Refueling a van can be expensive. Gas prices are exorbitant and don’t seem to be coming down to Earth anytime soon. Even seasoned automakers like Ford sometimes produce models that can bring tears to the eyes of gas pumps. These trucks consume gasoline at the expense of their owners’ wallets.
The MPG of the 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500 V6 might bring tears to your eyes
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The 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500 has decent fuel economy. Its base model achieves 23 miles per gallon in the city and 33 miles per gallon on the highway. Not too shabby for a truck its size. The problem arises when consumers opt for the V6 engine option.
Silverado Custom Trail Boss and Work Truck versions are available with a powerful 4.3-liter V6. These models produce an exhilarating 285 horsepower. When it comes to big trucks, great power in many cases comes with poor fuel economy.
The V6-equipped Custom Trail Boss gets 15 miles per gallon in the city and 20 miles per gallon on the highway. That’s about 17 miles per gallon combined (yikes). The Work Truck gets 16 miles per gallon in the city and 21 miles per gallon on the highway when equipped with the V6 engine.
The 2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 isn’t exactly green
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Today’s auto industry is both cleaner and greener than it was a few years ago. Governments have formed legislation to reduce carbon emissions, and automakers that haven’t followed the rules have been penalized. Certain van models are clearly influenced by the effort to reduce carbon emissions. Other models like the Chevy Colorado ZR2 were designed with other priorities in mind.
The Colorado ZR2 is a capable off-road pickup truck. It can tackle tough trails and obstacles. The off-road truck comes with special suspension and large off-road tires designed to tackle the toughest terrain. Chevy put a lot of thought and effort into making the off-road truck as capable as possible. That being said, a truck this awesome usually comes with a caveat.
According to Motortrend, the Colorado ZR2 only gets 17 miles per gallon combined when equipped with the 3.6-liter V6 engine option. While 17 miles per gallon doesn’t sound awful, it’s important to remember that the Colorado ZR2 is a mid-size truck with full-size fuel economy.
The 4WD option of the 2021 Toyota Tundra consumes gas
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The 2021 Toyota Tundra will go down in history as the last model year before a major redesign. After 13 long years, Toyota has finally come to its senses and updated the outdated pickup for the 2022 model year. The Tundra nameplate is a huge hit, but it was hard to ignore the lack of changes to the pickup year after year, as its rivals have improved over time.
The 2021 Toyota Tundra’s four-wheel-drive option is one of the most thirsty Tundras yet. It gets a combined 14 miles per gallon. Owners of the four-wheel-drive 2021 Toyota Tundra can spend upwards of $300 a month on gas. If there’s one vehicle that can bring tears to the gas pump, it’s the all-wheel-drive 2021 Toyota Tundra.
Pickups are the most affected by rising gas prices
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Pickup trucks are often expensive to refuel due to their large, heavy frames. Gasoline prices have reached record highs, and drivers who own vehicles with low gas mileage are the ones who are suffering the most. Some models have decent fuel economy for their vehicle segment, but the truck category is the most affected. If truck automakers want to avoid a sharp drop in sales, they may need to address this issue in the near future.
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