2017 Diesel Pickup Guide

2017 Model Year Full & Midsize Diesel Trucks

The numbers are in and the pickups are hitting dealerships. General Motor's long anticipated Duramax L5P arrives for the 2017 model year Sierra and Silverado HDs. The engine's 445 horsepower and 910 lb-ft ratings give Chevrolet and GMC trucks a much needed boost after years of watching Ram and Ford battle for best-in-class output. Meanwhile, Ford's impressive, all new, aluminum bodied Super Duty arrives for 2017, shaking up the category with a number of achievements. Ram, who one might argue has been the segment's leader in recent years, brings a largely unchanged platform and drivetrain options that carry over from 2016.

Note - All ratings and capacities for gasoline equipped trucks have been omitted from the following specifications and comparisons. For more information on gasoline versions of the vehicles discussed herein, please refer to the manufacturer's model specific webpage. "Max" refers to maximum available rated capacity in models lineup. Actual ratings will vary by vehicle configuration and equipment packages.

GVWR

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating. Maximum rated weight of a vehicle and its cargo, including passengers (excluding trailers).

GCWR

Gross Combined Weight Rating. Maximum rated combined weight of a vehicle, its cargo, and trailer(s).

FAWR

Front Axle Weight Rating. Maximum rated weight that can be applied to the axle.

RAWR

Rear Axle Weight Rating. Maximum rated weight that can be applied to the axle.

Payload

Maximum weight of combined cargo that a vehicle can carry (excluding trailers).

Conventional Tow

Maximum rated trailer weight when towing using a conventional "bumper pull" receiver hitch.

5th Wheel Tow

Maximum rated trailer weight when towing using a 5th wheel hitch system.

Gooseneck Tow

Maximum rated trailer weight when using a gooseneck hitch system.

 

The Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon, Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, and Nissan Titan XD remain largely unchanged for the 2017 model year. Nissan's Titan XD sees slight increases in tow ratings, while the Ram 1500 experiences similar adjustments in terms of payload. The Canyon and Colorado twins continue to carry the torch in terms of fuel economy with an EPA rated 31 highway, 22 city mpg. Meanwhile, the EcoDiesel remains the fuel economy leader in the fullsize segment.

 

2017 GMC Canyon

2017 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:

1,477 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

Powertrain Warranty:

5 year/60,000 mile

 

2017 Ram 1500

2017 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

14,750 lbs

Max Payload:

1,590 lbs

Max Conventional Tow:

9,210 lbs

Max 5th Wheel Tow:

9,210 lbs

EPA Rated Fuel Economy:

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

Powertrain Warranty:

5 year/100,000 mile

 

2017 Nissan Titan XD

2017 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

Max GCWR

19,540 lbs

Max Payload:

2,420 lbs

Max Conventional Tow:

12,640 lbs

Max 5th Wheel Tow:

12,760 lbs

EPA Rated Fuel Economy:

N/A - fuel economy not rated by EPA due to GVWR

Powertrain Warranty:

5 year/100,000 mile

 

2017 Chevrolet Silverado HD

2017 Sierra, Silverado 2500HD/3500HD

Model:

Sierra/Silverado 2500HD

Sierra/Silverado 3500HD SRW

Sierra/Silverado 3500HD DRW

Engine:

6.6L Duramax L5P V-8

6.6L Duramax L5P V-8

6.6L Duramax L5P V-8

Peak Horsepower:

445 hp @ 2,800 rpm

445 hp @ 2,800 rpm

445 hp @ 2,800 rpm

Peak Torque:

910 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm

910 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm

910 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm

Transmission:

Allison 1000 six speed automatic

Allison 1000 six speed automatic

Allison 1000 six speed automatic

Max GVWR:

10,000 lbs

11,600 lbs

13,025 lbs

Max GCWR

25,300 lbs

25,300 lbs

31,300 lbs

Max FAWR:

5,600 lbs

5,600 lbs

5,600 lbs

Max RAWR:

6,200 lbs

7,050 lbs

9,375 lbs

Max Payload:

3,204 lbs

4,230 lbs

5,518 lbs

Max Conventional Tow:

14,500 lbs

14,500 lbs

20,000 lbs

Max 5th Wheel/Gooseneck Tow:

18,100 lbs

17,600 lbs

23,300 lbs

Powertrain Warranty:

5 year/100,00 miles

5 year/100,00 miles

5 year/100,00 miles

 

2017 Ram HD, 6.7L Cummins

2017 Ram 2500 HD, 3500 HD

Model:

Ram 2500 HD

Ram 3500 HD SRW

Ram 3500 HD DRW

Engine:

6.7L Cummins I-6

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)

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)

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

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

Max GVWR:

10,000 lbs

12,300 lbs

14,000 lbs

Max GCWR

25,300 lbs

25,300 lbs

39,100 lbs

Max FAWR:

6,000 lbs

6,000 lbs

6,000 lbs

Max RAWR:

6,500 lbs

7,000 lbs

9,750 lbs

Max Payload:

3,160 lbs

4,530 lbs

6,720 lbs

Max Conventional Tow:

17,980 lbs

17,910 lbs

18,000 lbs

Max 5th Wheel/Gooseneck Tow:

17,980 lbs

17,910 lbs

31,210 lbs*

Powertrain Warranty:

5 year/100,000 miles

5 year/100,000 miles

5 year/100,000 miles

*Factory 5th wheel hitch rated at maximum 25,000 lbs trailer weight. A gooseneck hitch must be used for trailers weighing greater than 25,000 lbs.

 

2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty

2017 Ford F-250, F-350, F-450 Super Duty

Model:

F-250 Super Duty

F-350 Super Duty SRW

F-350 Super Duty DRW

F-450 Super Duty

Engine:

6.7L Power Stroke Diesel V-8

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

440 hp @ 2,800 rpm

Peak Torque:

925 lb-ft @ 1,800 rpm

925 lb-ft @ 1,800 rpm

925 lb-ft @ 1,800 rpm

925 lb-ft @ 1,800 rpm

Transmission:

Ford TorqShift six speed automatic

Ford TorqShift six speed automatic

Ford TorqShift six speed automatic

Ford TorqShift six speed automatic

Max GVWR:

10,000 lbs

11,500 lbs

14,000 lbs

14,000 lbs

Max GCWR

25,700 lbs

28,700 lbs

40,000 lbs

41,800 lbs

Max FAWR:

5,990 lbs

6,000 lbs

5,990 lbs

6,000 lbs

Max RAWR:

6,340 lbs

7,230 lbs

10,300 lbs

9,900 lbs

Max Payload:

3,440 lbs

4,320 lbs

6,850 lbs

5,320 lbs

Max Conventional Tow:

18,000 lbs

18,000 lbs

21,000 lbs

21,000 lbs

Max 5th Wheel/Gooseneck Tow:

18,500 lbs

21,500 lbs

32,000 lbs*

32,500 lbs*

Powertrain Warranty:

5 year/100,00 miles

5 year/100,00 miles

5 year/100,00 miles

5 year/100,00 miles

*Factory 5th wheel hitch rated at maximum 27,500 lbs trailer weight. A gooseneck hitch must be used for trailers weighing greater than 27,500 lbs.

 

2017 Best-in-Class HD Diesel Trucks

"Class" used herein per Federal Highway Administration vehicle weight classifications.

Class 2 (3/4 ton) - Trucks with a GVWR range of 6,001 to 10,000 lbs.

Class 3 (1 ton) - Trucks with a GVWR range of 10,001 to 14,000 lbs.

Class 3 trucks have been divided into single rear wheel and dual rear wheel categories.

 

2017 Model Year 3/4 Ton Truck Comparison (Class 2)

Model:

Chevrolet/GMC 2500HD

Ram 2500 HD

Ford F-250 Super Duty

Peak Horsepower:

445 hp @ 2,800 rpm

370 hp @ 2,800 rpm

440 hp @ 2,800 rpm

Peak Torque:

910 lb-ft @ 1,600 rm

800 lb-ft @ 1,700 rpm

925 lb-ft @ 1,800 rpm

Max GVWR:

10,000 lbs

10,000 lbs

10,000 lbs

Max GCWR

25,300 lbs

25,300 lbs

25,700 lbs

Max Payload:

3,204 lbs

3,160 lbs

3,440 lbs

Max Conventional Tow:

14,500 lbs

17,980 lbs

18,000 lbs

Max 5th Wheel/Gooseneck Tow:

18,100 lbs

17,980 lbs

18,500 lbs

 

2017 Model Year Single Rear Wheel 1 Ton Truck Comparison (Class 3 SRW)

Model:

Chevrolet/GMC 3500HD SRW

Ram 3500 HD SRW

Ford F-350 Super Duty SRW

Peak Horsepower:

445 hp @ 2,800 rpm

385 hp @ 2,800 rpm

440 hp @ 2,800 rpm

Peak Torque:

910 lb-ft @ 1,600 rm

900 lb-ft @ 1,700 rpm

925 lb-ft @ 1,800 rpm

Max GVWR:

11,600 lbs

12,300 lbs

11,500 lbs

Max GCWR

25,300 lbs

25,300 lbs

28,700 lbs

Max Payload:

4,230 lbs

4,530 lbs

4,320 lbs

Max Conventional Tow:

14,500 lbs

17,910 lbs

18,000 lbs

Max 5th Wheel/Gooseneck Tow:

17,600 lbs

17,910 lbs

21,500 lbs

 

2017 Model Year Dual Rear Wheel 1 Ton Truck Comparison (Class 3 DRW)

Model:

Chevrolet/GMC 3500 HD

Ram 3500 HD DRW

Ford F-350 Super Duty DRW

Ford F-450 Super Duty DRW

Peak Horsepower:

445 hp @ 2,800 rpm

385 hp @ 2,800 rpm

440 hp @ 2,800 rpm

440 hp @ 2,800 rpm

Peak Torque:

910 lb-ft @ 1,600 rm

900 lb-ft @ 1,700 rpm

925 lb-ft @ 1,800 rpm

925 lb-ft @ 1,800 rpm

Max GVWR:

13,025 lbs

14,000 lbs

14,000 lbs

14,000 lbs

Max GCWR

31,300 lbs

39,100 lbs

40,000 lbs

41,800 lbs

Max Payload:

5,518 lbs

6,720 lbs

6,850 lbs

5,320 lbs

Max Conventional Tow:

20,000 lbs

18,000 lbs

21,000 lbs

21,000 lbs

Max 5th Wheel/Gooseneck Tow:

23,300 lbs

31,210 lbs

32,000 lbs

32,500 lbs

 

Best-in-Class Horsepower: Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra, 445 hp @ 2,800 rpm, Duramax L5P, all classes

Best-in-Class Torque: Ford Super Duty, 925 lb-ft @ 1,800 rpm, 6.7L Power Stroke, all classes

Best-in-Class Payload:

Class 2 - Ford F-250 Super Duty, 3,440 lbs
Class 3 SRW - Ram 3500 HD, 4,530 lbs
Class 3 DRW - Ford F-350 Super Duty, 6,850 lbs

Best-in-Class Conventional Tow:

Class 2 - Ford F-250 Super Duty, 18,000 lbs
Class 3 SRW - Ford F-350 Super Duty, 18,000 lbs
Class 3 DRW - Ford F-350/F-350 Super Duty, 21,000 lbs

Best-in-Class 5th Wheel/Gooseneck Tow:

Class 2 - Ford F-250 Super Duty, 18,500 lbs
Class 3 SRW - Ford F-350 Super Duty, 21,500 lbs
Class 3 DRW - Ford F-450 Super Duty, 32,500 lbs