If you want to silence the advocates in the camps of both Ford and Ram, direct them to this news. Because there are no other half-ton trucks on the market today outside of the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 pickups that offer 420 horsepower and a serious 460 pound-feet of torque, courtesy of the all-new 6.2L EcoTec3 V8 engine. The engine will also be found in the 2014 Silverado High Country, and the 2014 Sierra Denali.
Couple that power with the optional Max Trailering Package, and these half-ton trucks are rated to pull 12,000 pounds. That’s 1,800 lbs better than the outgoing 2500 HD trucks with the 6.0L V8, and just 1,000 lbs shy of the Duramax diesel-equipped model. It’s also 1,550 lbs superior to the max tow rating of the Ram 1500, and 700 lbs better than the Ford F-150. With the Max Trailering Package, drivers get:
- Trailering package with seven-pin and four-pin connector
- Enhanced cooling
- Automatic locking rear differential
- Heavy-duty 9.75-inch rear axle with 3.73 ratio
- Increased-capacity rear leaf springs
- Revised shock tuning for increased control
- Integrated trailer brake controller
- Bragging rights
Hopefully your trailer hitch can keep up. Fuel economy numbers for 6.2L-equipped 2014 Silverado and 2014 Sierra pickups have yet to be finalized by the EPA.