Comparing the Ford F-250 Super Duty, Ram 2500 and Chevy Silverado 2500HD

When it comes to serious work trucks, whether for the construction site, farm or ranch, there are three top contenders: the Ford F-250 Super Duty, the Ram 2500 and the Chevy Silverado 2500HD. All three of these heavy duty trucks have serious hauling and towing capability, and are highly customizable, with multiple cab styles, bed lengths, engines, transmissions and a dizzying array of trim levels.

For many, your choice of truck is based on experience and familiarity - maybe you drive what your dad drove, or what your first boss preferred. In any case, while the Ford, Ram and Chevy share many similarities in this segment, there are also some distinctions from model to model.

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Ford F-250 Super Duty

  • Power and Performance. For 2017, the F-250 is available with two powerful engines. The standard choice is 6.2-liter gasoline V8 that makes 385 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque. Then there's the formidable 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel V8, which puts out 440 horsepower and 925 pound-feet of torque. Range should not be a problem, thanks to an available 48-gallon fuel tank. Properly equipped, the F-250 can tow up to 18,000 pounds (18,600 pounds with a fifth-wheel/gooseneck setup).
  • Feature and Options. Ford's F-250 has five trim levels: XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum. All are offered in multiple cab style and bed length configurations. The midrange Lariat is nicely-equipped, with features like an electronic shift-on-the-fly four-wheel-drive system, rear parking sensors, dual-zone climate control, leather seats, 10-way power front seats, Ford's new Sync 3 voice-controlled infotainment system, two 110-volt power outlets and a premium 10-speaker audio system. Notable options include a power sunroof and Ford's Ultimate Trailer Tow Camera System, which uses a total of seven (7!!) cameras to make hooking up and maneuvering a trailer a one-man, practically one-handed job.

Ram 2500

  • Power and Performance. The Ram 2500 starts with a base 5.7-liter Hemi V8 engine that makes 383 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. This engine can be upgraded to a 6.4-liter version that puts out 410 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque. For serious hauling and towing, opt for either of two versions of the Cummins 6.7-liter turbodiesel: one produces 660 pound-feet of torque and the other 800 pound-feet of torque. The 5.7-liter V8 can pull up to 13,900 pounds, or a class-leading 16,320 pounds with the 6.4-liter V8. 
  • Features and Options. One feature that distinguishes the Ram 2500 is its coil-spring rear suspension, which provides a more compliant ride than the leaf-spring setup used by Ford and Chevy. The cabin can be bare-bones or pushing the boundaries of big-truck luxury. There are seven trim levels: Tradesman, SLT, Big Horn/Lone Star, Laramie, Laramie Longhorn, Limited and Power Wagon. The Laramie models have leather-lined and climate-controlled seats and a heated steering wheel. The center console is voluminous, and can hold a larger laptop or even a set of hanging files.



Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD

  • Power and Performance. The base engine in the Silverado 2500HD is a 6.0-liter V8 that makes 360 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque (this engine can also be configured to run on compressed natural gas). The bigger engine is 6.6-liter Duramax turbodiesel engine that cranks out 445 horsepower and 910 pound-feet of torque. Max towing for the gas V8 is 14,500 pounds, while the diesel V8 can pull up to 20,000 pounds, or 23,000 pounds when equipped with a fifth-wheel/gooseneck.
  • Feature and Options. The interior of the Silverado 2500HD can be as plush as a loaded Suburban or Tahoe, with features like Chevrolet's MyLink, 4G LTE Wi-Fi, an 8.0-inch touchscreen and wireless charging. It's available in four trim levels, ranging from the Work Truck (WT), to the LT, LTX and High Country. The High Country has leather seating, dual-zone climate control, ventilated front seats and navigation.


We have a great selection of new 2017 Ford F-250 trucks in stock here in Charles City, IA, along with many high-quality used Ram and Chevy trucks. Mike Molstead Ford is located at 1501 S. Grand Ave., and we're proud to serve the nearby communities of Waverly, Cresco, Nora Springs and Nashua. Our showroom is open Monday and Thursday from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm; Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm; and Saturday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Stop by today, or give us a call at (888) 354-0781 to schedule time for a test drive.