Used Diesel Trucks

When shopping for a used vehicle, you have nearly unlimited options. Shopping for new cars limits you to the current release year (and the higher sticker tags that come with it), but shopping used allows you to choose from countless model years while enjoying much lower prices. From recent vehicles to older models that are still in excellent driving condition, the used market is filled with options. A great way to make choosing a used model more manageable is to consider a special type of vehicle with distinct benefits - for instance, by limiting your used car search to used diesel trucks.

Today, diesel engines are increasingly common in full-size and even midsize trucks. Veteran truck drivers may be well aware of the differences between diesel and gas trucks and the distinct advantages of each. However, new truck shoppers may be unsure if a diesel engine is right for them. If you're looking for some of the most reliable, longest-lasting, and best-performing pickup trucks for your lifestyle - whether that means a hardworking truck or just a fun-to-drive automobile - diesel trucks will allow you to take home a great-value, top-performance pickup.

A blue used diesel truck, a 2018 Chevy Silverado 2500HD, is towing construction equipment on a dirt road.

Why Buy a Diesel Truck?

There are plenty of stereotypes about diesel trucks, and these misconceptions can lead amateur truck enthusiasts and new truck buyers alike to ignore the great lineup of diesel truck models. Diesel trucks aren't noisy, oversized pickups with a smoky exhaust stench. They're actually supremely engineered trucks made for optimal performance and that offer an array of everyday benefits. There's a reason why brands like Chevrolet, Ram, Ford, and GMC all offer an excellent lineup of diesel trucks.

The truth is that diesel trucks are great for just about every driver. First of all, many people are surprised to learn that diesel trucks actually offer better fuel economy than those with traditional gas engines! Diesel fuel may be a bit more expensive at the pump, but because diesel engines are designed to use fuel economically - without sacrificing performance - you will usually end up paying less in your monthly fuel expenses than you would in a similar gas pickup.

The diesel engines crafted for heavy-duty pickups are also generally longer-lasting thanks to their robust, durable construction. They also take top marks in towing, driving performance, and plain-old excitement. Diesel engines churn out maximum power at lower RPMs, which translates to better towing and hauling potential, as well as acceleration rates that can compete with some sports sedans. They're also the best drive if you love that satisfying growl when you hit the accelerator.

Diesel trucks do usually demand a higher price tag, but with supreme value, fuel economy, and performance benefits, there's no beating the value of investing in a quality diesel pickup. Also, the price difference will shrink when you consider that you will probably be spending less on fuel every year. Best of all, when it's finally time for you to upgrade to a newer pickup, diesel trucks commonly offer superior resale value. Because they're popular and have long-lasting engines, they retain their value and ultimately make for an excellent investment.

A row of diesel trucks, lead by a silver 2019 Chevy Silverado 3500HD that is towing construction equipment, are driving on a dirt road.

Available Diesel Truck Brands

You can't get a diesel version of every used pickup truck. But more and more models are offering diesel engines every year. These include the big four half-ton trucks (the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, GMC Sierra 1500, Ford F-150, and Ram 1500) as well as the midsize Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon. Here at McCluskey Chevrolet, you can usually find examples of all of these top-of-the-line trucks in our extensive used pickup selection.

For example, the Chevy Silverado with the available Duramax turbo-diesel engine provides top-of-the-line performance whether you're looking for a reliable work truck or a recreational vehicle. The Duramax diesel engine combines fuel efficiency and power in a way that's excellent for a variety of drivers. While specifications vary based on the model year and trim, you can count on any diesel Silverado to handle heavy loads and give you a satisfying drive. The Chevy Colorado with the available diesel engine combines towing and driving performance with an excellent off-road package that includes specialized brakes and suspension. Take your truck on the go, powered by diesel.

Other trucks in our selection, like the Ram 1500, GMC Sierra, and Ford F-Series, balance a wide range of benefits like safety, towing capacity, and comfort, with each edition offering a unique experience. While some truck drivers are faithful to a specific truck brand, you ultimately can't go wrong when you shop for diesel trucks at McCluskey Chevrolet. The key is to find the truck that's best for your needs. For example, maybe Ram's signature, aggressive exterior body appeals to you. Or maybe the GMC Sierra's improved cabin has the comfort and technology features that you want from your pickup truck.

Which Diesel Truck Has the Best Engine?

Now that you know a bit more about what makes diesel trucks so popular, which diesel truck is considered the best? Well, this will depend on how you plan to use your truck, as diesel engines differ when it comes to capabilities, power, and other elements of your travels. For those looking to tow heavy loads, nothing beats a diesel engine, and two of the most impressive options lie in the Chevy arsenal. The full-size Silverado 1500 and midsize Colorado both offer a selection of engines to appeal to any driver, including a Duramax turbo-diesel engine. The Duramax turbo-diesel takes the lead for towing out of any other engine in the Silverado and Colorado inventories, making it a must for those looking to tow confidently.

When you want even more power, upgrade to the ultra-strong Silverado HD models for intense capabilities. Other notable power towers include the Ram 1500, which is equipped with an Ecodiesel V6, as well as the GMC Sierra 1500, which also showcases the favored Duramax turbo-diesel. The key to being able to tow with maximum assurance is having a powerful vehicle at your side that will add value and productivity to your day. Many hard workers turn to power pullers, like the trucks mentioned above, for the day-to-day grind because they know what it means to have the right truck for the job. Sticking to these models, which feature some of the best diesel engines on the market, will allow you to get the most out of your truck when it comes to towing.

Not every driver is looking for a top tower, though, and some are more focused on hauling. Being able to accommodate more payload means fewer trips to and from the job site, as well as more productivity in your day. Opting for heavy-duty models, like the Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD, armed with the capable Duramax diesel engine, will allow you to enjoy outstanding payload capacity. In addition, the Ram heavy-duty lineup is also a top choice, with the powerful Cummins turbo diesel at the ready-to-handle heavy hauls. The midsize Colorado also wows when it comes to payload, especially if you’re looking for a truck that’s less cumbersome and easier to maneuver.

Towing and payload are important; however, some drivers just want to kick up some mud and hit the trails for a weekend adventure, so which diesel truck is best for off-roading? In addition to being highly capable and strong, diesel trucks are outstanding at off-roading. Options including the Ram 1500, the Chevrolet Colorado and Silverado, and the Jeep Gladiator, with its turbocharged Eco-Diesel engine, are all fantastic favorites for off-road adventures. There seems to be a common theme when it comes to diesel engines, with a few automakers at the top of the list. This is due in part to the fact that a lot of brands simply don’t want to dabble in the diesel world, which significantly limits their trucks if maximum power and capabilities are on the line.
A red 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 HD is shown towing a trailer.

Which Diesel Trucks Are the Most Reliable?

Reliability is a factor that nearly every driver takes into consideration, especially those shopping for a diesel truck. With the ability to tackle some of the most challenging tasks in existence, diesel trucks have big jobs to do, and they have to be able to get them done right. The last thing you want is to not be able to rely on your diesel truck to be able to perform, but if you choose a few of our favorites, you won’t have to worry about this.

Ram trucks are among the most trusted on the road, with the Cummins turbo-diesel one of the most reliable around. From construction sites to farmland, the Ram heavy-duty models, armed with this powerful diesel engine won’t let you down. Chevrolet and GMC are also power players in terms of reliability, offering the well-respected Duramax brand diesel engines in their selection. Although discontinued in new models, Ford’s Power Stroke V6 diesel engine can still be found in used models across the nation, and for Ford lovers, this is an easy choice to make. The Power Stroke diesel engine not only showcases favorable towing and hauling marks, its efficiency and overall quality make it a fan favorite, even if Ford decided to remove it from its lineup.

When it comes to reliability, you’ll be able to notice a common trend making its way throughout the industry. Duramax and Cummins have quickly become the go-to engines, not only for power and capabilities but also for dependability and the ability to get the job done right without issue. If you’re searching for a truck that will offer exceptional reliability, choosing from this lineup of fine models will give you the peace of mind you need when it comes to your tough truck.

Can a Diesel Truck Be Used as a Daily Driver?

We’ve talked about using these trucks to perform challenging work and venture off the beaten path, but what about daily driving? You’ll be happy to know that diesel trucks are excellent daily commuters, road trippers, family haulers, and much more. They can be used for a variety of different travel scenarios, which further enhances their appeal in the industry. As we mentioned before, there can be a lot of misconceptions about diesel trucks, including being noisy and messy; however, this couldn’t be further from the truth in the current day and age.

If you’re taking a close look at a truck’s powertrain selection, you may notice something interesting. Diesel engines are typically the most efficient out of the bunch, offering incredible gas mileage in addition to top power. They’re also durable, increasing safety for all on board, which is a big draw for families and frequent travelers. For those searching for a good investment, rest assured that choosing to drive a diesel means that you’re often able to get more for it when you go to trade it in than if you were to drive a conventional gas vehicle.

Diesel trucks, especially more recent models, are also extremely comfortable inside, offering a spacious cabin, as well as a quiet experience. This is perfect for those who regularly commute to work and for those who spend a lot of time in their vehicles every day. From an enjoyable cabin experience to top power and durability, diesel trucks are perfect for the daily drive, which continues to make them some of the best options in the industry for virtually any driver.

A popular used diesel truck, a black 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 is shown towing a trailer loaded with dirt bikes.

Which Diesel Trucks Are Known to Last the Longest?

There’s a reason why more drivers are choosing diesel, and that’s because diesel trucks are among the longest-lasting trucks on the road. Far surpassing their traditional gas counterparts, you’ll find that diesel trucks can last upwards of 500,000 miles and more, with Duramax and Cummins engines leading the way. Models like the Chevy Colorado, Ram 1500, GMC Sierra, and Chevy Silverado are frequently found on roadways near and far with odometer readings well above 100,000 miles. Even Ford’s famous Power Stroke diesel makes the cut for some of the longest-lasting diesel engines on the road, despite being discontinued in 2021.

When you want a truck that won’t let you down, one that can take on any type of task tossed its way, a diesel won’t disappoint. More importantly, a diesel is built to last, which is why you’ll see more of them on the road after decades than you will with traditional gas-powered trucks. Sticking to options from Chevrolet, GMC, Ram, and Ford will allow you to enjoy your truck for the long haul without having to worry whether or not it will perform. Diesel trucks always deliver an action-packed performance.

A red 2018 Chevy Colorado with 2.8L Duramax diesel engine is driving on a dirt road.

Reliable Diesel Service

You can't go wrong with a diesel truck - just be sure to care for it appropriately. Diesel trucks are designed differently than ordinary gas engines, so they require unique parts, fittings, fluids, and more. Most importantly, though, it takes an experienced professional to give a diesel truck the care and service that it deserves. So if you find a diesel pickup that has the features and specifications that you're looking for, make sure you bring it back to McCluskey Chevrolet's top-rated service center for all its maintenance and repair needs. Our diesel truck experts can conduct routine oil changes, test the engine's performance, diagnose any issues you may have, and conduct specialized repairs. And if you are new to diesels, then let our experts walk you through the basics of caring for your truck before you hit the road.

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