5 BOAT-HAUL­ING PICK­UPS

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Boating - - FRONT PAGE - BY JIM HENDRICKS AND RANDY VANCE

Old-school trailer boaters might raise a doubt­ful eye­brow when they hear of so-called half-ton pickup trucks that to­day pos­sess tow rat­ings in ex­cess of 12,000 pounds. But it’s true. Trucks such as the Chevy Sil­ver­ado 1500, Ford F-150, Nis­san Ti­tan, Ram Bighorn 1500 and Toy­ota Tun­dra now of­fer tow rat­ings that many used to as­so­ciate only with three-quar­ter-ton and 1-ton pick­ups. This is due to a com­bi­na­tion of im­proved power, ef­fi­ciency and driv­e­line tech­nol­ogy. At the same time, the rel­a­tively small size, abun­dant seat­ing and non­tow­ing fuel econ­omy ren­der these ve­hi­cles suitable for ev­ery­day driv­ing. Per­haps that is what has made half-tons the most pop­u­lar class of pick­ups in Amer­ica. To­day’s half-tons are also avail­able with lux­ury in­te­ri­ors and high-tech fea­tures that ri­val the ameni­ties of first-class sedans or SUVs. But for trailer boaters, it is tow­ing that counts. Here are our im­pres­sions of the lat­est half-tons as de­liv­ered to us from to­day’s five lead­ing truck builders.

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