TOTD: Which Base V-6 Pickup Would You Buy?
Even in a segment focused on heavy lifting and getting work done, fuel economy is king when it comes to pickup trucks. It wasn’t long ago when the automakers focused on their V-8 models, with the V-6 pickups almost occurring as an afterthought. Those days are long gone. With Ford, Ram, and now GM offering base V-6 engines with high fuel economy and competitive tow ratings, picking an engine for your new full-size pickup is no longer easy.
For today’s Thread of the Day, inspired by forum user SuperDuper, we’d like to know which base V-6 truck you’d buy. There are a variety of choices: Ford offers a 302-hp, 278-lb-ft 3.7-liter V-6 in the F-150 (rated at 17/23 mpg city/highway in two-wheel-drive form), while Ram has a 305-hp, 269-lb-ft 3.6-liter V-6 for the 1500 (rated at 17/25 mpg). The Toyota Tundra packs a 270-hp, 278-lb-ft 4.0-liter V-6 (rated at 16/20 mpg) in base trim, and now Chevrolet and GMC have joined the party, with the 285-hp, 305-lb-ft 4.3-liter V-6 in the 2014 Silverado and Sierra pickups, both of which are rated at 18/24 mpg.
Which base V-6 truck would you park in your driveway? Sound off in the comments below.