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There's a whole lot of dick-measuring happening right now on how half-ton trucks stack up on power, fuel economy, payload, and maximum towing capacity. Here's your guide to decoding what every US automaker's truck in this class is really putting down.

This chart compares half-ton pickup trucks sold in the US. To see some specs on the US market "mid-sized" trucks, check out this chart right here.

2WD Half-Ton Pickup Trucks

2WD Engine City MPG Highway MPG Combined MPG Horsepower Torque Max Towing Max Payload
Ford F-150 2.7 EcoBoost 19 26 22 325 375 8,500 2,250
Ford F-150 3.5 V6 Ti-VCT 18 25 20 282 253 7,600 1,910
Ford F-150 5.0 V8 Ti-VCT 15 22 18 385 387 11,100 3,300
Ford F-150 3.5 EcoBoost 17 24 20 365 420 12,200 3,270
Chevy Silverado 4.3 EcoTec3 V6 18 24 20 285 305 5,600 1,800
Chevy Silverado 5.3 EcoTec3 V8 16 23 19 355 383 11,100 2,180
Chevy Silverado 6.2 EcoTec3 V8 15 21 17 420 460 12,000 2,060
Ram 1500 3.6 V6 VVT Pentastar 18 25 20 305 269 7,300 1,522
Ram 1500 5.7 V8 HEMI 15 22 17 395 410 10,500 1,719
Ram 1500 3.0 V6 EcoDiesel 20 (D) 28 (D) 23 (D) 240 420 8,900 1,614
Toyota Tundra 4.6 V8 15 19 17 310 327 6,800 1,605
Toyota Tundra 5.7 V8 13 18 15 381 401 10,500 2,080
Nissan Titan 5.6 V8 13 18 15 317 385 9,500 2,153

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4WD Half-Ton Pickup Trucks

4WD Engine City MPG Highway MPG Combined MPG Horsepower Torque Max Towing Max Payload
Ford F-150 2.7 EcoBoost 18 23 20 325 375 8,400 2,160
Ford F-150 3.5 V6 Ti-VCT 17 23 19 282 253 7,500 1,690
Ford F-150 5.0 V8 Ti-VCT 15 21 17 385 387 11,000 3,060
Ford F-150 3.5 EcoBoost 17 23 19 365 420 12,000 3,050
Chevy Silverado 4.3 EcoTec3 V6 17 22 19 285 305 7,100 1,790
Chevy Silverado 5.3 EcoTec3 V8 16 22 18 355 383 10,900 2,210
Chevy Silverado 6.2 EcoTec3 V8 15 21 17 420 460 11,800 2,050
Ram 1500 3.6 V6 VVT Pentastar 16 23 19 305 269 7,100 1,576
Ram 1500 5.7 V8 HEMI 15 21 17 395 410 9,300 1,435
Ram 1500 3.0 V6 EcoDiesel 19 (D) 27 (D) 22 (D) 240 420 8,850 1,398
Toyota Tundra 4.6 V8 14 18 16 310 327 6,500 1,500
Toyota Tundra 5.7 V8 13 17 15 381 401 10,200 2,005
Nissan Titan 5.6 V8 12 17 14 317 385 9,300 2,016

Things to note; the "maximum payload" and "maximum towing capacity" don't necessarily reflect specs of the same truck, it's a pure "top end." Some models had lower payload maxes to get the highest max towing and vice versa. Max capacities on both those figures are also generally referring to when a "tow package" is fitted.

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Chevy Silverado figures are identical for the GMC Sierra.

So, what can we see here?

GM's still holding down the power crown with their 6.2 V8. Even Ford's mighty 3.5 EcoBoost V6 can't come close on power... though it pulls 3 more combined MPG.

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The GM 6.2 is also close enough on towing that the difference is almost negligible, but the payload max in Ford's 3.5 EcoBoost and 5.0 V8 are untouchable by anybody at a whopping 3,300 pounds.

Ram's EcoDiesel puts out a fine effort on twisting power with 420 lb-ft of torque, but Ford's 3.5 EcoBoost matches it there. Of course, the EcoDiesel gets 3 MPG better in combined driving and 4 better on the highway.

Toyota and Nissan's maximums basically look pathetic stacked next to the Big Three, and makes a pretty clear case as to why they trail so hard in sales. Their engines are much bigger, and generally make way less power at the cost of more fuel.

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And finally, a useless fact...

If you add up the peak power of each automaker's most powerful pickup, you get 1,898 horsepower!


Want to see all these broken-out by category?

I thought seeing every stat in one spreadsheet would be the best way to compare the pros and cons of each truck, but here's each attribute in it's own chart for closer scrutiny.

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Highest Horsepower & Torque By Make

TruckEngineHorsepowerTorque
Ford F-1505.0 V8 Ti-VCT385387
Ford F-1503.5 EcoBoost365420
Chevy Silverado6.2 EcoTec3 V8420460
Ram 15005.7 V8 HEMI395410
Ram 15003.0 V6 EcoDiesel240420
Toyota Tundra5.7 V8381401
Nissan Titan5.6 V8317385

Best Fuel Economy By Make

Truck (2WD)EngineCity MPGHighway MPGCombined MPG
Ford F-1502.7 EcoBoost192622
Chevy Silverado4.3 EcoTec3 V6182420
Ram 15003.0 V6 EcoDiesel20 (D)28 (D)23 (D)
Toyota Tundra4.6 V8151917
Nissan Titan5.6 V8131815

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Towing

Truck (2WD)EngineMax Towing
Ford F-1503.5 EcoBoost12,200
Chevy Silverado6.2 EcoTec3 V812,000
Ram 15005.7 V8 HEMI10,500
Toyota Tundra5.7 V810,500
Nissan Titan5.6 V89,500

Payload

Truck (2WD)EngineMax Payload
Ford F-1505.0 V8 Ti-VCT3,300
Chevy Silverado4.3 EcoTec3 V61,800
Chevy Silverado5.3 EcoTec3 V82,180
Ram 15005.7 V8 HEMI1,719
Toyota Tundra5.7 V82,080
Nissan Titan5.6 V82,153