Ford F-150 Wins Light-Duty Pickup Truck Challenge

ford_f150_light_duty22 announces that the Ford F-150 has taken the title as the win­ner of the site’s Light-Duty Pickup Truck Challenge.

Get more infor­ma­tion on the Ford pickup and the contest., the author­ity for new and used pickup truck buy­ers, announced today that the Ford F-150 has taken the title as the win­ner of the site’s Light-Duty Pickup Truck Chal­lenge. The chal­lenge put six of the most pop­u­lar light-duty trucks head-to-head in a series of tests. The six trucks tested were the 2014 Chevro­let Sil­ver­ado 1500, 2013 Ford F-150, 2014 GMC Sierra 1500, 2013 Nis­san Titan, 2013 Ram 1500 and the 2013 Toy­ota Tundra.

“The F-150 is the best-selling half-ton truck in the U.S., and after con­duct­ing this test­ing, it’s no sur­prise why,” said Mark Williams, edi­tor. “It was a tight con­test, with the Ford, Ram, and GMC fin­ish­ing close together, but the F-150’s per­for­mance and capa­bil­ity gave it an edge. Shop­pers look­ing for a new half-ton in this com­pet­i­tive truck mar­ket have sev­eral great options and should con­sider which one best meets their needs.”

Experts from and Pop­u­lar Mechanics teamed up to put the six trucks through four gru­el­ing days of tests to deter­mine which one was the ulti­mate light-duty truck. “The tests were exten­sive,” said Williams. “We wanted to make sure to account for every­thing that would be impor­tant to truck shop­pers; from fea­tures and com­fort to brute strength and tow­ing capa­bil­i­ties, we cov­ered it all.”

Tests included:

  • Eval­u­a­tion of inte­rior qual­ity, lay­out and fea­tures, and exte­rior qual­ity, fin­ish and features
  • Value for the money
  • Accel­er­a­tion and brake test­ing, empty, with a 1,200-pound pay­load and tow­ing 8,500 pounds
  • Hill climb abil­ity, both empty and tow­ing 8,500 pounds
  • Autocross to test han­dling, both empty and with a 1,000-pound payload
  • 180-mile drive to test for fuel econ­omy both empty and towing