In this comparison test to check the 2016 Chevy v Ford Towing MPG, it is to establish which vehicle is the most economical when towing. The Fast Lane Truck guys took each vehicle towing the same trailer over the same 100 miles of roads so they would get an accurate as is possible MPG figure for each. The all up weight of the trailer was 5,600lbs, quite a way below each vehicles maximum towing capacity but they considered this is about the weight many owners would normally tow. At the end of each run the fully re-fuelled uck , trailer and 2 passengers were certified for weight. The Chevy weighed in at 12,000lbs, and the Ford at 12,680lbs While on the hi-way cruise control was engaged and set at 70MPH, both the Chevy and the Ford engines were spinning at 2000rpm so both have the same axle ratio.
Mechanically The Chevy High Country Silverado 6.2L V8 engine puts out 420hp, 460 ft lbs of torque and requires high-octane gas. In Colorado that is 91 octane. Transmission is an 8 speed auto. The 6.2L Ford Raptor V8 engine according to the Ford brochure is 385hp, 405 ft lbs of torque, and runs on standard grade gas. The transmission is 6 speed auto. No comparison is made between braking, handling or performance as this is a miles per gallon test only. I have previous posts on towing, this one checks the Chevy 2500 v Ford 2500 with a heavy tow load going down hill, interesting. Here is a 2016 Silverado 5.3L towing its maximum all up weight up the long high country Ike Gauntlet, and another comparing performance of a 2002 Silverado vs 2016 Sierra
How fair was this test? I think it was pretty good in spite of the Chevy requiring a higher grade of fuel to suit its higher compression engine, but was the 6.2L the best engine choice for this test when the 5.3L version for the Chevy, and the 5.0L for the Ford is much more popular choice? An overall comprehensive towing comparison test for another day perhaps.
I havent included the MPG figures, don’t want to spoil the results for you.
Special thanks to The Fast Truck Lane guys, photos are screen shots from the video.