Last week, Jalopnik posted a question of the day asking for suggestions on the best surprisingly effective tow vehicle after I was talking with some of them about needing something to tow motorcycles around. In true Jalopnik fashion, all of the answers were funny, but none were helpful. So now I’m asking you to help…
Who needs a heavy-duty dually pick up truck?
Ram’s firing shots clear across the bow of the 2015 Ford F-450 and its “best in class” towing claim by juicing the 2016 Ram 3500’s 6.7 Cummins diesel to 900 lb-ft of torque and rating it for 31,210 pounds of towing. That’s about three coconuts over the biggest “comparable” Ford.
John’s the one getting yelled at here, but what happened isn’t all his fault. I mean, sure, some of it is, like how he’s towing these guys along at around 50 MPH and doesn’t really seem to know his Land Rover has that nice “rear window” option. But the real issue has to do with the guys in the car being pulled, who…
Getting your car towed is, objectively, horrible. And once it’s on the truck, that tends to be the end of the argument you’ve got with The System. Even if you get to your car before the truck drives away, that’s it. Unless you’re this Jeep owner. In which case you just drive away anyways.
You don't need an off-road trailer to get to some incredible camping spots. Check out how good this Airstream Basecamp looks with a color-matched Ford Raptor posting up on the Oregon Coast!
This 2015 Jeep Renegade will be on display at the Geneva Auto Show, with a finish fresh off a fancy microwave and an adorable off-road trailer made out of another Renegade.
Here's a great example of trucks helping trucks, and an even better opportunity for Ford fanboys to fap themselves silly. The snowdump might be finished, but the streets of Chicago look pretty hopeless in the aftermath and this F-150 pulls off a righteous recovery effort.
Calling it right now: this is the towing fail of 2015. And we're not even done with January yet. That, or it's just a cruel and trollish joke.
Crane-style tow trucks are pretty common in places where space is limited. Even though this particular one seems to have plenty of room to operate; whoever hooked up this Volkswagen Touareg did just about everything wrong.
The Jeep Commander's top tow rating is 7,200 pounds. A semi-truck, trailer, and cargo can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. This disabled big rig looks pretty heavily loaded, yet the SUV is making a solid effort of lugging it up Route 83.
Automakers basically pick one of two reasons to put a diesel engine in a pickup truck: fuel economy, or low-end power for heavy towing. This gooseneck trailer in Nissan's booth at the LA Auto show confirms the Cummins Diesel Titan will have an emphasis on pulling power.
The 2015 Ford F-150's maximum towing capacity has been announced at a massive 12,200 pounds, while payload (what it can hold in the bed) is an even more staggering 3,300 pounds. It's a hell of an evolution for the "half-ton" truck segment, which used to stand for a 1,000-lb payload rating.
Those wheels. The noise. The bending bumper. The towing wheelie! What better way to turn some fuel into fun?
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.
And here we all learn the lesson that just because you've notified everyone that you are driving around an oversized load, does not make the load itself automatically smaller. It still has to fit in certain places, like around parking lot attendant buildings.
We just had another opportunity to pit comparably-equipped Ford, Chevrolet, and Ram's heavy-duty pickups against each other lugging 12,000 pound trailers up and down enormous hills. And you know what? I liked a little something about each of them.