2013 Diesel Guide

2013 Cummins, Power Stroke, & Duramax Diesel Guide

Ford's F-450 remains a vital buffer in the battle for tow ratings between Ford and GM, whose 1 ton models (F-350 & 3500 HD) offer similar capabilities. But even the F-450 couldn't keep Ram from reigning supreme as the King of tow ratings for 2013. An underdog for several years now, the Ram 3500 HD emerges from the shadows with a more potent power plant, heavy duty drivetrain upgrades, and structural enhancements that give it a gross combined vehicle weight rating of up to 37,600 lbs with a max 5th wheel tow rating of 29,970 lbs. Ram didn't just surpass their competitors in GCVW and 5th wheel towing, they left them in the dust. GM and Ford remain at top in terms of conventional towing and payload, though the new Ram HD platform could be dangerously close to taking those titles as well. GM continues to offer the 397 hp Duramax-Allison combo, Ford the 400 hp 6.7L Power Stroke mated to its heavy duty TorqShift, while the Ram's new loaded gun is an optional 385 hp, 850 lb-ft H.O. 6.7L Cummins mated to an Aisin 6 speed auto transmission.

2013 GMC/Chevrolet 2500 & 3500 HD

2013 Chevrolet silverado 3500 HD

 

Engine:

6.6L Duramax LML

Transmission:

Allison 1000 6 speed automatic

Horsepower:

397 hp @ 3,000 rpm

Torque:

765 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm

Max GVWR:

• 13,400 lbs (3500 HD)
• 10,000 lbs (2500 HD)

Max GCWR:

• 30,500 lbs (3500 HD)
• 24,500 lbs (2500 HD)

Max Towing:

• 23,100 lbs 5th wheel, 18,000 lbs conventional (3500 HD)
• 17,500 lbs 5th wheel, 13,000 lbs conventional (2500 HD)

Max Payload:

• 7,222 lbs (3500 HD)
• 4,212 lbs (2500 HD)

Fuel Capacity:

36 gallons

 

2013 Ram 2500 & 3500 HD

2013 Ram 3500 HD

 

Engine:

6.7L Cummins Turbo Diesel Inline 6

Transmissions:

• 68RFE 6 speed automatic
• G56 6 speed manual
• Aisin AS69RC 6 speed automatic

Horsepower:

• 350 hp @ 2,800 rpm w/ G56
• 370 hp @ 2,800 rpm w/ 68RFE
• 385 hp @ 2,800 rpm w/ Aisin AS69RC

Torque:

• 660 lb-ft @ 1,500 rpm w/ G56
• 800 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm w/ 68RFE
• 850 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm w/ Aisin AS69RC

Max GVWR:

• 14,000 lbs (Ram 3500)
• 10,000 lbs (Ram 2500)

Max GCWR:

• 37,600 lbs (Ram 3500)
• 25,000 lbs (Ram 2500)

Max Towing:

• 30,000 lbs 5th wheel, 17,000 lbs conventional (Ram 3500)
• Conventional tow yet to be confirmed, 17,950 lbs 5th wheel (Ram 2500)

Max Payload:

• 6,730 lbs (Ram 3500)
• 3,120 lbs (Ram 2500)

Fuel Capacity:

36.5 gallons (short bed), 37.5 gallons (long bed).

 

2013 Ford Super Duty

2013 Ford F-350 Super Duty

 

Engine:

6.7L Power Stroke Turbo Diesel V8

Transmission:

TorqShift 6 speed automatic

Horsepower:

400 hp @ 2,800 rpm

Torque:

800 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm

Max GVWR:

• 14,000 lbs (F-450 & F-350)
• 10,000 lbs (F-250)

Max GCWR:

• 33,000 lbs (F-450)
• 30,000 lbs (F-350 DRW)
• 23,500 lbs (F-250 & F-350, SRW)

Max Towing:

• 24,700 lbs 5th wheel, 18,500 lbs conventional (F-450)
• 23,200 lbs 5th wheel, 18,500 lbs conventional (F-350)
• 16,800 lbs 5th wheel, 14,000 lbs conventional (F-250)

Max Payload :

• 7,260 lbs (F-350)
• 4,240 lbs (F-250)

Fuel Capacity:

26 gallons (short bed & regular cab long bed), 37.5 gallons (long bed)

 

All specs/ratings apply when truck is properly equipped - ratings may vary depending on model/trim/package. Specs for gas engine options have been omitted for the purpose of this article.

Source: ramtrucks.com, ford.com, gmc.com, chevrolet.com