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Ford F-150 wins Light-Duty Pickup Truck ChallengeWednesday, June 19, 2013

Category:Car Enthusiast Talk

The Ford F-150 has been in the news time and time again for its popularity among American buyers. A recent report shows just why new truck buyers continue to flock to Ford dealers when making a purchase. recently announced that the Ford F-150 won the Light-Duty Pickup Truck Challenge, showing the half-ton pickup truck lives up to all its hype. 

The contest pitted the nation's most popular trucks against each other in a series of tests. The trucks that were tested were the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, 2013 Ford F-150, 2014 GMC Sierra 1500, 2013 Nissan Titan, 2013 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."

For the Light-Duty Pickup Truck Challenge, experts from and Popular Mechanics put the trucks through rigorous testing in order to help truck shoppers with their purchase. Tests included the evaluation of the interior and exterior, the value for the money, acceleration and braking, hill climb capabilities, autocross to test handing and fuel economy. 

"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."

F-150 the top truck for Dads
As the F-150 is clearly a top performer in the truck segment, its no wonder TrueCar recently named it as the No.1 vehicle on its list of Dad's Top 10. While three of the vehicle's on the list were trucks, the Dodge Ram 1500 (No. 3) and the Chevrolet Silverado (No. 6), the fact that a pickup truck was the top vehicle for dads indicates just how well the F-150 performs. 

However, for those who are looking for a truck other than the F-150, the 2013 Ram 1500 is another solid option. 

Ram named All-Star truck
The 2013 Ram 1500 was named a 2013 Automobile Magazine All-Star for the third time in the last four years. 

"The Automobile Magazine All-Star award puts the 2013 Ram 1500 on top of other half-ton trucks in the market," said Reid Bigland, president and CEO of  Ram Truck Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. "This prestigious award doesn't just focus on new trucks but all current model trucks and we're proud to accept the honor."

According to the automotive experts at Automobile magazine, the 1500 received the prestigious designation for its strong performance that doesn't cause its owner to break the bank for gas. The 1500 gets best-in-class fuel efficiency with 25 miles to the gallon and features new technology that the automaker says does not cause it to sacrifice on performance.

If that alone doesn't win truck buyers over, the choice of engines will, as they can select from the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine or the award-winning Pentastar V-6. Ram officials say no other truck offers powertrain options this good.

Whether you decide to buy the top-selling Ford F-150 or Ram 1500 with best-in-class fuel economy, no truck owner should go without equipping Husky Liners® mud guards. This product will keep the exterior of either truck looking as fresh as the day it pulled off the lot.