Americans love trucks. Their fascination for the trucks has a long history and one that certainly isn’t going to change anytime soon. The reason for that is more than a simple desire to own a powerful vehicle. Trucks are multipurpose vehicles. You can haul, tow, and do a thousand other chores with it. It is a great recreational vehicle on-road as well as off-road. .
So you can take it on a picnic, or on a family vacation. Hell, most modern pickups even come with state-of-the-art infotainment system, and accessories that will put a luxury sedan to shame. Who wouldn’t love them? Then again, where there is love, there is passion and the passion for the best truck in the market is one that has been hot in America for decades. The three giants Chevy, Ford and Dodge, have always had cutthroat competition in the market for the elusive title of the best car manufacturer. So much so that it is a common topic of discussion with your buddies in the bar. Now, maybe we have something that will help you put some weight behind your opinion on the matter.
Quite frankly, over the years, we have seen some impressive engineering marvels under all the three brands of pickups. Obviously, they didn’t come to dominate the American pickup truck industry overnight. Their long history of presence in the U.S., is marked with rivalry that goes back even before most of us were born. Now, we will help you discover yourself as to who makes the best trucks. No, we are not going to bore you to death with the same comparison charts. Instead, we will show you what a Chevy, a Ford, and a Dodge can do, or cannot do. The rest is up to you. You decide which one is the best. Here, you have three videos where you get to see a Chevy Silverado, A Ford F250 Super Duty Powerstroke, and a Dodge Ram 1500 showing their mettle in different settings.
Epic Powerstroke Beatdown!
Now let’s shine some limelight on Ford. Quite like Chevy, Ford’s garage is loaded with all kinds of trucks from the quarter-ton trucks to 1-ton trucks. Out of the huge lineup, we bring you the three-quarter ton truck, F 250 Super Duty. Mind you, the F 250, is considered a ¾-ton vehicle only because of its standard size, and its actual payload carrying capacity is around 3,000 lbs. It came in with three different engine options. Among them, the 6.0L Power Stroke Diesel V-8 has the best torque. Also, the Power Stroke engine was discontinued in the F 250, because of environmental guidelines post 2007. But, to this day, it stands as one of the favorite engines of Ford pickup lovers.
The reason why a Power Stroke engine is so loved, is something that you can only understand when you see it in action. So we have brought the action right to you in this awesome display of Ford’s muscle. In this video, you can see a Ford F 250, fitted with a power stroke engine, have a go at the muddy obstacle course at West Georgia Mud Park. This one is a 2-door variant of the 250, and naturally quite lightweight. Under the hood, the vehicle is almost as original as stock, with only a few modifications. The engine churns out an unbelievable 325 horsepower and 570 lb.-ft. of torque. Just seeing the video will give you an idea of what this number translates to in the real world. We can go on and on about this bad boy, but none of it really matches up to what this driver does on the muddy track. Enjoy the show
Dodge Truck Beatdown
In the third video, we bring you a member of the Dodge Ram family. Remember that uphill stunt we discussed for Chevy above? Well, how about the same task for the Dodge? We have a 2-door Dodge 1500, up for a challenge. The driver thinks he can take his pickup up the hill, and we thought you might be interested in knowing whether he actually can. Now, before you jump to the video, let us give you a heads up. This truck does not sport the famed Cummins engine that we have come to love these days. This was the pre-Cummins era, probably a 2013 model. The standard in those vehicles used to be a 4.7L V8 engine that managed a decent 310 horsepower and 330 lb.-ft. of torque. That wasn’t much, but it used to be enough for weekend warriors during those years.
As you can see, the Dodge 1500 is clearly not a decent match for the heavier trucks we have on this list. But hey, its driver thinks his vehicle is up to the challenge and who are we to question him. So, the Dodge Ram driver decides to do what the buggies were doing, and the result is, well, why don’t you check it yourself? Click on the video and find out if the Dodge Ram 1500 makes it up the hill or not.
The first video is of a Chevy Silverado, which appears to be a brand new 2013 model. The driver of the vehicle is a youngster, and with passable skills behind the wheel. However, what he may lack in skills, the Chevy more than makes up for it with its power. The task is to climb up the hill. But guess what? The game was not organized for the trucks. The ones who were playing the game, had brought buggies with them. Then this guy comes in and thought, “The hell, even my Chevy Truck can do that”. What he does next is take up his truck and ram it up the hill. What do you think happened next? Will he make it up the hill, or just roll back down the hill in shame. If you want to know whether it was the classic case of a megalomaniac biting dust, or a youngster who knew the power of his ride, then check the video yourself.
And hey, the video is good as it is. But, what makes it even more impressive is knowing what is under the hood of that pickup. That kid was sitting on a 6.6L Duramax Diesel V8 beast of an engine. Ardent fans of trucks know to bow before a Duramax engine, irrespective of whether they like Chevy or not. The monster can generate a massive 397 horsepower and 765 lb.-ft. of torque. Coupled with this power plant is the 6-speed Allison 1000 automatic transmission that delivers all the power generated by the engine to the wheels of the 4-wheel drive. Naturally, this Chevy is tuned for performance, and we assure you that you will love it. Just enjoy the video.
We all have our favorites when it comes to trucks. We have pretty good reasons for making our choice too. So, if your favorite pickup manufacturer outdid other contenders here, then congrats. However, if your favorite car couldn’t display its potential completely, then no worries. There is certainly a lot more of fun we have in store for you too. Whichever pickup you love, stay tuned and we will surely bring all sorts of fun videos of your favorite pickup manufacturer.