When you’ve got a big load to haul or need to tow a trailer or boat, you may be interested in these best heavy duty pickup trucks – 2011. When it comes to who builds these all-purpose, super-tough full-size pickups, there are really only four major players: Ford, Chevrolet, Dodge, and GMC.
- Ford Super Duty – The Dearborn, Michigan automaker makes the Super Duty in F-250, F-350, and F-450 and 12 different models. The base F-250 Super Duty the
XL, carries a starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $28,505, while the top-line F-250 King Ranch begins at $46,200. F-350 XL starts at $29,225 and up to F-350 King Ranch beginning at $46,990. Four models of F-450 (XL, XLT, Lariat, and King Ranch) range from starting MSRP of $48,835 to $62,860. Ford says its Super Duty lineup of trucks is “all the muscle you need.” With its best-in-class fifth-wheel towing and payload, whether your needs include construction/contracting, towing, landscaping, or plowing, there’s a Ford truck built to handle it. Maximum conventional towing is 16,000 pounds. Maximum fifth-wheel towing is 24,400 pounds and maximum payload is 6,520 pounds. Powerful engines, numerous configurations in cab and bed size, comfort and convenience are other reasons to choose Ford Super Duty. Car and Driver says: “Ford’s big-job trucks get an infusion of muscle for 2011, with two all-new engines: a 6.2-liter gasoline V-8 and a 6.7-liter turbo-diesel V-8.”
- Chevrolet Silverado HD – Consumers in need of a solid work truck or tow truck – or who have the money to spend on plentiful options – have excellent choices
in the many varieties of Chevrolet Silverado HD pickups for 2011. These heavy-duty pickups are so capable and impressive that Motor Trend named the 2011 Chevrolet Silverado HD 2011 Truck of the Year. Motor Trend editors comment: “In the heavy-duty truck world, capability is most important…[Chevrolet Silverado HD] is faster than the Super Duty – whether gas- or diesel-powered. It provides a nicer ride, better handling, better on-road feel, and better observed fuel economy – all at as-tested prices that were lower than the Fords’ by as much as $13,000. The trucks in this category may be expensive, but the Chevrolet heavy duty line offers a value that’s tough to ignore.” The 2011 Chevrolet Silverado HD is available in 2500HD and 3500HD. Starting MSRP for 2500HD is $28,315, while the 3500HD begins at $29,155. Maximum towing with 2500HD diesel is 17,800 pounds. In the 3500HD, max towing is 21,700 pounds (diesel).
- GMC Sierra HD – More than just a cosmetic upgrade to its corporate sibling Chevrolet Silverado HD, the 2011 GMC Sierra HD pickups, available in 2500HD, 3500HD and Denali HD in both, are comfortable daily drivers that can haul and tow for most consumer needs. Maximum towing capacity for Sierra 2500HD is 17,800 pounds. Sierra 3500HD can tow a maximum 21,700 pounds. Starting MSRP for Sierra 2500HD is $27,965, while Sierra 3500HD begins at $28,805. Edmunds observes: “Thanks to newfound capabilities, the 2011 is an excellent choice for a heavy-duty truck.” Pros include “impressive handling and towing capabilities; refined, quiet ride; responsive steering; comfortable seats; solid build quality.”
- Dodge Ram Heavy Duty – No list of the best heavy duty pickup trucks – 2011 would be complete without the Heavy Duty Ram pickups from Dodge. Now, they’re just called Ram 2500 and Ram 3500 – no preface with the word Dodge. Six Ram 2500s are available: Longhorn, Laramie, Power Wagon, Outdoorsman, SLT and ST, with starting MSRP from $27,845 up to $45,145. Ram 3500 has all but Power Wagon models, with MSRP beginning at $35,420 up to $52,110. AutoGuide.com says: “…the 2011 model boasts more style and power than in the past and can haul almost anything. While somewhat lagging behind the new Ford and Chevy products in certain towing and payload statistics, there’s still a lot to be said about the incredible Cummins powerplant and unique offerings like the Power Wagon.”