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Towing Capacity War, Ford vs. Ram

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Ram and Ford are are in the midst of a towing capacity war. Ford recently announced that its commercials will claim a best-in-class towing capacity of 31,200 lbs. That's better than the 30,000 lbs towing capacity of the Ram 3500 heavy-duty. Ram was going to take this lying down though.

The same day Ford made its announcement Ram issued a press release saying that it is the first maker that has an entire pickup lineup that has towing capacity ratings developed under an industry standard established by SAE.

Ram continued by pointing out that the towing capacity for its 3500 4x4 heavy duty is the best in its class. The Ford F-450 is in a different class, and therefore shouldn't be compared. The Ford F-350, which is in the same class as the Ram 3500, has a towing capacity of 26,700 lbs.

Ford says that the Ram 3500 and the Ford F-450 belong in the same class because they have identical gross vehicle weight ratings. Ford's truck marketing manager Doug Scott added that the carmaker will comply with the SAE J2807 industry towing standard when it launches all-new versions of its pickups starting with the 2015 F-150 that will be rolled out this year.
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It seems like it is all a PR war though. There is so much rhetoric that it is hard to figure out which vehicle is actually more capable.
At least during those odd times we will see tests by automotive publications, the one's which aren't biased.
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