Which Automaker Makes the Fastest Factory Diesel Pickup?

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We know that how fast a pickup truck accelerates to 60 mph or merges into highway traffic is not a priority for most pickup buyers. Nevertheless, that information does let buyers know how strong a truck can pull or how well the transmission is matched to the engine.

The last thing you want is a monster engine with clunky shifting or butter-smooths shifts with all the thrust of a hybrid powertrain.

Here at PickupTrucks.com, we know what you want, and the best way we know how to show you how well a pickup's powertrain is integrated is to take it to the track. And as odd as it might sound, some of the most fun we've had with pickups on a quarter-mile track was when they had a modern turbo-diesel engine under the hood.

We've pulled the figures below from two recent Challenges: the 2017 3/4-Ton Premium Truck Challenge and the 2016 Texas Truck Showdown: Maximum MPG.

Here's the finishing order of the all the diesel pickups we've track-tested — with empty beds — at zero-to-60 mph.

  1. 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 LTZ Midnight Edition (6.6-liter V-8 Duramax): 7.3 seconds
  2. 2017 Ford Super Duty F-250 King Ranch (6.7-liter V-8 Power Stroke): 7.9 seconds
  3. 2017 Ram 2500 Laramie Longhorn (6.7-liter inline-six-cylinder Cummins): 8.3 seconds
  4. 2016 Ram 1500 High Fuel Efficiency (3.0-liter V-6 EcoDiesel): 8.9 seconds
  5. 2017 Nissan Titan XD Platinum Reserve (5.0-liter V-8 Cummins): 9.7 seconds

The only other diesel pickups available are GM's Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, but we haven't track-tested the Duramax 2.8-liter inline four-cylinder available in those pickups. We should note that the zero-to-60 mph times in our 2016 Midsize Pickup Challenge were 8.2 seconds for the V-6 gas Colorado (crew cab with a 6.5-foot bed) and 7.9 seconds for the V-6 gas Canyon (crew cab with a 5.5-foot bed). The baby Duramaxes would be slower.

Cars.com photo by Angela Conners

Comments

FORD CLAIMS TO HAVE MORE TORQUE THAN GM YET THE GM IS FASTER. NOTHING NEW ABOUT THAT. FORD LIKES TO FUDGE THERE NUMBERS. FORD ALSO CLAIMS TO BE ABLE TO TOW MORE THAN GM YET THE GM BEATS THE FORD EVEN WITH A LOWER TOWING CAPACITY.
BOTTOM LINE, FORD BUILDS WEAK TRUCKS OR OVER RATED CAPACITIES.

That's why I can't stand FORD!! They lie all the time and the Ford fan-boys can not man up enough to admit it! So sad!!

I swear the longer you own a Ford and drive it, the lower your IQ gets.

BOTTOM LINE: The Duramax can win all the races in the World, people will still not buy it.

Sorry, it's all written all over this site.

I swear the longer you own a Ford and drive it, the lower your IQ gets.

Posted by: TNTGMC | Jun 1, 2017 9:40:28 AM


The most idiotic statement from a true GM humper, please boi, Ford is the best truck maker, get over it, sleep well at night....and have a good weekend.

TNT, aka johnny and gms, changing your name doesnt help, so sorry you have to defend the twins again, going down hill fast

Thank you for your tax dollars.

Pinches vatos pendejos FORD El ka mejor a LA verga con garbage motors hahaha. copy that jhonny boy.

TAKE TAHT GARBAGE MOTORS GIRLYS FANS. HAHAHA HAHAHA.


Garbage Motor layoffs mount; automaker plans to make cuts at Michigan plantLauren Thomas

4 hours ago

Garbage Motors (GM) said Thursday it plans to eliminate one of two shifts at its Warren, Michigan transmission plant.

GM won't say how many jobs will be affected, but CNNMoney reported the cuts could affect about 300 positions.

"Recent actions to reduce passenger car production have caused us to adjust transmission production," GM told CNBC in a statement.

"This action will help maintain more stable production and provide the smallest impact to plant employment going forward."

GM said the cuts in Warren will go into effect by the end of the month.

GM has cut shifts at U.S. plants four times since November, eliminating roughly 5,000 jobs in Ohio and Michigan.

The auto industry announced plans to cut 20,271 jobs in May, according to a report Thursday by outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas. Nearly all of the automotive cuts last month were by Ford (NYSE:F), according to the report.

WATCH: GM US auto sales down 1.3% in May

In reality Ford, GM, and Ram all have great diesel engines. They are all certainly a lot more capable than the early diesel pickups. I plan on buying a GM though, just because I'm not a Ram fan and I think the new Super Dutys look rediculous.

@Frank

The most idiotic statement from a true GM humper, please boi, Ford is the best truck maker, get over it, sleep well at night....and have a good weekend.


Wow!! Truth hurts doesn't it! Every test that the Duramax has been in, has beat your Powerstroke. Yet "YOU" tell me to sleep well at night?? HMMMM...I think you are the one tossing and turning in your bed...just like FORD engineers are doing to try and AGAIN redo their motor to compete!!

But hey, you have the most powerful diesel engine in the industry...according to the lying Ford Motor Company.
Because we saw from this test it isn't true!

How much pollution did that GM truck dump in the environment in 7.3 seconds?

Heck with the fords. They are a powerhouse but have been left high and dry because I simply released the emergency brake and every light on dash came on, AC quit working and all gauges went to 0 and truck was running. Turned it off to go into shop and came out and it wouldn't start. Had this happen 3 times now. Ford can't figure it out.

You Ford guys are idiots. You can't read? Gm is the fastest. And I don't know how you can like Ford's front end. Goofy grill

How much pollution did that GM truck dump in the environment in 7.3 seconds? Posted by: tailhook

@Tailhook

Why would anybody care?

You've been conditioned to believe that it's a big deal...it ain't. Buy the truck you want. Drive it the way you want to. Stop worrying, life is short.

How much pollution did that GM truck dump in the environment in 7.3 seconds?

Posted by: tailhook | Jun 1, 2017 2:56:40 PM

Less than the Ford because it can get work done quicker.

Less than the Ford because it can get work done quicker.


Posted by: GMSRGREAT | Jun 3, 2017 7:17:56 AM

Surely not because it can do more work. Chevy is the weakest H.D. IFS front end can't handle heavy loads. Not even in the same league. I guess the chevy will still be working while the Ford has to go back for another recall.

Duramax is king!

PUTC once again posts a stupid blog news story.

Who cares if their is a second difference in a quarter mile between the top 3 diesel pickups?

I want to know how much it is going to cost me in repairs and down time over a typical duty cycle.

how much it is going to cost me in repairs and down time over a typical duty cycle. Posted by: Lou | Jun 4, 2017

@Lou

You nailed it. Absolutely. These trucks are owned by people with work to do. They own their own construction companies. They don't drag race very often.

Wow, quite a lot of interest for a topic that is "not a priority" for most truck buyers. Could acceleration denial be the latest bout of social conformism / political correctness amongst millennials?

I drive a 2017 F-350 with the 6.7 diesel. I tow a 39 foot 5th wheel and we go through Death Valley National Park on our way to Utah at least once per month. If you have ever been through the park you know the very,very steep and long grades. It tows the trailer up so easily it is ridiculous. Going down using the engine brake is so comfortable. Once I set the speed at my comfortable descent rate I never have to touch the service brakes. It is just amazing . I am very very pleased with this truck. My last truck was also an F-350 which we also used to gothrough Death Valley. This one had the longest camper we could find on its back It was an 11.5 foot long Caribou and it was heavy especially when all storage tanks were full and all the gear for a family of 4. Of course it didn’t have the power of the 2017 but it did quite well When we gave it to our son it had 425,000 miles. It is still going strong. Yes I replaced the water and vacuum pump and the Banks aftermarket turbo once each. Other than that all was original. I am a Ford guy but I’m n reality I realize the GM and Dodge would give me similar results.



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