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Heavy-Duty Pickups: A Look at the Current Offerings

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Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD. PHOTO General Motors

Sometimes you need a heavy-duty truck to get the job done.

These are entirely the domain of the three Detroit-based automakers. Toyota doesn’t offer a heavy-duty Tundra, and Nissan’s Titan, including the beefier Titan XD, is no longer sold in Canada. Here’s a roundup of the trucks available for 2022. 

Maximum towing capacity includes conventional or gooseneck towing, whichever is higher. Note that Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) does not publish fuel efficiency figures for heavy-duty trucks.

General Motors Heavy-Duty

Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD

For 2022, the Silverado 2500 is available with a six-position Multi-Flex tailgate, and a power-adjustable seat is optional on the Custom trim. Configurations are Regular Cab with 8-foot Long Bed; and Double Cab or Crew Cab with Long Bed or 6.8-foot Standard Bed. Trim levels range from WT (Work Truck) to High Country, with some trims dependent on cab configuration.

Two engines are offered, and standard or available features include wireless phone connectivity, trailer profiles, and up to eight cameras including views of the hitch.

The Specs

  • Engines: 6.6-litre V8 (401 hp/464 lb-ft torque) with 6-speed automatic; 6.6-litre V8 Duramax turbodiesel (445 hp/910 lb-ft torque) with 10-speed automatic
  • Maximum towing capacity: 18,500 lbs 
  • Maximum payload: 3,979 lbs

Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD

The Silverado 3500 is updated for 2022 with the Multi-Flex tailgate and power seat as its 2500 sibling is. It comes in Regular Cab or Double Cab with 8-foot Long Bed, and in Crew Cab with Long Bed or 6.8-foot Standard Bed. Dual rear wheels are available. The 3500 offers the same engines and features as the Silverado 2500.

The Specs

  • Engines: 6.6-litre V8 (401 hp/464 lb-ft torque) with 6-speed automatic; 6.6-litre V8 Duramax turbodiesel (445 hp/910 lb-ft torque) with 10-speed automatic
  • Maximum towing capacity: 36,000 lbs 
  • Maximum payload: 7,442 lbs
Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD. PHOTO General Motors

 

GMC Sierra 2500 HD

The Sierra is the mechanical twin to the Silverado, and like that model also offers the six-position tailgate, known as the MultiPro Tailgate in GMC terminology. Like the Chevy, it comes in Regular Cab with Long Bed; and Double Cab and Crew Cab with Long Bed or Standard Bed. Trim levels range from Pro to Denali.

The Specs

  • Engines: 6.6-litre V8 (401 hp/464 torque) with 6-speed automatic; 6.6-litre V8 Duramax turbodiesel (445 hp/910 torque) with 10-speed automatic
  • Maximum towing capacity: 18,510 lbs 
  • Maximum payload: 3,979 lbs
GMC Sierra 2500 HD. PHOTO General Motors

 

GMC Sierra 3500 HD

As with the Silverado 3500, the GMC version comes as in Regular Cab or Crew Cab with Long Bed, and in Crew Cab with Long Bed or Standard Bed. Dual rear wheels are available. It shares its two engine choices with the Sierra 2500.

The Specs

  • Engines: 6.6-litre V8 (401 hp/464 lb-ft torque) with 6-speed automatic; 6.6-litre V8 Duramax turbodiesel (445 hp/910 lb-ft torque) with 10-speed automatic
  • Maximum towing capacity: 36,000 lbs 
  • Maximum payload: 7,442 lbs
GM Sierra 3500 HD. PHOTO General Motors

Ford Super Duty

Ford F-250

The F-250 is basically unchanged for 2022. It comes in Regular Cab with 8-foot bed; and in SuperCab or SuperCrew with 6-foot bed or 8-foot bed. Trim levels range from XL to Limited. All use a fully-boxed steel frame with an all- aluminum body.

Two gasoline engines are available, along with a diesel engine. Available features include a deployable tailgate step tucked into the gate, and Pro Trailer Backup Assist that lets you turn a dial instead of the steering wheel to steer and position the trailer.

The Specs

  • Engines: 6.2-litre V8 (385 hp/430 torque) with 6-speed automatic; 7.3-litre V8 (430 hp/475 lb-ft torque) with 10-speed automatic; 6.7-litre V8 Power Stroke turbodiesel (475 hp/1,050 lb-ft torque) with 10-speed automatic
  • Maximum towing capacity: 22,800 lbs
  • Maximum payload capacity: 4,500 lbs
Ford F-250 Super Duty. PHOTO Ford Motor Company

 

Ford F350/F-450

Like the F-250, and F-350 and its heavier-duty F-450 sibling are unchanged for 2022. The F-350 comes in Regular Cab with 8-foot bed, and in SuperCab or SuperCrew with 6-foot bed or 8-foot bed, and with single or dual rear wheels. The F-450 comes only in Regular or Crew Cab, both with 8-foot bed, and only with dual rear wheels.

The F-350 offers the choice of two gasoline engines or a diesel, while the F-450 is diesel-powered only. The F-350 comes in trims from XL to Limited. The F-450 in Crew Cab shares those trim levels, but in Regular Cab it comes only in XL and XLT.

The Specs

  • Engines: 6.2-litre V8 (385 hp/430 lb-ft torque) with 6-speed automatic; 7.3-litre V8 (430 hp/475 lb-ft torque) with 10-speed automatic; 6.7-litre V8 Power Stroke turbodiesel (475 hp/1,050 lb-ft torque) with 10-speed automatic
  • Maximum towing capacity F-350: 35,750 lbs
  • Maximum towing capacity F-450: 37,000 lbs
  • Maximum payload capacity F-350: 7,850 lbs
  • Maximum payload capacity F-450: 6,210 lbs
Ford F-450 Super Duty. PHOTO Ford Motor Company

Ram Heavy-Duty

Ram 2500

For 2022, Ram’s heavy-duty models undergo a number of trim and feature changes, including a new Uconnect infotainment system with tow-specific navigation; new appearance packages; an available LED hitch light; available digital rearview mirror with trailer camera; and an available 360-degree camera that can provide a bird’s-eye view of the trailer alone.

The Ram 2500 is available in Regular Cab with 8-foot bed; Crew Cab with 8-foot or 6.4-foot bed; and Mega Cab with 6.4-foot bed, with a longer cab with more rear-seat legroom and with extra storage space behind the rear seat. Trim levels range from the Tradesman to Limited. The Power Wagon, in 4×4 only, offers more off-road capability.

The Ram 2500 comes with a 6.4-litre V8 or 6.7-litre I6 Cummins turbodiesel. 

The Specs

  • Engines: 6.4-litre V8 (410 hp/429 lb-ft torque) with 8-speed automatic; 6.7-litre I6 Cummins turbodiesel (370 hp/850 lb-ft torque) with 6-speed automatic
  • Maximum towing capacity: 20,000 lbs
  • Maximum payload capacity: 4,010 lbs
Ram Heavy Duty 2500 Power Wagon. PHOTO Stellantis

 

Ram 3500

The Ram 3500 receives the same updates for 2022 as the 2500; and comes in the same body configurations but with available dual rear wheels. It also offers the 6.4-litre V8 or 6.7-litre I6 Cummins turbodiesel, but further adds an optional high-output version with extra power and towing capacity.

The Specs

  • Engines: 6.4-litre V8 (410 hp/429 lb-ft torque) with 8-speed automatic; 6.7-litre I6 Cummins turbodiesel (370 hp/850 lb-ft torque) with 6-speed automatic; 6.7-litre I6 Cummins turbodiesel high-output (420 hp/1,075 lb-ft torque) with 6-speed automatic
  • Maximum towing capacity: 37,090 lbs
  • Maximum payload capacity: 7,680 lbs
Ram Heavy Duty 3500. PHOTO Stellantis

 

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