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Old 09-16-2013, 07:30 AM   #1
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Car and Driver test 1/2 ton trucks

Sept 2013 issue tests the Ram 5.7 Hemi, F-150 Eco-Boost, and the revised Chevy 5.3.

The knock on Chevy the interior was not as nice as the Ram or Ford. With the 2014 Chevy up-graded the interior and revised the engines.

I had a 2011 F-150 5.0 litre Lariat. That truck was way too nice. I would imagine the new Chevy is just as nice. C&D actually rate it better than the F-150 and Ram.

All the 1/2 ton trucks ride better, drive better, accelerate better, are more quiet, give better mpg than trucks 10 years ago.

C&D has the 0 - 60 acceleration as:

F-150 ECO-Boost at 6.2
Chevy 1500 5.3 - 6.7
Ram 1500 5.7 - 7.1

I have seen the Ram measured at 6.8 and the Ford 5.0 litre at 6.9 in other publications.
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I will have to check that out, thanks. I am surprised that the hemi was that slow to 60. With the higher HP and torque of that engine with the 8 speed tranny, I would have suspected it to be lower.
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Will they tow any better now? Or still just 1/2 ton for lite TTs?

0-60 is never a gauge of towing skill. Just grunting rights, aye?
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1/2 ton, is 1/2 ton and their desinged for light TT towing. Sure you can modify them and upgrade the suspension but in that regard you should just purchase a heavier duty truck to do the job. All your doing is throwing a bandaid at something that was not designed to do a heavy task. JMHO
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jamesrxx951 - The Ram's axle ratio was one for highway cruising and better mpg. Not one for acceleration. It also the heaviest truck. None of the tested trucks had an axle ratio for towing.
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I'm a long-time reader of Car and Driver (as well as Road & Track) dating back to the 1960s, so I really don't have an axe to grind with them. One must understand, however, that the Car and Driver author's frame of reference is high performance cars, not trucks. Therefore, they don't test or rate the aspects of a truck that most of us purchase them for; rather, the winning truck in their comparo tests is the one that is the most carlike, has the best acceleration and handling on a skidpad, the most technological "foo-foo", etc. In other words, the truck that's most like a BMW M3 or Audi RS6.

Their truck tests are sort of interesting entertainment, but not much more.

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jamesrxx951 - The Ram's axle ratio was one for highway cruising and better mpg. Not one for acceleration. It also the heaviest truck. None of the tested trucks had an axle ratio for towing.

yes I did see that but the Ford was also a 3.31, the Dodge was 3.21 and first gear on the Dodge transmission was also lower at 4.71 compared to the Ford at 4.17. With the 8 speed transmission, it has lower gearing that allows the engine to stay high in the power band. I is also heavier by 170 LBS which is not really a large difference. The Dodge does have the 20" rims compared to 18" on the Ford but the Dodge also has 20 more HP with 10 lbs of less torque. Overall, it is a pretty close comparison.
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The ride has to go the Ram , my 09 has 190,000 on it , very few things I had to replace .
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I agree the Ram is probably the best riding truck. I have seen other test like Popular Mechanics say the Ram rides great.

What I find interesting is how you can drive these 'trucks' hundreds and hundreds of comfortable miles when on a long trip with any fatigue. They all are quiet going down the highway.

Back in the day trucks rode very rough, were noisy and rattled and were not very powerful. You would get wind noise, engine noise, frame flexing, rattles and basically had a vehicle that was not very pleasant to drive. Not sure when all this changed. Probably when Ford was selling 750,000 trucks per year with Chevy/GMC doing about the same.

Anyway, I think we are lucky to have trucks as nice as cars.
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just finished 2 weeks from NJ to Maine and New Hampshire, towing a 7000 lb tt with my ford f150 fx4. Ford is 5.7 l rated to tow 11,000 lbs. First trip out of area with this setup, towed well, truck is luxurious, and got just about the same fuel mileage that my prev set up, GMC caynon and 4000 lb trailer-10 1/2 MPG
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Ford has a 5.7L motor? Maybe a 5.4? Just nit-picking...
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Ford has a 5.7L motor? Maybe a 5.4? Just nit-picking...
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Well, maybe not a new Ford, but back in the day Ford had a 5.7L engine (350 cc). L'il Bro had a '92 F-150 with 5.7L engine. Gas hog, but reliable. Just nit-picking...
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Ram is coming with a new diesel.... for the 1500......interesting.... but it doesn't have the same tow capacity as the Ford F 150 ecoboost. That said the ecoboost is a $2500 option.

Chrysler has announced the gasoline-powered 2014 Ram 1500 and 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel tow ratings.

Read more: 2014 Ram 1500, 1500 EcoDiesel tow ratings announced - Autoweek
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