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4 Heavy Duty Trucks for Hauling

Submitted by Staff on September 21, 2013 - 3:25pm

If your plans for fall include hauling a trailer or boat or even just loads of building materials you might be in the market for a heavy duty truck. “Heavy Duty” covers all pickups with a gross vehicle weight rating between 8,501 pounds and 10,000 pounds. Heavy duty trucks also qualify for section 179 tax deductions when purchased for business use (with at least 50% business usage).

2014 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Chevy redesigned the Silverado line for 2014 and the 2500HD packs a lot of power for a full-size truck.  The diesel version is more economical than the 6.0 liter V8 and delivers more power as well. Operating on regular diesel or B20 biodiesel, its 6.6-liter Duramax turbo-diesel V-8 delivers 397 horsepower via a six-speed automatic transmission. In hauling and towing, torque gets the wheels turning and the 2500HD’s -V8 generates a generous 765 foot-pounds of it. The 2500HD has a maximum payload of 3,037 pounds and a maximum tow rating of 17,400 pounds. MSRP for with the 6.6 liter diesel starts at $36,700.

2014 Ford F-250 XLT – The Ford F-250 isn’t scheduled for a redesign until 2015 but the light duty F-150 has been the best-selling truck in America for several years running. The F-250 offers more power than the Silverado with a 6.7-liter turbo-diesel V-8 that delivers 400 horsepower and 800 foot-pounds of torque. A six speed automatic offers great control with big, strong gears so you can really push it. The F-250’s maximum payload of 3,540 pounds and maximum tow rating of 16,300 pounds make it a workhorse with MSRP starting at $42,525.

2014 GMC Sierra 2500HD Denali – The Sierra shares the same engine as the Silverado with the 6.6-liter Duramax turbo-diesel V-8 delivering 397 horsepower via a standard six-speed automatic transmission. The Denali offers luxury in a heavy duty package with leather seating, chrome and wood-grain details, Bose® Centerpoint surround-sound system, and heated and cooled seats. MSRP with the Duramax turbo-diesel starts at $54, 435 including $2,500 cash back from GMC.

2014 Ram 2500 SLT –The Ram 2500’s 6.7L Cummins® Turbo Diesel I6 offers a best-in-class maximum tow rating of 18,150 lbs.  A tailgate handle-mounted, rear high-definition camera backup system is available with dynamic imaging in the 8.4-inch display, which is the largest in-dash display of all of these trucks. MSRP for the 2500 with the Cummins engine starts at $39,490 and RAM is offering $1000 in consumer cash as an incentive.

These trucks all have enough power to cover nearly any need for most drivers and all four are offered in additional trim levels and sizes from standard to crew cab and long beds. Of course if you need more power all four manufacturers also have larger vehicles. can help you find a great deal on your next truck. You should check with your accountant regarding deductibility.

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