Battle of the Beasts: What is the Best Truck on the Road

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The battle among truck manufacturers will finally come to an end. Who makes the best half-ton pick-up truck; Dodge, Ford, or Chevrolet? That question has been in the minds of manufacturers and consumers for many years. The basis of the evaluation on these vehicles is primarily based on structural safety, power, environmental safety, and how economical the vehicle is.

All three of these vehicles get similar gas mileage. The Chevrolet Silverado runs about fifteen miles per gallon on city streets, and about nineteen miles per gallon on the highway. The Ford F-150 gets about fifteen on the streets, and nineteen on the highway. Coming in last on the economical chart is the Dodge Ram with thirteen miles per gallon on city streets, and nineteen on the highway (Vehicle 1.) The Dodge Ram does have the lowest retail value of about $22,025. Chevrolet Silverado had a value of about $25,276. Finally, the Ford F-150 has an average retail value of $26,620 (New Vehicle.)

Chevrolet Silverado is environmentally the best half-ton pick-up on the road. It puts out about 11.1 tons greenhouse gas annually. Ford F-150 puts out about 11.5 tons, and the Dodge Ram puts out 12.6 tons of greenhouse gas (Vehicle 2.)

The Chevrolet Silverado puts out the most power with a 5.3 liter Vortec V-8. The Vortec V-8 pushes about 280 horsepower. It will run 0-60 mph in 8.8 seconds, and run the quarter mile in 16.4 seconds. That is 83.3 mph on the quarter mile. The Ford F-150 comes in second place with their 330 cubic inch Triton V-8. It pushes about 260 horsepower, and will run 0-60 mph in 9.1 seconds. It will run the quarter mile in 16.8 seconds at 82.1 mph. The Dodge Ram has the 360 cubic inch V-8 with 245 horsepower. It will...