2015 Ford F-450 Claims Best-In-Class Towing By J2807 Standards
It has long been a point of contention that manufacturers don't rely on a common standard for measuring the towing capabilities of their trucks, making it difficult for consumers to determine which trucks are really at the top of the heap. Now Ford is making it easier by abiding by the Society of Automotive Engineers J2807 towing standard for the F-450 and claiming best-in-class towing for this heavy duty truck. PHOTOS: See More of the 2015 Ford F-450 Super Duty That best-in-class towing amounts to 31,200 pounds and is the same as the number that Ford came up with using its own testing models. In addition to abiding by SAE J2807, they've also changed how they figure out payload capacity by switching from minimum curb weight to base curb weight. This change does affect the truck's rating, bringing the payload number down from 5,450 pounds to 5,300 pounds.
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The SAE J2807 test differs from the tests Ford previously used by adding about 400 pounds of additional weight to the truck. Ford has now re-rated the F-450's gross combined weight rating to 40,400 pounds as a result of the changes.
Although the F-450 follows SAE J2807, Ford has not chosen to apply that standard to its full line of heavy duty trucks. This detail did not go unnoticed by Ram which was quick to note that they apply the standard to their entire heavy duty line.
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