By Cars.com EditorsNovember 2, 2010
About the video
PickupTrucks.com puts the trucks through their paces by testing their braking ability.
Hi, this is Mike Levine from pickup trucks.com. And we're here in Michigan at Ford's proving grounds for our V6 work truck shootout. We've got three of the newest trucks here.
We've got a GMC Sierra 1500, a Ram 1500, and we have the new Ford F-150 with a 3.7 liter V6. For this test, we're doing 60 mile an hour to zero braking, and we're doing it two ways. The first way is with 1200 pounds of payload in the back, the second way is empty. We're gonna run both tests and see which trucks stop the quickest. [Tester] Each of the trucks we tested has different brake setups. The GMC Sierra 1500 has standard front disc and cheaper rear drum brakes. While the Ram 1500 and Ford F-150 both have front and rear disc brakes. Ford's discs are vented at all four wheels, while only the Ram's front brakes are vented. Venting helps brakes keep cool during extended use. Last year Ford overhauled the F-150's brakes by adding new rotors, 6% larger than the 2009's rotors. Plus new front calipers, a master cylinder, brake booster, and lynox. Despite the unique approaches, all the trucks had similar stopping distances when they were loaded with 1200 pounds of ballast in the cargo boxes. The Ford F-150 came to a halt at 138.78 feet. While the Ram took just over a foot longer, and the GMC required just over 3.5 feet more. The F-150 had the biggest improvement stopping power when it was empty. It braked in 132.72 feet, while the Ram needed about six and a half feet more runway, and the GMC Sierra, seven feet more margin. Despite the measured stopping distances, we felt the GMC Sierra provided the best overall break feel and driver feedback of the three trucks we tested. We always felt confident we were controlling the truck instead of just along for the ride. The Ford F-150 seem to split the difference between the GMC and the Ram. While the Ram required the most brake pedal travel, and had the most audible and noticeable abs intervention during sudden stops, almost from the moment we hit the brake pedal. For more results in testing from our V6 work trucks shootout, check out pickup trucks.com.