It might have never crossed your mind, but if you’ve been thinking about shopping for a used pickup, it may be in your best interest to pursue a model that offers a diesel engine. There are several advantages to pursuing this type of unit. Diesel engines obviously offer better fuel economy, with all of the systems mentioned below delivering at least a 40 mile per gallon efficiency. They also have improved power, as these engines usually offer better horsepower and torque.
Diesel engine’s longevity and reliability are perhaps the most two important aspects, especially when you’re pursuing a used model. You can expect a diesel engine to last at least 300,000 miles, meaning you shouldn’t run into any issues with a diesel motor. The engines also need less maintenance than a gasoline engine, as the improved technology accounts for any potential problems.
Considering all of the advantages that accompany a diesel engine, it shouldn’t be a surprise that these vehicles typically run for more money than their gasoline counterparts. However, since you’re pursuing a used model, you should still be able to grab a truck for an affordable price.
We’ve compiled some of the best-used pickup trucks below (with some help from Autobytel.com), including a beloved used Chevy truck. Take a look, and maybe you’ll have more clarity on what used truck you should actually be pursuing…
2010-2014 Ford F-Series Super Duty
The brand’s Powerstroke turbodiesel engine was a bit of a disappointment when it was first released in the early 2000s, but the system had certainly been refined and improved by the time the 2010 model rolled around. Now featuring a rugged body that could match the power and capabilities of the powerful engine, the F-Series Super Duty proved to be one of the most popular pickups on the market.
This was partly due to the impressive 6.7-liter turbodiesel V8 engine, a motor that could produce an incredible 400 horsepower and 800 pounds-feet of torque. The system is partnered with a six-speed automatic transmission, and if you’re opting for a used truck, you may be lucky enough to acquire the four-wheel drive capabilities.
It’s not all about the engine, however. The truck also includes dual rear wheels, which help improve the vehicle’s eye-popping 22,700-pound towing capacity (with the accompanying fifth wheel trailer hitch).
2010 models won’t fall into everybody’s price range, as a high-mileage version comes in around $16,000. Expect to pay even more for a newer pickup. A 2014 model comes in around $43,000, which is still an affordable price when you consider the original price tag.
2008-2010 Ford F-250/F-350
A similar (but not a well-equipped) Ford makes this list, with the F-250 and F-350 being pointed out by Jason Sands of TruckTrend.com. The vehicle includes the impressive 6.4-liter Power Stroke engine, which provides excellent power and acceleration. With the system capable of pumping out 600 horsepower, you could realistically be driving one of the most powerful pickups on the road (even when you’re traveling alongside a 2015 or 2016 model year truck).
The vehicles are generally commended for their style and comfort, as even the 2008 model offered several amenities that weren’t typically seen in trucks. If you’re shopping used, you may come across the fully-equipped F-450, which also throws in an impressive 325 horsepower and 600 pounds-feet of torque.
These pickups generally run for around $18,000 on the used market, making the F-250 and F-350 one of the most affordable options on this list.
2011-2014 Dodge Ram HD
One of the newer vehicles on our list, the Ram HD is one of the best possible buys on the used market, whether you’re seeking a pickup or not. The vehicle features all of the interior comfort and technological amenities of previous Rams, but it also adds in the much-appreciated diesel engine.
The 6.7-liter inline-six turbocharged diesel engine is found under both the 2500 and 3500 pickups, and you can expect 350 horsepower and 660 pounds-feet of torque from the system (if you opt for the autobox, you should expect 370 horsepower and 800 pounds-feet of torque). You can choose either the six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission, two options that play a role in the truck’s 30,000-pound towing capacity.
Expect a 2011 model (2500 or 3500) to run for around $25,000, which isn’t necessarily cheap, but it’s affordable considering the year and the accompanying diesel engine. This value predictably increases when you start eying more recent model years.
2006-2014 Chevrolet Silverado HD
You’ve got quite the scope to work with when you pursue a Chevy Silverado HD, as Autobytel.com suggests a range of nine model years. That’s because this generation of Chevy pickups proved to be some of the most impressive vehicles in the brand’s history. As Jason Sands of TruckTrend.com writes, the previous-generation Duramax models had “injector issues,” while other versions featured problems with cooling while towing. These issues were fixed for the 2006 and 2007 models, and the Duramax engine was also improved.
Referring to the Silverado as one of the best pickups on the road may seem like a bit of a stretch, but it’s not completely unfounded. That sentiment can be attributed to the 6.6-liter Duramax diesel V8 engine (available in the 2500 HD and 3500 HD), which can produce 397 horsepower and 765 pounds-feet of torque. The system is partnered with a six-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel-drive capabilities, making the pickup one of the most capable trucks in regards to handling and drivability. Owners will be particularly impressed by the 23,100-pound towing capacity.
The Chevy Silverado is probably one of the more expensive options on this list, but as we’ve mentioned, that’s to be expected when you opt for a diesel engine. A 2006 model comes in around $20,000, and that number can increase to $35,000 if you pursue a 2014 version.
2007-2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee CRD
Sure, you’ll only be targeting a pair of model years for this model, but that’s for very good reason. And sure, the Grand Cherokee Common Rail Diesel is an SUV in every sense, but the vehicle certainly performs like a pickup. When it comes down to it, there aren’t a whole lot of diesel pickups to choose from, so we had to stretch the limit a bit.
By teaming up with Mercedes-Benz, Jeep was allowed to use the company’s impressive drivetrain. This included the 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 engine that could deliver 215 horsepower and 376 pounds-feet of torque, quite the impressive specs for such a large SUV. The five-speed automatic transmission keeps the Jeep humming like a pickup, and you’ll be able to travel some off-road trails better than you could in most trucks.
Cherokees are generally inexpensive on the used market, selling for less than $20,000. Since a 2007 or 2008 model will be nearing it’s tenth birthday, you may be able to secure quite the deal for the SUV.
There aren’t a whole lot of choices when you’re pursuing a used diesel pickup (evident by our inclusion of a truck-like SUV). Luckily, each of these trucks offers everything you’d possibly want from a diesel unit. They deliver excellent fuel economy, incredible power specs, and they’re known for being both durable and reliable. Honestly, you’ll be happy with whatever unit you end up selecting.