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Diesel\ pickup trucks aren’t known for being inexpensive. Some models offer more value per dollar for those who need the power and durability of a diesel powertrain. For shoppers with a budget in mind, these options don’t fall short on performance or features. Shoppers who know which features they need and which they can skip may find a bargain that’s too good to resist.

The front grille of a Ram 2500 pickup truck
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2021 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD

This truck offers a lot of bang for the buck. Its top trim level isn’t as luxe as competitors, but bargain shoppers can skip these add-ons for even more savings. Three cab options and two engine selections give buyers plenty of options to choose from.

The 2021 Silverado beats many of its competitors in power and performance. 401 hp and 14,500 pounds of towing capacity make this a powerful workhorse that’s lighter on the wallet than some other options. This truck does guzzle fuel getting just 19 mpg.

2021 Nissan Titan XD

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The 2021 Nissan Titan XD is big enough to get the job done but not quite as prohibitively large as other heavy-duty trucks. A four-door crew cab provides plenty of room for passengers and cargo. Its interior is spartan and feels dated but includes several standard tech features. This truck is slightly less powerful than its smaller competitors but makes a good daily driver and reliable workhorse.

2021 Ram 2500

This truck’s high-quality interior and a smooth, quiet ride make owners feel like they’re getting their money’s worth. The 12-inch touchscreen of its infotainment system gives this truck an expensive feel. Passengers and drivers alike will appreciate a little bit of luxury mixed with utility.

While it delivers a lot of towing power and hauling strength, some competitors offer more towing packages. Even without these options, the 2021 Ram 2500 can tow nearly 20,000 pounds. Optional AWD and off-roading packages make this a sturdy truck that can tackle the most rugged terrain.

2021 Ford Super Duty F-250

The 2021 Ford F-250 offers a lot of options and technology for every use. Off-road components make it easy to take work on the trail. This truck shows up ready to work with a towing capacity of 13,300 pounds. Its roomy and comfortable interior is well-appointed.

The F series is the best-selling pickup truck in the world. These trucks balance legendary performance with cutting-edge technology. Fans of these trucks love their tough exterior look. Parts and experienced mechanics are easy to find due to this market saturation adding another perk to ownership.

2021 GMC Sierra 3500HD

A white GMC Sierra pickup truck on display
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This is the largest truck in the GMC lineup. It packs unparalleled power. 910 lb-ft of torque provides brisk acceleration. This truck isn’t the most luxuriously appointed, but it does pack power at a lower price point. This truck has some of the most advanced towing options of any rivals, making it easy to haul anything from horse trailers to campers.


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