Trucks are what fuel commercial construction. They’re also vital to small businesses and private operations. Recently, substantial strides have been made in improving truck fuel economy. At Western Truck, we are dedicated to providing quality truck body parts and accessories to Canadians. We also support Canadian “green truck” efforts to put eco-friendly vehicles on the road. With this aim, we present the five most environmentally-friendly trucks for 2014.
1. CHEVROLET COLORADO
The 2015 model of the Chevrolet Colorado is currently in showrooms. Two engines are available: a 2.5-liter I-4 with 193 horsepower, and a 3.6-liter V-6, with 305 horsepower. Transmission is a 6-speed automatic. A 2.8-liter Duramax diesel is also in the works, with 177 horsepower. The truck comes with a choice of 2-wheel or 4-wheel drive. Three safety features are a Rearview Camera, Forward Collision Alert, and Lane Departure Warning. The Z71 model has Hill-Start Assist, Hill Descent Control, StabiliTrak, and Trailer Sway Control. The Colorado is rated to carry 1,590 lbs and tow up to 7,000 lbs. Active aero grille shutters are the key to improved fuel economy with this truck. Average estimated mpg is 22 for combined city and highway driving. Road and wind noise are reduced with triple-sealed doors, thick window glass, and a sound deadening sealant. Jazzy colors include Red Hot Metallic, Rally Yellow, and Laser Blue. Estimated MSRP is $38,360. The Colorado comes with a 100,000-mile, 5-year warranty. For further information and to view this beauty, click here.
2. FORD F-150
The Ford F-150 has received top honors by The Automotive Science Group (ASG) as the most eco-friendly truck. What’s unique about the Ford F-150 is that it’s a flex fuel vehicle (FFV). It can run on regular unleaded gas or an ethanol fuel blend. Also novel is a 360-degree camera with a “dynamic display line” that guides a driver toward a trailer hitch. Driver Assist technology includes: Forward Collision Warning, Lane-Keeping Assist, Curve Control, Hill Descent Control, Radar Cruise Control, Blind-Spot Detection, and Active Park Assist. This last feature is especially helpful, identifying a street parking space large enough to fit the truck. The engine is a 3.7-liter V-6, 302 horsepower, 6-speed automatic. Estimated mpg is 19 with regular gas. With E85 flex fuel, the estimated mpg is 15. The Ford F-150 has rear-wheel drive, a maximum payload of 3,100 lbs, and towing capacity of 11,300 lbs. Cool colors include Ruby Red and Blue Flame. The truck comes in 10 main trim lines, with the mid-priced XLT model averaging $30,335. For further information and to view this flex fuel vehicle, click here.
3. TOYOTA TACOMA
The Toyota Tacoma has won the Automotive Science Group’s award for Best All-Around Performance and is a personal favorite of Western Truck Body MFG. Credit goes to the truck’s standard 2.7-liter 4-cylinder, 159 horsepower engine, with an EPA estimated 23 mpg. A 4.0-liter V6 is an option, with 236 horsepower, maximum payload of 1,500 lbs, and towing capacity of 6,500 lbs. The Tacoma comes in 2-wheel and 4-wheel drive. The TRD Pro is an off-road model. A reversing camera and navigating system are options. Bold colors include Barcelona Red Metallic and Blue Ribbon Metallic. Pricing for the 4X4 Double Cab V6 starts at $31,670. For further information and to view this ASG winner, click here.
4. CHRYSLER RAM 1500
The Ram 1500 is The Times’ best pick for full-size truck fuel economy.2/ Its 3.0-liter V-6 EcoDiesel engine with 240 horsepower gets 23 mpg. The engine works with an 8-speed automatic transmission for a 7,750 lb towing capacity. The technology behind Ram’s fuel efficiency is a thermal management system, stop-start system, active aerodynamics with grille shutters, and air suspension. The Ram 1500 is a luxury class truck, with its pampering interior, extensive entertainment system, and cushioning rear suspension. The truck is available in 2-wheel and 4-wheel drive. Spectacular colors include Blue Streak and Deep Cherry Red. A half-ton truck with a diesel engine makes this an award winner. Expect to pay an average of $49,155 for this truck in the mid-level Big Horn trim line. For further information on this queen of a green truck, click here.
5. CHEVROLET SILVERADO 1500
The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 has received ASG’s 2014 Best Environmental Performance Award. Its 4.3-liter EcoTec3 V6 yields 355 horsepower and 23 mpg. Drives available are 2-wheel and 4-wheel. Maximum payload is 1,790 lbs, with a towing capacity of 7,100 lbs. The EcoTec3 engine features fuel-saving technology in the form of Variable Valve Timing, Direct Fuel Injection, and Active Fuel Management. Trailer technology includes Trailer Sway Control, StabiliTrak, and Trailer Brake Controller. A Rear Vision Camera and Auto Grade Braking further promote safe driving. An Off-Road Package is available. Stunning colors include Victory Red and Deep Ocean Blue Metallic. The Silverado 1500 LT Crew Cab with 4-wheel drive averages $40,320. For further information on this champion, click here.
According to the Automotive Science Group, the most eco-friendly trucks for 2014 are the Ford F-150, Toyota Tacoma, and Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The Chevrolet Silverado has also won the 2014 North American Car and Truck of the Year Award. Chrysler Ram 1500 is the top pick from The Times ratings. The Chevrolet Colorado also merits standing among the top 5 Green Trucks.
Karleia Steiner wrote this article.
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