Western Diesel PickupTruck.com Diesel Shootout, Part 1 of 3
For most of us, pickup truck performance is measured by how far we travel without stopping for fuel, or by how quickly we get to the top of the hill.
Not so long ago, I remember looking for an 18-wheeler so I could draft behind it while towing a trailer. I would tuck in behind one of those big rigs and ride along watching the vacuum gauge trying for every ounce of speed and fuel economy.
Every downhill that came along, I would get 'that look' from my co-pilot while racing down the grade in an effort to build up momentum to make it to the top of the next hill at least at the minimum posted speed.
Today it's a totally different story. While only one truck can win the shootout, the real victors are those of us who drive pickups for work and play. Today’s trucks are more powerful, fuel efficient, and fun to drive than anything even imagined just a few years ago.
We contacted Dodge, Ford and General Motors to test the latest and greatest full size diesel pickups they had to offer.
This was our test fleet for one week in Michigan.
Chevrolet 3500 Heavy Duty
Chevrolet 2500 Heavy Duty
Dodge Ram 3500 Heavy Duty
Ford F-250 Super Duty
Ford F-350 Super Duty
In a perfect world, all of the vehicles would be exactly the same size and weight, and have the same tire size, cab configuration, and rear axle ratio. What we got is pretty much what you would find if you went shopping for the right truck.
Keep in mind also that we put this test together in just over two weeks.