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Old 10-29-2020, 04:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What is the most fuel-efficient pickup?

I asked Google and it listed brand-new behemoths that get worse economy than my Accord. It looks like the most efficient truck ever is a Volkswagen as old as I am and selling for $9,000.

What is the ROI on 45 MPG?

It looks like the second-best is the 1996-1998 Toyota [Hilux] truck, which is rated 20/27 or something.

It was available earlier, but I want OBD-II.

I believe at that point Toyota replaced it with something bigger and stronger.

At this point I am just curious. It had seemed like I only needed a truck twice a year, so getting 30+ MPG in my Honda and renting something every six months seemed like the obvious choice, but I rented a truck a few weeks ago for ramp materials, a van on Monday to buy a partially-assembled loft bed, and now I am waiting to get rid of some stuff at the dump.

I doubt that replacing a car with a truck makes sense, but I was curious.

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It looks like the most efficient truck ever is a Volkswagen as old as I am
This?



Or maybe this?



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It looks like the second-best is the 1996-1998 Toyota [Hilux] truck, which is rated 20/27 or something.
Gasser or Diesel?
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I would say a car and trailer.
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Within the constraint of the title question:

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Yes, the E-Camino. I shared that before.

Let's compromise. Simón should have built a flatbed to pull behind her stock Modelll, but who would have watched that?

The trailer might be less convenient, but how much steer manure can you haul in her abomination?

Buying a truck to use monthly may not make much sense, but I am unsure that I want to find space for a 4x8 trailer on top of two vehicles.
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Abomination? I thought you liked it.


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Any of those could get ~45mpg. Here's what my Westfalia trailer is like (not this one). It stores on it's tail end.



Still don't have a car with a trailer hitch. The last one, the Squareback, is four vehicles back.
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At least in Spain there were Isetta-based mini trucks, yet they had a wider rear track just like the BMW Isetta 600.
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