Ford, Chrysler argue over pickup towing leadership

Ford, Chrysler argue over pickup towing leadership

Ford claims crown for F-450, Chrysler says Ram 3500 leads

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September 9, 2014

Dearborn, Michigan – In a war of words between itself and Chrysler, Ford has claimed “undisputed heavy-duty towing leadership” for its 2015 Ford F-450 Super Duty Class 3 pickup – a truck that can tow 31,200 lb, based on testing using the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) J2807 standard.

Chrysler has been advertising the 30,000 lb tow rating of its Ram 3500 as the heavy-duty tow leader, also based on SAE J2807 standards. Historically, Ford’s $56,000 (starting price) F-450 and the $31,000 (starting price) Ram 3500 have been in different classes, with the 3500 labeled a light truck and the F-450 moving up to medium duty, alongside dump truck and other commercial vehicles.

Ford’s addition of a truck bed and some lightweighting of the vehicle blurs that line and introduces some back-and-forth trash talking on who really has the most cable pickup for towing.

“We leave no doubt with customers that the F-450 pickup truck has best-in-class towing of 31,200 lb – whether tested using our own internal towing standards or SAE J2807,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development.

Ford improved the 2015 F-450 pickup by giving it a more capable version of the F-350 frame, plus a more capable suspension and 19.5" wheels and tires.

Ford is migrating to the J2807 standard when it introduces all-new vehicles and will use base curb weight, rather than minimum curb weight, to determine payload ratings for all of its pickup trucks. The change will align Ford’s payload rating practices with other manufacturers to make it easier for customers to compare vehicles.

Using base curb weight, maximum payload for the 2015 F-450 pickup goes from 5,450 lb to 5,300 lb.

As always, actual payload ratings are determined for an individual vehicle in its as-built condition at the factory. Ford F-Series Super Duty customers continue to have the flexibility to add or delete equipment to meet their specific payload needs. Each truck’s unique payload rating can be found on the tire and loading label on the door frame.

Source: Ford Motor Co., Chrysler Group