The 3 half-ton pickups with the highest tow ratings all have rear leaf springs
pickup fans trucks have long debated the advantages of rear leaf springs over rear coil springs. Leaf spring fans pointed out that the three 2022 half-ton pickups with the highest tow ratings all have rear leaf springs. That said, a heavy-duty Ram 2500 with rear coil springs tows all three of them. While leaf springs are great for towing, a well-designed rear coil setup is just as capable.
Several half-ton pickups offer rear coil springs
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Your preference for rear coil or leaf springs may simply come down to brand loyalty. The fourth and fifth generations of the Ram 1500 pioneered rear leaf springs in full-size trucks. Reviewers loved the smooth ride and relatively responsive handling of these full-size pickups.
For 2022, Toyota converted its third-generation Tundra to a rear coil-sprung chassis. Additionally, Ford’s Special Vehicles Team (SVT) chose rear coil springs for the Ford F-150 Raptor.
Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 all have rear leaf springs
Although coil springs are growing in popularity, the majority of half-ton trucks are still built with rear leaf springs. General Motors half-tons – identical mechanics Chevy Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 – both offer rear leaf springs. In addition, the Ford F-Series (the most popular pickup truck in the United States) has rear leaf springs.
These three pickups also have the highest maximum towing ratings. See the towing ratings in the table below:
|Brand and model||Maximum towing capacity||Configuration|
|Ford F-150||14,000 pounds||3.5L EcoBoost V6|
|Chevrolet Silverado 1500||13,300 pounds||3.0-liter turbodiesel, crew cab, 2WD, max tow package and 20-inch wheels|
|GMC Sierra 1500||13,000 pounds||3.0-liter turbodiesel, crew cab, 4WD, max tow package and 20-inch wheels|
|Ram 1500||12,750 pounds||5.7-liter HEMI V8 with eTorque|
|Toyota Tundra||12,000 pounds||2WD SR5 with tow package|
|Nissan Titan||9,320 pounds||4×2 King Cabin|
The Ram 2500 has rear coil springs
Ram was so pleased with how the rear coil springs changed the dynamics of his 1500 half-ton pickup that he converted his 3/4-ton 2500 to rear coil springs. Some heavy-duty Rams, namely the 3500 and up, still come with rear leaf springs. But Ram did not back down from their decision to convert the 2500 to rear coils.
Plus, you can configure a Ram 2500 with a Cummins turbodiesel that produces 850 lb-ft of torque. Add Ram’s Max Towing Package and you can get a Ram 2500 capable of towing up to 15,220 lbs.
What does that mean? A pickup truck with rear coil springs can be designed to reliably tow thousands of pounds more than the highest performing half-ton leaf spring.
Obviously, if you need the towing and payload capacity of a one-ton truck, automakers agree you’ll need leaf springs. But to tow anything less, the rear coil springs can do the job.
See a comparison between leaf spring and coil spring in the video below:
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