Originally Posted by troidus
Seems unlikely, since some models are rated to tow 6,000#. The online owner's manual doesn't list payload, because they say that it's unit-specific and must be read from the placard on the door jamb. An example of a 1/4-ton truck is a WWII-era Jeep.
Payload and vehicle weight don't classify the truck. 1/2 ton trucks can tow over 5 tons. 1 ton trucks are up to 15 tons. The payload of a 1/2 ton F-150 ranges from 3/4 ton to 1.5 ton.
They are just model segment designators now. Although I haven't heard anyone call them a 1/4 ton truck in a long time. I only hear 'compact' or 'mid-sized'.