Thursday, August 5, 2021
Thursday, August 5, 2021

Power trucks rule. Here are the top-10 big dogs, old and new

By James Raia
One thing pickup truck owners universally like is power – the power to tow an RV, haul stuff, advance uphill and downhill, trek off-road.

But what are the top choices for the most powerful trucks? The website hotcars.com has compiled a list and provided facts, figures and praise.

The No. 1 vehicle on the list is the 2004-2006 Dodge Ram SRT10. It’s equipped with an 8.3-liter V10 with 500 horsepower. It accelerates from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 4.9 seconds. The regular cab version of the SR10 has a top speed of 154 mph. The SRT10 can tow 7,500 pounds.

Here in reverse order and in synopsis form are the 10 most powerful trucks available in the United States:

10. 2014 Ram Cummins. 370 horsepower, Dodge Ram 2500, lifted 6.7 liter Hemi V8. Towing capacity, 30,000 pounds; carry limit, 7,320 pounds.

9. 2001-2004 Ford SVT Lightning. 380 horsepower. SOHC Supercharged Triton V8 engine. Acceleration 0 to 60 mph in slightly more than 5 seconds; top speed, 147 mph. The Lightning has 5,000-pound towing capacity and a carry load of 1,350 pounds.

8. 2020 Nissan Titan. 5.6-liter V8 with 400 horsepower, 9,400-pound towing capacity and a 1,696-pound carry limit.

7. 2020 GMC Sierra 1500. 420 horsepower. 5.3-liter V8 engine. Optional “transparent trailer” view. Towing capacity 9,800 pounds, carry limit 2,240 pounds.

6. 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. 420 horsepower. Towing capacity, 9,800 pounds; 2,280-pound carry load to complement its 5.3-liter V8. Options include: regular cab with a long bed, double cab with a standard bed, crew cab with a short bed, and crew cab with a standard bed.

5. 2020 Ford F-350 Power Stroke. 450 horsepower, 6.7-liter Power Stroke Diesel. Towing capacity, 24,000 pounds; carry capacity more than 7,000 pounds.

4. 2020 Ford F-150 Raptor. 450 horsepower. Twin-turbo V6 engine, 10-speed automatic transmission. Acceleration 0 to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds. Towing capacity 8,000 pounds; 1,366-pound carry limit.

3. 2020 Ford F-450 Lariat. 475 horsepower. 6.7-liter Powerstroke V8 Turbo Diesel. Towing capacity, 24,200 pounds with a conventional setup, 32,550 pounds with a fifth wheel. Carry limit, 7,850 pounds.

2. 2020 Ford Super Duty. 475 horsepower. 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8. Towing capacity with fifth-wheel and gooseneck hitch added, 37,000 pounds. Carry limit, 7,850 pounds.

1. 2004-2006 Dodge Ram SRT10. See above.

James Raia, a syndicated columnist in Sacramento, California, publishes a free weekly automotive podcast and electronic newsletter. Sign-ups are available on his website, www.theweeklydriver.com. He can be reached via email: james@jamesraia.com.

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Roy Ellithorpe
11 months ago

All of my thoughts expressed.

Edwin
11 months ago

I,M NOT POSITIVE, BUT CHEVY AND GMC DO NOT OFFER A 5.3L WITH 420 HP THAT WOULD BE THE 6.2L GAS NOT THE 5.3

Jim Thomas
11 months ago

Please do a little verification before sharing these click bait articles full of inaccuracies.

STEPHEN P Malochleb
11 months ago

Funny how they don’t list 0-60 time with the fifth wheel attached. Now that would be interesting.:):)

Ralph Pinney
11 months ago

Virtually any year of Chevy Silverado 2500 HD 6.6L Duramax.

Wayne Caldwell
11 months ago

“2014 Ram Cummins. 370 horsepower, Dodge Ram 2500, lifted 6.7 liter Hemi V8. Towing capacity, 30,000 pounds; carry limit, 7,320 pounds.”
I thought the Cummins was a 6.7L I -6 diesel.

Sink Jaxon
11 months ago
Reply to  Wayne Caldwell

You are correct, and I believe this to be a bogus list, not to be believed.

Dan
11 months ago

Hmmm? SRT10, Raptor, Lightning? Cool, sporty trucks, but nothing I would consider to pull a travel trailer. I would be more interested comfortable, practical, work horse type of truck.

warmonk
11 months ago

This list makes no sense for towing. Towing is about torque. Where are the GMC 3500’s? Same for Ford and Ram 1-tons.

A list for speeders maybe, but not RVers.

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