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Ford F-150 Wins Light-Duty Pickup Truck Challenge

June 20, 2013
Ford F-150 Atlas. (Photo: Ford Motor Co.)
Ford F-150 Atlas. (Photo: Ford Motor Co.) announced that the Ford F-150 has taken the title as the winner of the site's Light-Duty Pickup Truck Challenge.

According to a release, the challenge put six of the most popular light-duty trucks head-to-head in a series of tests. The six trucks tested were the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Ford F-150, 2014 GMC Sierra 1500, Nissan Titan, Ram 1500 and the 2013 Toyota Tundra.

"The F-150 is the best-selling half-ton truck in the U.S., and after conducting this testing, it's no surprise why," said Mark Williams, editor. "It was a tight contest, with the Ford, Ram, and GMC finishing close together, but the F-150's performance and capability gave it an edge. Shoppers looking for a new half-ton in this competitive truck market have several great options and should consider which one best meets their needs."

Experts from and Popular Mechanics teamed up to put the six trucks through four grueling days of tests to determine which one was the ultimate light-duty truck. "The tests were extensive," said Williams. "We wanted to make sure to account for everything that would be important to truck shoppers; from features and comfort to brute strength and towing capabilities, we covered it all."

Tests included:

-Evaluation of interior quality, layout and features, and exterior quality, finish and features

-Value for the money

-Acceleration and brake testing, empty, with a 1,200-pound payload and towing 8,500 pounds

-Hill climb ability, both empty and towing 8,500 pounds

-Autocross to test handling, both empty and with a 1,000-pound payload

-180-mile drive to test for fuel economy both empty and towing

"As the economy continues to rebound, pickup trucks are again becoming major players in the market, with pickups making big gains so far in 2013," said Williams. "Light-duty trucks are among the most popular best-selling vehicles, and that's why we felt this was such an important group of trucks to test to help shoppers as they navigate through the many available options."

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