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2020 Ford Super Duty – Best-in-Class?

Exploring The Big Claims

There's probably no bigger arena in the automotive sphere where marketing spin flies faster and harder than with pickups. And it gets even crazier when it comes to the heavy-duty truck class. Certainly, everyone is aware of the maximum towing capability wars, but did you know there a list of 21 different best-in-class and best-in-segment claims that Ford has made regarding the 2020 Super Duty lineup?

Before we dive in we have quick disclaimer. These claims are all made by Ford, all we're doing is showing (to the best of our ability) that the claims being made are truthful and showing exactly which trucks are used when making the claims. We are in no way declaring any truck better than another simply based on best-in-class claims. We are fully aware, more so than most, that real-world action and ability speaks volumes more than numbers on paper. So, spare us your hate mail and put the pitchforks down.

With that said, let's dive in and take a look at what Ford claims makes their 2020 Super Duty better than the rest.

Best-in-Class (Heavy Duty Trucks)

Gooseneck Tow Rating - 37,000 pounds
Achieving this rating requires a regular-cab two-wheel drive F-450 Super Duty. None of Ford's competition offer an equivalent truck.

Fifth-Wheel Tow Rating - 32,500 pounds
This truck is a regular-cab, dual-rear wheel, two-wheel drive F-350 Super Duty with the Power Stroke diesel engine. It's difficult to compare to the competition because every manufacture lumps fifth-wheel and gooseneck towing together.

Conventional Tow Rating - 24,200 pounds
Highest conventional tow rating is achieved by an F-450 Super Duty crew-cab in both two-wheel and four-wheel drive. GM trucks top out at 20,000 pounds of conventional towing for 3500 trucks. Ram doesn't break out conventional towing numbers.

Maximum Payload - 7,850 pounds
To make this rating you'll need to order an F-350 Super Duty regular-cab, two-wheel drive, dual-rear wheel with the new 7.3L gasoline V-8 engine. GM tops out at 7,442 pounds of payload, and Ram hits 7,680 pounds.

Diesel Power and Torque - 475hp / 1,050 lb-ft
Ford's new third-generation 6.7L Power Stroke diesel V-8 churns out 475 horsepower and 1,050 lb-ft of torque. Ram's high-output Cummins I-6 produces 400hp and 1,000 lb-ft, and GM's Duramax puts down 445hp and 910 lb-ft. Ram also offers a standard Cummins engine that produces 380hp and 800 lb-ft. Ford's Power Stroke is available across the full lineup of Super Duty trucks.

Gas Power and Torque - 430hp / 475 lb-ft
For 2020 Ford introduced an all-new 7.3L gasoline V-8 engine, which produces 430hp and 475 lb-ft of torque. Ram's 6.4L V-8 makes 410hp and 429 lb-ft of torque, and GM's all-new 6.6L gasoline V-8 makes 401hp and 464 lb-ft

Snowplow Rating - 1,400 pounds
This one is much more difficult to prove, as we don't currently have access to the competitions snow plow ratings, but we'll take their word on it.

Best-in-Segment (3/4-ton - 250/2500)

Gas Gooseneck Tow Rating - 19,500 pounds
This requires a regular-cab, two-wheel drive, truck powered by the new 7.3L V-8. Ram tops out at 17,580 pounds and GM hits 18,510 pounds.

Conventional Tow Rating - 20,000 pounds
To hit this rating you'll need either a Super Cab or Super Crew F-250 Super Duty with four-wheel drive. GM tops out at 18,500 pounds and Ram doesn't break out conventional towing.

Diesel Fifth-Wheel Tow Rating - 22,800 pounds
This is tough to prove since the competition fails to separate fifth-wheel and gooseneck ratings, however Ram shows a maximum rating of 19,330 pounds for 2500 diesel trucks, and GM lists 18,500 pounds as their max.

Diesel Gooseneck Tow Rating - 22,800 pounds
This truck is a regular-cab two-wheel drive F-250 Super Duty. Ram maxes out at 19,330 pounds and GM at 18,500 pounds.

Diesel Payload - 3,940 pounds
GM lists a max diesel payload for their 2500 trucks as 3,715 pounds and Ram shows 3,160 pounds.

Gas Payload - 4,260 pounds
Ram lists a max of 4,010 pounds with their 6.4L V-8 engine and GM tops out at 3,979 pounds with the company's 6.6L V-8. However, Ford has either updated their online spec chart or listed a typo, as there are three different packages that raise payload to a maximum of 4,500 pounds.

Best-in-Segment (1-ton - 350/3500)

Gas Single-Rear Wheel Gooseneck Tow Rating - 21,000 pounds
If you've seen a theme by now, it's that this truck is a regular-cab two-wheel drive. GM tops out at 17,200 pounds and Ram at 17,470 pounds.

Gas Single-Rear Wheel Payload - 4,960 pounds
Ram hit's 4,640 pounds and GM 4,534 pounds.

Gas Dual-Rear Wheel Conventional Tow Rating - 21,000 pounds
Again, this truck is a regular-cab two-wheel drive. Ram doesn't break out conventional towing figures, however gas towing tops out at 18,210 pounds for any method. GM lists 16,800 pounds.

Gas Dual-Rear Wheel Fifth-Wheel Tow Rating - 21,200 pounds
This truck is a regular-cab, two-wheel drive, with 4:30:1 rear axle gears. GM's top rating is 16,800 pounds, while Ram lists a max of 18,210 pounds. Neither GM nor Ram break out fifth-wheel from gooseneck ratings.

Gas Dual-Rear Wheel Gooseneck Tow Rating - 21,200 pounds
Same as above, this truck is a regular-cab, two-wheel drive, with 4:30:1 rear axle gears. GM's top rating is 16,800 pounds, while Ram lists a max of 18,210 pounds. Neither GM nor Ram break out fifth-wheel from gooseneck ratings.

Diesel Dual-Rear Wheel Gooseneck Tow Rating - 35,700 pounds
Following the trend, this is also a regular-cab, two-wheel drive, F-350 Super Duty. GM tops out at 35,500 pounds and Ram at 35,100 pounds when the company's high-output Cummins is selected.

Gas Dual-Rear Wheel Payload - 7,850 pounds
To make this rating you'll need to order an F-350 Super Duty regular-cab, two-wheel drive, dual-rear wheel with the new 7.3L gasoline V-8 engine. GM tops out at 7,442 pounds of payload, and Ram hits 7,680 pounds.

Diesel Dual-Rear Wheel Payload - 7,030 pounds
GM shows a maximum of 6,532 pounds while Ram lists 6,840 pounds.

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