The Best Diesel Engine Trucks on the Market Today

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Our List of the Best-Valued Diesel Trucks On Sale Now

If you’re thinking about getting a truck in the near future, you may be weighing the pros and cons of a diesel engine. There are several reasons why that’s an option worth considering. Diesel engines are highly efficient, have impressively long lifespans, and have the power output for serious towing and hauling. With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of some of the best-valued diesel engine trucks you can find!

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Diesel Fuel vs. Gasoline

First, let’s take a quick look at what separates gas trucks from diesel trucks. While diesel trucks are typically on the pricier side, they get better fuel economy than their gas-powered counterparts. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, “diesel trucks can go about 35% farther on a gallon of fuel than a gas engine truck.” Diesel fuel is slightly more expensive than gasoline, but that fuel efficiency also means you get a longer life out of your engine. 

Beyond the pros and cons of the two, there’s an important difference between how these engines work. Both are internal combustion engines, which means they burn fuel inside their cylinders to produce the power needed to move the vehicle. However, diesel engines are the less complicated of the two. 

The air brought into the cylinder is much more compressed by the piston in a diesel engine. In fact, it’s so compressed that when fuel is injected, the compressed air generates enough heat to ignite the fuel-air mixture without the need for a spark plug.

The higher compression ratio leads to greater fuel efficiency and produces much more torque. While horsepower is important for time and speed, torque is a major determining factor in that equation. When it comes to payload and towing capacities, torque is equally as important, if not more so. If you want a more in-depth understanding of how these machines operate, check out this video.

At the end of the day. it all comes down to what you need out of a truck. If the prospect of a truck with better fuel economy, higher resale value, and an engine capable of unmatched torque intrigues you, it may be time to look at some diesel engine trucks. 

Our Picks for Best Diesel Engine Trucks You Can Buy

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Let’s get into which diesel trucks give you the most bang for your buck. This list is by no means comprehensive – there are too many fantastic diesel trucks out there to cover them all. However, these are some of our favorites, and any truck you see on this list is one we stand behind completely.

So, without further ado, here are our picks for the best diesel engine trucks on the market!

Dodge Ram 1500

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The Dodge Ram 1500 is a great diesel-powered pickup truck that provides a smooth, quiet ride, partly thanks to its first-rate coil-spring rear suspension system. Its 3.0-liter V6 turbo diesel engine produces 240 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque and can tow about 9,200 lbs. Check out these Dodge Ram 1500s we’ve got in our inventory if you’re interested in this great diesel pickup!

Dodge Ram 1500 Eco Diesel

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We should also take a minute to recognize the Dodge Ram 1500 Eco Diesel, which has a uniquely exceptional diesel engine under the hood. It provides the same powerful stats listed above but with better fuel economy, making for less frequent and cheaper stops at the gas station. Take a look at the Eco Diesel Rams we currently have in stock!

Dodge Ram 2500 HD

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Of course, the Dodge Ram also excels in the heavy-duty department. This 2006 Dodge Ram 2500 HD in our inventory has a 5.9-liter I6 OHV 24V Cummins turbo diesel engine with 325 horsepower and 610 lb-ft of torque!

Dodge Ram 3500 HD

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Then we have the Dodge Ram 3500 HD, truly a beast of a vehicle. With the right hitch, some of these can tow up to 30,000 lbs. If you need an unstoppable workhorse to tow or haul enormous loads, check out our selection of Dodge Ram 3500s.

This 2012 Dodge Ram 3500 HD featured in our inventory has a 6.7-liter I6 OHV 24V Cummins Turbo Diesel engine is capable of 350 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque and has an impressive maximum towing capacity of 16,900 lbs, as well as a payload capacity of 3,080 lbs.

Chevrolet Silverado HD

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The Chevrolet Silverado HD is another heavy-duty truck with a powerful diesel engine. This 2017 Chevrolet Silverado HD in our inventory features a 6.6-liter Duramax V8 engine that produces 445 horsepower and 910 lb-ft of torque and has a towing capacity of 18,000 lbs. It also has a comfortable, spacious interior with top-quality tech features and accessories.

This 2012 Chevrolet Silverado HD, also available in our inventory, shares a lot of the winning features of the 2017 model year but can accommodate a lower budget. It also shares the 6.6-liter Duramax V8 engine, making it a solid entry on this list.

GMC Sierra Denali HD

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Another heavy-duty diesel truck on the list is the GMC Sierra Denali HD, which happens to share the same formidable 6.6-liter Duramax V8 engine as the Silverado. Like the Silverado, the Sierra Denali HD is a powerhouse – it can tow up to 23,000 lbs! – but it differs in aspects of its design. It puts a greater emphasis on comfort and luxury, which is reflected in the price tag, but this is a case where you absolutely get what you pay for.

Ford F-150 

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The Ford F-150 is a wildly popular truck, one of the top-selling pickup trucks in the country. It’s no surprise that the Ford F-150 diesel pickup is another worthy candidate for our list of favorite diesel engine trucks. Check out this 2018 Ford F-150 currently on sale from NWMS! It has a 3.0-liter Power Stroke V6 turbo diesel engine with 250 horsepower and 440 lb-ft of torque.

Ford F-250

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Which brings us to the Ford F-250, another powerful oil burner that belongs on our list. This 2018 Ford F-250 XLT from our inventory has a 6.7-liter V8 OHV 32V Power Stroke turbo diesel engine capable of 450 horsepower and 935 lb-ft of torque. One feature worth mentioning is that Power Stroke Turbodiesel engines are especially easy to modify, a plus for all you gearheads out there.

Check out the rest of our Ford F-250 diesel pickups in stock. You’ll find a wide range of options that can work with varying preferences and budgets, though all of the options provide the quality you can expect from the F-250 diesel pickup truck. 

Ford F-350

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When you need a heavy-duty diesel engine truck that can withstand the toughest jobs a truck can come up against, the Ford-350 is prepared to step up and deliver. These behemoths are capable of towing and hauling just about anything you need it to. Check out the broad selection of Ford F-350s in our inventory to see if one of these is right for you!

The Right Diesel Engine Truck is Out There Waiting!

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Browsing for trucks is always fun, but it can get to be stressful when you’re not sure if you’re making the right choice. This list includes some of the best diesel engine trucks on the market, but of course, your options go far beyond what we’ve covered here. While there are many other great diesel engine trucks out there, these are all dependable, top-quality trucks that you can feel confident about buying and driving for years to come.

Speaking of browsing for trucks, if you’re in our neck of the woods, check out one of our several locations, for the right diesel (or gasoline-powered) truck you’ve been looking for. For all your used car and truck needs, NWMS is here to help make the process a positive, stress-free experience that ends with you driving home in the perfect vehicle!