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The new Chevrolet Silverado 2500 LTZ recently took top honors in a test against the 2012 Ford F-250 Super Duty King Ranch 4×4 Crew Cab and the 2012 Ram 2500 Laramie Longhorn 4×4 Mega Cab. The 2012 Silverado is now available to Phoenix Chevrolet drivers.

The Silverado weighed in at 7610 pounds, by far the lightest of the three trucks. This allowed the Chevy to be quick, easy to maneuver, and have perfect driving responses. The Chevrolet comes with a Duramax V8 engine and the Allison six-speed automatic transmission, the two work harmoniously to give the truck excellent power and perfect transitions between gears.

The Silverado also blew away the other two trucks in the acceleration tests, hitting 60 mph in 7.1 seconds, and getting to 89 mph in a 15.7 quarter mile, car-like results. Even with a 12,000 pound trailer attached the Chevrolet got to 60 mph in 15 seconds flat.

The Silverado was the only truck of the three to pull a sub-200-foot stop from 70 mph, stopping in 196 feet. It had the most responsive steering and the only truck with independent front suspension. The noise level was quiet without being oddly silent and tied with the Ford for fuel economy.

Chevy Silverado Phoenix drivers will love this truck because of its pure strength and power, and even more so, it’s great drivability. The Silverado was the cheapest truck of the bunch in price and still out shined both the Ram and Ford.

The 2012 Ford F-250 Super Duty King Ranch 4×4 Crew Cab came in second of the three trucks, but still received an overall high-quality review. The Ford had noteworthy power while still preserving an extremely quiet cabin.

According to Car and Driver, “The numbers tell the story, with the 340-pound-lighter Silverado consistently ahead at 60 mph and the more powerful Super Duty narrowing the gap considerably by the quarter-mile mark—both with and without the six-ton trailer along for the ride. In 30-to-50-mph and 50-to-70-mph acceleration, the two came in dead even at 3.9 and 5.1 seconds, respectively.”

The Ford overall was impressive, but in the stopping test the F-250 took an astounding 242 feet to stop from 70 mph, without a trailer. That’s two truck lengths plus six feet, the safety concerns that came with that test dropped the Ford’s overall marks.

The 2012 Ram 2500 Laramie Longhorn 4×4 Mega Cab came in third. The Ram had two fewer cylinders and the lowest tow rating. The Ram’s engine was obviously distressed while carrying the 12,000 pound trailer and had trouble accelerating on steep grades.

Car and Driver also said, the 7950-pound Ram’s 8.5-second run to 60 mph and its 16.7 in the quarter-mile were each more than a half-second off the pace of the second-quickest Ford. The same test was run with the trailers attached and the Ram again trailed the Ford, by 0.9 and 0.4 second, respectively.

Come by Freeway Chevy for more information on the 2012 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 LTZ, as well as other trucks in the Silverado family.