Leave the Horsepower for the Racetrack
There are 2 main reasons why we buy trucks, towing and hauling. What is most important for having a good towing and hauling capacity?
. Not horsepower but torque. So that is the first and foremost advantage of diesel trucks, massive torque. Some HD truck with 4 rear wheels can tow up to 33,000 pounds. Moreover, all that torque is possible to achieve at very low revs. Which bring us to another benefit – mechanical longevity
Diesel engines achieve maximum power at low revs; this means that the friction between the engine components is minimal. Diesel can handle higher compression ratios better than a gas engine.
The third significant benefit of owning a diesel pickup truck is better fuel economy
. All diesel trucks have a turbocharger. A turbocharger boosts torque and horsepower but keeps low displacement. Furthermore, some diesel engines have up to 9-speed automatic gearboxes. More gears mean moving faster at low revs, and that is another reason for efficient fuel usage.
There are many other pros of diesel pickup trucks like the better resale value of the used vehicle
Everything has to have its pros and weakness. Cons of diesel trucks
are higher initial price ($5,045 on average for a new truck), more expensive filters, more expensive fuel (because of additional refining) and maintenance cost. Diesel engines are “allergic” to impurities in fuel; or better say their injectors.
Days when diesel trucks were lazy, leaving a giant smoke cloud behind them or having trouble starting during winter, are gone. Now they use the latest technological achievements to decrease pollution and emissions, reduce maintenance costs, improve already fantastic fuel economy and driving performance.
Materials like aluminum used for engine blocks
striped the overall truck weight and increased payload capacity. Transmission development, especially with an automatic gearbox gave trucks incredible towing performance. This is like a dream come true for all of us who depend and rely our business on 4-wheel buddies.
No matter if you are more on the gas or diesel side, it is evident that every car maker uses diesel engine not just to power heavy-duty pickups that tow boats and big trailers. Small, light-duty half-ton diesel trucks
slowly have become standard in their segment of the market, mainly because you don't pay much higher initial price compared to the gas equivalent.
Truck-specialized online magazines are full of “diesel vs. petrol” topics
. People constantly ask What is the best diesel truck, What is the most reliable diesel truck or Which diesel truck gets the best MPG
and so on. The answers are hard to tell since many things should be taken into account, but that’s the reason why we put together a list of the best diesel trucks and 5 most used diesel engines
Best Truck Diesel Engines
To give you a glimpse of main characteristics of diesel engines, we prepared a unique comparison of most used diesel motors in the truck market. Cummins, Duramax, Navistar, EcoDiesel, and Power Stroke are used in Ford, Chevy, RAM, GM, Chrysler, and Nissan trucks for years.