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Best diesel trucks

Explore the best used diesel-powered trucks of 2024
2022 RAM 2500 Limited

Diesel pick-up trucks

If you're looking for a truck with something special under the hood, a diesel-powered pickup could be right for you. Delivering more miles per gallon and overall torque than gas vehicles, diesel trucks can handle the toughest jobs with fewer stops at the pumps.

We've compiled a list of the 10 best used diesel-powered trucks with CarMax customers. Learn more about how our lists work.

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2021 RAM 2500 Laramie

1. Ram 2500

CarMax owner rating

4.4

Price range*$48,998$58,998
Estimated combined MPG(data not available)
RepairPal reliability rating 

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3 out of 5

Pros

  • Impressive engine choices
  • Rebel trim adds new off-road option
  • Useful trailering technology

Cons

  • Cummins diesel engine is noisy
  • High driver position may be challenging for some drivers
  • Fuel economy of only 15-20 mpg in actual use
2020 RAM 1500 Laramie

2. Ram 1500

CarMax owner rating

4.4

Price range*$29,998$57,998
Estimated combined MPG12 MPG
RepairPal reliability rating 

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3.5 out of 5

Pros

  • Plenty of useful cabin storage
  • The benchmark light-duty truck for ride quality

Cons

  • Driver-assist technology only offered on upper trims
  • Small rearview mirror
2016 Ford F-250 SD Lariat

3. Ford F250

CarMax owner rating

4.5

Price range*$49,998$74,998
Estimated combined MPG(data not available)
RepairPal reliability rating 

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2.5 out of 5

Pros

  • Four-wheel drive is standard on most trims
  • Plenty of standard and available tow tech
  • Four available powertrain options
  • Spacious cabs that prioritize connectivity and comfort

Cons

  • Ride height can be a challenge on entry and exit
  • Downtown maneuvers will be challenging at this size
2021 RAM 3500 Big Horn

4. Ram 3500

CarMax owner rating

4.2

Price range*$49,998$86,998
Estimated combined MPG(data not available)
RepairPal reliability rating 

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2.5 out of 5

Pros

  • Massive towing capability
  • Comfortable and quiet cabin
  • Intuitive infotainment system

Cons

  • Diesel can be noisy
  • Can be challenging to park
  • Diesel powertrain is expensive
2022 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4X

5. GMC Sierra 1500

CarMax owner rating

4.5

Price range*$33,998$57,998
Estimated combined MPG16 MPG
RepairPal reliability rating 

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3.5 out of 5

Pros

  • Four powertrain options capable of towing and hauling
  • Controls and infotainment are easy to navigate
  • Passenger conveniences are plentiful

Cons

  • Full-size structure inhibits visibility
  • More ride feedback than rival models
2023 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Custom

6. Chevrolet Silverado 2500

CarMax owner rating

4.7

Price range*$52,998$73,998
Estimated combined MPG(data not available)
RepairPal reliability rating 

RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select undefined vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features. RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. These ratings are based on RepairPal Reliability data as of undefined. Learn more about RepairPal reliability ratings

3 out of 5

Pros

  • Strong power and quick acceleration
  • High-tech interior is standard on most trim levels
  • Spacious cabin with plenty of storage
  • Available 360-degree camera system makes towing easier

Cons

  • Can't quite match the top payload ratings
  • Tall, broad hood hinders forward visibility
2024 Ford F-350 XLT

7. Ford F350

CarMax owner rating

4.5

Price range*$42,998$75,998
Estimated combined MPG(data not available)
RepairPal reliability rating 

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2.5 out of 5

Pros

  • Advanced and capable drivetrains
  • Abundant payload and towing capacity
  • Luxurious, high-tech interior on premium trim levels

Cons

  • Difficult to navigate in urban environments
  • Brake feel isn't as consistent as we'd like
  • All those premium features and advanced technologies will cost you
2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 ZR2

8. Chevrolet Silverado 1500

CarMax owner rating

4.5

Price range*$39,998$60,998
Estimated combined MPG15 MPG
RepairPal reliability rating 

RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select undefined vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features. RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. These ratings are based on RepairPal Reliability data as of undefined. Learn more about RepairPal reliability ratings

3.5 out of 5

Pros

  • The latest tech integration
  • Great list of available powertrains
  • Good bed size with multiple tie-down points

Cons

  • Can ride a bit rough depending on trim
  • Base WT trim is pretty basic
  • Available engine, bed, and trim combinations can be confusing
2018 GMC Sierra 2500HD Denali

9. GMC Sierra 2500

CarMax owner rating

4.6

Price range*$70,998$74,998
Estimated combined MPG(data not available)
RepairPal reliability rating 

RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select undefined vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features. RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. These ratings are based on RepairPal Reliability data as of undefined. Learn more about RepairPal reliability ratings

3 out of 5

Pros

  • Chassis suitable for heavy-duty work
  • Serious torque from the available engine options
  • Unique appearance from other trucks

Cons

  • Drives like it is heavy
  • Size can be difficult in tight environments
  • Friends will ask you to help them move house
2023 Ford F-150 Limited

10. Ford F150

CarMax owner rating

4.5

Price range*$36,998$79,998
Estimated combined MPG16 MPG
RepairPal reliability rating 

RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select undefined vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features. RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. These ratings are based on RepairPal Reliability data as of undefined. Learn more about RepairPal reliability ratings

3.5 out of 5

Pros

  • Plenty of powertrain options
  • High tech, and highly-accessible infotainment system
  • Impressive max towing figures
  • Useful add-on options for a working truck

Cons

  • No diesel engine option, unlike its competitors
  • Hybrid powertrain option is noisy when powering the available onboard generator

How we ranked this list

To create our "Best Of" lists, our analysts look at CarMax vehicle and sales data over a recent 6-month period, from September 2023 through February 2024. Looking back over a 6-month period allows for the highest sample size possible while also providing up-to-date pricing information. Some articles may include data points with lower sample sizes.

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RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select 2006-2020 vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features. RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy.

Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov.

Range figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new and assume a full battery charge. Range will vary based on things like battery age, vehicle condition and history, driving and charging habits, accessory use, and driving conditions. Battery capacity may decrease with time and use. See fueleconomy.gov for more info.

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