Fuel-efficient pickups for frugal families

2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 © General Motors
  • Starting price: $31,715
  • Fuel economy:
    • City - 16 mpg
    • Highway - 23 mpg

Who says you can't get good fuel economy out of a full-size pickup? The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado two-wheel-drive model and its sister truck the GMC Sierra get a very respectable 16 mpg city and 23 mpg highway when powered by the 355-horsepower 5.3-liter V-8 and a six-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy is even better since this fall, Chevrolet introduced its new 285-horsepower, 4.3-liter V-6, which uses Active Fuel Management to shut down two of its cylinders when not needed to save on gas.

Currently, the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado is available in crew, regular and double cab models. Silverado buyers have the choice of a 69.33-inch "short" or a 78.87-inch "long" pickup bed. Silverado models with the 5.3-liter engine have a towing capacity ranging from 6,700 pounds to 11,400 pounds depending on the model and tow package, while the 4.3-liter engine will have a towing range from 5,800 to 6,400 pounds. All Chevrolet Silverado models come standard with a six-speaker audio system with two USB ports, an SD card slot, six air bags, StabiliTrack traction, electronic sway control and hill start assist.


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