Pickup Comparison: V-6 1/2-Tons

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.”

So we teamed up with Cars.Com/Pickuptrucks.Com to see how six 2015 1/2-ton V-6 pickups, including the Chevrolet Colorado, compare when subjected to track testing.20151-2tonV6groupshot

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:Ram 1500 Tradesman dragstrip

  • Chevy Colorado 4Ă—2 Z71 Crew Cab, 3.6L V6, 6-spd auto w/ 3.42:1 axle ratio
  • Chevy Silverado 1500 4Ă—2 LS Ext Cab, 4.3L EcoTec V6, 6-spd auto w/ 3.23:1 axle ratio
  • Ford F-150 4Ă—2 XLT SuperCab,  2.7L EcoBoost V6, 6-spd auto w/ 3.31:1 axle ratio
  • Ford F-150 4Ă—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 ratioSilverado 1500 V6 towing trailer
  • 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)