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Old 04-02-2019, 08:30 AM   #1
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Best 1/2 ton tow vehicles for 2019...no diesels

1/2 ton gassers Ford Chevy and Ram
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Old 04-02-2019, 09:12 AM   #2
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Funny video . seems most points gained or lost was on mirrors and interiors which are not important to towing . the eco seemed and of course expected the best torque for towing [twin turbos ]. The ram the least and it also seemed to run at much higher rpms . At least they went up the east route which is the steepest side of the tunnel . if they scored it on engine performance Ram is still bottom of the barrel . takes a lot more then gadgets to make a good tow vehicle . seems ford and chevy are neck and neck
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Old 04-02-2019, 09:25 AM   #3
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Funny video . seems most points gained or lost was on mirrors and interiors which are not important to towing . the eco seemed and of course expected the best torque for towing [twin turbos ]. The ram the least and it also seemed to run at much higher rpms . At least they went up the east route which is the steepest side of the tunnel . if they scored it on engine performance Ram is still bottom of the barrel . takes a lot more then gadgets to make a good tow vehicle . seems form and chevy are neck and neck
Towing is not all about power either. I had a 14 ram hemi/8spd that was very good for towing. routinely 8-9K lbs (car trailer not camper) and it hauled much better than the comparable ecoboost I had been using. Yes the hemi does like higher RPM, its all about keeping the engine in peak power
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Towing is not all about power either.
Another thing is engine brake power is an important part of towing.
While the 3.5eco have nice low RPM torque, going downhill it doesn't have good engine brake power.
I tow a 9000lbs camper with the Coyote V8 and while going up it can keep revs. at 3500rpm for some time, which for some may be annoying, going downhill the engine/transmission can hold the speed by itself most of the times, including on the Smoky mountains....
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Towing is not all about power either. I had a 14 ram hemi/8spd that was very good for towing. routinely 8-9K lbs (car trailer not camper) and it hauled much better than the comparable ecoboost I had been using. Yes the hemi does like higher RPM, its all about keeping the engine in peak power
My 2013 Ecoboost actually pulled better than my 2016 ram 2500 with the 6.4 Hemi. Didnt handle the load as well though!
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Another thing is engine brake power is an important part of towing.
While the 3.5eco have nice low RPM torque, going downhill it doesn't have good engine brake power.
I tow a 9000lbs camper with the Coyote V8 and while going up it can keep revs. at 3500rpm for some time, which for some may be annoying, going downhill the engine/transmission can hold the speed by itself most of the times, including on the Smoky mountains....
Seems they rated the downhill on all 3 about the same required braking 10 times to keep between 50 low and 60 max .
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it is also of note that all 3 of those trucks are rated higher in terms of towing capacity than my current dodge 3500 (if it were stock)

All 3 also have significantly better brakes. Stereos, creature comforts etc.
The best tow rig from 1990 doesn't even hold a candle to current 1500s stock for stock
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We all have an opinion as to which is the best tow vehicle and it's usually whatever we have parked in our driveway.
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We all have an opinion as to which is the best tow vehicle and it's usually whatever we have parked in our driveway.
Pretty much same here. FWIW, I've been using the same tow vehicle for going on 15 years now. What makes it stand out from all the rest? IT'S PAID FOR and does a wonderful job.
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Seems they rated the downhill on all 3 about the same required braking 10 times to keep between 50 low and 60 max .
There is a former video where the 3.5 had twice the break applications that the V8 got....
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