With gas prices hitting a record low for the last decade, it’s no surprise that more people are buying gas-guzzling pickup trucks with low MPG and a ton of functionality. Chances are that’s what you’re looking for, and with the dozens of options out there, we decided to try and narrow down the selection just a bit.
[su_sf300x250a]After World War II, America became infatuated with the rugged spirit that was embodied in the pickup, and today this type of vehicle accounts for 18% of all vehicles sold in the United States. Surprisingly (or not too surprisingly, perhaps) most pickups are used as a passenger car, with less than 15% of buyers stating “work” as the vehicle’s primary function. This makes aesthetics like heated leather seats and a quiet cabin all the more important to the average buyer, with add-ons like backup cameras and a towing hitch usually appearing as options.
Generally, there are three major segments within the pickup truck class: mid-size, full-size, and heavy-duty. Mid-size pickups like the Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon represent the consumer who may want some of the functionality and style factor of a pickup, but doesn’t need the horsepower or towing capacity associated with it. As these are lighter, mid-size pickups generally get the best MPG of any in-class, and will also have a quicker acceleration.
Full-size trucks are generally more popular, with Ford F-150’s and Chevy Silverado’s leading the way in terms of sales. If you’re looking for the best mix of power and accessibility, any one of the trucks in this segment should fit the bill.
[su_sf300x250b]Finally, the heavy-duty trucks are built for power, usually to haul enormous payloads of up to 13,000 pounds. Generally speaking, the higher the “tonnage” (half-ton, three-quarter ton, one ton), the more power a pickup has.
If you are looking for a pickup, you’ve come to the right place. Below are the top-rated trucks across all classes:
The Chevrolet Colorado Is Perfect for the Touring Family
If you are looking for a truck to haul your luggage alongside your kid’s pet Great Dane as you head off on a three-month road trip, look no further than the 2016 Chevy Colorado. As the only mid-size pickup this to offer a diesel package, the Colorado’s smaller size and diesel engine give the Colorado a higher miles per gallon than any other truck on them market, capping off at an unheard-of 31 mpg on the highway, and 25 combined. Leaps and bounds ahead of the competition.
Available in crew or extended cab body styles, the Colorado has a towing capacity of 7700 lbs, making fantastic usage of the 2.5 liter engine. If you are looking to add on a little extra power, the Colorado also has options for a 3.6 liter V-6, and a 2.8 liter turbo diesel, giving you an extra 80 to 175 pound-feet of torque, respectively. Even more interesting in today’s world, the Colorado also has an option for a manual transmission as well as an automatic.
A fully loaded Chevrolet Colorado with the very comfortable Trail Boss Trim with a diesel engine and a crew cab interior will set you back just $37,000 — perfect for a family that wants quality on a budget.