Toyota has been using J2807 standard since 2011

When the new 2015 Ford F-150 finally hits the market, it will be rated with reduced towing capacities. That won’t be due to the truck being less capable. Ford and the other two domestic automakers will adopt the SAE J2807 towing standard, a benchmark that’s already been delayed for two years.

Traditionally, pickup truck manufacturers have used their own tests to determine towing standards, making it difficult for consumers to cross shop between the available products. With the new standard test, consumers will now have an apples-to-apples comparison.

The automakers initially agreed in 2009 to put the standard in place by 2013. But, when Ford decided to push back adopting the standard, the other domestic automakers followed suit. Toyota was the only automaker to stick to the agreement resulting in the Tundra having its rating reduced by some 400 lbs.

Nissan has stated they will adopt the standard when they release their new Titan pickup, expected to arrive sometime in 2015.

Heavy duty trucks will continue their current rating schemes.

[Source: Automotive News]




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