Diesel trucks are prized for their unmatched power. Sales dipped after the infamous emissions scandal that rocked the segment, but recent numbers show that trend reversing. Diesel trucks rose 28% in popularity in 2020, with more than 140,000 units sold in the U.S. market. There are currently 13 new trucks on offer with diesel engines. Some of them are a cut above the rest for heavy-weight towing.
The 2021 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel offers luxurious pulling power
The 2021 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is priced slightly above its competitors, but it has a lot to offer. This truck delivers a smooth ride and luxurious interior that is untouched by rivals. Ram raised the bar for diesel trucks with this comfortable and innovative truck.
This pickup excels even the highest trim levels of other trucks in the segment. Its class-exclusive air suspension system provides one of the smoothest rides available in a diesel truck. Its split-folding tailgate is an interesting feature that offers buyers more flexibility.
More than just a cushy ride, this truck offers the second-highest towing capacity among competitors at 12,750 pounds. Capable of handling most tow-behind campers and even some fifth-wheel trailers, this powerful and comfortable truck is a camper’s dream. Car and Driver awarded this truck its Editor’s Choice pick for its blend of performance and luxury.
Get agile in the 2021 GMC Sierra 2500/3500 HD
The GMC Sierra HD may not beat out competitors on raw towing capacity, but this truck offers handling and maneuverability that competitors can’t touch. An independent front suspension sets the GMC apart from rivals like Ford and Ram. This truck is more agile, with a quicker steering response than other trucks this size.
The V8 Duramax 6.6-L diesel engine that powers this truck produces 910 lb-ft of torque, and 445 hp is paired with a 10 speed automatic Allison transmission. This combination makes for quick and smooth acceleration. In conjunction with a smooth ride and responsive handling, this truck is a joy to drive. This powerful workhorse can pull 35,500 pounds, making it fit for nearly any job thrown at it.
The 2021 Ford F-150 Power Stroke was built for the job
The F-150 is a legendary truck and top seller year after year. This truck is powered by a 3.0-L Powerstroke that puts out 250 hp and 440 ft-lb of torque. The Powerstroke F-160 outdoes the EcoBoost and PowerBoost models in towing capacity at 14,000 pounds and reaches maximum torque faster than either model.
Multiple advanced safety features make towing with this truck a breeze. Trailer Reverse Guidance and Pro Backup Assist make backing up while towing easy. Two smart surfaces provide mobile workstations for a range of jobs. The center console features a surface fit for a laptop. The tailgate features measurements and storage for small tools.
The 2021 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD offers the best tech features for towing
The 2021 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD is loaded with high-tech features that make towing effortless. This truck is powered by a 6.6-L Duramax V8 that puts out 910 lb-ft of torque. Its maximum towing capacity of 36,000 pounds isn’t the only feature that makes it perfect for towing.
2021 is the first year that the Silverado HD features Jackknife alert. It also has the ultra-helpful Transparent Mode, which uses multi-view cameras to allow drivers to almost see through their trailer. Trailer-length Indicator helps drivers change lanes while towing. More advanced safety features like blindspot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and front and rear parking sensors keep drivers informed but not distracted.
Diesel Trucks are some of the toughest vehicles on the road. Their power is unrivaled when it comes to pulling heavyweight. Not all are built equal, and some have features that stand out from the crowd. The newest diesel models have some exciting and ground-breaking features that mean towing is safer and easier than ever.