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Super Trucks Supersized: Ford F-350, Dodge RAM 3500, GMC Denali

Updated on February 20, 2015

Like the common automobile, trucks come in all different shapes and sizes. If you want bigger and more powerful trucks with some impressive towing capacity, then you must be among the group that swears by the heavy duty trucks. American car companies are also highly invested in the heavy duty truck, with Ford, GMC, and Dodge as the top contenders. These trucks are heavier built pickups with extremely powerful engines with higher payload and stronger steel. This article features some of the most popular heavy duty trucks, including the Ford F-350, Dodge RAM 3500, and the GMC Denali. These huge trucks are monsters in themselves, but have managed to gain an extremely loyal following.

The Ford F-350 is part of the Ford Super Duty line that was launched in 1998. The Super Duty trucks are built larger than the mid-size trucks and have a tremendous towing capacity. The current generation of the Super Duty Ford F-350 has been upgraded to a bigger front fascia and available with either a gas or diesel engine with a 5-speed automatic transmission. While there is no manual transmission available in the United States due to a lack of demand, there is a manual mode available.

The F-350 is the only Ford pickup that allows the buyer to have either single or dual rear wheels. While the engine is a lot more powerful, it's actually exceptionally quiet, without and unnecessary clatter that one would find on other similar heavy duty trucks. The quality of the interior materials seems to be a slight issue with many and a common gripe that it doesn't compare to other trucks of the same class. It's noted that the plastic in the console as well as the side pockets do give the car a bit of a cheaper feeling, since the King Ranch trim of the F-350 can run all the way up to a whopping 70,000 dollars. However, many Ford customers require capability so are willing to sacrifice a bit of a more basic look for a better performance.

Next up, we have the mighty Dodge RAM 3500 and the incredible monster that it is. The 3500 has an incredible towing capacity of 30,000 pounds, making it one of the toughest pickup trucks out there. For starters, the Dodge RAM 3500 is huge, so anyone who owns of these heavy duty trucks must have the space to house one of these monster trucks. The RAM 3500 is in no way capable for apartment or condo dwellers, as there most likely aren't enough parking spaces for the truck. Even home owners must consider the size of their driveways before they can opt for one of these trucks, since the driveway might not even be long enough to fully accommodate the truck.

A big plus about the RAM 3500 is that owners can choose to outfit the truck in however many luxurious amenities they so choose. Those who don't mind a bit of a stripped down truck can opt for the cheaper Tradesman, but those who must have luxury fully loaded model can choose the Laramie Limited. The leather upholstery of the Laramie has such intricate western details that surpass all expectations of how a super truck should be like. It combines the vintage past with the present and loads it up with the latest technology and luxury amenities, like touch screen navigation, voice control, Wi-Fi hot spot, heated seats, and Bluetooth. Even if owners didn't opt to purchase the high end Laramie package, they can still access the wide range of specially made aftermarket goods to install on their truck. Most people try to get the most bang for their buck, so the aftermarket LED or rims would give a base truck the same look as one that has quite the expensive price tag.

Finally, there's the GMC Denali, the top of the line truck in the GMC division. The Denali badge is a bit of an exclusive club as well, ranging from US $37,000 all the way to $70,000 for the Yukon XL Denali. This truck is a bit of a status symbol, making it one of the most coveted trucks in the United States. The 6.2 liter V8 engine gives drivers a whopping 460 horsepower.

The GMC Denali boasts absolute luxury like the LCD screen with an upgraded infotainment with a gorgeous instrument cluster, making it great for the cross-country road trip. The ride quality is very firm, with superior handling and noise-reduction due to the laminated windows.

These heavy duty trucks are part of the status symbol of America, where they become a status symbol for people in many parts of the United States. Their reliability and durability really make these huge trucks an American classic.


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