Would You Buy an Entry-Level Power Stroke V8?

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The 2016 Nissan Titan XD’s 5.0-liter Cummins turbo diesel V8 will help bridge the gap between light-duty and heavy-duty trucks. Cummins and Nissan were kind enough to answer my questions about the oil burner when I was in Columbus, Indiana a couple of weeks ago.

There was one question I didn’t ask them, though. I knew only you Ford lovers could provide the proper response to it.

However, before I ask it, let’s look at some numbers.

Ram has two primary diesel offerings: the 1500’s 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 with 240 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque and the 6.7-liter Cummins I6 which, in the 2015 2500, develops 370 horsepower and 800 pound-feet. Upgrading the 2015 Ram 1500 Big Horn Crew Cab 4X2 to the EcoDiesel costs $4,270; plumping for the Cummins power plant in the 2015 Ram 2500 Big Horn Crew Cab 4X2 requires $8,305.* That amount of coin buys a maximum towing capacity of 17,970 pounds and a max payload of 3,170 pounds.

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Pricing for the Nissan Titan XD’s 5.0-liter Cummins turbo diesel V8 hasn’t been released yet, but it will pump out 310 horsepower and 555 pound-feet. Let’s assume Nissan will charge something between $4,270 and $8,305 for the XD upgrade. That truck will be able to carry more than 2,000 pounds in its bed and tow more than 12,000 pounds behind it.

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Ford charges $8,480 if you want your 2016 F-250 XLT SuperCrew 4X2 to have the 440-horsepower, 860-pound-feet 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 under its hood. With that engine, you can move a max payload of 2,820 pounds and tow as much as 16,100 pounds.

The Blue Oval doesn’t offer a smaller diesel in its Super Duty trucks. My question – finally – is this: If Ford made the F-250 or F-350 with a Power Stroke diesel that was smaller and less powerful than the current 6.7-liter beast (let’s say between 5.5 and 6.2 liters and between 450 and 725 pound-feet of torque) but at a price well south of $8,480, would you want it? Go to the forum and let us know if you need all of the grunt and capabilities of the 6.7.

*The Ram Build & Price section for the 2500 quotes the Cummins I6 as making 325 horsepower and 750 pound-feet of torque.

Chime in with your thoughts on the forum. >>

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Derek Shiekhi contributes to a variety of Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including J-K Forum , Jaguar Forums, and 5 Series. He's also a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association.

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