By Cars.com EditorsAugust 13, 2010
About the video
PickupTrucks.com puts the trucks through their paces by running them through the quarter mile.
(metal crunching) (upbeat music) Hi, this is Mike Levine from pickuptrucks.com and we're here at Milan Dragway outside Detroit for our 2010 Heavy-Duty Shootout.
We're taking the latest and greatest 3/4 ton and one ton diesel and gas trucks and putting them through their paces. Let's see how these trucks do. (trucks accelerating) First we tested the 3/4 ton gas trucks unloaded. Though we expected the 6.2 liter Ford F 250 to dominate, it was the Hemi powered Ram 2500 that surprised everyone. It consistently pulled ahead of both the blue oval and bow tie pickups every time they rumbled down the track. Zero to 60, the Ram was more than a second faster than the Ford, almost three seconds faster than the Chevy. It finished the quarter mile in 16.9 seconds at just under 84 miles an hour. When we added a 10,000 pound trailer, the times increase and the speeds dropped, but the results remained the same. The gas powered Ram finished first in 23.3 seconds at 64 miles an hour. Like the 3/4 ton gas trucks we tested, the 3/4 ton diesels were single rear wheel heavy haulers. Unloaded down the dragway, only 2/10 of a second separate the fastest and slowest diesel trucks down the quarter mile. The Silverado was fastest, finishing and just 16.9 seconds at 86.53 miles an hour. It hit zero to 60 in just 8.7 seconds. There was a bit more space between the trucks when we hitched up a 10,000 pound trailer. The Silverado 2500 diesel improved its performance, finishing more than a second faster than the Ford F250, and three seconds faster than the Ram 2500. Finally, we took our one ton dual rear wheel diesel powered heavy haulers on the track. They were as equivalent as we could option them, right down to their identical 3.73 rear axles. Each was pulling 12,000 pound trailers instead of 10,000 pounds like the lighter trucks. Once again, we ran the trucks unloaded first through the quarter mile. On hand was the all new 2011 GMC Sierra 3500 Denali that made its world debut at the Shootout. This luxurious rig ran faster in both zero to 60 and the quarter mile than 3/4 ton Chevy partner. It hit 60 miles an hour and just 8.3 seconds and took the quarter mile in just 16.6 seconds, beating both the Ford and Ram pickups. Next, we ran the trucks down the track with heavy trailers. The Sierra Denali excelled once again. It hit 60 miles an hour in just 18.8 seconds. A half second faster than the Ford F350, and it ran the quarter mile and 22.4 seconds, 1/10 of a second quicker than the Ford F350. What a performance from all these trucks at Milan. (upbeat music) So there you have it. For more test results and coverage of the 2010 Heavy-Duty Shootout, go to pickuptrucks.com. (gentle music)