It’s easy to just assume that one heavy duty truck is as good as another. It’s true that the best ones like the 2019 Ford Super Duty, 2020 GMC Sierra HD, and the 2019 Ram HD have many things in common. But some are better than others, especially in particular aspects.
To prevent any argument regarding opinion, it’s probably best to limit the discussion to hard facts. That’s why these comparisons will rely mostly on specs. So let’s see which ones are better regarding specific factors:
Horsepower and Torque
For trucks, no discussion about specs will be complete without factoring in the power. The winner in this category is the 2019 Ram 3500 HD. It leads the entire heavy duty truck class with 1,000 lb-ft of torque. This is of course pertaining to the high output version, from which you also get 400 horses and also a 6-speed automatic transmission.
The standard version of the Ram, however, isn’t all that bad at 370 HP and 850 lb-ft of torque. But you may also want to wait for the 2020 version of the GM Duramax, which will give you a 6.6L turbodiesel V8 that pumps 910 lb-ft of torque along with a 10-speed automatic. You’ll likely to get 445 horses, which is the same as with the Sierra HD.
The 2019 Super Duty gives you 450 HP and 935 lb-ft of torque. It’s currently backed by a 6-speed auto, but it’s likely that in 2020 this will increase to a 10-speed.
However, if you’d rather use gasoline, the Ram has a Hemi V8 with 410 horses and 429 lb-ft. GM’s current 6L V8 churns out 360 HP and 380 lb-ft, but the brand will introduce a new and more powerful engine shortly. That may also be true for the Super Duty, as its 6.2L V8 offers 385 horses and 430 lb-ft.
The 2019 Ram HD wins again here, since its 1,000 lb-ft of torque allows the truck to tow up to 35,100 pounds with a 5th wheel. Still, that’s barely better than the Super Duty which can tow 35,000 pounds.
The towing capacity specs of the 2020 GMC Sierra HD and Chevy Silverado HD have not yet been publicized, though GM does admit that it will be, in their own words, “well in excess of 30,000 pounds.”
The Ram’s payload is also quite impressive, as its bed can haul 7,680 pounds. That noses out the 7,640-pound rating for the Super Duty. The Silverado can haul 7,153 pounds, while the Sierra can handle 6,112 pounds.
Gas Tank Capacity
It’s a pity that the EPA doesn’t measure the fuel economy of the HD trucks. So let’s check the size of the tank to at least give us an idea of the range of a full tank. It all depends on the configuration and engine, however.
The Super Duty has a 48-gallon tank in the version with the longest wheelbase. The mid-wheelbase has 34 gallons, while the shortest wheelbase has 29 gallons. For the gas engine, the gas tank capacity is 48 gallons for the crew cab and 34 for the regular and super cabs.
The 2019 Ram has 31 gallons in the tank for the crew cab and Mega Cab, and 28 gallons in the regular cab diesel. As for the GM HD trucks, they all have 36-gallon tanks regardless of configuration or engine. That may be changed for 2020 though.
Size of the Truck Bed
So how much stuff can you pack in these trucks? For the Ram, the standard bed is 76.3 inches long with cargo capacity of 57.5 cubic feet. The long bed is 98.3 inches long with 74.7 cubic feet.
The standard bed on the GM is 78.9 inches long with 61 cubic feet. The long bed is 97.8 inches long, with 76.3 cubic feet of cargo.
The standard bed on the Super duty is the longest at 81.9 inches with 65.4 cubic feet. The long bed is 98.1 inches (just 0.2 inches short of the Ram) and the cargo capacity is the largest at 78.5 cubic feet.
With these numbers, you should have a better idea of which truck will suit your needs. Of course you also need to check the price—that’s a number you can’t ignore!
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