Tug o’ War Challenge: Dodge Ram Cummins 2500 vs. Chevy Duramax 2500

Before you see a Chevrolet Silverado 2500 Duramax going toe-to-toe with a Dodge Ram 2500 Cummins – place all your preconceived notions aside. If you had two unnamed trucks, one weighing in at 8020 lbs with a tow capacity of 17,010 and 800 lb ft of torque tacked by cables to the back of a truck with 765 lb ft of torque, a tow capacity of 19,600 lbs and a curb weight of 8000 lbs – who would you say would win? Now check out the bottom of the post! And if you said, “who cares what the specs say, I’m going with the Duramax,” you’d be absolutely right! Looks like the spec sheet underdog managed to pull out ahead.

Spec Sheet on Duramax vs. Cummins Isn’t the Final Say

This video isn’t the end-all-be-all of whether or not the Cummins diesel engine is indeed superior or inferior to the Duramax diesel in terms of performance. They both perform admirably well in the capacities in which they were created. In terms of heavy duty pickup trucks capable of hauling over-sized trailers through craggy back roads, the Chevy Silverado 2500 HD with a diesel Duramax V-8 does have a bit of an advantage in terms of ground clearance. Other than that, in the field they’d be near identical.


Let’s talk about craftsmanship for a moment, though. The turbocharged and intercooled 32-valve 6.6L diesel engine that comes as an option in the Chevy Silverado and the GMC Sierra is ready and able to deliver 397 horses to the fight and nearly 765 pound feet of torque at a moment’s notice. And in terms of the classic Cummins V8 diesel that comes optionally equipped in the Dodge Ram 4×4 – it’s an American classic engine so trusted and revered it’s become standard in many of the US military’s light armored vehicles. You can see how the Dodge Ram Cummins puts a premium sports car to shame. So, who’s truly to say based upon a single contest which engine is the winner?

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And for those die-hard GMC fans out there – don’t worry. There’s been contests before and since and the jury is still out on which engine outperforms the other. If you