In the world of heavy-duty pickup trucks, towing capability is a game-changer. Ford and Ram have engaged in a towing war for some time now; but whose trucks are bigger, badder, and can tow more? The automakers can have at it, but let’s break it down here.
In commercials this fall, Ford will claim that its biggest pickup, the F-450, has a best-in-class towing capacity of 31,200 pounds, which is 6,500 pounds more than that of the current F-450. That claim one-ups competitor Ram, who, in January 2013, announced a 30,000-pound towing rating for its 3500 heavy-duty, up from 22,750 pounds.
The same day that Ford announced its new Super Duty trucks, Ram issued a press release claiming that it will be the first auto manufacturer whose entire truck lineup will follow industry standard towing capacity ratings developed by SAE. They also stick by their claim that their 3500 heavy-duty maintains its best-in-class rating because they claim that the F-450 and the Ram 3500 are in different classes and cannot be compared.
Ford says they are in the same class.
According to Autonews.com, “Trucks are classified by gross vehicle weight rating, the maximum loaded weight of the truck including the percentage of a trailer’s weight that sits on the truck’s axle. Class 3 pickups include trucks with a gross vehicle weight rating of 14,000 pounds. Ford says its truck fits in that class even though it has a Class 4 name.”
“The Ram 3500 high output, their most capable tow vehicle, and the Ford F-450 both have identical gross vehicle weight ratings,” said Ford spokesman Mike Levine.
What do you think, can the Ford F-450 be directly compared to the Ram 3500?
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