If you’ve been shopping diesel pickups you might have discovered the market has been joined by new options in addition to the usual suspects. And today on The Round Up, we’ve got the entire list of them.
2016 Ford F-Series Super Duty
In its last year before an all-new aluminum bodied replacement arrives for 2017, the 2016 Ford F-Series Super Duty continues to be the top seller in spite of its age. They come with Ford’s in-house designed an built 6.7-liter PowerStroke V8 diesel which has had a decent performance and reliability record thus far.
Available only with a six-speed automatic, it has 440 horsepower which is top of the class, and 860 pound-feet of torque which is near top of the class. It can tow up to 31,200 pounds and is available in several cab and bed configurations. Staring price for a standard cab, two-wheel drive PowerStroke diesel starts at $40,865.
2016 Chevrolet Colorado Duramax
2016 GMC Canyon Duramax
The GM mid-size pickups Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon in 2016 became the first in class to offer a diesel engine. The 2.8-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel is sourced from GM’s Asian pickups and offers a relatively smooth 181 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque.
It’s rated at up to 31 mpg highway and can tow up to 7,700 pounds, a class topping set of numbers. $35,280 is the least expensive version you can get right now. That’s a Chevrolet Colorado LT Crew-Cab two-wheel drive. Fleet customers can get the DuraMax in work-truck trim however.
2016 Chevrolet Silverado HD Duramax
2016 GMC Sierra HD Duramax
The 2500 and 3500 HD pickups from Chevrolet and GMC continue into 2016 having just been redesigned two-years ago. The current generation of trucks also got a mild refresh for 2016 with some new trims here and there as well as the availability of new infotainment systems.
Their 6.6 liter DuraMax diesel V8 cranks out 397 horsepower and 765 pound-feet of torque and comes with a mandatory 6-speed automatic. It gives the GM twins a maximum tow rating of 23,200 pounds. Base pricing for the Chevrolet in a two-wheel drive standard cab with DuraMax is $40,250. GMC is slightly up from that at $42,325.
2016 Nissan TItan XD Cummins
The new kid on the block this year is the all-new 2016 Nissan Titan XD with its 5.0 liter Cummins turbo-diesel V8. It just came on the market with a starting price of $40,290 for its smallest variation, a crew-cab two-wheel drive S grade, which is essentially work-truck trim.
The Titan XD is slightly less than a ¾ ton pickup but more than a ½ ton. It’s all-new Cummins engine provides 310 horsepower and 555 pound-feet of torque and comes mated to a six-speed automatic. Its tow rating ranged up to 12,000 pounds and depending on model comes with a standard equipment goose-neck and fifth-wheel hitch setup.
2016 RAM 1500 EcoDiesel
The other lighter duty choice is the 2016 RAM 1500 EcoDiesel. It uses a super smooth 3.0 liter V6 sourced from Italy that offers up 240 horsepower and an impressive 420 pound-feet of torque. It works easily through an 8-speed automatic transmission.
EcoDiesel pricing starts at $31,610 for a RAM 1500 Tradesman, standard cab, two-wheel drive with an 8-foot cargo box. EPA fuel-economy goes up to 29 mpg highway which makes it the most fuel-efficient full-sized pickup. Towing maxes out at 8,990 pounds.
2016 RAM HD Cummins
RAM actually offers three different versions of their popular Cummins inline six-cylinder diesel engine in their 2500 and 3500 series HD trucks. And to make matters even more interesting they are the only brand to offer a six-speed manual transmission in any full-sized truck, let alone with a diesel engine.
With a manual transmission, the 6.7-liter diesel produces 350 horsepower and 660 pound-feet of torque. Stepping up to a six-speed automatic brings power to 370 horsepower and 800 pounds of twist. And then there’s the high-output version with 385 horsepower and a class topping 900 pound-feet of torque.
That engine also gets a six-speed automatic, but a super special heavy duty one. And that powertrain with the maximum towing configuration has a rating of 31,210 pounds. Pricing starts at $39,470 for a Tradesman 2500 standard cab, two-wheel drive with an 8-foot cargo box and manual transmission.