Sometimes you need a pickup truck—and nothing else will do. Full-size pickup trucks make up roughly one in every five vehicles sold in the U.S. market, though they’re a vehicle type largely restricted to North America, where gasoline is cheap. The rest of the world is more likely to use what we’d consider midsize or even compact pickups.
They’re also gas hogs. For 2010, only a couple of the full-size pickups from GM (Chevrolet or GMC), Ford, Ram (nee Dodge), Toyota, and Nissan are offered with anything smaller than a V-8 engine. Their bluff profiles, frequent heavy loads, and prodigious torque mean that 15 miles per gallon is about average for pickup-truck fuel economy.
So when we needed to haul several hundred pounds of cabinets and pick up some 12-foot lumber one recent weekend, we decided we’d test the green alternative to a thirsty conventional pickup: the 2010 Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid.
Sales of the Silverado Hybrid (and its near-identical twin,...Read More »