Who Makes a Small Diesel Pickup Truck?

Small diesel pickup trucks have been gaining traction among truck owners for a variety of reasons. Diesel engines are known for their longevity, power and fuel efficiency.

Plus, in recent years, diesel technology has improved to meet stringent emissions standards and provide low-end torque for heavy-duty tasks. Many manufacturers offer small diesel pickup trucks, giving consumers a range of options to choose from.

Ford has been making diesel pickups since 1983 and is well known for its F-250 and F-350 Super Duty models with 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 engines. Ford also offers the F-150 with a 3.0-liter Power Stroke V6 engine, giving it the highest fuel economy rating among full size pickups on the market today.

RAM also offers a full line of small diesel pickups ranging from the RAM 1500 EcoDiesel to the heavy duty RAM 2500/3500 powered by a 6.7-liter Cummins turbocharged diesel engine. The RAM 1500 EcoDiesel delivers excellent fuel economy, up to 32 mpg on the highway.

Chevrolet offers two small diesel pickups: the Colorado and Silverado 1500 models with 2.8-liter Duramax turbocharged engines that deliver 181 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque for hauling heavy loads or towing large trailers.

Toyota, Nissan and Honda all make small pickup trucks with gas engines only, but there are some aftermarket conversion kits that allow you to install a small diesel engine in these vehicles.

No matter what type of truck you’re looking for, there’s sure to be a small diesel pickup truck option that fits your needs best. With the wide range of models from Ford, RAM, Chevrolet and aftermarket conversions available, anyone can find the perfect small diesel pickup truck for their needs.


Ford, RAM, Chevrolet and aftermarket conversions all offer great options when it comes to finding a small diesel pickup truck perfect for your needs.

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Karen Watkins