There’s been quite a lot of banter between truck loyalists about which truck maker has the best truck in the half-ton segment and while it’s easy to get carried away with horsepower figures as well as towing and payload capacities, there’s really nothing quite like testing them all head to head in the same conditions.
To settle the arguments once and for all, our friends over at
Motor Trend decided to take a 2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel 3.0-liter V-6, a 2015 Chevy Silverado 5.3-liter EcoTec3 and a 2015 Ford F-150 2.7-liter EcoBoost truck and put them to the test in their rigorous Half-ton Pickup Shootout.
To determine a winner, the Motor Trend judges took the three competitors on a 260-mile drive through eastern California and western Arizona. Each truck’s performance was measured in a number of exercises that was designed to test them in real world conditions in ways that the average truck buyer might use them.
So how did the trucks stack up? Believe it or not, the competition was pretty fierce, at least between two of the trucks. The 2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel surfaced as the winner of Motor Trend’s 2015 half-ton pickup shootout. The judges were particularly impressed with the performance of the Ram 1500’s EcoDiesel V-6 engine as well as its eight-speed TorqueFlite transmission, a combination that boasts best-in-class 28 mpg fuel economy.
Motor Trend’s Real MPG testing proved V-6 turbo nor V-8 gas-powered engines can match the EcoDiesel’s efficiency. The judges observed 22 mpg fuel economy during their 1,000-pound loaded testing over 260 miles. Motor Trend’s Real MPG testing last year returned frugal stats: 19/26/21 mpg city/highway/combined for the Laramie Longhorn Crew Cab 4x4 with a 3.92 rear axle and an even more notable 18/28/22 for the Lone Star Crew Cab 4x2 with a 3.55 rear axle.
"Our comparison of the latest half-ton pickup trucks was as exhaustive as it was comprehensive, because this segment is so important and so competitive. We evaluated every aspect of these trucks we could and debated long and hard over their merits,” said Scott Evans, Associate Editor — Motor Trend Magazine. “In the end, the Ram EcoDiesel's excellent ride quality both loaded and empty, torquey engine, smooth and intelligent transmission, ease in towing, comfortable and refined interior, and best-in-test fuel economy proved the winning combination."
For full detail on Motor Trend’s 2015 Half-ton Shootout, please visit: www.motortrend.com/roadtests/trucks/1501_comparison_2015_ford_f_150_vs_ram_1500_chevrolet_silverado/
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