Diesel trucks have been the backbone of hard work and heavy lifting for decades. Whether it’s hauling a load across states, pulling equipment on a farm, or just being the reliable ride that gets you through the daily grind, these trucks have earned their stripes. We’ve got a lineup that’ll make any diesel fan nod in approval.

1989-1993 Dodge Ram D-250 and D-350

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The first-gen Dodge Ram pickups are the real deal. They’re powered by a 5.9-liter 12-Valve Cummins engine that pumps out 160 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque. These trucks are everywhere, from farms to oil fields, proving they’re not just for show. If you’re looking for a truck that gets the job done without any fuss, this is it.

1994-1998 Dodge Ram 2500/3500

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When Dodge revamped the Ram in ’94, they weren’t playing around. The early second-gen Rams with the 5.9-liter, 12-valve Cummins diesel are beasts thanks to their engine’s mix of power and durability. These trucks sold like hotcakes for a reason. With a body style update and a more aerodynamic look, they were built to work hard. The ’94 models also introduced the P-pump, adding to their reliability. Looking for a truck that’s tough as nails? This is it.

1999-2003 Ford F-250/F-350 Super Duty

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Ford’s Super Duty trucks from ’99 to ’03 are powerhouses, thanks to the 7.3-liter Power Stroke engine. These machines are straightforward and low maintenance, with horsepower ranging between 235 and 275 and torque between 500 and 525 lb-ft. They’re quieter than their predecessors and boast reliable transmissions that can handle extra power without breaking a sweat. With the right care, these trucks can easily hit the 500,000-mile mark. A solid choice if you need a dependable workhorse.

2001-2004 Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra 2500/3500

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The early 2000s Silverados and Sierras with the 6.6-liter Duramax LB7 engine are known for their reliability and fuel efficiency. They offer a comfortable ride without sacrificing towing capability. The Allison 1000 transmission is the cherry on top, known for its durability and low maintenance. A great pick for those looking for a solid, reliable truck.

2003-2008 Dodge Ram 2500 and 3500 HD

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The third-gen Dodge Ram HD trucks got a nice facelift in 2006, making them even more appealing. Their 5.9-liter Cummins engines are power-packed, and the trucks offer plenty of space for cargo and crew. These Rams are tough and can tow up to 12,000 pounds without breaking a sweat. Looking for a truck that can handle heavy lifting? Look no further.

2006-2007 Chevrolet/GMC 2500HD and 3500HD

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The ’06-’07 models are praised for their strong work ethic and the 6.6-liter Duramax LBZ engine’s performance potential. They’re perfect for those who need a dependable truck that can also pack a punch when modified.

2010-2013 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty

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In 2010, the Ram 2500 Heavy Duty got an upgrade with a 6.7-liter Cummins engine, making 370 hp and 800 lb-ft of torque. This truck is all about do-it-all capability in a simple package, boasting a 17,500-pound towing capacity. If you’re in the market for a straightforward, powerful truck, this one’s a solid bet.

2020 Ram 3500 Heavy Duty

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The 2020 Ram 3500 HD is a standout, thanks to its 400-hp, 6.7-liter Cummins engine that’s the first in its class to hit 1,000 lb-ft of torque. With a beefed-up chassis and a six-speed Aisin transmission, this truck is a powerhouse, capable of towing 35,100 pounds. It’s no surprise it was named MotorTrend’s 2020 Truck of the Year.

2020 Super Duty

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Ford’s 2020 Super Duty trucks are at the top of their game with the third-gen 6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8. Packing 450 hp and 1,050 lb-ft of torque, these beasts can tow up to 37,000 pounds. If you’re looking for the latest in diesel power, this is where it’s at.

2020 Chevrolet Silverado / GMC Sierra 1500

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The latest half-ton models from GM are turning heads with their 3.0-liter Duramax engine and ten-speed Allison transmission. They’re fun to drive, capable, and offer a bit of luxury in the GMC variant. A great choice for those wanting a mix of performance and comfort.

2020 Chevrolet / GMC 2500HD / 3500HD

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The heavy-duty siblings to the 1500 models are just as impressive, with a 445-hp, 6.6-liter Duramax L5P engine and a ten-speed Allison transmission. These trucks are built for the long haul, capable of towing up to 35,500 pounds. If you’re looking for top-of-the-line power and reliability, these are the trucks for you.

Author: Abbie Clark

Title: Co-Founder

Expertise: Automotive Industry, Electric Vehicles, DIY Car Repairs


Abbie Clark is a writer, blog, and founder of RideRambler, Hey She Thrives, and The Bearded Bunch.

From clever car cleaning tricks to the freshest car features and reviews, Abbie loves sharing her knowledge on everything automotive. Outside of her time writing for her websites, you’ll find her fishing with her husband, deciphering her toddler’s babbling, or baking up something sweet.

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