2016 Diesel Pickup Guide

Available 2016 Model Year Full & Midsize Diesel Pickups

The GMC Canyon, Chevrolet Colorado, and Nissan Titan XD join the sector with available diesel options for the 2016 model year. Returning are the GMC Sierra, Chevrolet Silverado, Ford Super Duty, and the Ram 1500/2500/3500. Ram continues to strive in the categories of available torque (optional 6.7L H.O. Cummins) and maximum tow capacity (Ram 3500 HD), although the Ford F-450 comes in a close second. The Chevrolet/GMC HD platform, although capturing fewer titles than its competitors for 2016, remains a versatile and attractive platform, particularly in the 3/4 ton category.

Note - All ratings and capacities for gasoline equipped trucks have been omitted from the following specs and comparisons. For more information on gasoline powered pickups, please refer to the manufacturer's model specific webpage.

Chevrolet Colorado Duramax diesel

2016 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon

Engine:

2.8L Duramax LWN inline 4 cylinder

Peak Horsepower:

181 hp @ 3,400 rpm

Peak Torque:

369 lb-ft @ 2,000 rpm

Transmission:

GM 6L50 six speed automatic

Max GVWR:

6,000 lbs (4x2), 6,200 lbs (4x4)

Max GCWR

12,700 lbs

Max Payload:

1,508 lbs

Max Conventional Tow:

7,700 lbs

Max 5th Wheel Tow:

N/A, vehicle not equipped for 5th wheel tow capability

EPA Rated Fuel Economy:

up to 22 city, 31 hwy mpg (4x2 models)

Powertrain Warranty:

5 year/60,000 mile

Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

2016 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

Engine:

3.0L EcoDiesel V-6

Peak Horsepower:

240 hp @ 3,600 rpm

Peak Torque:

420 lb-ft @ 2,000 rpm

Transmission:

ZF 8HP70 'TorqueFlite 8' eight speed automatic

Max GVWR:

6,950 lbs

Max GCWR

14,7500 lbs

Max Payload:

1,600 lbs

Max Conventional Tow:

9,210 lbs (3.92 axle, reg cab, 8' bed, 4x2)

Max 5th Wheel Tow:

9,210 lbs (3.92 axle, reg cab, 8' bed, 4x2)

EPA Rated Fuel Economy:

up to 29 hwy, 21 city mpg (4x2 HFE model)

Powertrain Warranty:

5 year/100,000 mile

Nissan Titan XD

2016 Nissan Titan XD

Engine:

Cummins ISV5.0 V-8

Peak Horsepower:

310 hp @ 3,200 rpm

Peak Torque:

555 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm

Transmission:

Aisin A466ND six speed automatic

Max GVWR:

8,990 lbs (4x4 S, SL, SV, & PRO-4X models)

Max GCWR

N/A

Max Payload:

2,091 lbs (4x2 S model)

Max Conventional Tow:

12,314 lbs (4x2 S model)

Max 5th Wheel Tow:

11,827 lbs (4x2 SV model)

EPA Rated Fuel Economy:

N/A - fuel economy not rated by EPA

Powertrain Warranty:

5 year/100,000 mile

Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD

2016 GMC Sierra, Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500 HD

Model:

Sierra/Silverado 2500 HD

Sierra/Silverado 3500 HD

Engine:

6.6L Duramax LML V-8

6.6L Duramax LML V-8

Peak Horsepower:

397 hp @ 3,000 rpm

397 hp @ 3,000 rpm

Peak Torque:

765 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm

765 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm

Transmission:

Allison 1000 six speed automatic

Allison 1000 six speed automatic

Max GVWR:

10,000 lbs

13,025 lbs

Max GCWR

25,100 lbs

31,100 lbs

Max Payload:

3,275 lbs

5,587 lbs**

Max Conventional Tow:

14,500 lbs*

20,000 lbs**

Max 5th Wheel Tow:

18,000 lbs*

23,200 lbs**

Powertrain Warranty:

5 year/100,00 miles

5 year/100,00 miles

* Regular cab, 8' bed, 4x2 models w/ 3.73 rear axle
** Regular cab, 8' bed, DRW, 4x4 models w/ 3.73 rear axle

Ford F-350 Super Duty

2016 Ford F-250/F-350/F-450 Super Duty

Model:

F-250 Super Duty

F-350 Super Duty

F-450 Super Duty [1]

Engine:

6.7L Power Stroke Diesel V-8

6.7L Power Stroke Diesel V-8

6.7L Power Stroke Diesel V-8

Peak Horsepower:

440 hp @ 2,800 rpm

440 hp @ 2,800 rpm

440 hp @ 2,800 rpm

Peak Torque:

860 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm

860 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm

860 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm

Transmission:

Ford TorqShift six speed automatic

Ford TorqShift six speed automatic

Ford TorqShift six speed automatic

Max GVWR:

10,000 lbs

14,000 lbs

14,000 lbs

Max GCWR

23,500 lbs

35,000 lbs

40,400 lbs

Max Payload:

3,115 lbs [2]

6,682 lbs [5]

5,300 lbs

Max Conventional Tow:

14,000 lbs [3]

19,000 lbs

19,000 lbs

Max 5th Wheel Tow:

16,300 lbs [4]

26,500 lbs [6]

31,200 lbs

Powertrain Warranty:

5 year/100,00 miles

5 year/100,00 miles

5 year/100,00 miles

[1] - Ford F-450 only available in Crew Cab 4x4 configuration w/ 4.30 axles
[2] - Regular cab, 8' bed, 4x2 models
[3] - SuperCab and Crew Cab 4x2 & 4x4 models w/ either 3.31 or 3.55 axle
[4] - SuperCab 4x2 models w/ 3.55 axle
[5] - Regular cab, 8' bed, DRW, 4x2 models
[6] - Crew Cab, DRW, 4x4 models w/ 4.30 axle

Ram 3500 HD

2016 Ram 2500/3500 HD

Model:

Ram 2500 HD

Ram 3500 HD

Engine:

6.7L Cummins I-6

6.7L Cummins I-6

Peak Horsepower:

350 hp @ 2,800 rpm (G56 manual)
370 hp @ 2,800 rpm (68RFE auto)

350 hp @ 2,800 rpm (G56 man)
370 hp @ 2,800 rpm (68RFE auto)
385 hp @ 2,800 rpm (Aisin auto)

Peak Torque:

660 lb-ft @ 1,500 rpm (G56 manual)
800 lb-ft @ 1,700 rpm (68RFE auto)

660 lb-ft @ 1,500 rpm (G56 manual)
800 lb-ft @ 1,700 rpm (68RFE auto)
900 lb-ft @ 1,700 rpm (Aisin auto)

Transmissions:

Mercedes G56 six speed manual
Chrysler 68RFE six speed automatic

Mercedes G56 six speed manual
Chrysler 68RFE six speed automatic
Aisin AS69RC six speed automatic

Max GVWR:

10,000 lbs

14,000 lbs

Max GCWR

25,300 lbs

39,100 lbs

Max Payload:

3,160 lbs*

6,720 lbs **

Max Conventional Tow:

17,980 lbs *

18,000 lbs

Max 5th Wheel Tow:

17,980 lbs *

31,210 lbs ***

Powertrain Warranty:

5 year/100,000 miles

5 year/100,000 miles

* Regular cab, 8' bed, 4x2 models w/ 3.42 axle
** Regular cab, 8' bed, DRW, 4x2 models w/ 3.42 or 3.73 axle
*** Regular cab, 8' bed, DRW, 4x2 models w/ 4.10 axle

 

2016 Model Year 3/4 Ton Comparison

Highlighted field denotes best-in-class* for 2016 model year

Model:

Chevrolet/GMC 2500 HD

Ford F-250 Super Duty

Ram 2500 HD

Peak Horsepower:

397 hp @ 3,000 rpm

440 hp @ 2,800 rpm

370 hp @ 2,800 rpm (68RFE auto)

Peak Torque:

765 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm

860 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm

800 lb-ft @ 1,700 rpm (68RFE auto)

Max GVWR:

10,000 lbs

10,000 lbs

10,000 lbs

Max GCWR

25,100 lbs

23,500 lbs

25,300 lbs

Max Payload:

3,275 lbs

3,115 lbs

3,160 lbs

Max Conventional Tow:

14,500 lbs

14,000 lbs

17,980 lbs

Max 5th Wheel Tow:

18,000 lbs

16,300 lbs

17,980 lbs

* "Class" herein recognized as class 2B light diesel truck with GVWR between 8,501 and 10,000 lbs. All ratings and capacities for gasoline engine equipped trucks have been omitted

 

2016 Model Year 1 Ton Comparison

Highlighted field denotes best-in-class* for 2016 model year

Model:

Chevrolet/GMC 3500 HD

Ford F-350 Super Duty

Ford F-450 Super Duty

Ram 3500 HD

Peak Horsepower:

397 hp @ 3,000 rpm

440 hp @ 2,800 rpm

440 hp @ 2,800 rpm

385 hp @ 2,800 rpm (Aisin auto)

Peak Torque:

765 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm

860 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm

860 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm

900 lb-ft @ 1,700 rpm (Aisin auto)

Max GVWR:

13,025 lbs

14,000 lbs

14,000 lbs

14,000 lbs

Max GCWR

31,100 lbs

35,000 lbs

40,400 lbs

39,100 lbs

Max Payload:

5,587 lbs

6,682 lbs

5,300 lbs

6,720 lbs

Max Conventional Tow:

20,000 lbs

19,000 lbs

19,000 lbs

18,000 lbs

Max 5th Wheel Tow:

23,200 lbs

26,500 lbs

31,200 lbs

31,210 lbs

* "Class" herein recognized as class III light diesel truck with GVWR between 10,001 and 14,000 lbs. All ratings and capacities for gasoline equipped trucks have been omitted