Hood-to-Hood: How the 2015 Ford, GM and Ram 1500 V6s compare
Bench racers are always talking numbers and comparing which of the various nameplate’s newest models is the “best.”
The acceleration and braking tests were conducted at the Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Phoenix, AZ. Each truck was tested on the dragstrip both empty and loaded with 1,080 pounds in the bed.
Our fuel economy numbers were compiled while driving on a 100-mile highway loop between Glendale and Canyon Lake, 40-miles to the east of Phoenix.
The highway mpg numbers were compiled with drivers alternating between vehicles during multiple runs both empty and towing 4,200-pound horse trailers while maintaining posted speed limits. The mpg numbers were then averaged.
Here’s a list of the 2015 pickups we tested:
- Chevy Colorado 4×2 Z71 Crew Cab, 3.6L V6, 6-spd auto w/ 3.42:1 axle ratio
- Chevy Silverado 1500 4×2 LS Ext Cab, 4.3L EcoTec V6, 6-spd auto w/ 3.23:1 axle ratio
- Ford F-150 4×2 XLT SuperCab, 2.7L EcoBoost V6, 6-spd auto w/ 3.31:1 axle ratio
- Ford F-150 4×4 Platinum SuperCrew, 3.5L EcoBoost V6 , 6-spd auto w/ 3.55:1 axle ratio
- Ram 1500 Express ST QuadCab, 3.6L Pentastar V6, 8-spd auto w/ 3.55:1 axle ratio
- Ram 1500 Tradesman Reg. Cab, 3.0L EcoDiesel V6, 8-spd auto w/ 3.55:1 axle ratio
The charts at the top show how the final numbers shook out.
(Photos by Cars.com/Evan Sears)