Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Best and Worst Deals for Pickups at the Gas Pump

Pickup truck owners tend to be polar opposites to Prius lovers and those drooling over getting their hands on a Leaf or Volt. Truckers love the space, elevation, and utility. You can help your buddy move, throw your handyman belt and tools in the back, let your dogs wag their tongues and look over the sides, tow stuff, and have fun offroad. Now that gas prices are going back up, the fun wares off a bit if you're concerned about pocketbook.

Edmunds addressed the issue with a chart showing cheapest and most expensive monthly gas bills for pickups on the market. Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Hybrid and GMC Sierra Hybrid did the best at $184 per month. The Ford F-150 was the best non-hybrid pickup with monthly fuel costs at $203, and slightly higher if going on E85. A tank of ethanol doesn't take a truck as many miles as a tank of gas -- maybe 75% the distance. The emissions are better but the cost is higher. Most expensive -- Ford F-150 SVT Raptor -- $324 per month -- much higher than its non-SVT Raptor F-150 sibling.


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