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15 'extremes' of the truck world15 'extremes' of the truck world

Standout pickups — from horsepower and torque to mileage and towing.



Jun 23, 2014 7:24AM
As usual, the Volkswagen complete line of  diesels and the Jetta hybrid get shunted aside in these bogus comparisons and studies:  for the record, there are 7 Volkswagen models that get over 40 mpg: Jetta tdi, Jetta Hybrid, Beetle Convertible tdi, Beetle Sedan tdi, Passat tdi, Jetta Sportwagen tdi and Golf tdi. There are other gasoline VWs rating better than some units listed by category, including the very upscale large Touareg  suv. So, hiss boo over this constant reporting blindspot. 
Jun 23, 2014 6:17AM

I saw a great segment on Top Gear about a year ago.  A Toyota Prius versus a BMW M3 on the track.  The Prius driver was told to race around the track and the BMW M3 driver was told to drive gently, but to keep up with the Prius.  In the end, the BMW M3 has the better gas mileage.


My point is that it really comes down to the driver.  I see people around me all the time in their Prius' and Hybrids racing around and zipping off to the next traffic light.  MPG ratings mean nothing if you aren't going to fully leverage the benefits.

Jun 26, 2014 12:45AM
once again you forget to list all the diesel cars and trucks that are very competitive with the hybirds and have more torque also and best of all they last three times as long with less maintenance requirements
Jun 17, 2014 9:32AM
Last I looked the EPA figures for the Volt were 101/93 mpge...the only "37" is for its range on electric only.  And the Ford hybrids have all had their EPA mpg figures dropped significantly.  It's a pity that these articles get repeated forever on MSN and are typically grossly inaccurate.
Jun 13, 2014 11:04AM

A follow up article should list what all these vehicles achieve in the REAL WORLD!


Why can't MSN get one of their ace "journalists" to go to the EPA website and research "YOUR MPG" and compile the numbers in an article?


I find it interesting that the EPA refers to these figures as "estimates" from drivers, when in fact they aren't.

Jun 17, 2014 11:49AM
Thank you for that.  My 2013 Dodge Dart did not even make any of their lists, and I get an average of 42 mpg.  This car is amazing to drive, 16k on it and will be one year old in July.  Had a '04 Scion XB 5 speed, that too was a great little car.  Am stunned...WOW!
Jun 28, 2014 10:38AM
I agree, shame on the oversight for the diesels, just because not everyone makes one doesn't mean they should be overlooked - fuel prices are now similar (actually diesel SHOULD cost less, as gas is derived from diesel like products) and their efficiency kicks gas engines butts in the same size engine, the reason they rule in heavy duty (towing) pickups and big trucks.
I have a VW Passat TDI, and routinely average around 44 in widely mixed driving, and I'm not sure you can get less than 35MPG average with it unless you sit and idle all the time.    Highway driving on flat roads is consistently above 50MPG (often way above that, approaching 60 at secondary highway speeds (60mph), interstate speed driving usually averages 43+, not something a Prius can do at 80mph.  And this is in an engine that never needs to shift from high gear on almost any non-severe terrain (even high altitude) and putts along at around 2000 RPM, a VERY pleasant benefit after you've driven one compared to the usual tiny 4 bangers and loud CVT motors in terrain that's a little hilly, etc. and keep the transmission very busy and driver annoyed.   

Oh, by the way, this car/motor holds the Guiness Book record presently for "gas" mileage in "hypermiler" driving - 78MPG over 100Km.   The European brands all have diesels that are as good or better used widely in other countries, we just decide in US for some goofy reason these aren't "clean" engines we can sell here, even if they're getting 50+MPG.  Even sadder, the American brands already have them too everywhere but here.   

My Passat's a very nice car to boot with good European style handling, lots of room, decent price, and even better it's a truly US car, built in Chattanooga TN, and the price premium is mostly tied to them upselling the trim packages in the Passat - can get Jetta and smaller TDI cars (same motor) for extremely competitive prices, esp if you factor in longevity of the engines (300K mile lifespan is not unusual).   

Similarly my wife drives the Touareg 6 cylinder TDI, and though that's a very expensive SUV and can be legitimately knocked for that reason, it's also an awesome engine, tons of power and easy to get over 30MPG highway (28+ avg) in a tank of an SUV well over 5000 lbs (and 7500lb towing capacity - try that in a typical 6 Cyl SUV).   Feels like it could climb a tree when you punch it at low RPM.   The Passat sounds a little bit like a Diesel at idle and low speed driving, but with the Touareg it's really hard to tell, you have to really listen hard to even notice.

These cars in this review are all good, but it's not fair to leave legit contenders out of this comparison, esp with the tech that goes into the new clean diesels.  And don't knock them for the exhaust additive, I don't pay a nickel for that til after 30,000 miles, and even then only needs added about every 10-12k miles, and there are pallets of that at all local parts stores nowdays due to diesel pickups wide popularity.  Tip up a jug and fill the little tank and you're done.  Worst thing you can knock that for is it makes you think a cat peed on your shrubs if you happen to be around the tailpipe when it injects some into the exhaust every so often lol.   Let's price compare when the battery replacement cost comes due for the hybrid and the diesel engine has 50% of it's life left at same mileage.  This is the up and coming class of engines really, rather than the hybrids which is totally dependent on battery technology.  Don't forget these are also turbo engines, also keeping their size down and performance up.   

But once battery tech gets good enough, forget hybrids and maybe even diesels, we'll just have battery cars with tiny little generator engines (probably diesel...) as the most efficient engines as our econocars, getting routinely 100MPH+ -- sans government stupidity and politician interference, of course.

Jun 12, 2014 10:10AM
The Mitsubishi Mirage gets 37/44/40 with their AUTOMATIC CVT transmission, not the standard. The 5 speed manual gets 35/42/38. The asterisk is incorrectly placed.
Jun 12, 2014 10:52AM
To the best of my knowledge and understanding your honor, the most fuel efficient car/sedan on the planet that uses fossil fuels is the Mercedes E-class 300 diesel hybrid. On a long trip it should be able to get MPG's in the low 70's. Very unfortunately this vehicle is NOT available in the U.S.. Best nearest thing is the Mercedes E-250 cdi which has the same four cylinder diesel as the hybrid, but is an AWD vehicle - highway mileage for this car should be on the order of low 50's.This model is available in the U.S..
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