Consider how the Silverado 1500 hybrid compares to its gas-powered counterpart. "You will not be able to get up to 9,000 lbs. towing; 6,100 lbs. is our max," says [Carl Hillenbrand]. "Keep a close eye on hybrid technology. "As hybrid technology continues to evolve, capability is likely to improve," says [Joel Fukumoto]. "But for now, hybrid trucks deliver capability about equal to or only slightly better than compact trucks.
PRODUC T TR ENDS Pickup Power Trains Tips on selecting the right pickup for your business By Curt Bennink If you drive a lot of miles and trailer loads are less than 6,000 lbs., you may want to calculate the owning and operating cost of a hybrid. e always say you should job • operating environmental condi- Diesel engines are W rate your truck,” says Joe Veltri, director of Dodge tions (on-road vs. off-road or con- struction sites); still the workhorses of the 3/4-ton truck market, offering the Trucks, Chrysler. “Make sure you • and desired options (some options best fuel efficiency know exactly what you use the truck offered only on specific power while under load. for, not just on average, but all of the train combinations). time.” It’s also vital to understand getting any extra if you don’t have an Based on your application, there Sizing up gas engine alternatives exactly how much your truck and its extra towing package on it. You have are several points to consider when Picking the right engine for engine can tow. already basically maxed out the chas- choosing the best power train for your 1/2-ton pickup involves “Even if you have a big trailer, sis and cooling.” your pickup. According to Dennis balancing capability against fuel choosing the biggest engine isn’t First, you need to determine what Slevin, F-150 vehicle engineering economy and price, says Joel necessarily what you need to do,” you actually tow. “Sometimes people manager, Ford, they include: Fukumoto, Toyota Truck product says Carl Hillenbrand, Silverado guess what their trailer weighs,” says • base cost of the power train manager. “The first priority should product manager, General Motors. Hillenbrand. He advises taking it to (engine/transmission combina- be capability. [There is no point] in “The towing ratings vary by models, a scale to weigh it. “From there, we tion); choosing a lower-priced engine that by engines and by 2WD and 4WD. have our towing charts. Try to figure • duty cycle (light payloads or tow- saves on fuel, but can’t do what you On some models between the 5.3- out what combination fits best. [You] ing vs. heavier payloads or towing); need it to do,” he says. liter and a 6-liter, you basically aren’t are probably better off with an engine 32 May 2009 QR w w w. q u a l i f i e d r e m o d e l e r. c o m that is as small as possible but can still fuel to go the same distance,” says ship by the number of miles driven to get the job done well.” Fukumoto. determine if a diesel makes sense. Don’t assume small displacement “If you go back to point of engines are always more fuel-efficient 1/2-ton hybrid pros and cons purchase, a diesel engine in a 3/4- than their larger counterparts. “For “On the surface, many folks look ton truck is a $7,000 option,” says example, GM’s 5.3-liter V-8 engine at the fuel economy label and assume Veltri. Typically, you
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