2014 Half Ton Truck Comparison

The new model year trucks are hitting the asphalt this summer at auto dealers across the country, so the time has come to break down the newest models of American Pickups on the market. Whether you are looking to buy a new truck this year or will not be in the market for years, every truck lover enjoys reading a good truck comparison to know about the new upgrades, engine changes, fuel efficiencies and more, so here they are.

This year's half ton truck comparison will, again, look at the areas of power, interior design, exterior design, durability and price. The three makes constantly upgrade and tweak each of these areas, but, as you will see, occasionally there are some very big changes. You should finish this half ton truck comparison with a good idea of who is on top for the 2014 model year!

Everyone is trying to make more power for their half ton trucks, even though efficiency has become prime due to the governments cafe standards. While the past few years has seen truck makers pushing different engine configurations, such as V6 or smaller V8's, or even engines that shut down half of their cylinders while coasting, this year we see beefed up V8's, V6's, and even a half ton with a diesel engine! Although many buyers are factoring efficiency more into their decisions these days, nobody wants the weakest truck on the market, and no truck maker wants to make the weakest one either.

Ford's lineup for the 2014 year is currently the least unknown. They have placed a large amount of their effort in their V6 Ecoboost that has been on the market a few years now. The Ecoboost has one of the best fuel efficiency ratings and packs a huge hp and lb/ft of torque. It is not known yet whether Ford has added more horsepower to the powerplant for the coming model year, or if they have added some efficiency measures to boost their MPG's. Either way, the Ecoboost competes well in any half ton truck comparison.

In engine capability, comparison should always be closely aligned to engine class, such as V6's, small-mid V8's and large V8's. In the V6 class, the Ford Ecoboost is still the pack, the Ford 5.0 V8 leads in the small-mid V8 class, and Chevy's 6.2L EcoTec3 heads the large V8 class as you will see in the tables below.

You will notice that the new Ram 6 cylinder diesel is listed at the bottom of the V6 class, but don't let the smaller Horsepower fool you, the EcoDiesel packs a huge punch with its 420 lbs/ft of Torque.

V6 Class Power Comparison

 
Engine
Horsepower
Torque
1
Ford Ecoboost 3.5L V6
365 HP
420 lbs/ft
2
Ram Pentastar 3.6L V6
305 HP
269 lbs/ft
3
Ford 3.6L V6
302 HP
278 lbs/ft
4
Chevy EcoTec3 4.3L V6
285 HP
305 lbs/ft
5
Toyota 4.0L V6
270 HP
278 lbs/ft
6
Ram 3.0L EcoDiesel
240 HP
420 lbs/ft

Mid V8 Class Power

 
Engine
Horsepower
Torque
1
Ford 5.0L V8
360 HP
380 lbs/ft
2
Chevy 5.3L EcoTec3 V8
355 HP
383 lbs/ft
3
Toyota 4.6L V8
305 HP
327 lbs/ft

Large V8 Class Power Comparison

 
Engine
Horsepower
Torque
1
Chevy 6.2L EcoTec3 V8
420 HP
460 lbs/ft
2
Ford 6.2L V8
411 HP
434 lbs/ft
3
Ram 5.7L Hemi
395 HP
410 lbs/ft
4
Toyota 5.7L V8
382 HP
401 lbs/ft

2014 Truck Comparison: Capability

Max Payload

 
Make
Max Payload
1
Ford
3,120 lbs
2
Chevy
2,101 lbs
3
Toyota
2,040 lbs
4
Ram
1,910 lbs

Many of the gains in truck amenities over the past two decades has come in the addition of room and in the addition of towing capacity. Trucks have become large family vehicles in many cases and can haul more weight than most people need.

You will want to note, all towing capacities and hauling capacities depend on which package you buy, including cab size, engine size, 2WD/4WD, and more. For the purposes of this comparison, we will be using the best numbers for each make reported from their own websites.

First, lets all agree that a "half ton truck" does not carry just a half ton. With enhanced suspension and stronger frames, these trucks do much more. Above are the maximum hauling capacities. Notice that Ford is well beyond the other three. Chevy, Toyota and Ram are all within a couple hundred pounds of each other, but Ford is a half ton more in capacity. Impressive.

Max Towing

 
Make
Towing Capacity
1
Chevy
12,000 lbs
2
Ford
11,300 lbs
3
Toyota
10,500 lbs
4
Ram
10,450 lbs

The weights in the table to the right for maximum towing capacity are close, but you should notice that with all of the improvements made by Ram over the past years, their payload and towing capabilities have further to go to catch up. However, I doubt they will want such changes since their top fuel efficiencies would likely take a hit.

One more note for Ram buyers, the new EcoDiesel V6 will not be included in these two lists because Ram's own numbers had not been released when this comparison was published.

Truck Comparison: Fuel Efficiency

Efficiency Comparison

 
Engine
MPG
1
Ram EcoDiesel 3.0L
30
2
Ram Pentastar 3.6L
25
3
Chevy 4.3L EcoTec3
24
4
Chevy 5.3L EcoTec3
23
5
Ford 3.6L V6
23
6
Ford 3.5L EcoBoost
22
7
Ram 5.7L Hemi
22
8
Ford 5.0L V8
21
9
Chevy 6.2L V8
21
10
Toyota 4.0L V6
20
11
Toyota 4.6L V8
19
12
Toyota 5.7L V8
18
13
Ford 6.2L V8
18

With today's high fuel costs, raised governmental "café standards" for fuel efficiency, and raised attention to conservation and environmental protection, fuel efficiency has never before been such a priority for truck makers and truck buyers alike. Just ten years ago, the top fuel efficiency for each truck brand for their full size trucks was around 18 miles per gallon. Today, truck makers are close to having an MPG that is 10 miles better than that. In fact, Ram's EcoDiesel claims to have a MPG of as much as 30 MPG.

Each of the truck makers are using as much ingenuity as possible to raise their efficiency. While Chevy has focused on lowering weight and tweaking their engine packages, Ford has added turbos to smaller engines and shed a few pounds. Ram, on the other hand, has begun using devices to close off the front air dam and to lower the truck to increase aerodynamics, and, finally, has added a diesel engine to the Half Ton market.

No, I did not include Toyota in that explanation, and in the fuel efficiency table you will see why.

Full Size Trucks Comparison: Interior Design

Are You Looking To Buy A 2014 American Pickup?

See results without voting

Although there have not been any huge changes across the board, each of the truck makers have been slowly stepping up their game year by year. This year, each of the four main truck builders are including optional or standard in-dash touch screens to manage their entertainment, navigation, and information systems.

Now that trucks are becoming less the utility vehicle and more of a family and luxury vehicle, each of the truck makers have options for leather, premium stitching, Bluetooth, and more. Although Ram may have been one of the last to the party in premium comfort, they have definitely embraced the concept. One could easily get used to the deluxe amenities in the loaded Ram models.

Source

Along with all of the improved rides, more comfortable seats, and flashy exteriors also comes a nice price tag. While the 2014 models definitely cost more than the basic trucks from decades ago, for what the buyer is getting, they are definitely within reach.

Below is a chart showing the different price points for each truck brand, but remember that is a starting point for the particular truck package.

 
Chevy
Ford
Ram
Toyota
Single Cab
25,575
24,220
24,610
26,200
Super Cab
 
26,205
 
 
Ext. Cab
29,600
 
34,655
27,090
Crew Cab
33,700
29,530
26,420
32,105
Loaded Crew Cab
45,605
49,680
48,600
45,240

Although there are some outlying prices, most of the prices for the main four truck makers are within a certain range. Your primary concern, then, becomes how much you are getting for the money. In my personal opinion, you still get more for your money with Ford and Chevy. Although Ram and Toyota are catching up on amenities, Ford and Chevy still tend to have more luxury items that come standard.

5 out of 5 stars from 1 rating of How does this 2014 Truck Comparison Rate?

More by this Author


Comments

No comments yet.

    Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account.

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No HTML is allowed in comments, but URLs will be hyperlinked. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites.


    Click to Rate This Article
    working