The newly redesigned Ford F-150 offers a compelling new engine lineup, making it our pick in this all-important category. The newly standard 3.5-liter V6 engine generates an impressive 283 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque. Its maximum towing capacity is 7,600 pounds. There's also a newly available turbocharged 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine. Its output is 325 horses and 375 pound-feet of torque. It offers drivers even greater utility, with a maximum towing capacity of 8,500 pounds. The Ford F-150's 5.0 V8 is still available, with 360 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque. Although exact figures have yet to be released, this engine is expected to tow even heavier loads. Yet another F-150 option is the turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. It's expected to offer both enhanced towing capacity and impressive fuel economy.
The 2015 Chevrolet Silverado can be had with one of three engines. The base 4.3-liter EcoTec3 V6 generates 285 horses and 305 pound-feet of torque. It can tow up to 7,000 pounds. The Silverado's most powerful engine, a 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V8, puts out 420 horses and 460 pound-feet of torque. It tows an impressive 11,700 pounds.