Ford, Ram, GM pickups

2017 Diesel Buyers Guide, "Best-in-Class"

Comparison and overview of the diesel pickup market for the 2017 model year. See how Ford, Ram, and General Motors stack up and who this year's Best-in-Class title holders are.

1983 Ford Ranger

History of the Diesel Powered Ford Ranger

Unbeknownst to many, the Ford Ranger made it's debut in 1983. The little Perkins diesel didn't make much power, but it was rated for up to 41 mpg on the highway. A more powerful Mitsubishi turbodiesel found its way into the Ranger before the diesel option disappeared near the end of the 1980s.

 

 

GMC Canyon midsize pickup

Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon 2.8L Duramax

GM's midsize twins take the segment by storm with a class exclusive Duramax turbodiesel, which has earned EPA rated 31 mpg highway and 22 mpg city fuel economy.

2016 Toyota Tacoma

Toyota Tacoma vs Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon

How does the category leading Toyota Tacoma stack up against the segment exclusive, 31 mpg Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon? You be the judge...

Aisin A466ND transmission found in Nissan Titan XD

A Closer Look at the Aisin A466ND - Specs & Ratios Inside

Transmitting power for the Titan XD's 5.0L Cummins, the Aisin A466ND and it's electronic controls are closely integrated with the torque biased turbodiesel.

3.2L Power Stroke diesel

Ford's Inline 5 Cylinder 3.2L Power Stroke Diesel

Ford introduced the 3.2L Power Stroke for their 2015 model year Transit Van. Producing only 185 horsepower, the small diesel favors fuel economy over performance. There was speculation that this engine would find it's way into F-150 models, however this rumor has since been debunked.

Chevy diesel in snow

Engine Warm up, Cool Down Considerations

Diesel warm up and cool down procedures are as contradictory as they come, especially since there's no universally accepted standard. However, understanding the causes and concerns is the first step to developing a routine in which you're comfortable with.

ULSD label

#1 vs # 2 Diesel Fuel - Diesel Fuel Grades Explained

Overview of diesel fuel grades and when they are used. Learn more about the usage (and availability) of #1, #2, and winterized blends of diesel fuel.

2014 Dodge Ram HD

Torque Wars - Historical Cummins, Power Stroke, Duramax HP, Torque Ratings

Year-by-year comparison of horsepower and torque ratings for all Duramax, Cummins, and Power Stroke diesels.

Ram 1500 with 3.0L EcoDiesel

3.0L EcoDiesel offers Best-in-Class Fuel Economy for Fullsize Ram 1500

The uncontested EcoDiesel maintains the title of best-in-class fuel economy, offering up to 29 miles per gallon on the highway with Ram's HFE variant.

Nissan Titan XD

Nissan Titan XD - Identity Crisis, or Class of its own

Nissan's 5.0L Cummins powered Titan XD is without a doubt an alluring diesel option, but does the pickup platform fit into any long standing segment or simply get lost between two categories?

TorqueFlite 8 automatic transmission

Ram's "TorqueFlite 8" Eight Speed Automatic Transmission

The EcoDiesel's eight speed transmission strategically selects gears to maximize both performance and fuel economy. With 8 forward speeds, torque converter lockup in all speeds, and lightning quick shifts, the ZF engineered TorqueFlite 8 transmission is a modern marvel.

2017 Ram HD

6.7L Cummins

I-6 Turbodiesel

385 hp @ 2,800 rpm

900 lb-ft @ 1,700 rpm

31,210 lbs max tow

2017 Silverado & Sierra HD

6.6L Duramax L5P

V-8 Turbodiesel

445 hp @ 2,800 rpm

910 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm

23,300 lbs Max Tow

2017 Ford Super Duty

6.7L Power Stroke

V-8 Turbodiesel

440 hp @ 2,800 rpm

925 lb-ft @ 1,800 rpm

32,500 lbs max tow

6.7L Cummins Turbodiesel Specs 6.6L Duramax LML Specs 6.7L Power Stroke Diesel Specs
Aisin AS69RC Transmission Tech Allison 1000 Transmission Tech 6R140 TorqShift Transmission Tech
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Dead Pedal? Cummins APPS Replacement 6.5L GM Diesel Lift Pump Diagnostics 6.0L Power Stroke EGR Service