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Best Heavy-Duty Pickup Trucks in 2024

Ford Super Duty F-350 / Credit: Ford

Heavy-duty pickup trucks are at the top of the food chain. They offer the most towing and hauling capability short of a semi. They’re perfect for lugging heavy trailers or carrying extra payloads. They also cost about the same as similarly equipped full-size pickups — in some cases, they even cost less. Heavy-duty trucks are available in fun, off-road-oriented versions and ultra-luxurious models, meaning they can play as hard as they work. Still, you should consider an HD truck’s extra capability against its significant bulk and increased fuel consumption.

How We Ranked These Trucks

1. 2024 Ram HD

2024 Ram 3500 / Credit: Stellantis
  • Price: $46,740
  • Max. Towing: 37,090 lb
  • Models: 2500, 3500
  • What We Like: Nicest cabin of any HD pickup; best tow rating; fun Power Wagon off-road trim
  • What We Don’t: Costs $100K fully loaded

The Ram HD (2500 and 3500), much like the Ram 1500, has a smoother ride and a more luxurious interior than competing heavy-duty trucks. It’s not as focused on providing the utmost capability as it is on delivering comfort and luxury. Nonetheless, its base 410-horsepower 6.4-liter V8 gas engine has more power and towing capacity than many competing non-diesel engines, and its optional diesel leads the class with a 37,090-pound towing capacity.

Ram HD models cost a bit more than rival heavy-duty rigs, but you’re paying for a truck with cabin comfort and appeal that matches its capabilities. Ram’s answer to the Ford Super Duty’s Tremor trim comes in the form of the aggressive Power Wagon, built with intense terrain in mind.

Shopping for a Used Ram HD?

The Ram HD was redesigned in 2019 and hasn’t changed much since, so any used model from 2019-2023 will be similar to the 2024 shown above.

2. 2024 Ford Super Duty

2023 Ford Super Duty F-350
2024 Ford Super Duty F-350 / Credit: Ford
  • Price: $44,970
  • Max. Towing: 40,000 lb
  • Models: F-250, F-350, F-450
  • What We Like: Class-leading payload; does everything well
  • What We Don’t: Top trims can reach $100K

Few trucks are as accomplished as the Super Duty when it comes to getting work done. Like heavy-duty full-size trucks from Chevrolet, GMC, and Ram, the Ford Super Duty is engineered to provide outstanding hauling and towing ratings. With this in mind, the most hardcore versions of the 2023 & 2024 Super Duty can tow a staggering 40,000 pounds.

Three engines are available, starting with the base 6.8-liter gas V8. A 7.3-liter V8 or 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel V8 is also available. While none are slouches in horsepower and torque, the diesel delivers a jaw-dropping 1,200 pound-feet of torque. The Super Duty cabin can be a no-frills work truck or a luxury-laden machine with heated and cooled seats, a 12-inch touchscreen, and a thumping Bang & Olufsen audio system.

Shopping for a Used Super Duty?

The Ford Super Duty was all-new for 2023 and has not changed for 2024. The previous-generation Super Duty was offered from the 2017 model year to 2022. It was available in multiple cab and bed configurations, with gas and diesel engine offerings.

3. 2024 Chevrolet Silverado HD

2024 Chevrolet Silverado HD Diesel
2024 Chevrolet Silverado HD / Credit: Chevrolet
  • Price: $43,400
  • Max. Towing: 36,000 lb
  • Models: 2500, 3500
  • What We Like: Solid all-around; below-average starting price
  • What We Don’t: Design and features don’t stand out

While the Silverado HD is competitively priced and well-rounded, the Silverado 2500 and 3500 are comfortable and highly capable. Like the half-ton Silverado, the HD models lag behind some rivals’ interior quality and richness.

Every Silverado HD comes standard with a user-friendly touchscreen infotainment system, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto, but ADAS features cost extra. The heavy-duty truck’s price rises quickly once you add extras, comfort, and convenience packages that parallel some classmates’ standard features.

Shopping for a Used Silverado HD?

Chevrolet last redesigned the Silverado HD for 2020. It received refreshed styling and a new infotainment system for 2024. The Silverado HD has been available for decades, so there are many used models to choose from.

4. 2024 GMC Sierra HD

2024 GMC Sierra 2500 HD AT4
2024 GMC Sierra 2500 HD AT4 / Credit: GMC
  • Price: $45,400
  • Max. Towing: 36,000 lb
  • Models: 2500, 3500
  • What We Like: Solid all-around
  • What We Don’t: Doesn’t stand out; basically the same as the Silverado but more expensive

The Sierra HD is the Chevrolet Silverado HD’s corporate cousin, and they’re virtually the same truck inside and out. The main difference is the Sierra HD’s higher starting price. The GMC is more expensive than the Chevy, thanks to its premium design, but it might not be worth the markup.

Check features carefully when you price out the Sierra 2500 or 3500 versus their Silverado counterparts. While the Sierra has a much higher starting price, the Chevy can cost more once you add the features and packages you need. The Sierra HD is comfortable, competent, and capable but not as upscale as its less-expensive rivals.

Shopping for a Used Sierra HD?

GMC last redesigned the Sierra HD for 2020. It received refreshed styling and a new infotainment system for 2024. The Sierra HD has been available for decades, so there are many used models to choose from.

How We Ranked These Trucks

At Carfax, data and value drive our vehicle rankings. We ranked these heavy-duty trucks based on the quality, performance, and space they offer for their prices. Our rankings are based on the latest models, but since many of these vehicles have remained unchanged from earlier years, our insights also apply to used models.

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