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5 bad-boy work trucks for heavy hauling

Trucks for heavy hauling
Trucks for heavy hauling

Heavy-duty trucks and "green" don't seem likely bedfellows, but in Bankrate's five bad-boy work trucks for heavy hauling, you have a lineup of workhorse trucks packing gobs of creature comforts and fuel-efficient diesel engines.

Trucks are classified according to the combined weight of the vehicle plus the total weight, or payload, of the other items -- passengers, cargo, fuel and so forth -- it can safely transport. This is referred to as a vehicle's GVWR, or gross vehicle weight rating. It doesn't include anything the vehicle might tow, but often the higher the GVWR, the heavier load it can pull.

The pickups on this list have a GVWR from 8,501 pounds to 10,000 pounds, qualifying them as "heavy duty." Bankrate also tossed in a heavy-duty diesel-powered van for fun.

Because these trucks are heavy enough to fall outside the government's requirements for reporting city/highway fuel economy, fuel-economy numbers aren't available. But diesels historically deliver better fuel economy than comparably powerful V-8s.

Some picks are 2014s and some 2013s. Listed pickup-truck prices are for the diesel-powered, four-door crew cabs with automatic transmissions and don't include delivery fees.

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