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11 Least Fuel-Efficient Trucks

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Cabe Atwell
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Re: The market
Cabe Atwell   6/20/2014 1:16:50 AM
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The Toyota Tacoma is great in terms of safety but horribly bad for mpg. A friend of mine swears by them though. They used them in Afghanistan and while out on patrol one night they came under mortar and RPG fire from the Taliban. They weren't able to drive out and there was no cover to run to, so they did the next best thing and crawled underneath the truck's engines. Suffice it to say those engines can take a pounding and no one was injured. No matter the mpg rating, he will never drive anything else.

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Ralphy Boy   6/19/2014 3:17:26 PM
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Thanks Chuck...

I like lists like this. It allows me to see in a condensed format how bad a mistake I can make if I let old (emotional) or antidotal info cloud my thought process when shopping for a vehicle.  

I have started weighing replacing my 97 Ranger with something more substantial. The Ranger was bought new and has been both my primary, and my secondary vehicle at different times. I've owned a bunch of trucks and vans over the years (mostly used high-mileage/beaters) because they allow me to do a whole 'nother facet of living that the little 5 seaters don't.

I like Ford and will probable buy a new F-150 in the next year or so. But I'll be checking it's mileage against the main contenders just to see where that truck stands. It will be my primary for a few years at least. The Accord has 150,000 on it and if I baby it a little it may last a couple more years as my people mover. I'm not looking forward to a big jump in my gas budget but I suspect it'll be part of the deal.  

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LEAST FUEL-EFFICIENT TRUCKS
bobjengr   6/18/2014 8:09:00 PM
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I really don't know how I survived all these years without my truck.  I bought a 1998 Toyota Pre-Runner about eight years ago.  It had 36K miles on it and now has 256K miles.  I have hauled everything but dead bodies in that little thing and (apparently) am the "go-to-guy" in our neighborhood when someone needs to move furniture, make a quick trip to the land-fill, etc.  I get about 19 MPG, which I'm not too worried about, BUT I have it serviced every 3,000 miles.  (OK, I'm paranoid. )  If it fell apart right now, piece by piece, I could not say a bad thing about it.  Great post Charles.  

Charles Murray
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Re: How overall is higher than city and highway MPG? is there a typo?
Charles Murray   6/18/2014 6:39:38 PM
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Thanks for catching that, lmolleda. It should say "14 mpg in the city and 20 on the highway." The number "20" was left out. The overall is correct. We'll fix it.

lmolleda
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How overall is higher than city and highway MPG? is there a typo?
lmolleda   6/18/2014 5:20:46 PM
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the QX70 AWD gets 14 mpg in the city and on the highway, for an overall rating of 16 mpg. (Source: Infiniti)

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How overall is higher than city and highway MPG? is there a typo?
lmolleda   6/18/2014 5:20:46 PM
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the QX70 AWD gets 14 mpg in the city and on the highway, for an overall rating of 16 mpg. (Source: Infiniti)

Charles Murray
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Re: Who Cares About Gas Mileage???
Charles Murray   6/17/2014 6:35:03 PM
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Thanks for the input, Sam. As they say, mileages may vary. A lot depends on the EPA test cycle, and whether it matches your driving patterns.

j-allen
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Re: Who Cares About Gas Mileage???
j-allen   6/17/2014 6:15:22 PM
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Ramjet,   First, thank you for attempting to make this discussion more rational and civil, and moving it away from personal attacks. 

I wholeheartedly agree that we should promote trains over trucks for long-haul freight--and for passengers, too.  Also I recognize your special need for a vehicle like the Xterra but my protest was was about a fellow who claimed to drive a gas-hog solely for the hell of it.   That's a bit different. 


A number of philosophers have eaxmined the question (called the li'l old me problem) where an individual claime that his or her actions--good or bad--don't count because they are diluted by the bulk of society.  There are two rebuttals.  The first is that such a position could justify almost any bad behavior. "Thousands of people lose their watches every year, so what's the incremental harm if i steal yours?"   Second is that each of us is responsible for his own behavior, regardless of what others may do.  And our behavior sets an example.  Thus if I want to live in a society that values, say, honesty, then each honest or dishonest act will strengther or weaken that norm.  


As I see it, I am obliged to do what is right for whatever small effectit may have, without first taking a survey of how many others might behave similarly or different.y. 

 

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Re: Who Cares About Gas Mileage???
samsuffy   6/17/2014 5:09:37 PM
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I drive a small cab Tacoma with a 4 cyl engine and 4wd stick shift. I go off roading frequently, and it has all the power I need. It is also used frequently for hauling building and garden supplies. most of the mileage is highway, and the mpg varies from 21-23. It seemed big enough for me. Yes, it only holds two people, but I do not run a family taxi service. I intentionally purchased this configuration because I wanted good fuel economy.

 

Sam Suffy

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Re: Who Cares About Gas Mileage???
ramjet@metrocast.net   6/17/2014 4:41:30 PM
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OK, I'm gonna fall in the middle on this rising debate.

Yes, Each of us is free to drive what they want and can afford. Yes, it may be harmful in a slight way to others. He pays for the fuel, not the rest of us, so it's still his choice. Now, does that drive up the cost for everyone? Not enough to notice and you will ask WHY?

Simple, the total consumed is insanely large, one person cannot make a 10th decimal place difference in the total if they try. The majority is burned by large fleet operations.

Want to make a real difference? Lobby Congress to stop helping Truckers and push the freight back onto TRAINS. A Train can move a ton of freight 400 miles on a gallon of diesel. Yes, it is the economy of volume writ large. those trains also take 5 miles to get moving and 5 more to stop. Don't pull on the track in front of them, they CANNOT stop in time. Personal pet pieve there.

On a personal note: I drive a 2012 Nissan XTERRA S, it gets 20 MPG at best. Less when commuting to work. So Why do I drive this beast?

1. I'm 6' tall 250 lbs with big shoulders, I don't fit in economy cars at all.  2. I live in New Hampshire, it is often impossible to get to work from my house in a car, lots of snow, dead end street and slow plow response mean I'm making my own road often and the winter is long.  3. I DO go offroad with my family for camping and such events. 4. It hauls a large amount of cargo internally, my hobbies are all good at consuming that area. Like my Model Rockets, Several feet tall each piece, up to a foot in diameter, and I need plenty of support equipment like a popup shade, table, bag chairs, engine box and so on.

So while I do care about gas milage, It gets balanced with my transport needs. I will continue to drive my Xterra. It's the second one I've owned, the first was traded in on it after 13 years and 150,000 miles. And I only traded because I got a massive Rebate on the new one. I bought a 2012 new in in April of 2013. The old one still had lots of life left. Dependability, another reason I like it.

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