, with and without a trailer, and braking performance sans trailer. Not surprisingly, the gigundous 8974-pound F-450 was the slowest drag racer, needing 10.5 seconds to reach 60 mph. But with 10,000 pounds hitched to its rear, that figure only doubled--all other contenders suffered considerably greater degradation in performance. The F-450 was the hardest worker, accelerating more mass almost as quickly as the other duallys. The F-250 V-10 needed 8.3 seconds for the 60-mph dash, trailing the rest of the gassers. Both Fords recorded impressive stops from 60 mph in just 144 and 145 feet (F-250/F-450). Only the hot-rod Tundra 5.7 bested those figures.
Next we took the trucks off-roading, where the six-wheel-drive dually F-450 had ample flotation to plow through the deepest sand washes with ease. On the downside, the electric transfer-case shifter sometimes refused to engage 4L without moving the truck slightly and trying again--not easy if you're stuck when trying to engage 4L.
We ended our evaluation with a road loop on which both trucks felt bulkier, heavier, and more ponderous than their closest GM rivals. Without a 12-ton gooseneck hitched up, the F-450's ride is brutally firm and the King Ranch interior trim struck most editors as gauche and excessively busy by comparison with the high-end GM cabins.
When it came time to vote, the high sales volumes and breadth of model offerings earned Ford big points in significance. Value also rated highly--the F-450 is the bargain in terms of dollars/pound of towing capacity. But the closely competing Chevy and GMC trucks ride, handle, and perform better than the Fords, if you can get by with towing six to eight tons. As a result, the Fords finished at the back of this tight pack.
What They Did Right
Quiet Steel firewall and back panel combine with structural enhancements to make the new Super Duty cabin quiet and rattle-free, so occupants can converse easily and/or enjoy the Panasonic Audiophile stereo and DVD video.
Room for Improvement
Heavy is as heavy does, and these trucks boast mighty impressive towing and payload capacities, but both feel enormous and ponderous on the road. A little too much like a medium-duty commercial rig.

2008 Ford Super Duty
Base price range $23,315-$56,410
Model Tested F-250 4x4 FX4 F-450 4x4 King Ranch
Price as tested $45,805 $62,165
Vehicle layout Rear engine, 4WD, 5-pass, 2+2-door pickup Front engine, 4WD, 4-pass, 4-door pickup
Engine 6.8L/362-hp/457-lb-ft SOHC 30-valve V-10 6.4L/350-hp/650-lb-ft twin-turbodiesel OHV 32-valve V-8
Transmission 5-speed automatic 5-speed automatic
Curb weight, lb (f/r dist, %) 7023 (57/43) 8974 (58/42)
Wheelbase, in 158 172.4
Length x width x height, in 248.0 x 79.9 x 82.0 262.4 x 95.5 x 79.0
Actual payload capacity, lb 2977 5526
Max towing capacity, lb 5000/12,500/-- * 6000/16,000/24,500 *
0-60 mph, sec 8.3/19.5** 10.5/21.1**
Quarter mile, sec @ mph 16.4 @ 83.1/22.0 @ 62.3 ** 17.8 @ 77.4/21.9 @ 61.1 **
Braking, 60-0 mph, ft 156 145
EPA city/hwy fuel econ, mp N/A N/A
CO2 emissions, lb/mile N/A N/A
Ratings
ENGINEERING ***
DESIGN ***
INTERIOR ***
PERFORMANCE ***
HAULING **
SAFETY ***
VALUE ***
SUM UP Loads of great innovations advance the state of the heavy-hauling art, but Ford heavies lack the nimble demeanor of GM competitors.
* SAE certified
** Conventional hitch/weight distributing hitch/fifth-wheel
*** Towing 7500-pound (F-250) or 10,000-pound (F-450) trailer
Photo 15/19   |   2008 GMC Sierra 2500HD front View
2008 Finalist: GMC Sierra HD
Tuner Numbers Straight From the Factory
By Scott Mortara
New looks and interior refinements make the all-new GMC Sierra Heavy Duty trucks serious contenders for our Truck of the Year competition--and they feature the most powerful diesels in this class.
All HDs come standard with a 6.0-liter gasoline V-8 putting out 353 horsepower and 373 pound-feet of torque mated to a Hydra-Matic 6L90 six-speed automatic. The 6L90 has a 6.04:1 overall ratio spread with two overdrive gears helping the HD's performance and fuel economy, but the cleaner, more powerful Duramax 6.6-liter turbodiesel engine is the real story. With the biggest numbers in the field, the Duramax puts out 365 horsepower and a massive 660 pound-feet of torque. A new particle-trap system helps provide a 90-percent reduction in exhaust particulates and a 50-percent reduction in NOx to meet the new mandates set in place early in 2007. Coupled to the diesel is the Allison 1000 six-speed automatic transmission, both of which now work in perfect harmony. The old school-bus transmission's hard, clunky shifts are replaced by quiet and smooth action.
Photo 16/19   |   2008 GMC Sierra 3500HD front View
The HD's ladder-frame configuration is reinforced by multiple cross braces in a segmented design that allows easy adaptation to the HDs' numerous lengths. Frame sections joined in overlapping segments bolster overall strength and rigidity. Because of this, Sierra HDs offer a larger 2.5-inch receiver hitch enabling the trucks to pull up to 13,000 pounds with a conventional trailer and 16,700 pounds with trucks properly equipped with a fifth wheel.
The HDs further offer two suspension packages: The Z85 suspension is standard on two- and four-wheel-drive models, while the optional Z71 off-road suspension provides additional chassis and suspension equipment, including skidplates. A high-capacity, four-wheel disc-brake system with Hydroboost and four-wheel ABS is standard across the range. All HDs are available with an integrated trailer-brake controller ($200) that automatically increases trailer braking when the truck's antilock system engages to prevent wheel slippage on the truck. The system eliminates the need to add an external or aftermarket brake controller.
Photo 17/19   |   2008 GMC Sierra 2500HD rear View
Sierra Heavy Duties also come in a wide range of 2500HD (-ton) and 3500HD (one-ton) models in WT, SLE, and SLT trim, with three cab styles, three box styles, and five wheelbase lengths for a variety of configuration choices. There's a vast menu of interiors: Base and midlevel trims get a pure pickup theme, while premium interiors borrow the distinctive instrument panel and leather appointments from the Yukon SUV.
We acquired a Sierra 2500HD diesel and a 3500HD SLT diesel dually for our test program. The 2500 sprinted to 60 mph in 8.3 seconds, but we couldn't get a trailered run since this rig had no receiver hitch. The 3500 made the dash in 8.4 seconds unladen and in 19.3 with a 10,000-pound trailer. The 2500 stopped from 60 mph in 171 feet, the longest in the competition, while the six-tired 3500 only needed 152 feet.
Photo 18/19   |   2008 GMC Sierra 3500HD side View
In the off-road loop, the dually felt great through the sand wash, never giving the impression it might bury itself, but the 2500 didn't show the same confidence. The paddle shifters worked well in these conditions, with quick response to any required gear selection. Over the frame twister, the dually performed admirably, while the 2500 evidenced numerous squeaks and rattles.
The final part of our evaluation was a real-world road loop, where again the dually performed heroically throughout the drive--fun through the canyons, smooth on the freeway. One editor said he could see himself hauling his Ghibli to Monterey behind the dually. The 2500, however, drove big, wasn't as much fun as the dually, and rode rougher on the highway.
Photo 19/19   |   2008 GMC Sierra 3500HD front View
GMC spent quality time on the exterior styling to differentiate these trucks from those of Chevrolet. The Sierras have a single power dome on their hoods opposed to the double side bulges on the Chevy. The GMCs have a more wide-open grille and more natural-looking headlights along with smoother, more rounded wheel arches where the Chevys' are more angular. Even with those differences, GM has made it a point to make sure the Sierra and Silverado look similar where the Blue Oval is doing everything it can to make its vehicles look completely different.
The GMCs were high on everyone's list of favorites, with distinctive looks, quality interiors, and incredible powertrains. In the end though, they fell just short, as another manufacturer outdid most of the GMC's special talents.
What They Did Right
Both new six-speed automatics (one for the 6.0L gas V-8 and one for the 6.6L V-8 turbodiesel) are smooth and responsive, empty and loaded. Impressive, considering the workloads they've been hauling.
Room for Improvement
Engines are good but for a work segment as varied as the industries they work in, two engine choices aren't enough. These trucks want two diesel choices, and probably need two gas choices as well.

2008 GMC Sierra Heavy Duty
Base price range $24,860-$41,190
Model Tested GMC Sierra 2500 HD SLT GMC Sierra 3500 HD SLT
Price as tested $54,015 $55,610
Vehicle layout Front engine, 4WD, 5-pass, 4-door pickup Front engine, 4WD, 5-pass, 4-door pickup
Engine 6.6L/365-hp/660-lb-ft twin-turbodiesel OHV 32-valve V-8 6.6L/365-hp/660-lb-ft twin-turbodiesel OHV 32-valve V-8
Transmission 6-speed automatic 6-speed automatic
Curb weight, lb (f/r dist, %) 6844 (61/39) 7539 (57/43)
Wheelbase, in 167 167
Length x width x height, in 258.7 x 80.0 x 76.7 258.7 x 95.9 x 76.1
Actual payload capacity, lb 2356 3861
Max towing capacity, lb 13,000/13,000/15,900* 13,000/13,000/15,900*
0-60 mph, sec 8.3 8.4/19.3 **
Quarter mile, sec @ mph 16.4 @ 85.6/16.5 @ 83.5 21.3 @ 62.5**
Braking, 60-0 mph, ft 171 152
EPA city/hwy fuel econ, mp N/A N/A
CO2 emissions, lb/mile N/A N/A
Ratings
ENGINEERING ***
DESIGN ***
INTERIOR ****
PERFORMANCE ****
HAULING ***
SAFETY ****
VALUE ****
SUM UP Improved styling, powertrains, interior in both fit/finish and material quality as well as a wide range of vehicle configurations, means this is the right direction.
* Conventional hitch/weight-distributing hitch/fifth-wheel
**Towing 10,000-pound trailer

Specifications
Vehicle Price as-tested Curb Weight, LB Price Per-Pound
Chevrolet Silverado 2500 Z71 LT SRW $39,124 6068 $6.45
Chevrolet Silverado 3500 LT DRW $54,875 7572 $7.25
Ford F-250 Super Duty FX4 OFF-ROAD SRW $45,805 7023 $6.52
Ford F-450 Super Duty KING RANCH DRW $62,165 8974 $6.93
GMC Sierra 2500 SRW $54,015 6844 $7.89
GMC SierraA HD SLT 3500 DRW $55,610 7539 $7.24
Toyota Tundra IFORCE 4.7 $27,666 5275 $5.24
Toyota Tundra Limited IFORCE 5.7 $48,635 5840 $7.99
Vehicle Tow Cap, LB Price Per LB, Tow Cap Test Tow Weight, LB 60-0, FT
Chevrolet Silverado 2500 Z71 LT SRW 9800 $3.99 7500 160
Chevrolet Silverado 3500 LT DRW 15,900 $3.45 10,000 156
Ford F-250 Super Duty FX4 OFF-ROAD SRW 12,500 $3.66 7500 144
Ford F-450 Super Duty KING RANCH DRW 24,500 $2.54 10,000 145
GMC Sierra 2500 SRW 15,900 $3.40 No hitch 171
GMC SierraA HD SLT 3500 DRW 15,900 $3.50 10,000 152
Toyota Tundra IFORCE 4.7 8100 $3.42 7500 145
Toyota Tundra Limited IFORCE 5.7 10,100 $4.62 7500 137


PERFORMANCE - HEAD TO HEAD UNloaded - loaded
Vehicle 0-60, SEC 1/4 MILE, SEC 1/4 MILE, MPH 45-65, SEC
Chevrolet Silverado 2500 Z71 LT SRW 7.7 - 18.2 15.9 - 21.3 64.2 - 88.0 3.8 - 11.4
Chevrolet Silverado 3500 LT DRW 8.5 - 20.2 16.6 - 22.0 62.3 - 82.8 4.6 - 13.0
Ford F-250 Super Duty FX4 OFF-ROAD SRW 8.3 - 19.5 16.4 - 21.7 62.9 - 83.1 4.5 - 12.0
Ford F-450 Super Duty KING RANCH DRW 10.5 - 21.1 17.8 - 21.9 61.1 - 77.4 5.7 - 13.6
GMC Sierra 2500 SRW 8.3 - N/A 16.4 - N/A 85.6 - N/A 4.2 - N/A
GMC SierraA HD SLT 3500 DRW 8.4 - 19.3 16.5 - 21.3 62.5 - 83.5 4.5 - 12.7
Toyota Tundra IFORCE 4.7 7.7 - 20.9 16.0 - 22.6 61.8 - 87.3 4.0 - 13.6
Toyota Tundra Limited IFORCE 5.7 6.7 - 15.2 15.2 - 20.0 66.6 - 92.7 3.3 - 9.8

Carry that Weight Unloaded Loaded
Chevrolet Silverado 2500 Z71 LT SRW
0-60 7.7 18.2 sec
1/4 mile 15.9 21.3 sec
1/4 mile 64.2 88.0 mph
45-65 3.8 11.4 sec
*Performance Score 54.1 (2)
**Towing Work BTU: 2917
Chevrolet Silverado 3500 LT DRW
0-60 8.5 20.2 sec
1/4 mile 16.6 22.0 sec
1/4 mile 62.3 82.8 mph
45-65 4.6 13.0 sec
*Performance Score: 45.7 (7)
**Towing Work BTU: 3410
Ford F-250 Super Duty FX4 OFF-ROAD SRW
0-60 8.3 19.5 sec
1/4 mile 16.4 21.7 sec
1/4 mile 62.9 83.1 mph
45-65 4.5 12.0 sec
*Performance Score: 49.7 (3)
**Towing Work BTU: 2959
Ford F-450 Super Duty KING RANCH DRW
0-60 10.5 21.1 sec
1/4 mile 17.8 21.9 sec
1/4 mile 61.1 77.4 mph
45-65 5.7 13.6 sec
*Performance Score: 38.4 (8)
**Towing Work BTU: 3507
GMC Sierra 2500 SRW
0-60 8.3 n/a
1/4 mile 16.4 n/a
1/4 mile 85.6 n/a
45-65 4.2 n/a
*Performance Score: 46.6 (6)
**Towing Work BTU: (NO HITCH)
GMC SierraA HD SLT 3500 DRW
0-60 8.4 19.3 sec
1/4 mile 16.5 21.3 sec
1/4 mile 65.5 83.5 mph
45-65 4.5 12.7 sec
*Performance Score: 48.5 (5)
**Towing Work BTU: 3436
Toyota Tundra IFORCE 4.7
0-60 7.7 20.9 sec
1/4 mile 16 22.6 sec
1/4 mile 61.8 87.3 mph
45-65 4 13.6 sec
*Performance Score: 48.6 (4)
**Towing Work BTU: 2558
Toyota Tundra Limited IFORCE 5.7
0-60 6.7 15.2 sec
1/4 mile 15.2 20.0 sec
1/4 mile 66.6 92.7 mph
45-65 3.3 9.8 sec
*Performance Score: 66.9 (1)
**Towing Work BTU: 3105

*Performance Score arrived at by statistical comparison of each truck's 0-60 times, quarter-mile times and quarter-mile trap speeds (with and without trailer), and 60-0 braking within the TOTY field. A T-score is computed for each category-the vehicle's performance minus the average for the field, divided by the standard deviation for the field. The result is conditioned for a 1-100 scale. T-scores are averaged for the final Performance score. Extremely good-far above 50; extremely badfar below 50; closely grouped performance results in numbers very close to 50 (the statistical "average" score).
**Towing Work is a measure of the energy each engine expended to accelerate its curb and trailer weight through the quarter mile. This figure provides an apples-to-apples comparison, despite the differing trailer weights towed.

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Fair Market Price
$26,767
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Basic Specifications
MSRP: $28,510
Mileage: 15 / 19
Engine: 4.6L V8
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