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Video guide to buying a heavy-duty pickup truck

Consumer Reports News: June 07, 2012 10:08 AM

When a half-ton, full-size pickup truck just won't do, commercial-grade heavy-duty trucks are available to haul massive trailers and carry extreme loads. Before investing in an expensive truck, though, watch our video buying guide to see what distinguishes the latest pickups from Chevrolet, Dodge (aka Ram), and Ford.

With trucks, it is easy to get caught up in the bigger-is-better hype. All leading manufacturers boast extreme power and capabilities that are well beyond what the average operator needs. From the marketing alone, you might be convinced that you need those extra few hundred pounds of towing capacity or enough torque to slow the Earth's rotation. But by taking a realistic assessment of how the truck will be used and how often its workhorse talents will be needed, you may find that a light-duty full-size truck will more than suffice. This distinction can save significant money up front and over time in operating costs. Plus, a light-duty truck can provide a more comfortable vehicle for daily driving.

silverado-2500hd-crew-cab-ltz-v8.jpgHowever, if your needs are indeed extreme, you'll find the latest monster trucks from the Detroit 3 automakers are all quite capable. Each shines in unique ways in our tests, and the video below highlights those differences.

After watching the video, check out our pickup truck buying advice and Ratings for a more detailed look into this segment. Plus, each model page provides the full road test and test findings on the Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD, Dodge Ram 2500, and Ford F-250.

Jeff Bartlett

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