For tasks too heavy for F-150, Silverado 1500, or RAM 1500, you’ll need one of the best ¾ ton trucks. What’s more, you’ll likely want the abundant torque of their available diesel powerplants as well. When it comes to heavy hauling, nothing beats the torque of a diesel. While many cite horsepower, torque is what sets a vehicle into motion. Yes, horsepower is important too; as it keeps the vehicle moving once torque has done its job. Perusing these listings, you’ll note the best ¾ ton trucks all post highly significant torque numbers, and further, the higher those torque numbers, the higher their maximum towing capacities. Without question, for heavier hauling, a ¾ ton pickup is the true workhorse you’ll need.
Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra 2500 HD
For the 2015-model year, the 2500 series Silverado and Sierra got the redesign their smaller 1500 siblings got for the 2014 model year. This endowed them with quieter interiors finished in nicer materials, large touchscreen interfaces, and more sophistication all around. The three available cab styles are regular, double, and crew. You’ll get long (eight-foot) beds with the regular cabs, while double and crew cabs get a choice between eight-foot beds and 6.5-foot beds. The base engine is a 6.0-liter V8 good for 360 horsepower and 380 ft-lbs of torque. The 6.6-liter diesel V8 makes 397 horsepower and 765 ft-lbs of torque. Silverado 2500 HD’s max towing capacity is 17,900-pounds when equipped with a fifth wheel. Pricing starts at $32,280.
Ford F-250 Super Duty
Those looking to haul heavy within the ranks of the blue oval must look to the Super Duty. Ford offers it in three cab styles; regular cab, extended cab, and crew cab. You’ll get the eight-foot bed with the regular cab, but the other two can be had with the 6.8-foot standard bed or the longer bed. The base engine is a 6.2-liter V8 with 385 horsepower and 405 ft-lbs of torque. The 6.7-liter turbocharged diesel V8 produces 440 horsepower and 860 ft-lbs of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission routes power to the rear, or all four when the optional four-wheel drive powertrain is selected. Towing capacity is 16,800 pounds with a fifth wheel. Super Duty pricing starts at $31,235.
The Ram 2500HD offers a six-speed manual transmission, something its rivals don’t include. It also offers three cabs; regular, crew, and an extra-large crew cab Ram calls the “Mega Cab.” Regular cabs get an eight-foot bed, while crew cabs get a choice of the eight-foot bed or a six-foot four-inch bed. The Mega Cab is paired exclusively with the shorter bed. The base engine is a 383-horsepower, 5.7-liter V8 with 400 ft-lbs of torque. The diesel is a 350-horsepower, 6.7-liter turbocharged inline six-cylinder making 660 ft-lbs of torque with the manual transmission, or 370 horsepower, and 800 ft-lbs with the six-speed automatic. Fifth-wheel towing capacity is 16,900 pounds with the manual transmission and 17,970 with the automatic. Pricing starts at $30,685.