As horsepower is to muscle cars, so is payload and towing capacity to trucks, and it’s been a non-stop battle over the past decade among the Detroit Three to one-up each other in claiming the highest-rated payload and towing capacity in their respective classes. One of the tricks reportedly used to goose the maximum payload capacity within General Motors and Ford was to exclude “non-essential” items from the vehicles to eke out a few more pounds, such as the rear bumper, radio, and center console. GM initially defended the practice as an accepted industry protocol but later issued a statement saying it would report payload according to the vehicle’s standard base curb weight, according to Automotive News.

Ford, which also reportedly used the so-called subtraction method to calculate its trucks’ maximum payload, says it will continue to use the subtraction method to calculate maximum payload. The controversy about fullsize truck capabilities remains as heated as ever, with Ram reporting the towing and payload capacities of its HD trucks according to the SAE J2807 standard, claiming a maximum towing capacity of the Ram 3500 of 30,000 pounds, with Ford claiming a non-J2807 compliant rating of 31,200 for its 2015 F-450. Ford has said it will report the payload and towing capacities of its 2015 F-150 light-duty truck according to the J2807 standards but ratings for the Super Duty HD trucks will not be J2807 compliant.

Source: Automotive News