The all-new, 2017 Ford F-350 Super Duty won a PickupTrucks.com comparison test against the GMC Sierra 3500, narrowly beating out the website’s 2014 Ultimate One-Ton HD Challenge winner thanks to its capability, livability, and useful new technologies. Out of a total 2,600 possible points (2,000 of which were given based on empirical measures, while 600 were based on subjective appraisals), the Ford F-350 Super Duty Lariat scored 2,352 to the Sierra 3500 Denali’s 2,287.
The Ford Super Duty’s win came despite a disappointing display on the portable dynamometer PickupTrucks.com used to try and verify power and torque from the two trucks. The website observed just 360 horsepower and 663 lb-ft of torque at the wheels, as “the engine computer would pull fuel” before the 6.7L Power Stroke really came on boost, wrote Cars.com Detroit Bureau Chief Aaron Bragman. The GMC, whose 6.6L Duramax is rated 5 horsepower higher and 15 lb-ft lower than the Ford’s diesel engine, registered 383 horsepower and 786 lb-ft at the wheels.
It’s worth noting that PickupTrucks.com conducted their testing in Las Vegas on a hot day; it’s reasonable to suspect that the Super Duty’s monster of a diesel V8 would have fared far better in more favorable conditions.
The Ford F-350 Lariat was also held back on account of its greater curb weight and more cumbersome size. It shone in other categories, demonstrating a “smooth, civilized” demeanor, and impressing with a suite of technologies “designed by engineers who know what customers want and need in a big towing rig,” wrote Mr. Bragman.
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