Dearborn automaker trumpets best-in-class towing with SAE J2807 standard
In a move most of us saw coming, Ford has finally conceded and will now calculate maximum payload ratings using base curb weights instead of minimum curb weights.
According to Automotive News, the Dearborn automaker will restate the payload capability of the F-450 pickup (which uses a reinforced F-350 frame, not that of the F-450 chassis cab), as well as the F-250 and F-350 pickups.
Since 2011, Ford has used the practice of deleting parts from trucks and using minimum curb weights to boost maximum payload ratings on its trucks.
The F-450 pickup now has a maximum payload of 5,300 lbs, 150 lbs less than before, bringing the gross vehicle weight rating of the truck below 14,000 lbs and securing its place as a Class 3 truck.
Ford also announced they would adopt the SAE J2807 towing standard for the F-450 pickup, stating the rating goes unchanged and the truck features best-in-class towing capability of 31,200 lbs. Ratings for the F-250 and F-350 will not use SAE J2807 test standards until they’re redesigned.
General Motors performed the same maneuver earlier this month after misstating their deletions.