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The Many Choices of Chevy Trucks

Chevy offers a wide variety of different trucks, from the midsize Colorado series all the way up to the classic full size Silverado series.  Chevy has a truck to meet the needs of just about anyone looking for a pickup.  In their midsize line up, the Chevy Colorado is offered with an efficient Vortec 2.9L inline 4 cylinder engine rated at 185 HP and 190 ft-lbs of torque and is capable of up to 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.  A larger Vortec 3.7L inline 5 cylinder engine is available and produces 242 HP and 242 ft-lbs of torque with up to 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway.  Advanced technology like variable valve timing allow these engines to produce good power while still offering good fuel economy potential.  For those wanting full size power in a midsize truck, an optional Vortec 5.3L V8 engine is available in some of the crew cab models.  This 5.3 V8 engine pumps out 300 HP while still offering 20 mpg on the highway.        

Chevy Colorado

Chevy Colorado Midsize Truck

In addition to the 3 different engine options, the Chevrolet Colorado also comes in 3 different body configurations.  For those looking for a standard pickup truck, the regular cab can seat up to 3 people.  For those looking for more passenger capability, the extended cab (as seen in the picture above) gives the capability of carrying a couple extra passengers for a total of 5 people.  Finally, the Colorado crew cab can seat up to 6 people comfortably while still offering a truck bed for transporting cargo and gear.  Available in 2WD and 4WD models, these midsize Chevy trucks offers some great features, and they can also offer the truck shopper a great value for the money.

Full size Chevy trucks include the stylish Avalanche series which offers 4 door convenience and additional passenger capacity along with the usefulness of a truck.  This SUV/Truck cross is capable of transporting 5-6 people in comfort while in SUV form, but then an innovative mid-gate can be lowered (and rear window and cover removed) to allow the cargo area to be transformed into a full size truck bed!  This transformation can be done very quickly, and it makes the Avalanche a very unique vehicle offering the benefits and capabilities of a sport utility vehicle and also a full size pickup all in the same package.  Motivated by a powerful Vortec V8 gas engine, the Chevy Avalanche is ready to work and play.

Chevy Avalanche

Chevy Avalanche Trucks

When it comes to work ability, the classic Chevy Silverado trucks have the muscle to get the job done.  With engine options like the Vortec 6.0L V8 (322 HP & 380 ft-lbs torque) and the mighty Duramax 6.6 Turbo Diesel (397 HP & 765 ft-lbs torque), the Chevy Silverado trucks can be equipped for heavy hauling.  The Silverado 1500 is a 1/2 ton truck, while the Silverado 2500 is Chevy's 3/4 ton pickup truck.  At the top, the Chevrolet 3500 is the heavy duty 1 ton truck that GM puts in the ring to compete against the Ford 350 and Dodge Ram 3500 trucks.

Chevy Silverado

Chevy Silverado Trucks

Equipped with a big Vortec 8.1L V8 engine and Allison automatic transmission, the Silverado is capable of towing nearly 16,000 lbs.  NOTE:  The big 8.1L gas engine has been replaced by the more fuel efficient 6.0 gas engine.  A properly equipped truck with the heavy duty Allison transmission and the Duramax diesel engine can up to 16,000 lbs in a conventional configuration, or up to 23,000 lbs in a 5th wheel towing configuration.  The Chevy Duramax 6.6 engine is designed by Isuzu, a very experienced diesel engine manufacturer.  Bosch common rail fuel injection, a case hardened deep skirt engine block, and one piece crankcase & one piece bell housing are some of the advanced features that help make the Duramax durable, quieter, and more efficient.  The Duramax 6600 first was released in a Chevy truck back in 2001.  For over 10 years, the Duramax has been used in Chevy pickups and it has gained a loyal following.  When it first came out with the aluminum cylinder head mated to the cast iron engine block, some people were concerned about long term durability of the head gasket.  Since most heavy duty diesel truck engines up until then had cast iron heads, it was thought that the Duramax might have some issues with premature head gasket failure due to the differing expansion rates of the dissimilar metals under the extreme conditions of a high compression diesel engine.  As it turns out, this has not ended up being a real problem.  The Duramax 6.6 engine continues to be updated periodically, and this diesel engine continues to serve well in the Chevy trucks with impressive power and performance.      

Chevy Duramax Turbo Diesel Engine

Chevy Duramax Turbo Diesel Engine

Chevrolet offers a hybrid Silverado that is capable of up to 20 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway.  Chevy says that this is the best fuel economy of any fuel size truck in America.  The key to this hybrid design is a unique electric transmission system that incorporates dual 80HP electric motors powered by a NiMH battery pack.  The electric motors can also acts as generators providing regenerative braking.  In this way, some of the power that is normally just wasted as heat during braking can be stored in the battery pack for future use.  Chevy's hybrid works in two different modes.  At low speeds, the electric motors can supply all the power that the trucks needs, and at higher speeds the gasoline engine will take over the load.  While cruising, the Vortec V8 engine is also capable of running on only 4 cylinders to help further improve fuel economy.   The fuel economy numbers offered by the full size Silverado hybrid are closer to that of the midsize Colorado trucks that Chevy offers.  With the Chevy hybrid, you can get a full size truck with midsize truck fuel efficiency.  In fact, the hybrid Silverado truck has better fuel economy in the city (20 mpg) than either the smaller 4 cylinder (18 mpg) or 5 cylinder (17 mpg) engines that are offered in the Colorado trucks. 

With a choice of powerful Vortec gas or Duramax diesel engines, Chevy trucks are capable of working hard at the job site or at play.  A wide variety of different models offer custom styling options as well as performance choices.  With a well established dealer network and loyal customer following, Chevy trucks can be another good choice for those looking to purchase a pickup.