THE BEST PICK-UP

4 x 4 Australia - - Driven -

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

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