2015 Silverado 2500HD Beats Out the 2015 F-250 Super Duty in Frame Twist Test
When it comes to tough work, you need a truck that is ready to go at all times—or can at least open its tailgate so you can access its payload. Surprisingly, that’s not always possible when certain trucks are on uneven terrain, as the twist in the frame prevents the tailgate from opening. (Spoiler alert: we’re talking about the 2015 Ford F-250.)
Chevy recently hired a third-party research firm called AMCI Testing to research what the Bowtie Brand already suspected to be true. During a frame twist test (which Chevy later reproduced itself to verify), the 2015 Silverado 2500HD allowed only 0.26 inches of twist. The 2015 Ford F-250, however, allowed 0.94 inches of twist, 262% more than the Silverado.
This meant that, while the Silverado 2500HD’s EZ-Lift Lower Tailgate could operate just fine, the F-250 Super Duty’s tailgate was locked shut. And unfortunately, you can’t really get much work done when the equipment and supplies are locked inside your truck bed.
“The use of high-strength steel in the Silverado HD is what allows the Silverado to handle even the toughest of jobs,” explained Jeff Luke, GM’s executive chief engineer for the full-size trucks. “Paired with a fully boxed frame, high-strength steel is what makes the Silverado come from the family of the most dependable, longest-lasting full-size pickups on the road.”