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IN THIS test we’re not only comparing three auto manufacturers, but we’re testing three different left-to-right steering conversions and adaptations to Australian specifications. All the conversions are top-notch, using new one-piece RHD dashboards and specifically manufactured steering components. However, there are still signs of the conversions if you look for them. Things like the placement of the park brake pedal, or the switches for the seat heaters that have the passenger’s seats on the right – little things that don’t blemish the excellent work these companies are doing.
Each of these three trucks have their good and not-so-good points, so, as is often the case, it will come down to what vehicle feels right, and what deal works best, for you. However, as these are specialised vehicles, don’t expect to find the same kind of discounting you would with mainstream cars.
The F-250 has the best-performing engine and felt the best offroad. It also made easy work of the towing, but it was let down by annoying bump-steer.
The Cummins-powered RAM is the lowest-priced truck here and gave nothing away to the V8 in terms of performance or towing. Its conversion feels the most OE of the group, although the placement of that park brake is frustrating.
The GMC is the best all-rounder and has the most up-spec equipment level in its spacious cabin. The IFS front end makes it more relaxed to drive on-road and it didn’t hold the Denali back off-road.
Its horses for courses, and these trucks all delivered plenty of horses from under their big hoods. So it’s best to corral each of them and find the right one for you and your budget.
It will come down to what vehicle feels right, and what deal works best, for you