2015 Ford F-450 Meets SAE Tow Standard, Ram Refuses To Rescind Top Title

Ford has adopted the SAE J2807 towing-capacity measurement standard for their F-450 crew cab 4x4 pickup and maintained its insane 31,200 pound rating. They really want to end this "best-in-class" dispute with Ram, but Chrysler still won't concede that silly title. » 9/02/14 9:33am 9/02/14 9:33am

Ram Sticking To Contested, Pointless 'Best-In-Class' Claims

Weeks ago Ford told Ram to cease and desist making "best-in-class" heavy-duty towing claims. Ford says their new F-450 competes with (and bests) the Ram 3500, but Ram says phoey, and they're juicing their 6.7 Cummins engine by an extra 15 lb-ft of torque to take top-output for the 2015 model year. » 8/25/14 5:37pm 8/25/14 5:37pm

The Stupidity Of 'Best In Class' Claims, Retold As A Courtroom Drama

Automakers will bicker all day over "Best In Class" titles, 'cause they figure you'll abandon all other loyalties when you see those three little words. But after diving deeper on Ford and Ram's latest title tug-of-war, all I can tell you is why "best in class" is the last thing you should care about. » 8/01/14 10:21am 8/01/14 10:21am

New Tow Ratings For Entire Ram Trucks Lineup Based On SAE Standard

Ford, Ram, and GM have promised to post half-ton truck tow ratings to the Society of Automotive Engineers' standard known as SAE J2807 for the 2015 model year. GM committed and we're still waiting on Ford, but Ram has taken an extra leap adhering to the standard for half-ton, three-quarter, and mighty one-ton pickups. » 7/18/14 9:58am 7/18/14 9:58am

Why GM Lowering 2015 Silverado & Sierra Tow Ratings Is Such A Big Deal

J2807 is an independent standard for truck towing capacity developed by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). Ford, GM, and Ram have promised to adopt this standard for the 2015 model year and GM's just made good; announcing revised ratings for the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado and 2015 GMC Sierra. » 6/19/14 3:21pm 6/19/14 3:21pm

What Is SAE J2807? What Does It Really Mean For Your Pickup Truck?

The maximum-claimed towing capacity of most pickup trucks is bullshit. Those numbers are created by manufacturers and vetted by no one. The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) wants to change that, with a standard test for measuring truck towing capacity called "J2807." » 6/19/14 2:12pm 6/19/14 2:12pm

Do Tesla's Tow Trucks Vibe With Their 'Green Machine' Image?

A reader spotted this Tesla Model S being towed being a current-generation Ford F-250. The truck was marked up with official-looking branding and Tesla's DOT number, which tells us Tesla operates 11 tow trucks that travel a total of 5,000,000 miles a year. Are they using the right rigs? » 4/02/14 5:32pm 4/02/14 5:32pm

Towing A Tank Out Of The Mud Looks Like A 42-Ton Pain In The Ass

You wouldn't think a T55AM2 battle tank could get bogged in a crop field, but it looks like some British blokes at "The Tank School" managed to break one in an inch of mud. The recovery effort took two more armored vehicles, a heavy truck, an excavator and probably about 1,000 gallons of fuel. » 3/10/14 2:33pm 3/10/14 2:33pm