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The Best Diesel Trucks of 2021 According to U.S. News

You want a diesel truck, but you aren’t quite sure which one is the right fit for you. If that sounds familiar, then you’re in luck. Because we recently stumbled upon U.S. News & World Reports’ list of the ‘Best Diesel Trucks of 2021’ and are here to tell you all about the highest-ranking models on the list.

2021 Ram 1500 Limited EcoDiesel parked
2021 Ram 1500 Limited EcoDiesel | Ram

The 2021 Chevrolet Colorado Duramax is a diesel truck capable of hitting the trails

First, let’s talk about the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado Duramax. According to U.S. News & World Report, this year’s model earned itself a 7.1 overall score. It’s available with a 181-hp 2.8-liter Duramax turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine that comes teamed with a six-speed automatic transmission. With this particular engine under the hood, the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado Duramax is able to tow an impressive 7,700-pounds. Why else did U.S. News include this year’s model in its list of ‘Best Diesel Trucks of 2021’? Because this diesel truck is also capable of hitting the trails.

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U.S. News says you can’t go wrong with the 2021 GMC Canyon Duramax

Tied with the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado Duramax is the 2021 GMC Canyon Duramax, which also earned a 7.1 overall score from U.S. News & World Report. Equipped with a 181-hp Duramax 2.8-liter four-cylinder engine, this year’s model is able to tow a remarkable 7,600-pounds. Unfortunately for the 2021 GMC Canyon, it does struggle with reliability. So, while U.S. News might have included it in its list of ‘Best Diesel Trucks of 2021,’ it does have some issues to contend with. 

2021 GMC Canyon AT4 Off-Road Performance Edition takes Canyon’s capability to a higher level with increased protection and maneuverability.
2021 GMC Canyon | GMC

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The 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 Duramax is one of the best diesel trucks of the year

Ahead of both the GMC Canyon and the Chevrolet Colorado is the 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 Duramax. According to U.S. News & World Report, this year’s model perfectly blends “comfort and capability, with a smooth ride and a spacious, hushed cabin.” It certainly helps that this year’s model earned a 7.6 overall rating and can tow an astounding 9,300-pounds.

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Tow to your heart’s desire with the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Duramax

Much like the 2021 GMC Sierra 1500, the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Duramax boasts a maximum towing capacity of 9,500-pounds. But that’s not the only reason U.S. News tapped it as one of the best diesel trucks of the year. This year’s model also comes stocked with tow-ready features, including Hill Start Assist, Trailer Sway Control, and a convenient anti-theft system for the trailer. Not to mention, it also earned an 8.2 overall score from U.S. News, which is pretty impressive.

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The 2021 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel knows just how to please

If the Ram 1500 is more your style, you’ll be happy to hear that this year’s model is available with a diesel engine and is considered to be one of the best diesel trucks available by U.S. News & World Report. This year’s model earned an 8.7 overall score. It also earned a near-perfect critics’ rating. And when it comes to towing? This year’s 2021 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel can tow up to 12,560-pounds.

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The 2021 Ford F-150 Power Stroke earned a near-perfect score

According to U.S. News, the 2021 Ford F-150 Power Stroke earned an impressive 9.1 overall rating, making it one of the best-rated diesel trucks available. It also earned some pretty high scores in terms of performance and reliability. As for its max tow ratings? You can expect this year’s new Ford F-150 Power Stroke to tow up to 12,100-pounds thanks to its 3.0-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel V6 engine.

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Choosing the best diesel truck for your daily driving needs

If you’re in the market for a new diesel truck, there are plenty of options out there. This list names just a few of them. But to choose the best diesel truck for your needs? We suggest taking a few of these models out for a spin.