30,000-Pound Towing Comparison: GMC Sierra 3500 vs Ford F-350 Tow Test
The folks at TFL came up with the ultimate tests when it comes to heavy-duty trucks. The current crop of top-of-the-line heavy-duty trucks boasts of towing capacity in excess of 30,000 pounds, but how many of them actually use it to full capacity?
What’s worse is that these ratings aren’t tested by external agencies either. So, how well do the trucks fare when pushed to their limits? The TFL team decided to conduct this test on the 2020 GMC Sierra 3500 Denali and the 2020 Ford F-350 King Ranch.Oh, and they also took these trucks to the drag strip for a fun race. Are these big boys allowed to have this kind of fun? If yes, why weren’t we exposed to this kind of sacrilege before?
Video: Would You Treat Your $100,000 Ford F-350 Like This?
My break-up didn’t hurt as much as watching this video did. Here’s a heavily customized Ford F-350, valued at roughly $100,000, going through mud and slush until its unrecognizable. Well, these heavy-duty monster trucks can sure tackle whatever gets thrown at them, but this is simply brutal. However, such “tests” also show how much the trucks can withstand.
2020 Ford F-250 Super Duty Baja Forged by LGE-CTS Motorsports
One of the baddest and meanest trucks to have graced this year’s SEMA Show is this Ford F-250 Super Duty Baja Forged by LGE-CTS Motorsports, a California-based aftermarket company. There is nothing to not like about this truck. It looks vintage, it has the ‘Baja’ identity, and it has the old-school persona attached to it. The Baja Forged Super Duty is an all-in-one mobile command center, workshop, and campsite that will be utilized as a chase truck for the Baja Forged Ford Ranger that was launched by the company at last year’s SEMA Show. Such is the versatility of the truck that even Ford calls this the “Swiss army knife for the modern adventurer.” Need we say anything more about it?
Following the Ranger-Rave, Ford Has Now Announced a Custom Super Duty 2019 SEMA Lineup
Ford recently announced its custom Ranger lineup for the 2019 SEMA. The trucks were really impressive in terms of products, but in the bigger picture, it showed that Ford is ready to get out of its comfort zone. This will play a big role for Ford moving forward because the American automaker is not known to be a mod-friendly brand as, say, Jeep or Land Rover. To further strengthen this, Ford has now revealed that it will be bringing to SEMA a series of Super Duty truck concepts as well. I was impressed a lot with the Ranger lineup, so let’s see how the Super Duty range turns out.
How Much Can the 2020 Ford Super Duty Tow? A lot!
After just three years on the market, the fourth-generation Ford Super Duty has been issued a commanding update, the most noticeable of which comes in the form of an updated 6.7-liter, Turbodiesel, V-8 that now delivers 475 horsepower and 1,050 pound-feet of torque right off the production line without the need for any upgrades. This positions the Ford Super Duty at the top of its class in terms of power and torque, towing capacity, and payload capacity. So what is the Ford Super Duty capable of now?
Ford Introduces An All-New 7.3-liter, V-8 Engine For The F-Series Truck
With sedan sales going down and truck sales going up, automakers are shifting their focus on these big, brutish machines. All of them are trying to snatch a share of the pie from Ford – a company that has been ruling the segment for over four decades. Being at the top, Ford is under immense pressure to save its crown, and to be honest, the Blue Oval is actually doing quite well. From introducing the new Bronco, to unveiling the new electric F-150’s prowess, Ford has its hands full here. Amidst all this, the company revealed the all-new 7.3-liter V-8 engine that will make its way under the hood of the F-Series pickup truck. This is not a simple engine addition to the lineup. This new engine will don many hats and will help Ford get out of a lot of sticky wickets moving forward.
2020 Ford F-250 Super Duty STX
Heard of the Ford F-Series? Okay, that’s a pretty stupid question to begin with. The F-Series has been a top-seller for decades. So, unless you live under the rock, you have definitely seen and heard about it. But, what about the Ford F-250 Super Duty STX? Now, this is not a variant of the truck. It is merely a package to make your truck look prettier. However, the STX package is one of the cheapest ones out there and is actually a value-for-money proposition.
2020 Ford F-250 Black Ops by Tuscany
Ford has been selling the F-Series for ages now and people love it. The fact that Ford keeps updating the lineup often is also what helps keep the sales volumes ticking. The F-Series is an extensive lineup with more than 20 variants on offer that caters to the needs of every truck buyer. Apart from this, Ford has also worked in collaboration with multiple tuners, and it even sells some of those trucks through its own dealerships. One of them is the special-edition Black Ops F-250 by Tuscany. This beast is based on the Ford F-250 and it looks stellar to say the least. As the name suggests, this truck is a tribute to the Black Op veterans, and for every Black Ops truck sold, Tuscany makes a donation to the Wounded Veterans Organizations - that’s something we can all get on board with!
2020 Ford F-350 Super Duty King Ranch
The ongoing paradigm shift towards SUVs and trucks has put a lot of pressure on automakers, especially the crown-bearer, Ford. Ford has literally been dominating the truck market for as long as one can remember. Its trucks used to be second to none, but that is changing now. With GMC and Ram stepping up their game and getting fierce with their own offerings, the Blue Oval has had to up the ante to continue sitting on the throne. The Ford Super Duty name is not just another marketing tactic; Ford has built this truck differently right from its core - the chassis. The distinct chassis allows for higher towing and payload capabilities. Although the Super Duty series looks very similar to the lighter trucks, they are built using high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy that shaves off a few hundred pounds while maintaining the structural integrity. Ford also made changes to make the Super Duty series more efficient by using stronger steel frame and chassis components.
2020 Ford F-350 Super Duty Lariat
Ford trucks are second to none. Although they have been facing stiff competition from competitors like the Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra, and Ram trucks, Ford is still by far the best seller in the market. The automaker sold over 900,000 examples of the F-Series in 2018. The Ford Super Duty lineup doesn’t look much different from the other F-Series trucks, but they are different in terms of the build. The Super Duty trucks are built using high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy that helps shave off a few hundred pounds while maintaining structural integrity. Ford also made changes to make the Super Duty series more efficient by using stronger steel frame and chassis components.
The New 7.3-Liter V-8 Gasser In the 2020 Ford Super Duty Is a Combination of Old School and New School
Boosted, small-displacement engines are all the rage these days, but Ford is breaking the mold by offering up a brand-new, naturally aspirated, 7.3-liter V-8 with the 2020 Super Duty. Built from the ground up and revealed for the first time at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show, the 7.3-liter gasser was designed specifically to meet the demands of Super Duty customers, rather than as an evolution of a pre-existing platform. A lot of it is old-school in its approach, with huge displacement, pushrods, and an iron block, but interestingly, Ford managed to massage in a number of forward-looking details as well. Read on for the lowdown on the latest gasser from the Blue Oval.
How Ford Crashed Chevy’s Heavy Duty Truck Party in Chicago
Following a preview in December 2018, Chevrolet introduced the all-new Silverado HD truck at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show,bragging about its new gasoline engine, 10-speed transmission for the diesel mill, and segment-leading towing capability. But Ford joined in with a revised version of the F-Series Super Duty and crashed GM’s party.
2020 F-Series Super Duty Promises to Offer Highest Towing and Payload Ratings
Ever since the late ‘90s, Ford’s line of F-Series Super Duty pickup trucks have been designed to meet the demands of customers who use their vehicles to get the job done. Now, the Super Duty is gearing up for a major refresh heading into the 2020 model year, with a debut slated for the 2019 Chicago Auto Show.
The Best-Selling Cars In America This Year Through October 2018
2018 has been a big sales year for automakers in the U.S. From January to October 2018, car sales in the U.S. have reached 14,262,604 sold units. That represents a 0.2 percent increase in total sales compared to the first ten months of 2017. If you take it from that perspective, Americans are buying more vehicles this year than they did last year. But there are a lot of pieces involve in this numbers, too. These pieces paint a more accurate picture of the automotive landscape in the U.S. in 2018. Sales of light trucks — these include SUVs and pickups are up 8.3 percent compared to their sales numbers from January to October 2017.
On the other hand, sales of passenger vehicles, including sedans, are down 13.3 percent in the same period. This tells us that more and more American buyers are buying SUVs and pickups compared to sedans. It’s no surprise, then, that when we compiled the top 10 list of best-selling vehicles in the U.S. in the first ten months of the year, the upper half of that list was dominated by, you guessed it, pickups and SUVs.
5 Trucks To Consider for Hauling Heavy Loads
We often get blinded by the horsepower wars among sports cars and supercars that a lot of us don’t pay enough attention to the pickup truck battlefield where horsepower isn’t as important as torque and towing capacity. These heavy haulers may not have the kind of power that Ferraris and Ford Mustangs have, but when it comes to pulling weight on top of its own, the competition is as cutthroat as it is the performance segments. Whether its towing capacity, max payloads, or just all-around usefulness and reliability, these five pickup trucks are the best options to get to where you need to go if you’re hauling some heavy weight
Updated0 7-11-2018: This article was updated to reflect an improper torque rating given for the Ram 3500 with the 6.7-liter Cummins diesel engine The torque rating has been revised from 900 pound-feet to 930 pound-feet, which is accurate for the 2019 model year.
Spray and Pray: Hagens Berman Representing Truck Owners that Say Ford Cheated on Emissions Too
Volkswagen may soon have more company in the ranks of accused cheaters now that Ford is being accused of doing the same thing. The Blue Oval finds itself in the crosshairs of a lawsuit that’s accusing the automaker of rigging at least 500,000 heavy-duty pickups to beat emissions tests. The lawsuit claims that models of Ford’s F-250 and F-350 Super Duty diesel pickups sold between 2011 and 2017 are releasing emissions that are 50 times the legal limit for nitrogen oxide pollutants.
The Best Truck For Moving A Big Christmas Haul
Imagine, for a second, a long-lost and filthy rich uncle invites your family over for Christmas. Under the tree is every imaginable gift to make up for his years of absence. (It’s a stretch, yeah, but play along.) The kids tear through the paper revealing massive gifts that somehow weight a ton. Now, how will you get these presents home? Well, luckily there are pickup trucks built to handle the load.
General Motors, Ford, and Ram’s offerings have all grown exponentially capable over the last decade, with some hauling and towing more than ever though possible. In many cases, a commercial driver’s license is needed to stay legal. Here, we’re going to focus on one-ton trucks with single-rear wheels and achieving the maximum payload capacity. So, if you’re needed a truck that can haul, this is for you.
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Torque Wars Continue as Ford Boosts Super Duty Power Stroke Torque to 935 Pound-Feet
Because pickup trucks usually carry heavy loads other than their bodies, acceleration is important in getting these vehicles to move. That’s why torque numbers are just as important, maybe even more, as horsepower in this segment. This explains why Ford and Ram have been engaged in a perpetual battle of “can-you-top-this?” with regards to the amount of torque their models can produce. Well, it’s Ford’s turn atop the mountain after the automaker announced that for 2018, the Super Duty line’s 6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8 diesel engine packs 450 horsepower and 935 pound-feet of torque, edging out Ram’s 6.7-liter Cummins inline-six turbodiesel engine by five pound-feet of torque.
EarthRoamer is no stranger to building high-end, custom, off-road RVs. The Colorado-based company has been building them since 1998. Their main model, the XV-LT, is built using the Ford F-550 Super Duty platform. It’s a go-anywhere rig designed for off-the-grid living. Well, now the company is building something even bigger – the XV-HD. It’s based on the massive Ford F-750 medium-duty truck and is converted to 4WD with a solid front axle. The fiberglass body is one large piece with no seam, and the interior is fully customizable and built to suit each owner. Obviously, something like this won’t be cheap – and it’s not. It carries a price tag of $1.7 million.
The truck (building on wheels?) has 46-inch-tall mud-terrain tires, a 30,000-pound recovery winch inside its custom front bumper. It can carry 115 gallons of diesel fuel, 250 gallons of fresh water, and its solar panel array generates 2,100 watts of power and feeds a 20,000 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Oh, and there’s an automatically starting generator should the batteries need to be recharged in the dark.
There is a ton more information, so keep reading for the details.
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