Are you looking to buy a new truck? Well, you have plenty to choose from on the dealership lots. The 2014 trucks are out and are ready to play!
Every year there are plenty of changes, upgrades, and additions to each of the big three's full size pickup trucks, and each year truck connoisseurs compare their strength, capacity, comfort, and price. This year we will do the same, but will add a fourth truck, the Toyota Tundra, into the mix.
Now before you American Pickup purists leave this website vowing never to return since I have gone "Furrin", hear me out and lets truly see where the Tundra has strengths and where it has weaknesses. For those of you who are screaming "What about the Nissan Titan or the Honda Ridgeline?", first, I can only handle so much import at a time, and second, the Ridgeline is not really a truck...
So, without further adieu, lets talk truck.
First on everyone's mind these days in truck comparisons is truck strength. However, a change in the days of previous decades is that the consumer's desire for power is balanced by their need for fuel efficiency. With that in mind, a current truck consumer has to step back and say "Wow, where did Ram come from?" No, I am not inherently a Dodge fan, but with their recent changes one has to appreciate that they are now changing the industry. This year Ram is premiering their half ton truck with a diesel engine, leap frogging the innovations Ford brought to the market a few years ago with the Ecoboost V6.
In the engine capability realm, we must compare apples to apples as much as possible, so lets look at the power of each engine class. In the V6 market, the Ford Ecoboost is still top dog.
- Ford Ecoboost 3.5L V6: HP - 365, Torque - 420 lbs
- Ram Pentastar 3.6L V6: HP - 305, Torque - 269 lbs
- Chevy EcoTec3 4.3L V6: HP - 285, Torque - 305 lbs
- Ford 3.6L V6: HP - 302, Torque - 278 lbs
- Toyota 4.0L V6: HP - 270, Torque - 278 lbs
- Ford 5.0L V8: HP - 360, Torque - 380 lbs
- Chevy 5.3L EcoTec3 V8: HP - 355, Torque - 383 lbs
- Toyota 4.6L V8: HP - 305, Torque - 327 lbs
- Chevy 6.2L EcoTec3 V8: HP - 420, Torque - 460 lbs
- Ford 6.2L V8: HP - 411, Torque - 434 lbs
- Ram Hemi 5.7L V8: HP - 395, Torque - 410 lbs
- Toyota 5.7L V8: HP - 381, Torque - 401 lbs
As stated above, buyers also want efficiency. So since these four makes have attempted to enhance their efficiency, here are the best at saving fuel:
- Ram 3.0L Ecodiesel: 30 MPG
- Ram 3.6L Pentastar V6: 25 MPG
- Chevy 4.3L EcoTec3 V6: 24 MPG
- Chevy 5.3L EcoTec3 V8: 23 MPG
- Ford 3.6L V6: 23 MPG
- Ford 3.5L Ecoboost V6: 22 MPG
- Ram Hemi 5.7L V8: 22 MPG
- Ford 5.0L V8: 21 MPG
- Chevy 6.2L V8: 21 MPG
- Toyota 4.0L V6: 20 MPG
- Toyota 4.6L V8: 19 MPG
- Toyota 5.7L V8: 18 MPG
- Ford 6.2L V8: 18 MPG
Check back next week for the next installment of the 2014 Full Size Truck Comparison: Towing and Room.